The BBC has commissioned a new show which will air on BBC2. It’s entitled Antiques Road Trip and will feature eight of Britain’s best-loved antiques experts who’ll be sent off on road trips across the UK in a selection of classic cars.
The idea of the show is that the experts will compete with each other to make the most money buying and selling antiques. Each expert will have a starting budget of £200. From this they will try to continually trade up so that they increase their profits every time they sell at auction…
While searching for antiques to sell, they’ll be painting a picture of Britain as they travel through a changing landscape of stunning countryside, coastal villages, bustling market towns and sprawling cities in their selection of beautiful classic cars. On the way, they’ll meet some of our most colourful and eccentric characters as they drive off the beaten track in search of some antique gems.
And although they’ll be competing as individuals, they’ll travel in pairs. The BBC’s press release says that, “Witty banter and a growing competitive relationship will all be part of the proceedings.”
Week one of the series will see Anita Manning and David Barby kicking off in Aberdeenshire then in week two, David Harper and James Lewis will begin their leg of the journey in Northern Ireland before travelling to the Lake District.
In week three, Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson will start in North Wales and make their way down through the Midlands and the West Country and in the final week, James Braxton and Mark Stacey will concentrate their efforts in Norfolk and the South East of England.
At the end of every week, the expert who’s “traded up bes”t and made the most money will be the winner. But expertise, reputations and egos are still on the line as the ultimate crown of series winner will be decided at a nail-biting grand finale auction in one of London’s most prestigious auction houses.
Presiding over the finale auction and crowning the Antiques Road Trip winner will be antiques legend Tim Wonnacott.