Much has been written about Fiona Bruce recently in the media regarding the rather sexy persona that she brings to the Antiques Roadshow. It seems that the general public are still not quite sure about the type of image that a presenter of this long time British institution should present. After all, we live in liberated times, and are used to having female presenters and newsreaders, so why do many of us seem to object to the sexy image that Fiona is bringing to the Antiques Roadshow? Perhaps it is something to do with antiques being so much a part of our British heritage and therefore not to be taken lightly. After all, we can use the image of a beautiful woman to promote a fast car, yet would not use that same image to sell a Louis XV bombé commode or bergère chair, both pieces comparable in price to a luxury sports car and certainly a sign of wealth and power, but culturally not the same.
However, Judith Woods writing in the Telegraph recently thinks that Fiona Bruce has been able to transcend any media negativity surrounding her involvement in ‘Rear of the Year’, the ‘Wife Tamer’ and modelling Emma Peel’s catsuit, and is ‘worth every penny the BBC pay her’. Fiona in turn loves her job as presenter of Antiques Roadshow. She appreciates the level of knowledge that the regular experts need to get their valuations right and is happy to become involved in the frillier end of antiques such as Barbara Cartland’s hats, and a human story surrounding three gold buttons which helped to keep an Austrian girl safe during the Second World War.
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