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 will air weekdays at 1630 on BBC One from Monday 6th January.
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.
In week one (Monday 6th January – Friday 10th January) James Braxton and Catherine Southon kick off their scenic road trip in a stately 1969 Rover P5 in the Home Counties and work their way around the B roads of England to a final auction in Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Though both veteran Road Trippers this is the first time friends Catherine and James have competed against one another. As they banter, barter and browse for bargains these antiquers find themselves lost on the way to one auction.
James ditches the classic car to opt for one of the oldest vehicles ever to take to the road on an Antiques Road Trip, while Catherine meets a stallion and tries her hand on a race horse.
Good pals they may be, but they’re fierce rivals at auction. Neither wants to take second place when it comes to profits. Catherine gambles a three figure some on some 300 year old carvings and James buys a bargain, a jug designed by one of the big names in ceramics. Will it make him a fortune?
In one of the most exciting Road Trips ever to take to the country lanes of Britain the competition between James and Catherine all comes down to the final auction.
Well known antique hunters Charlie Ross, Izzie Balmer, Angus Ashworth, David Harper, Louise Gostelow, Raj Bisram, Natasha Raskin Sharp and Steven Moore – who joins the Road Trip team for the first time – also feature in the new series.
Across the series, viewers will follow the ten experts in their quest to make the most profit, with tense auctions and peculiar finds keeping the viewers guessing who will come out on top.
John Redshaw, series producer at STV Productions, said: “Our much loved antiques experts are back on the road, 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.”
Antiques Road Trip – now in its 20th series – has been hugely popular with BBC audiences and celebrates its 500th episode during this series. Antiques Road Trip is produced by STV Productions
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