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Episode 19

Christina Trevanion and Thomas Plant shop around Warwickshire and Essex, get treated to a Battle of Britain airshow then head for an auction in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.


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It's the nation's favourite antique experts...

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-This is beautiful!

-That's the way to do this.

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..with £200 each, a classic car and a goal - to scour for antiques.

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Joy!

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Hello!

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The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction. But it is no mean feat.

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HE LAUGHS

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There will be worthy winners and valiant losers.

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Sorry, sorry!

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So will it be the high road to glory or the slow road to disaster?

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The handbrake's on!

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This is Antiques Road Trip.

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Yeah!

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This week, we've been on a road trip with two stylish

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antiques hotshots.

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-You have had your haircut!

-Yeah.

-When was this?

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I don't know, a while ago.

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-I feel terrible, I didn't notice.

-Thanks(!)

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Well, you always look so well turned out.

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-SHE LAUGHS

-Whoa! Sorry!

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What were you doing there?

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You distracted me by talking about my hair.

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Yes, behind the wheel is debonair auctioneer Christina Trevanion -

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elegant but always willing to fight for a bargain.

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Hello. Have you got any bargains for me?

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Her rival is jewellery expert

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dashing, dapper and cheeky chappy Thomas Plant.

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This one has somebody in not many clothes.

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Our duo set off on this road trip with £200 each.

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As this penultimate leg gets underway,

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Christina is in the lead

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with £270.31 to spend.

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But Thomas has his sights on a comeback.

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He has £143.62 to shop with.

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-The sun will come out, the jumper will come off.

-Oh, thank God!

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I know you don't like the jumper...

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You are resembling a middle-aged geography teacher this morning.

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I feel that is quite harsh.

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Hm. Poor Thomas. They've been clocking up the miles, though,

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in their Bedford van,

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which dates from a time before seatbelts were compulsory.

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Starting off in Cashel, Tipperary, they had a good gad about Ireland

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before hopping across to North Wales,

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then are whizzing around England before ending up,

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over 700 miles later, in Stoke-on-Trent.

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In this penultimate leg,

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our pair are starting off in Stratford-upon-Avon

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and aiming for auction in the Cotswold town of Winchcombe.

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Time to get Thomas's shopping underway.

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-Bye, love!

-Bye-bye.

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-Hello.

-Hi, Thomas, nice to see you. How are you doing?

-Nice to see you.

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-What is your name?

-Richard.

-Richard.

-This is my wife, Zoe.

-Hello, Thomas.

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And I am Tim. So, now we all know each other,

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let's get cracking.

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One is not finding this easy. The competition is tough.

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She is a fierce oppo...

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..and relentless in her quest for thrashing me.

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Blimey! Better focus then.

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So what we've got here is a vintage bracelet.

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Most unusual silver gilt bracelet.

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Hallmarked from 1975.

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Look at that rock here.

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The matrix of the quartz.

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It's got a replacement clasp on it. It has got a look...

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I like the fact that the links are quite textured.

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So it is silver, which has been gilded.

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And in the olden days,

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it was mercury gilded to give it its good look.

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But it's £55.

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If we can... Not a fiver, but a bit more than that.

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OK, let's see what we can do, Thomas. Absolutely.

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With over 40 dealers on display,

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Richard is going to have to get on the phone.

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-OK, Thomas.

-Richard.

-We have some news.

-Oh, yeah, what is the news?

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-It's quite good.

-Oh, yeah?

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-So, it' at 55. Usually, I'd stop around 50.

-Yeah, yeah.

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-But we can go to 45.

-45... Do think we could have this for 40?

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-Could you do a pound or two more?

-Could we do 4...1?

-Go on then, 41.

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HE LAUGHS

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You know, I hate even...odd numbers.

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-Right, OK. Deal.

-Thank you.

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That's one done. Anything else?

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A letter opener with the clown on the top.

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Some people don't like clowns. But this is very Deco in style.

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Is it Deco? I think it is. It's got a nice...

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It's been well rubbed and worn.

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I don't think I've ever seen a paper knife like that.

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It is quite a cool thing. I think I'm going to go for that.

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If that can be the right sort of price, definitely.

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See, I can put something else with it. You see?

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It's only, you know, £22.

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So what we have here is a brass Art Deco ink stand.

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I love it.

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Because in here is DR, 1922.

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So it was engraved in here.

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It has got a bit of a nick. It is a bit of a sizable nick.

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But once you put it in, you can't see it.

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So one would put one's letters there.

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And the ink goes in there. And your pens rest on here.

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Just to prove it to you...

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Like that.

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Doesn't that look good? What is the price on that?

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-WHISPERS:

-£38...

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Time to sweet talk Richard.

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So these two...

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You know, 38 and 22.

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What does that come to?

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-Well, so we're at 60.

-Yeah.

-Um...

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-Can you do 52?

-I was more like thinking 39.

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That is a bit too low.

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-Can we meet somewhere in the middle?

-HESITANTLY:

-45?

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-Yeah, go on, we can work with 45.

-Yeah?

-Yeah, we can do that.

-45?

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Thank you.

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That is £86 for the paper knife, letter stand and bracelet.

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-Bye-bye.

-Now, where is Christina?

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Heading for her first shop in the village of Long Marston.

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-Good morning.

-Good morning.

-Hello, are you Laura?

-I am Laura, yes.

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Lovely to meet you, I'm Christina. This is rather magnificent.

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-It goes on... Look, it goes on forever.

-It does go on forever, yes.

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Almost daunting, isn't it?

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You've just got to start searching, Christina.

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And walking.

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On.

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And on.

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-Having a nice time, are we?

-Oh, look.

-A little read?

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I probably really ought to start doing some more shopping, hadn't I?

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I'd say so.

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That is quite Thomas, actually. I can see him wearing that.

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It's all his colours. It is very this season.

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Look, very...lovely crushed berry colours there.

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That is very Thomas Plant.

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We'll leave that one there.

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I love that.

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I sold one of these on Saturday, and it was for the Savoy.

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It was for the Savoy Laundry company.

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It only made about £20, but it was wonderful. Look at that.

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London Laundry, Coventry, Limited.

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"Articles for dry cleaners to be parcelled separately, please. 1971."

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A bit of vintage kit, really. But...

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Isn't it wonderful it was something designed to be so totally

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just disposable? It wasn't really made to last particularly long.

