The Antiques Roadshow has been part of our Sunday evening viewing for 30 years now and has become very much part of British life. Presenter Fiona Bruce says:
“The Antiques Roadshow isn’t just about antiques, it’s history, beauty, and drama all wrapped up into one.”
But what makes us watch so avidly?
Perhaps it is also that there is something for everyone. Whether you are male, female, old or young, there is an item for everyone to connect with at the Antiques Roadshow. Gone are the days of antiques being only the preserve of the wealthy. It is often the ardent car booter or charity shop aficionado that brings in a small item purchased for pennies, or even more thrilling, a piece of jewellery that has been dug up out of the garden. We all share their joy and amazement when the expert values it at hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds. For all of us, this is the open door to the possibilities of still finding something precious.
The value of antiques is becoming less predictable too. It is often the rare boxed toy that can fetch large sums rather than dark wood antique furniture these days.
Doesn’t everyone remember Henry Sandon and Ozzie the Owl! He nearly popped with pleasure and so did we when he valued it at £20,000.
So yes, Fiona, it does have history, beauty and drama all wrapped up into one. But it also sparks our dreams of finding something precious and the pleasure of getting it valued on the Antiques Roadshow.
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