TV shows

From Bargain Hunt and Flog It! to the long-running BBC series Antiques Roadshow, TV programmes about the art and antiques trade have greatly expanded in number since the 1990. Love them or loath them, they appear here to stay.

And don’t forget the nation’s favourite dealer: Lovejoy.


Make Me A Dealer voiceover to change

10 December 2018

The BBC appears to have listened to the negative reaction from viewers and ATG readers to the voiceover on Paul Martin’s TV show 'Make Me A Dealer'.

Paul Martin

Antiques dealer and TV presenter Paul Martin to open new gallery in Wiltshire

05 December 2018

Former Flog It! TV presenter Paul Martin is to open a new art and antiques gallery in the historic Cotswold market town of Corsham in February.

ATG letters: Viewers voice more opinions on 'Make me a Dealer'

03 December 2018

MADAM – We have been watching 'Make me a Dealer' since it started (ATG Letters passim).

‘Allo ‘Allo’s 'Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies'

‘Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies’ from ‘Allo ‘Allo set for the big reveal at Bristol auction

30 November 2018

One of the UK’s most famous ‘Old Master’ paintings will be offered at auction tomorrow. Estimated at £5000-10,000, the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies from the sitcom Allo ‘Allo is to is appearing at East Bristol Auctions.

Make Me A Dealer called to account

26 November 2018

MADAM – On the recommendation of a friend I watched a few of the new Make Me a Dealer programmes presented by Paul Martin (ATGs passim).

Paul Martin

'Flog It!' presenter and dealer Paul Martin publishes buying guide and memoir ‘My World of Antiques’

23 November 2018

Antiques dealer and TV presenter Paul Martin took a break from his busy television filming schedule to host a book launch for his memoir of the last 17 years on BBC’s 'Flog It!', the daytime antiques show that was axed last month.

ATG letter: Take it from me, there is no fakery or fixing on Make Me A Dealer

19 November 2018

MADAM – The trade’s reaction to the Make Me A Dealer TV show (letters in ATG No 2368) have not been especially kind to the show.

Tim Wonnacott

Former Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott to auction his own personal collection

13 November 2018

Tim Wonnacott is to auction his collection of more than 250 items at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet next month.


New daytime TV show ‘no substitute’ for Flog It!

12 November 2018

The art and antiques trade have a love-hate relationship with television shows depicting their career choice.

Paul Martin

Flog It! cancelled: Will the daytime antiques TV show be sadly missed or was it an idea flogged to death?

08 October 2018

The BBC’s decision to end the long-running Flog It! show after 17 years has been greeted with sadness by those involved and many viewers.

Pilkington's Lancastrian lustre ware Kirkton House

Adding lustre to Pilkington's Lancastrian collection at auction

04 October 2018

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow spotlight fell upon the Pilkington's Lancastrian factory this week - just days before an important private collection of these Salford-made lustre wares is offered for sale at auction in Scotland.

Paul Martin

BBC's decision to axe Flog It! after 17 years is "disappointing," presenters say

03 October 2018

The long-running and successful antiques programme Flog It! has been axed as part of the BBC’s 'modernisation' of its daytime schedule, a decision presenters have described as "very sad news" and "disappointing for viewers".

Dudley Sutton

Tributes paid to actor Dudley Sutton - Lovejoy’s ‘Tinker’

17 September 2018

Actor Dudley Sutton, whose acting career on stage and screen spanned more than 60 years, has died aged 85.


Hosts of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? left ‘genuinely shocked’ as supposed William Nicholson painting is dismissed by expert

13 August 2018

Art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce of BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to screens last night, arguing that a still-life painting was the work of Modern British artist William Nicholson (1872-1949).

Bruce and Mould

Fake or Fortune? series returns to screens with Henry Moore, Toulouse-Lautrec and Alberto Giacometti in focus

07 August 2018

The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returns to our screens with the seventh series on Sunday.


Disputed Antiques Roadshow Elgar score could be given to British Library

23 July 2018

A dispute over the ownership of a score by Sir Edward Elgar involving the BBC and the former Conservative MP David Mellor could lead to the manuscript being given to the British Library.

Antiques Roadshow

Calls for Elgar score to be returned after Antiques Roadshow appearance

10 July 2018

The Elgar Foundation is calling for the return of a draft score of the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar shown on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Paul Martin

BBC launches latest daytime antiques programme

29 June 2018

The BBC is to launch a new daytime antiques show with Flog It! presenter Paul Martin fronting the venture.


Dealer and auctioneer arrive to make a 'flipping profit' in new BBC show

30 April 2018

Shown here at Antiques on High in Oxford is Caroline Henney, left, a costume jewellery dealer at this antiques centre, with Caroline Hawley, right, an auctioneer in Beverley, East Yorkshire, who is also a regular on the BBC‘s 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' and 'Flog It!'


Diversity push launched as BBC’s Bargain Hunt is given another two years

02 April 2018

The BBC has put the production of antiques game show Bargain Hunt out to tender for a two-year contract, despite speculation that the long-running programme, now in its 50th series, would be axed in a drive to boost the quality of daytime TV output.