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It is only made of stiffened card,

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but it is so iconic of its time now -

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that sort of typography, that lettering... I love that.

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It doesn't have a price on it. Which is a bit worrying.

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Time to get Laura.

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OK...

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I will find out for you.

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I mean, really, I've sold one of those recently for £15, £20.

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-So that is what I would want to be looking at...

-OK.

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-..securing it at, at the most.

-Okey dokey.

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-But if you can give them a buzz...

-Course I will, I'll do that now.

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Lovely, thank you.

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-I may have a bit of good news for you.

-Oh.

-15.

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-Have you done your best for me?

-I've done my best, course I have.

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-Of course you have!

-Of course I have!

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-£15... That's a deal at 15.

-Brilliant.

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-Thank you, Laura.

-No problem.

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Right, let's go. With my laundry.

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And with that, Christina is up and running.

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Thomas has made his way to Worcester,

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where rising gracefully above the banks of the River Severn

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is Worcester Cathedral.

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He's here to learn the story of King John I.

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For centuries, he has held a reputation of being the evil tyrant

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who plunged the country into civil war.

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There has been a place of worship on this site

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since the seventh century, but it gained its prominence as the final

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resting place of this controversial monarch.

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When he took the throne,

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King John also inherited great territory in Europe.

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However, this was all

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but lost after he sparked war with France soon after his coronation.

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Taxes soared to fund his fighting overseas,

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and the king enforced them mercilessly.

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The rich and the influential barons were forced into rebellion.

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They seized London and forced the king to the negotiating table.

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King John's tyranny created such unrest across the country

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that the Magna Carta was drawn up to restrict his power.

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This document would later inspire democracy

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and was created to halt the actions of a tyrant king.

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In 1260, just a year after signing the Magna Carta,

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the king became gravely ill.

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In his final days, he became desperate to

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save his reputation in the eyes of both men and God.

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He requested that he be buried in Worcester Cathedral,

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which already held the shrine of St Wulfstan.

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John had been a driving force in making this former bishop

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of Worcester a saint

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and hoped this decision would aid his immortal soul.

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Archivist Dr David Morrison is showing Thomas the remarkable

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artefacts held within the cathedral

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that reveal the king's last-ditch attempts to save his legacy.

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Probably the most important item, in terms of this king, is his will.

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And that is the earliest medieval royal will left in the UK

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as an original.

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-So this is an original...?

-The original document...

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-I am holding...

-..from 1216.

-..a 1216 document.

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Do you think he actually wrote this or he got a scribe to write it?

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-He got a scribe to write it, but he probably dictated it.

-Dictated it.

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Because it starts, "I, John..."

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rather than some formal greeting.

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So he is obviously speaking on his deathbed.

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-I'm holding a real piece of history.

-It is. It is very special.

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What does it say?

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He is basically most concerned

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with ensuring his son's inheritance to the throne.

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And then his other big concern is for his soul, his going to heaven.

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So he wants money to be given to Jerusalem

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and money given to the poor.

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And at the bottom of the will are all his...what I would suppose

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we would call nowadays executors.

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These are all his key supporters who will make sure that

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when he dies, his son will inherit the throne.

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It is short and rather less stately than you might expect,

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suggesting that it was written in haste in John's attempt to

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protect his son and his own soul in his final moments.

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-16 lines.

-16 lines.

-16 lines.

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-Quite a lot of them are made up of people's names.

-Yep.

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-16 lines to...

-Yeah.

-..set his kingdom straight.

-A kingdom!

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-A kingdom straight!

-Yeah.

-You're right. Isn't it?

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It's a KINGDOM straight.

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He knew he was dying. That's real history.

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After his death, the tomb was placed directly in front of the high altar.

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With this prominent position,

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the monks hoped to give the king the best chance of reaching heaven

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but also aimed to convince John's son, King Henry III,

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to allow the tomb to remain in Worcester.

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The tomb is the earliest royal effigy in England.

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Having it here secured the future of the cathedral and allowed

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the monks to create the majestic Gothic building we see today.

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But the tomb has not remained completely undisturbed.

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In 1797, it was opened to record details of what remained inside.

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And unbelievably, various artefacts were removed.

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They found some interesting items

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that included the front part of one of his shoes.

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It's extraordinary, isn't it? It's a fragment of his shoe.

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And then we have a fragment of his shroud,

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-or perhaps his coronation robe.

-That's amazing, isn't it?

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These artefacts show the human hopes

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and fears of a monarch on his deathbed.

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And Thomas is very lucky to be so close to them.

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And then we have got what is thought to be his thumb bone.

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-Can I touch it?

-Certainly.

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Gosh, a royal thumb bone.

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History may remember him as a tyrant, but the famous document that

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resulted from his actions became the foundation of our modern democracy.

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And his burial within these walls

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allowed the grand monument

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of Worcester Cathedral to flourish.

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Christina has now toddled north to Henley-in-Arden,

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where she is pulling up

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at alliteration-loving Fabulous Finds. Ha!

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Shop owner Caroline is on hand to show her around.

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Wander around with me, Caroline. Oh, look!

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You have got some unusual things.

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It feels like hunting for the Easter egg sometimes.

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That's right. You never know what you are going to find.

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You never know what you are going to find. Oh, that's nice.

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OK, so we have got a little compact which looks to be base metal

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rather than silver. So you'd put your powder in there.

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And obviously, that would spin round.

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You'd have your powder puff on top and the mirror on the top.

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So you could just make sure that everything was in the right place.

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And then the enamel on the top. It's very Art Deco, isn't it?

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Very sort of 1930s, 1940s.

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£95. OK, all right. Is there any sort of negotiation in that?

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-Certainly there is, yes.

-Brilliant.

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-OK, well, let's pop that back for now.

-OK.

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I think that is a really charming thing.

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That sounds promising.

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Thomas made a good profit on his compact at the last auction.

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Look at these.

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Lovely French posters.

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"Interdit aux cyclotouristes et cyclomotoristes."

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Tres bien.

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-Something about cyclists and motor...?

-Yes.

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Interdit, so these are the things that you're not allowed to do.

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So this would have been used as sort of an educational poster...

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-That's right.

-..about road rules in France.

-Yes.

-I like that.

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-How much is on that, Caroline?

-I've got 45 on that.

