Cumbrian residents will soon be able to pitch their wits against those of the Antiques Roadshow experts, with a new online game in which they can estimate the value of Victorian oak pedestal desks and other antiques ahead of the objects appearing on the show.
The game, which launches in September, will be made available for most interactive devices including mobiles, PCs, tablets and notebooks, as well as the red button of the remote control. The launch has been timed to coincide with the new series of Antiques Roadshow, which also begins in September.
A large number of people in Lancashire enjoy watching TV antiques programmes online, but the BBC’s new app also taps into existing patterns of viewer behaviour. As Victoria Jaye, head of IPTV and TV online content at the BBC remarks, people have been interacting with Antiques Roadshow for years, largely through shouting at their TV screens. Now, viewers will be able to increase their enjoyment of the programme by estimating the value of objects such as antique chests and silverware, ahead of the BBC experts giving their valuation on air. An “ask the nation” function will allow viewers to compare their estimates with others using the app, with a final score at the end of the episode.
If you’re thinking about having your antique balloon backed dining chair assessed by the Antiques Roadshow team themselves, on 7th June they are visiting Port Sunlight, just over the border from Lancashire. Your Victorian dining chairs will also get an excellent valuation by visiting an antique dealer; in Preston, look for the LAPADA emblem as a symbol of excellence.
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