THE plethora of BBC daytime television shows based around antiques and collectables has drawn criticism from the corporation’s governing body.
In the same interim review published on July 6 that reprieved the radio station 6 Music, the BBC Trust published pointed criticisms of the ubiquity of programmes based around “collectables hunting”.
“Some viewers believe parts of our schedules lack quality and have become too weighted towards long-running factual entertainment strands with similar formats and covering similar subject areas, characterised as collectables hunting and property,” it said.
Although BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow has run successfully for over 30 years, it has been joined in the past decade by a raft of antiques-related formats including Cash in the Attic, Car Booty, To Buy or Not to Buy and Bargain Hunt.
The Trust said it would call on the BBC to improve the “quality and ambition” of the daytime output.