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Another one to think about.

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-Caroline, look at that!

-Isn't it wonderful?

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That is a stunner. Oh, my goodness! Oh, my goodness!

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-Can you manage? There we go.

-Wow. Can I put that on top there?

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Yes, of course.

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-Wow. Tell me it's by Coalbrookdale or Minton or...

-It's Minton.

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-It's Minton!

-It is Minton, you see.

-Heaven!

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I mean, just the colourway is fabulous, isn't it?

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Minton started producing ceramics in Stoke

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at the end of the 18th century.

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This one dates from around 1900 and has a ticket price of £140.

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There is a chip to the foot there,

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but that almost looks like it's probably from the kiln.

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I love it.

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-OK. But £140 is quite steep for me.

-I could possibly do...

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-I'm terribly poor.

-DEALER LAUGHS

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-I can do better for you.

-You can?

-Yeah, I can, certainly.

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She'll hold you to that, Caroline.

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Oh, I love that. Is that copper?

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It is copper, yeah. It's wonderful.

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-Got a hole in it, hasn't it?

-Yes, unfortunately.

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That's wonderful.

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Ticket price is £100.

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SHE GROANS

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What would you do with that? Is that some sort of mixing, cooking...?

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I think it probably was, yes.

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But nowadays, people use them in the gardens, don't they?

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That's what I was thinking, as a sort of...

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-That's right, or a planter or anything like that.

-Yeah.

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Shall we take this downstairs? I will carry it if...

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-THEY LAUGH

-..if you can be flexible on price.

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If you can't, then it's staying up here.

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-No, no, I can be flexible on price.

-OK. All right, let's...

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SHE GROANS

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-Let's go. Watch these steps.

-Right.

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Crikey, that's four items and a combined ticket price of £380.

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Just how flexible can Caroline be?

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So I am thinking £140 for the lot.

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Talking about these three here, if I could do 110...

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-And what about the compact?

-50.

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Can we say 150 for the lot?

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-Oh, you drive a hard bargain, don't you?

-I think I've met my match!

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-My goodness, 150... Um...

-Go on.

-Go on, then. Go on.

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-Brilliant. Thank you very much.

-You're welcome.

0:17:010:17:04

-That's brilliant.

-Good luck.

-Thank you.

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Very generous, Caroline. Not bad for a day's shopping.

0:17:050:17:08

But time to put all that excitement to bed for one night.

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So off you go, you two. And...nighty-night.

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It's another day on the Road Trip

0:17:220:17:24

and our experts are up with the larks.

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-It is quite foggy, isn't it?

-It's really foggy! And it's really early.

0:17:270:17:32

I know, it is immensely early in the morning.

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Christina shopped up a storm yesterday, grabbing five items -

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the laundry box,

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compact,

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jardiniere,

0:17:450:17:47

cycling poster

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and copper bowl.

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That lot set her back £165.

0:17:500:17:53

In his bid to make up ground,

0:17:540:17:56

Thomas picked up a silver gilt bracelet,

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an Art Deco paper knife

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and a polished brass inkwell.

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He shelled out a total of £86, so has £57.62 for today's shopping.

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Now, look, I think we are coming up to a T-junction here,

0:18:090:18:12

-Geography Teacher. Is it left or right?

-Um... I think...

0:18:120:18:15

You have got that jumper on again!

0:18:150:18:17

I'm going to have to surgically remove that jumper from you.

0:18:170:18:20

It's cold!

0:18:200:18:21

In order to kick off their jaunt today, our pair have whizzed

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cross-country and are headed for Steeple Bumpstead, in Essex.

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-Now, I've been here before, Thomas.

-Have you?

-Yes.

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Oh, this man is an absolute delight.

0:18:330:18:35

Well, I don't think it's open.

0:18:350:18:37

No, I'm sure... I remember Graham from last time, he's lovely.

0:18:370:18:40

-I don't think it's very open, though.

-It can't be closed, can it?

0:18:400:18:43

-I suppose it is quite early, isn't it?

-Quite early, Christina.

0:18:430:18:46

-I think it's...

-I think he...

-..closed.

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Oh, well, I guess we'll just have to wait then.

0:18:510:18:54

SHE WHISTLES

0:18:540:18:56

I spy with my little eye something beginning with...B.

0:18:590:19:05

-Bin.

-No.

-Bumpstead Antiques.

-No, not Bumpstead Antiques.

-Oh.

0:19:050:19:09

-Go on, give me a clue.

-Bird.

0:19:090:19:11

SHE LAUGHS

0:19:110:19:13

Oh, blimey.

0:19:130:19:15

-Thankfully, Graham is here to save us all.

-Oh, Graham!

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And with the doors opened up, there is no stopping them

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from diving straight in.

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I've got lots of toys and things in here.

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We've got a novelty money box there.

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There are collectors for novelty money boxes,

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but that one looks like it has been repainted.

0:19:360:19:38

A quite interesting box.

0:19:380:19:40

What is this? New...

0:19:410:19:43

new picture cubes.

0:19:430:19:44

British maker, always nice.

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Take the lid off.

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And on these, on the top here,

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are the guides as to what your picture was supposed to look like.

0:19:500:19:54

So cats, Katzen, gati, katten.

0:19:540:19:56

There. Half a... Oh, maybe that's the...

0:19:560:19:59

Is that the rear end of the donkey, do you think?

0:19:590:20:01

SHE LAUGHS

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These are very worn, sadly, aren't they? But nonetheless wonderful.

0:20:030:20:07

But these...these blocks are really rather lovely.

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And still, it looks like it has got all its pieces to it.

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So you'd have to assemble these cubes to create your picture.

0:20:140:20:18

I'd say this is probably Victorian or Edwardian,

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so we're probably looking at sort of 1880, 1910.

0:20:210:20:24

I love that.

0:20:240:20:25

Hm. Indeed.

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But there is no ticket price. So how is Thomas getting on?

0:20:270:20:30

Graham, what has this goblet got to be?

0:20:300:20:33

The goblet and the dish, £60.

0:20:330:20:38

Is that your very best on that?

0:20:380:20:40

No, it could be 75, which is even better.

0:20:400:20:43

I was thinking that these could be 30 quid.

0:20:430:20:46

-What, each?

-No.

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-Because that would make it 60.

-That's correct.

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-It is a nice sort of goblet and dish.

