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August 11, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — David

Even people who have never seen a Victorian balloon back dining chair in Lancashire can enjoy Bargain Hunt, the show in which competitors haggle for antiques and then try to profit from their purchases at auction. Now, American viewers have their own version with ‘Market Warriors’.

One of the benefits of the digital switchover has been the wide range of imported American TV shows available to areas like Cumbria and the Ribble Valley. However, Victorian mahogany partners desks don’t figure highly in reality shows like Pawn Kings or American Pickers – both of which are produced by the History Channel.

Antiques Roadshow, however, has made the transition across the pond and is produced by WGBH for the PBS channel, on licence from BBC Worldwide. Now, WGBH has come up with a totally original antiques series of its own – Market Warriors – which made its debut on 16th July, again on PBS.

Using the same ‘buy it and sell it’ format used in Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt, the show features four antiques professionals (called ‘pickers’ in America), who travel cross-country with a $1000 budget, visiting various antique shows and flea markets. The person making the biggest profit at auction is deemed the winner, with the cash being returned to finance the show.

Neither of the WGBH antiques programmes is currently available to watch in the UK, although this may change as Britain now has a dedicated PBS America channel, available to Sky and Virgin Media subscribers. In the meantime, you will find a wide range of antique desks and Victorian dining chairs at Lancashire antique dealers.

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