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January 9, 2013 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — David

Some in Cumbria would say that Victorian mahogany partners desks and modern technology don’t mix – but the BBC would beg to differ.

The Antiques Roadshow interactive play-along game has already proven a big success, but now an app-enabled version has arrived that makes it look positively old-fashioned. Compatible with mobile Apple and Android devices, it runs along similar lines as the current game; the only question is whether anything smaller than a Victorian mahogany partners desk will show up on screen.

The application – which was released for download on 3rd January and could be seen in action for the first time on the 6th – relies on digital signals incorporated into the episode’s soundtrack, which are inaudible to the user but are picked up by the software. Just as with the version on the red-button remote, users are presented with four multiple-choice valuations for each object, with a limited amount of time to make their selection. They can also play against others in the same room, adding a new dimension of fun to the game. Users also get exclusive information about each episode, with previous app-enabled episodes accessible via BBC iPlayer.

Victoria Jaye, head of IPTV, explained:

“We wanted [to] create a real event in the living room for families across the U.K.”

The antique mahogany partners desk in a Lancashire antique dealer’s window may have been crafted in the days of steam, but the chances are the seller has the very latest Android or smartphone in their pocket. As Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce commented, antiques are no longer confined to bygone years.

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