-Yeah, they are sort of 19...

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-probably early 20th century.

-Early 20th century.

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Signed, I think, one is.

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Just.

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-And, yeah, they're Danish, of course.

-Let me...

0:21:010:21:05

Have a little think around and we'll see.

0:21:050:21:07

Yeah, I'll let you think about it, I'll think about it,

0:21:070:21:09

-and I'll walk around and see what else I can see.

-Yeah.

0:21:090:21:12

Good strategy. But Graham's work is not done yet.

0:21:120:21:15

I love your shop and I would like to buy something from you.

0:21:160:21:19

Kind of you to say.

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I did see this, which is a really, obviously, lovely Victorian puzzle.

0:21:210:21:24

But I'm not under any pressure,

0:21:240:21:26

I don't necessarily have to buy anything, so I was thinking,

0:21:260:21:28

if it was cheap enough...

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And I was sort of thinking maybe £10 to £15, really.

0:21:300:21:33

-Would that be a goer for you?

-No.

0:21:330:21:37

-I can do it at around 25.

-I mean, it has seen better days, has it not?

0:21:370:21:41

Oh, yes, it has been well played with. Go up another five...

0:21:410:21:44

I really can't. I mean, really, my maximum was ten.

0:21:440:21:46

I'll meet you in the middle at 15 and that's my absolute death on it.

0:21:460:21:49

-OK, yeah, we'll do that.

-Brilliant. £15, I'm a happy girl.

0:21:490:21:54

-I bet you are.

-Great. Thank you very much.

0:21:540:21:57

Christina lands the Victorian wooden puzzle for £15.

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And just like that, her shopping is complete.

0:22:010:22:04

-Bye, Thomas!

-Bye-bye.

0:22:040:22:05

See you this afternoon.

0:22:050:22:07

Looks like you have got the run of the shop, Thomas.

0:22:070:22:09

How are you bearing up?

0:22:090:22:11

Got a hot flash.

0:22:120:22:14

Too young for that.

0:22:140:22:15

Anyway, time for some more negotiating. Round two.

0:22:170:22:20

-Now, how about that goblet and dish?

-How about it?

-30 quid.

0:22:200:22:24

I'm terribly sorry, but I can't do it at that.

0:22:240:22:26

-Despite everything.

-Really?

0:22:260:22:29

Where could we go? And I can't do 40.

0:22:290:22:31

-And I don't really want to go over 35.

-Sorry, Thomas, I can't on those.

0:22:310:22:36

35.

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You drive a very, very hard bargain, you really do.

0:22:400:22:43

-OK, I will do it at 35.

-You are a good man.

-I'm a silly man.

0:22:430:22:47

-You are not a silly man.

-But there we are.

0:22:470:22:50

The good news is, Graham's generous discount means

0:22:500:22:52

Thomas got his goblet and tray for £35.

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The bad news is he has less than £23 left to shop with.

0:22:550:22:59

Unaware of Thomas's spending plight,

0:23:050:23:07

Christina is on her way to Duxford, where she is in for a treat.

0:23:070:23:11

Christina has the opportunity to witness an extraordinary

0:23:110:23:14

display of World War II aircraft as they commemorate

0:23:140:23:18

one of the most pivotal moments in British history -

0:23:180:23:21

the Battle of Britain.

0:23:210:23:23

In the summer of 1940, Hitler began an initial push before attempting

0:23:230:23:28

an invasion, which brought the war to the skies over Britain.

0:23:280:23:32

For three months, the RAF repelled relentless attacks from the Germans.

0:23:320:23:37

Their battles above the British countryside saved this country's

0:23:370:23:40

shores from Nazi invasion.

0:23:400:23:43

As the first airfield to take delivery of the Spitfire,

0:23:430:23:47

RAF Duxford played a crucial role during the Second World War.

0:23:470:23:51

Now, over the course of two days,

0:23:510:23:54

around 40,000 people will watch the breathtaking displays

0:23:540:23:57

showing the aerial prowess of these restored aircraft.

0:23:570:24:02

Esther Blaine is introducing Christina

0:24:020:24:05

to the most famous of all - the Spitfire.

0:24:050:24:08

-SHE GASPS

-The Spitfire!

-Absolutely.

0:24:090:24:11

The iconic fighter of the Second World War

0:24:110:24:14

in all the public's imagination.

0:24:140:24:16

I mean, I never thought that I would say that there is an

0:24:160:24:18

airplane that is beautiful, but it really is, isn't it?

0:24:180:24:21

When you watch it fly, it is so agile,

0:24:210:24:24

such a beautiful aircraft.

0:24:240:24:26

You can see why those young pilots absolutely loved flying in it.

0:24:260:24:30

Amazingly, there are still around 30 airworthy

0:24:300:24:33

Spitfires in existence around the UK.

0:24:330:24:36

One of the men lucky enough to fly these magnificent machines

0:24:360:24:39

is John Romain.

0:24:390:24:40

I am the director of the Aircraft Restoration Company,

0:24:400:24:43

which is based here at Duxford. We own a Blenheim,

0:24:430:24:45

which is flying in the show today.

0:24:450:24:47

-So I am flying that in the first slot.

-Right.

0:24:470:24:49

-And then we have also got a lovely Mark I Spitfire.

-Oh!

0:24:490:24:52

Which is now owned by the Imperial War Museum.

0:24:520:24:55

-Wow! Oh, my goodness.

-But it was a 1940s Duxford airplane.

0:24:550:24:57

-How wonderful.

-So it is very famous.

0:24:570:24:59

-Especially linked to Duxford.

-So what is it like to fly a Spitfire?

0:24:590:25:04

The first reaction is, of course, they are lovely.

0:25:040:25:06

But they actually are. I mean, they...

0:25:060:25:08

You sort of don't get in one, you put it on. It becomes part of you.

0:25:080:25:12

But as a flying machine, stunning. Absolutely stunning.

0:25:120:25:15

So when you are flying within that formation,

0:25:150:25:18

with all those Spitfires behind you,

0:25:180:25:19

do you think it will give you a real sense of what it was like?

0:25:190:25:22

Yeah, it will.

0:25:220:25:23

To look back and see those numbers of airplanes all around you

0:25:230:25:26

will really make you realise what those boys were doing.

