Lancashire fans of Antiques Roadshow might be surprised to know the programme has an American counterpart, which has just received an Emmy award nomination for the tenth year in a row.
Antiques Roadshow is essential viewing for anyone who has ever wondered what the trinkets in their antique cabinet – or even the cabinet itself – might be worth. As entertaining today as when it was launched in 1979, its success inspired an American version licensed by the BBC, which premiered on PBS in 1997. It soon acquired an enthusiastic fan base, and now has around 10 million viewers a week – one million for every Emmy nomination. The Emmy’s are arguably the TV equivalent of the Oscars and while the US Antiques Roadshow has yet to win the coveted Most Outstanding Reality Series award, it does have the distinction of being the longest-running programme on the nominee list.
Currently, the 17th season can be seen on American screens with the same diversity of items you would see in the Ribble Valley. However, while the antique cabinets, Victorian dining chairs and mediaeval silverware may look familiar to Lancashire eyes, the Navajo blankets, Confederate swords and Eskimo helmets are definitely local to the States.
Just as in the home-grown version, Antiques Roadshow (US) merely seeks to enlighten people over the items brought for appraisal – there’s no buying or selling involved. However, if you are in the market for an antique desk or set of Victorian balloon backed dining chairs , a Preston antique dealer will give you all the help you need.
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