Nothing beats settling down to an episode of Antiques Roadshow on a Sunday evening – seeing our favourite experts delve into the history of family heirlooms and lucky salesroom finds. Although we feared that there might not be a new series this summer, the BBC has confirmed that the roadshow will return… and it wants you to share your stories!
For the first time in more than four decades, the series will be filmed on closed set with a small invited audience. This is to ensure the safety of the guests, production staff and wider public.
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Rather than bringing along items to the filming days, viewers are being asked to contact Antiques Roadshow about their objects as soon as possible, so the team can plan who will appear on the show. This can be done via the ‘Share Your Story’ form on the Antiques Roadshow website.
As usual, filming will take place at extra-special period properties across the UK. This year, locations include:
Kenilworth Castle – Warwickshire
Forty Hall – Enfield, London
Windermere Jetty – Cumbria
Stonor Park – Oxfordshire
Bodnant Garden – Wales
Culzean Castle – Ayrshire
Christchurch Mansion – Ipswich
Newby Hall – Yorkshire
This will be presenter Fiona Bruce’s 13th series of Antiques Roadshow. She says: ‘Normally we welcome around 5,000 people to each Antiques Roadshow, but of course in these extraordinary times we will have to do things very differently. We’ve come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories. I can’t wait to see what treasures you have hidden in your homes.’
Robert Murphy, BBC Studios Series Editor, says: ‘To keep everybody safe and comply with current government and WHO regulations we have planned our filming days very differently this year. We won’t be holding large open events, but we will be inviting people who have written in advance to attend. Our team of experts are looking forward to seeing your heirlooms and finds so do go to our website and let us know about your treasures. We could be inviting you on the show to find out if that mystery object that’s been gathering dust all these years is actually worth a fortune!’
For more information on the latest series of Antiques Roadshow, or to share your story for a chance to appear on the show, visit bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow.
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