0:25:260:25:30

The battle in the skies continued beyond the Battle of Britain

0:25:300:25:33

for fighter pilots of Hurricanes and Spitfires

0:25:330:25:36

and for others in long-range bombers.

0:25:360:25:39

A seat in a Lancaster bomber was one of the most dangerous places to be.

0:25:390:25:43

Some 55,000 aircrew died in raids over Europe.

0:25:430:25:48

The life expectancy of new aircrews was just two weeks.

0:25:480:25:53

One veteran of these bombing raids is gunner Don Chinnery.

0:25:530:25:58

I went in the early part of the war.

0:25:580:26:01

-And I toured all through the war.

-Mm-hm.

0:26:010:26:05

I'd done my tour of operations, which was 30,

0:26:050:26:10

that was your full tour.

0:26:100:26:12

And then you had six months' rest

0:26:120:26:15

and you went back for a second trip.

0:26:150:26:18

What was it like to be in a Lancaster?

0:26:180:26:21

-I would be back in tomorrow, if I could.

-Would you?

-Yeah.

0:26:210:26:24

What an amazing man.

0:26:270:26:28

These incredible aerial displays today commemorate

0:26:280:26:32

those heroic actions of air crewmembers like Don.

0:26:320:26:36

Esther, tell me, what is happening here?

0:26:360:26:38

It's all happening in the skies above us at the moment.

0:26:380:26:41

So the German Air Force fighters have flown into Duxford and

0:26:410:26:44

we now have a Spitfire and a Hurricane taking off

0:26:440:26:47

to repel the enemy. It's exactly as it would've been

0:26:470:26:49

-back in the Battle of Britain.

-I've got goose bumps.

0:26:490:26:52

-It's unbelievable.

-Absolutely, it's very emotional.

0:26:520:26:54

Really, I've got tears running down my face.

0:26:540:26:57

Well, understandable.

0:26:570:26:59

It's those very emotive moments that really bring it home

0:26:590:27:01

what it would have been like during the Battle of Britain.

0:27:010:27:04

Of course, you know, that would have been fairly

0:27:040:27:06

relentless from July to September, throughout 1940.

0:27:060:27:10

-Just makes you realise how special those young men were.

-Absolutely.

0:27:100:27:14

Look how close they are getting. I feel like I should be ducking.

0:27:140:27:17

It must have been very difficult to deal with emotionally.

0:27:180:27:21

-How wonderful!

-It's amazing. It's amazing.

0:27:210:27:23

And people watched these dogfights happening, didn't they?

0:27:230:27:27

-Over their very heads.

-Absolutely.

0:27:270:27:29

Actually, that's the bit that I wonder what it must have been like

0:27:290:27:32

to see those contrails in the sky and to think,

0:27:320:27:34

actually, those are our boys up there fighting.

0:27:340:27:37

It must've been a very, very emotional experience.

0:27:370:27:40

Whilst Christina continues to enjoy the airshow,

0:27:430:27:47

Thomas still has some shopping to do and is headed to Debden Barns.

0:27:470:27:52

Dealer Andy is on hand to help out.

0:27:520:27:55

-Hello, I'm Thomas.

-Hello.

0:27:550:27:56

Oh, that was good, wasn't it?

0:27:560:27:58

-What happened there?

-Hello, Thomas!

0:27:580:28:00

Are you into breaking things, Andy?

0:28:000:28:03

It's my main talent, actually.

0:28:030:28:04

I love that. Look at that.

0:28:040:28:06

It will never be the same again.

0:28:080:28:09

What can you find for your slender budget then, Tom?

0:28:110:28:15

These are our main cabinets for some silver and bits and pieces.

0:28:150:28:18

Yeah, well, my budget is really quite low.

0:28:180:28:21

-Do you want me to level with you?

-Yeah.

-I've got 22 quid and some...

0:28:210:28:24

-Oh!

-HE LAUGHS

0:28:240:28:26

-Sorry.

-Honestly. That's it.

0:28:260:28:27

Have you ever been laughed out of a shop before, Thomas?

0:28:270:28:30

I have some stuff which really got left behind.

0:28:300:28:33

I have one very intriguing piece.

0:28:330:28:35

In fact, a couple of very intriguing pieces.

0:28:350:28:37

OK, I'm intrigued. I'm getting more intrigued.

0:28:370:28:39

The items inside may be a bit too rich for you, Thomas,

0:28:390:28:43

but will you be tempted by Andy's old stock

0:28:430:28:45

which currently resides in the back of his car?

0:28:450:28:48

I have been brought to the back of, um, Andy's vehicle.

0:28:480:28:53

And it is like a dusty...a dusty experience.

0:28:530:28:58

-Now, I used to do a little bit of jewellery.

-Did you?

-Yes.

0:28:580:29:03

Now, this is sort of like...

0:29:030:29:05

This is a Trifari.

0:29:050:29:07

-I know about Trifari.

-OK.

0:29:070:29:09

Trifari are one of the most famous houses of costume jewellery.

0:29:090:29:13

Yes, that's right.

0:29:130:29:14

And it is one of those things that I could've sold it

0:29:140:29:17

once for about 30 quid, but I didn't.

0:29:170:29:19

-I regretted it thereafter.

-What else have you got?

-Well, there you are.

0:29:190:29:23

You see, we've got nine carat gold.

0:29:230:29:25

-A little pearl in there.

-Very pretty.

0:29:250:29:27

-Silver ring.

-Look at you. Right, OK.

-Big clunky jewel.

-Oh, nice.

0:29:270:29:30

All right, what else are you going to pull out?

0:29:300:29:32

-This is like Mary Poppins' bag.

-Oh, yes. This.

0:29:320:29:35

You may know exactly what it is straightaway,

0:29:350:29:37

but nobody else can tell me.

0:29:370:29:39

Well, you have handed me a stoneware...

0:29:390:29:42

..vase.

0:29:440:29:45

-Tin-glazed earthenware.

-Yeah.

0:29:450:29:47

-In the Iznik style.

-Yes.

0:29:470:29:49

Iznik pottery was produced between the 15th and 17th centuries

0:29:490:29:53

in what is now Turkey. However, this is rather more modern.

0:29:530:29:57

-Probably Iranian.

-Right.

-Persian.

-Right.

0:29:570:30:00

-It is probably 1920s.

-Yes.

0:30:000:30:02

-That's what I thought.

