TV shows

TV programmes about the art and antiques trade have greatly expanded in number since the 1990s. From Bargain Hunt and Flog It! to Fake or Fortune? and the long-running BBC series Antiques Roadshow, love them or loath them, their popularity is enduring.

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


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BBC Antiques Roadshow: 40 years of getting an antiques show on the road

18 September 2017

With the BBC’s hit series now 40 years old, we find out producer Simon Shaw's views on its success ahead of the broadcast of his last Roadshow series.

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Gauguin sketch dismissed as a fake is valued at £200,000 after 'Fake or Fortune?' investigation

11 September 2017

The BBC's 'Fake or Fortune?' team uncovered the story behind two pictures possibly by Paul Gauguin during last night’s programme.

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BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ team discover lost work by Australian artist Tom Roberts

04 September 2017

An early painting by UK-born Australian artist Thomas William Roberts (1856-1931), was authenticated on the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ after being lost for more than 130 years.

ATG letter: Fake or Fortune? - I love the twists and turns

28 August 2017

MADAM – I read with dismay your correspondent’s letter criticising ATG’s coverage of the latest series of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' programme.

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BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' uncovers £2m Constable sketch after it “slipped through the fingers” of dealer Philip Mould

20 August 2017

A painting that dealer Philip Mould twice bought and sold more than 15 years ago has been attributed to John Constable in the first episode in the new series of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?'.

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Behind the scenes at Fake or Fortune?

14 August 2017

The BBC’s hit series Fake or Fortune? returns to our screens on Sunday August 20. ATG's Laura Chesters went behind the scenes for insight into the making of the show and to ask why the trade should tune in.

Geoffrey Munn

Third £1m valuation at BBC’s Antiques Roadshow for Fabergé flower

26 June 2017

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow witnessed its third £1m valuation while filming at the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands last week.

ATG Letter: Boot put into BBC

12 June 2017

MADAM – I feel the BBC should be given a tactful kick up the bot as the summer schedule of sport means erratic scheduling of Flog It! and Antiques Roadshow.

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Victorian gold ring sells in Bristol auction as part of Flog It! visit

15 February 2017

A Bristol filming session for the BBC's TV show Flog It! series saw the multi-estimate sale of this Victorian gold ring.

Rupert Maas on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

Top Gear, X Factor and now Sherlock: All beaten by the Antiques Roadshow

11 January 2017

The first Antiques Roadshow in a new series, filmed at Tewkesbury Abbey and broadcast on Sunday, reached 6.4m viewers. It has beaten BBC drama Sherlock in the Sunday primetime slot which managed 6m according to overnight rating figures.

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Fake or Fortune? presenters ‘in dispute’ over new BBC show

06 December 2016

A media report of a spat between two of television’s best known art detectives – dealers Philip Mould and Bendor Grosvenor – has not been denied by the dealers when contacted by ATG.

Graham Lay

Tributes pour in for Antiques Roadshow militaria expert Graham Lay

30 November 2016

Antiques Roadshow expert and militaria specialist Graham Lay has passed away. A well-known personality on the show for more than 25 years, his death was announced by the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

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BBC goes behind the scenes at Christie’s

16 November 2016

Auction house Christie’s will take centre stage in a new BBC documentary this weekend. The company, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, is the subject of a two-part look behind the scenes at some of its biggest auctions.

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Freya Mitton holds Modern British art exhibition in pop-exhibition restaurant of former Masterchef contestant

09 November 2016

Twentieth-century British art dealer Freya Mitton is staging an exhibition within the pop-up restaurant run by Andrew Kojima of Masterchef fame.

Candice Brown

Cake and antiques: Great British Bake Off winner cooks up idea for new shop

28 October 2016

Candice Brown, the winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has revealed her love of antiques and hopes to open a vintage shop.

BBC investigates the ivory trade in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall documentary

24 October 2016

A BBC One documentary by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall called 'Saving Africa’s Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War' will be aired tonight at 9pm.

ATG quotes of the week

They said what?! The week (10-16 Oct) in quotes from the art and antiques world

16 October 2016

In a new weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others – from the future gazing to recalling past mistakes. For instance, which world famous art dealer sold a signed John Lennon album for a song?

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New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

Rupert Maas on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

‘Lost’ Victorian portrait ‘best ever seen’ on BBC's Antiques Roadshow

26 September 2016

A previously unknown Victorian work of art has been deemed the best and most valuable picture ever seen on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Hugh Scully and the early Information Superhighway

15 October 2015

With the death of ex-Antiques Roadshow presenter Hugh Scully at the age of 72, former Antiques Trade Gazette editor Ivan Macquisten looks back at what happened when he launched an online valuations business with the internet still in its infancy.

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