The worlds of interactive gaming and antique mahogany partners desks would seem to be poles apart, but the new Antiques Roadshow play-along game has proved a surprise hit – with over 1.5 million viewers pressing the red button in the first nine weeks.
Members of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow team are experts in everything from antique porcelain to Victorian oak pedestal desks . Now, Ribble Valley viewers have the chance to test their own knowledge on the show, with an engaging new interactive game accessed through the red button on their remote. Launched in September at the start of the 35th series, the game runs as a series of timed, multiple-choice questions. As objects come onto the screen, viewers are given the opportunity to guess their value before the expert’s figure is revealed. The system keeps a record of correct answers, providing a ranking of novice, enthusiast, connoisseur or expert at the end of the show.
The game has proven particularly popular with the over-55 age group – even though they make up less than half the viewing figures. This may change once the game is released as a companion smartphone app in January. Series Editor Simon Shaw said:
“It seems a very natural development to the informal guessing games people have been playing since the programme first began 35 years ago.”
Whether it’s a Victorian balloon back dining chair or an antique mahogany partners desk, a Preston antique dealer will never just make an “educated guess” as to the value of their merchandise. Each piece is researched very carefully.
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