-Peacocks. And it is just a bud vase.

0:30:020:30:05

-You put one budding flower in.

-That's it. I was going to say,

0:30:050:30:07

you're not going to get a lot of them, a big bunch of roses.

0:30:070:30:10

What a fun thing that is, isn't it? What a beautiful object.

0:30:100:30:13

-But you know my position.

-Yes.

0:30:130:30:15

-£22 and a couple of pennies.

-Yep.

0:30:150:30:17

The Trifarian stuff - the rings - I mean, they are just leftovers.

0:30:170:30:22

-This, it didn't cost me a lot.

-OK.

0:30:220:30:25

OK.

0:30:250:30:26

-So this could be my lucky day.

-Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

0:30:260:30:29

Could I give you all my money for that vase

0:30:290:30:32

-and that bit of jewellery in there?

-HE GASPS LOUDLY

0:30:320:30:36

You are a good man.

0:30:360:30:37

That is a great deal.

0:30:370:30:39

£22.62 for the vase and the jewellery collection

0:30:390:30:42

of four rings and three necklaces.

0:30:420:30:44

Thomas is now all spent up.

0:30:440:30:46

So with everyone's shopping all wrapped up,

0:30:540:30:57

Thomas is making the trip to join Christina at Duxford

0:30:570:30:59

for the climax of those astonishing aerial displays.

0:30:590:31:03

He just needs to find her.

0:31:040:31:06

Air Cadet Plant seems to have been distracted.

0:31:080:31:12

He never misses an opportunity to dress up.

0:31:120:31:14

I don't think I could even get in a cockpit right now,

0:31:170:31:20

let alone climb up the ladder.

0:31:200:31:22

You know, you see all of these different

0:31:220:31:25

aspects around the shops we go to, the museums we see.

0:31:250:31:29

To actually try it on, it actually brings it home. It is very sobering.

0:31:290:31:32

Come on, Thomas, you don't want to miss something really special,

0:31:320:31:36

do you?

0:31:360:31:37

-You made it.

-I made it, Christina.

-Hello. Look.

0:31:400:31:42

You are just in time, look. Absolutely mind-blowing.

0:31:420:31:45

-Listen, everybody is quiet.

-Yeah.

0:31:450:31:47

-I've had a good look around.

-Have you?

-Yeah.

-Have you really?

0:31:500:31:53

-I really have.

-Have you bought anything?

0:31:530:31:54

-No, I haven't bought anything!

-Have you been dressing up?

0:31:540:31:57

-Um... Maybe a little.

-THEY LAUGH

0:31:570:31:59

Here we go.

0:31:590:32:00

It is just so emotive, isn't it?

0:32:030:32:05

AIRPLANE MOTORS ROAR

0:32:060:32:11

It's just that lovely noise, that fabulous noise.

0:32:110:32:14

And these planes are sort of over 75 years old.

0:32:140:32:18

-They really are national treasures, aren't they?

-They are.

0:32:180:32:21

As are the people who flew them.

0:32:210:32:23

Very well said, Christina.

0:32:230:32:25

What a sight to see, eh?

0:32:320:32:35

This incredible road trip is nearly at an end.

0:32:350:32:38

After starting out in Stratford-upon-Avon,

0:32:390:32:42

our duo have travelled from east to west and back again

0:32:420:32:44

to arrive at their final destination in Winchcombe.

0:32:440:32:47

Christina's lots for auction include

0:32:500:32:54

the 1970s laundry box,

0:32:540:32:56

an enamel compact,

0:32:560:32:58

a Minton jardiniere,

0:32:580:33:00

a French cycling poster,

0:33:000:33:03

a copper bowl

0:33:030:33:05

and a Victorian child's puzzle.

0:33:050:33:07

Thomas's offerings are a silver gilt bracelet,

0:33:100:33:14

a polished brass inkwell and letter tidy,

0:33:140:33:17

an Art Deco paper knife,

0:33:170:33:20

a Danish copper goblet and tray,

0:33:200:33:23

a tin-glazed vase and a collection of jewellery.

0:33:230:33:27

So what do they make of each other's items?

0:33:280:33:30

I adore that peacock vase.

0:33:300:33:32

I just think the colours in it are quite splendid.

0:33:320:33:34

And that little job lot of jewellery that he got... What did he pay?

0:33:340:33:37

£22.64 or something? Ridiculous.

0:33:370:33:42

Taxi for Trevanion!

0:33:420:33:44

The compact is great. The quality of it. The painting is brilliant.

0:33:440:33:48

She is sort of in my wake now because I beat her last time.

0:33:480:33:51

Am I going to beat her this time? I don't know.

0:33:510:33:54

All will be revealed at the auction in Gloucestershire.

0:33:550:33:59

It is very good to see you looking so jollily clothed this morning.

0:33:590:34:02

-Well...

-No jumper, thank the Lord.

0:34:020:34:04

Do you know, the sun is out. It's shining.

0:34:040:34:07

You dressed your trousers to match the van, I like it.

0:34:070:34:10

You know, I thought about my outfit because you were so harsh last time.

0:34:100:34:14

-Was I?

-Yes.

-Oh, I didn't mean to be.

0:34:140:34:17

You know, "Oh, you look like a geography teacher."

0:34:170:34:19

Phil Serrell was a geography teacher.

0:34:210:34:23

Anyway, a packed saleroom at Bespoke Auctions awaits.

0:34:230:34:28

-Come on.

-OK.

0:34:290:34:32

-Let's

-rock and roll. Where are you?

-I'm here.

-Ladies first.

0:34:320:34:36

In charge of today is auctioneer Nicolas Granger,

0:34:360:34:39

assisted by a parrot.

0:34:390:34:40

Called Polly, maybe.

0:34:400:34:42

The bracelet is silver gilt.

0:34:420:34:44

Now, it's a shame it's not gold because silver jewellery is

0:34:440:34:47

valued on the metal value and content. Quite a nice piece.

0:34:470:34:50

See what happens.

0:34:500:34:51

The enamel compact is most probably my favourite.

0:34:510:34:53

The guilloche enamel is in wonderful condition.

0:34:530:34:56

I think that will do quite well.

0:34:560:34:58

Thomas spent all of his £143.62 on six items.

0:34:580:35:03

Christina also gathered up six lots for a total of £180.

0:35:030:35:08

Oh, my goodness, right.

