Youngsters on the TV antiques circuit like Thomas Plant are very busy these days barking at the heels of old stagers like David Dickinson and Tim Wonnacott, to become the new rising stars in TV antiques.
The enduring appeal of the Antiques Roadshow where Tim Wonnacott originally found fame and the phenomenal recent growth in the popularity of daytime antiques programme Bargain Hunt which he now hosts has resulted in the celebration of Bargain Hunt’s tenth anniversary – it regularly attracts audiences of 2.5million.
Thomas Plant will form part of these anniversary celebrations as the subject of a one-hour special on BBC One on the 18th March at noon. Thomas began as a TV antiques expert in the earlier days of Bargain Hunt when David Dickinson was in charge and continued when Tim Wonnacott took over in 2003.
The format of Bargain Hunt has not changed very much over the years. Although Tim Wonnacott cut his teeth on antiques at an early age via the family auctioneers and at Sotheby’s where he became a full director in 1985, previous Bargain Hunt presenter David Dickinson – who now presents Dickinson’s Real Deal – managed to work his way up to TV antiques expert status as a commissioner and dealer. Both presenters’ popularity has endured however, and it would seem that Thomas Plant is also set to join the TV antiques bandwagon.
Shows like the Antiques Roadshow and Bargain Hunt help to increase general awareness on the value of antiques and sound advice on buying antique furniture as an investment can be sought through local antiques dealers in Preston, Lancashire, Cumbria and other outlets across the UK.
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