For the stuffed shirts amongst us, there have been rumblings regarding Fiona Bruce presenting a documentary about Queen Victoria wearing very tight jeans.
As the presenter of the Antiques Roadshow, initially there were also some comments that having an attractive female presenter could dumb down the integrity of the programme. Now fuel has been added to the fire because Fiona has recently been voted Rear of the Year and now the feminist lobby could be on her case as well. In an article written by Jan Moir in the Daily Mail recently, complaints were rife about the change in Fiona’s image from serious TV newsreader and Crimewatch presenter to sex object through accepting this award.
As presenter of the Antiques Roadshow, she has inherited her spot from previous presenters Hugh Scully and Michael Aspel. To imagine them presenting the programme wearing tight jeans or even anything less than a suit and tie would be very strange indeed, so perhaps things needed to change.
The image of Antiques Roadshow has become more relaxed over the years anyway and the Oxbridge accents a lot less pronounced. Antiques themselves too are no longer the preserve of the wealthy – nowadays, it is possible for anyone to own a fabulous antique desk or antique dining table , so there is no reason why the Rear of the Year should not present the Roadshow to reflect this much more relaxed image.
When looking for items such as antique desks, dining chairs and antique dining tables , Preston and the surrounding areas have a wealth of antique dealers.
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