0:35:100:35:11

Woo, it's rather exciting. Did you see the parrot?

0:35:110:35:14

Oh, I love a parrot.

0:35:140:35:15

You'll be looking for more than pieces of eight for your first lot,

0:35:150:35:18

Thomas. It is your Art Deco paper knife.

0:35:180:35:20

Lovely. Good luck.

0:35:200:35:22

Starting at 15. 18. 20 now.

0:35:220:35:24

-That's really good.

-22 in the room. Thank you. Straight away on my left.

0:35:240:35:27

At 22 now. Looking for 25.

0:35:270:35:28

At 22 with you, madam, in the pink.

0:35:280:35:30

At £22, we're selling...

0:35:300:35:33

-22.

-Well done, Thomas.

-Done.

0:35:330:35:35

Nice little profit, too.

0:35:360:35:38

-That's all right. I'm pleased by that.

-Good.

0:35:380:35:41

Christina fell in love with the Victorian puzzle. Will the bidders?

0:35:420:35:45

Start the bidding here at 15. 18. £20 now.

0:35:450:35:48

Looking for 22.

0:35:480:35:49

-£20.

-20.

0:35:490:35:51

At 22 now, looking for 25.

0:35:510:35:53

-And five on my left, thank you.

-Oh!

-On my right. 25. And eight.

0:35:530:35:55

Would you like to go 28 now? And 30, sir, would you like to go?

0:35:550:35:58

Are you sure? That's once, twice, selling at £28...

0:35:580:36:02

That is everyone off to a good start.

0:36:020:36:04

-Straight out of the box!

-Great start.

-Ha! Straight out of the box!

0:36:040:36:07

-Did you get...?

-Oh, God!

0:36:070:36:09

Oh, dear.

0:36:090:36:11

It took a lot of persuading to get your hands on this goblet and tray,

0:36:110:36:14

Thomas. Let's hope it was worth it.

0:36:140:36:15

Start the bidding with me on the book at £40. 40 I've got.

0:36:150:36:18

Looking for 42. At 40 bid with me, a commission bid.

0:36:180:36:20

Looking for 42.

0:36:200:36:22

We're selling then at £40...

0:36:220:36:24

-Sold.

-Another £5 profit.

0:36:240:36:26

Small profit, but creeping forward.

0:36:260:36:29

Thanks for coming.

0:36:290:36:30

Time for Christina's laundry box.

0:36:330:36:35

It is a London Laundry Coventry laundry box.

0:36:350:36:37

Reminds me of my days in Savile Row.

0:36:370:36:39

Going to start the bidding with me, a commission bid, at £15.

0:36:390:36:42

-£15.

-Looking for £18 now. 15 bid.

0:36:420:36:44

At 18 now. In the room now with you, madam, at £18.

0:36:440:36:46

Looking for 20. Don't know what's inside it, have you had a look?

0:36:460:36:49

At £18, we're selling then.

0:36:490:36:50

-And sold, thank you very much.

-Sold. Done.

0:36:500:36:53

That just about holds its own.

0:36:530:36:55

Thanks. Just a bit out-of-the-way.

0:36:550:36:58

Thomas is still searching for the lot that will bring him

0:36:580:37:00

back into this road trip.

0:37:000:37:02

His inkwell is next.

0:37:020:37:04

We've got a bid here at 20. 22. Five. Eight. I've got 30.

0:37:040:37:07

32 on the net now. And five, madam? Thank you.

0:37:070:37:10

35. I'm looking for 38 now. And eight in the room now. 38.

0:37:100:37:12

And 40, madam. And two, sir.

0:37:120:37:14

-42. And five. Are you sure? Shakes the head.

-Don't shake the head.

0:37:140:37:18

-One more.

-45. With you, sir, at 45. Looking for 48 elsewhere now.

0:37:180:37:22

At 48 in the room then.

0:37:220:37:24

-Sir, at 48.

-One more.

-Looking for 50.

0:37:240:37:27

And 50 in the room, back of the room.

0:37:270:37:29

Looking for 55 elsewhere. I'm going to sell then. At £50 to the room...

0:37:290:37:33

-Yes!

-Well done. Well done.

0:37:330:37:37

That is a very decent profit.

0:37:370:37:39

-Thomas, you might make it over £200 at this rate.

-I might!

-You might.

0:37:400:37:44

-Well, I've got high hopes for my vase.

-Stranger things have happened.

0:37:440:37:48

Now, a very large copper bowl with several holes in it.

0:37:500:37:53

At £15, asking. 15 we have. I'm looking for £18.

0:37:530:37:57

-18...

-Something to wash your feet in at night, maybe.

0:37:570:37:59

At £15 we've got. Although it is not big enough to be a Jacuzzi.

0:37:590:38:02

15 we've got.

0:38:020:38:04

That is not making it any better. I've just lost a lot of money.

0:38:040:38:08

In the room at 20. Looking for 22 on the net. At 22.

0:38:080:38:11

And five, sir, would you like to go? 25 now. At 25.

0:38:110:38:14

And 28. Looking for 28. At 28. And 30 in the room, thank you.

0:38:140:38:17

With you at 30 now.

0:38:170:38:18

32 up here. Going once, twice...

0:38:180:38:20

At £32 for the footbath... And sold.

0:38:200:38:24

-Horrendous. He worked jolly hard.

-# There's a hole in my bucket

0:38:240:38:27

-# Christina, Christina... #

-Good auctioneering.

0:38:270:38:29

He certainly did his best. But it is still a loss, I'm afraid.

0:38:290:38:33

# There's a hole in my bucket Dear Thomas, dear Thomas

0:38:330:38:36

-# There's a hole in my bucket.. #

-There's a big hole!

0:38:360:38:39

# Dear Thomas, a hole. #

0:38:390:38:41

It is the first of Thomas's car-park purchases.

0:38:420:38:45

OK, we start the bidding at £15. And 18. Looking for 20 now.

0:38:450:38:48

-So you made a profit.

-Yeah, definitely. Straight away.

0:38:480:38:51

Looking for 22. Some dust on there, for nothing. 22 now.

0:38:510:38:53

Looking for 25. At £22.

0:38:530:38:55

Once, twice... At £22... And sold.

0:38:550:38:58

Almost doubling his money, that's a great result.

0:38:580:39:01

Well done, Thomas.

