When you think of the artefacts, real or otherwise, that Harrison Ford’s alter-ego Indiana Jones rubs up against in films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Temple of Doom, it is hardly surprising that Harrison Ford himself is an ardent fan of the Antiques Roadshow. Particularly nice to know too that it is the British version of the programme that actually floats his boat, or canal boat – as Harrison is also a fan of British canal holidays.
Ted Thornhill, reporting in the Metro this week, said that the Hollywood star was addicted to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow which he watched avidly with his wife Calista Flockhart. The British form of the Roadshow reaches American audiences via the cable channel BBC America, which also serves up other British delights such as Doctor Who and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. The British version of the Roadshow is now hitting 7.5 million viewers in the US and will probably rise even further after this latest revelation. With viewing statistics like these, it will be interesting to see how far the British version of the programme is able to eclipse the home grown American version of the show.
Certainly American audiences in recent years have increasingly warmed to British television and the British generally with the advent of special political relationships being built across the pond. However, with US national treasures such as Harrison Ford admitting to watching the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow with a plate of pancakes on his lap, this romance of Americans with anything British is set to turn into an obsession.
With antiques generally receiving such positive press coverage, antiques dealers in Lancashire, Cumbria and across the UK will be rubbing their hands in glee.
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