Long-running ratings success Antiques Road Trip is back on the road as Britain’s favourite experts compete to make the most money at auction. The new series airs weekdays at 4.30pm on BBC One from Monday 2nd September.
With a starting fund of £200 each, five pairs of rival antiquers go head-to-head to seek out hidden gems and make a profit at auction. Driving the length and breadth of the country in an array of classic cars, the competing experts visit local antique shops as well as historic and cultural sites to learn about the little-known stories behind some of the greatest events in British history.
Well known antique hunters Charles Hanson, Christina Trevanion, Catherine Southon, Tim Medhurst, James Braxton, Angus Ashworth, Arusha ‘Roo’ Irvine, Philip Serrell, Stephanie Connell and Izzie Balmer – who joins the team for the first time – all feature in the new series.
Viewers will follow the ten experts in their quest to make the most profit. Highlights from the new series include a battle over timepieces for Tim Medhurst and Catherine Southon and a head to head for Philip Serrell and Stephanie Connell over classic Scottish souvenir ware.
Also in the new series, Charles Hanson and Christina Trevanion are reunited and go antique silver cutlery crazy while veteran Road Tripper James Braxton pairs up with youthful novice Izzie Balmer to experiment with the arts. And, on their Road Trip, Arusha Irvine and Angus Ashworth travel in style around the country lanes of Northern Ireland in their stately, yet elderly, Rolls Royce. Along with a breakdown, ruined shoes and a lot of antique chairs, this series of the hugely popular show has tense auctions and peculiar finds to keep the viewers guessing who will come out on top.
One exciting find is a piece of Staffordshire pottery purchased for £20, identified by the Road Trip expert as being quite rare which later sells for £260. Another lucrative discovery of buried treasure also makes hundreds of pounds at auction. The more unusual finds to make a profit include a Victorian skirt lifter and Saxon stone coffin and one expert makes an incredible discovery in a shop’s toilet.
John Redshaw, series producer at STV Productions, said: “Our much loved antiques experts are back on the road for the 19th series, searching high and low for weird and wonderful antiques. We hope that both fans and new viewers will tune in to this hugely popular show, which as always is full of laughs, friendly rivalries and lots of great characters.”
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth and was recently confirmed as Scotland’s biggest indie.
The company, led by award-winning executive David Mortimer, has an impressive track-record of success across genres including drama, entertainment and factual, with commissions from a wide range of broadcasters.
Eighteen series of ratings winner Antiques Road Trip have been produced for the BBC along with eight series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. A further two series of Antiques Road Trip and a ninth series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip have been commissioned for production in 2019.
In entertainment, the company has produced seven series of Catchphrase for ITV, game shows And They’re Off…for Sport Relief for BBC One and Babushka for ITV Daytime, two series of Safeword for ITV – with a two series remake for VHI/MTV in the US, as well as The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel W. Sex Tape, a four-part relationship series recently aired on Channel 4.
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality drama, with critically-acclaimed four-part thriller The Victim for BBC One, starring Kelly Macdonald and John Hannah, watched by more than 7.2 million people. STV Productions has also confirmed a second BBC drama commission – Elizabeth is Missing, adapted from Emma Healey’s novel which will star two time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson in the lead role. Previous drama productions include Taggart and Rebus for ITV.
Highlights among factual series and specials include Britain’s Polar Bear Cub for Channel 4, two series of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky1, Ross Kemp Behind Bars – Inside Barlinnie for ITV, Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two, Fire in the Night, an award winning feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada, as well as documentary series Yes/No – Inside The Indyref and Inside Central Station for the BBC Scotland channel.
STV recently acquired a majority stake in award-winning unscripted producer Primal Media.
STV Productions works with a number of leading international sales agents that distribute its programmes and formats outside the UK. The company’s partnership with Sky Vision covers international distribution of STV Productions’ unscripted catalogue as well as a global distribution deal for BBC drama, The Victim.
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