0:39:010:39:03

Christina's lagging behind a bit, and it is her enamel compact next.

0:39:030:39:07

-Who will start the bidding on that? At £40?

-No bids?

-£40.

0:39:070:39:11

-All the hands go up at £40. 42. 45. 48. 50.

-Oh, oh, oh!

0:39:110:39:15

What's going on?

0:39:150:39:16

55 at the back there, looking for 60.

0:39:160:39:18

-You can stop now.

-No, go on.

0:39:180:39:20

And 60. And five, sir?

0:39:200:39:22

-Christina, race away.

-70.

0:39:220:39:24

At £65...

0:39:240:39:26

Sold to the back of the room.

0:39:260:39:28

An excellent profit that brings it neck and neck.

0:39:280:39:32

Splendid.

0:39:320:39:34

You sounded immensely Welsh then.

0:39:340:39:36

-Oh, did I?

-SplenDID!

-Splendid.

0:39:360:39:38

Thomas loved this 1970s bracelet. Will it be a winner today?

0:39:400:39:43

Let's start the bidding, ladies and gentlemen, on that. At £15.

0:39:430:39:46

At 15. 18. Looking for 20. 20 bid on the net. Looking for 22.

0:39:460:39:48

Are you going to buy as well? You going to bid?

0:39:480:39:50

I'm going to lose all that money.

0:39:500:39:52

Looking for £28. At 25 on the net now. And eight. Looking for 30.

0:39:520:39:56

-At 28 then.

-He's trying hard.

0:39:560:39:58

At £28, we are selling. And sold. Thank you.

0:39:580:40:01

You see, that was a bad thing. I lost. Big loss.

0:40:020:40:06

Oh, the first loss of the day for Thomas.

0:40:060:40:08

-You've still got your Persian vase to go.

-Still got that to go.

0:40:080:40:11

That is going to make £2 million.

0:40:110:40:12

-£5 million, I'm thinking.

-Do you think?

0:40:120:40:14

Christina has her own ceramic offering, it is a Minton jardiniere.

0:40:140:40:19

We'll start the bidding on that at £40. Looking for 40.

0:40:190:40:22

Looking for 40. At £30 I have now, at 30. At 32. And 35.

0:40:220:40:27

-It's moving up. We'll get there in the end.

-And 38. And 40, sir.

0:40:270:40:31

I'm asking 42. 42. And five, sir?

0:40:310:40:34

-And five with you.

-Hang on.

-It's so beautiful, look at it.

0:40:340:40:37

48. £48, thank you, on the net. 50 in the room now.

0:40:370:40:41

And five asking. 55?

0:40:410:40:43

-And 60, sir? Are you sure? Shakes his head.

-Go on, it's lovely.

0:40:430:40:47

Who's bidding?

0:40:470:40:48

Once, twice then. At £55 to the net. Sold.

0:40:480:40:52

And thank you.

0:40:520:40:54

A small loss, but Christina is still in the lead.

0:40:540:40:56

You were sort of going into this crescendo in Ireland and Wales.

0:40:560:40:59

I was. I was going almost stratospherically well.

0:40:590:41:01

And then suddenly we come here and it's...pooooom.

0:41:010:41:05

Thomas has high hopes for his Persian vase

0:41:050:41:08

bought out of the back of a car.

0:41:080:41:10

This is my final hope.

0:41:100:41:12

At 30. Now with me. 32. 32. And five. 35. And eight. And 40.

0:41:120:41:17

At 42 with you. I'm looking for 45.

0:41:170:41:19

-I think it's beautiful.

-I love it.

0:41:190:41:22

-I love that.

-On the internet, surely.

-Nothing online yet.

0:41:220:41:25

60 at the back. And five. 65.

0:41:250:41:27

-Nothing online? I'm quite...

-Do you catch...?

0:41:270:41:31

Fair warning then. At £65.

0:41:310:41:34

That's over 500% profit.

0:41:340:41:37

Well done, Thomas.

0:41:370:41:39

-Jolly well done, Thomas, that's fantastic.

-Thank you very much.

0:41:390:41:41

Their final lot of the day is Christina's French cycling poster.

0:41:430:41:47

At 50 in the room. Straight away now. Looking for £18.

0:41:470:41:49

At 15 now. Have I got 18 elsewhere? At 18 at the back there. At 18.

0:41:490:41:53

£20 back with you, sir. At £20.

0:41:530:41:54

We are looking for 22 elsewhere.

0:41:540:41:56

-Going to have to sell at 20 then.

-No!

0:41:560:41:59

To a good home then...

0:41:590:42:00

-I want to go back to Ireland.

-THEY LAUGH

0:42:000:42:03

Zut alors! After costs, that is a small loss.

0:42:030:42:06

Have I beaten you again? Have I beaten you again?

0:42:070:42:11

Time to find out, Thomas.

0:42:110:42:12

Christina started with £270.31.

0:42:120:42:17

And after auction costs, she made a tiny loss, poor love,

0:42:170:42:21

of £1.24, leaving her with £269.07.

0:42:210:42:27

But still looking gorgeous.

0:42:270:42:29

Thomas spent all of his £143.62 and made a very nice profit

0:42:290:42:35

after costs of £42.52, giving him his second auction victory in a row.

0:42:350:42:41

He now has a total of £186.14.

0:42:410:42:45

But Christina holds on to the lead for the decisive next leg.

0:42:450:42:50

-It's a great result - two auctions each.

-Oh, I don't like this.

0:42:500:42:53

This is making me feel quite uncomfortable.

0:42:530:42:55

You never know, Christina, I might catch up at the last auction.

0:42:550:42:58

I know, you might.

0:42:580:42:59

Cheerio.

0:43:010:43:02

Next time, Christina and Thomas face their final leg.

0:43:030:43:06

I cannot believe it has gone so quickly.

0:43:060:43:09

Christina pulls out all the stocks.

0:43:090:43:11

We could get Thomas in there.

0:43:110:43:12

But Thomas isn't going down without a fight.

0:43:120:43:15

HE PLAYS XYLOPHONE

0:43:150:43:17

That's so cool!

0:43:170:43:18

In the penultimate leg of their journey, Christina Trevanion and Thomas Plant shop around Warwickshire and Essex, and they get treated to a spectacular Battle of Britain air show. They then head for an auction in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.