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Episode 17

Antiques challenge. The second leg of Raj Bisram and Catherine Southon's trip begins in Norwich, Norfolk, and ends at an auction in Colchester, Essex.


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

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-What a job!

-..with £200 each...

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-Are you with me?

-..a classic car...

-Buckle up.

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..and a goal - to scour Britain for antiques.

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-Oh, sorry!

-Ha-ha!

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The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction.

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But it's no mean feat.

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There'll be worthy winners...

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-Yes!

-..and valiant losers.

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So will it be the high road to glory

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or the slow road to disaster?

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Have a good trip!

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This is the Antiques Road Trip!

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Yeah!

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Hold on to your hats, it's leg two of an epic antiquing adventure

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with road trip regulars Raj Bisram and Catherine Southon.

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-BOTH:

-It's BOOTIFUL!

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No prizes for guessing where you two are, then!

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-Yes, we're in Norfolk!

-And it is! It is.

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The sun is shining today and we're in our little sunshine car.

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And what a car it is -

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a smashing little 1967 MGB GT.

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You're looking at me very funny. Have you got a plan?

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You've got that look.

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You've got the little Raj glint.

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That kind of little, "I know I'm going to get a bargain,"

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kind of glint, "I don't know about you."

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Not at all. Do you know, I always think I'm going to get a bargain,

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that's the problem. It's my downfall.

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Hopefully it won't be today.

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From Catherine's original £200,

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she's increased her purse,

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so has £221.40 available to spend.

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Raj's £200 pot has also risen,

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nudging him into the lead with £238.90.

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So there's a mere, a very mere £20 between us.

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Starting off today, how are you feeling?

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-Fantastic!

-Oh, Raj!

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Oh, you are a devil!

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Ain't he just!

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This roving Road Trip kicked off in Cambridge

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and carries on around East Anglia,

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then heads both north and west towards the Peak District,

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before taking us through the West Midlands

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to finish up over 600 miles later in Bristol. Wow.

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Today we'll begin in the fine city of Norwich in Norfolk

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and end at auction in Colchester in Essex.

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The good thing about Norfolk is it's one of those counties

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where there are still lots of antique shops.

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-Yes. There are, actually, aren't there?

-Yeah!

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This morning our pair are splitting up and

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Raj is heading to the oldest historical street in Norwich

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to start his shopping at Elm Hill Collectables.

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Sweet.

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-Hello there.

-Hello, Raj. Hello.

-Hello, and you are?

-Paul.

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Paul, lovely to meet you. So lots of bargains in here?

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-Everything's a bargain.

-Everything is a bargain.

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I can tell, I can tell I'm going to have trouble here!

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There's bits and pieces all over the place,

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and that's the kind of shop I really, really like.

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What a beautiful butterfly this is.

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It's called a Rajah Brooke.

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What a lovely name that is!

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-Paul...

-Yes, Raj?

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I've had a little look round, you've got some lovely things,

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but I bet you've got something under the counter that's probably

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-just come in, haven't you?

-Let me think.

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How about...?

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What do you think?

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-You can see the maker.

-Yes, Georg Jensen.

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-Yes.

-Fine maker.

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Indeed.

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They've been producing eye-catching designs for more than 100 years.

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Good quality. Bit of a designer thing, isn't it?

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Strange, isn't it, I mean, it does nothing for me, the style.

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-It's very unusual. Silver, I presume.

-Yes, it's hallmarked.

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And the auction we're going to...

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-Yes.

-..is in Essex.

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Right. They'll love that there.

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Well, they could love it or they could really hate it.

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-I mean, it's not really my taste, I have to be honest.

-No.

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-Or yours. You just want to get rid of it!

-Yes, I do, yes.

-OK.

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Give me a clue as to what you want for it?

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-I think 75.

-Oh, no.

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How about 50? And you'll double your money.

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No, I'm not sure about that.

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-Oh, I'm totally sure.

-Can I think about it?

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-Have you got anything else? Have you got anything else?

-Probably.

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What is that, Japanese, do you think?

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I think it is.

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A bit of 19th century papier mache.

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-Yes. Quite attractive, I thought.

-Yes, it's quite attractive.

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That can be ever so reasonable. Essex would appreciate that.

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-How much could that be?

-How about £10?

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How about, I don't want to hit you too hard,

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so how about the Georg Jensen ring and this for £50?

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-Deal?

-Yeah.

-Oh, I should have come in less!

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I should have come in less! That was much too quick.

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-Does that include the box?

-Of course it includes the box!

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-Fantastic, I bought two things off you.

-Nice.

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-Fantastic.

-I hope you do well, Raj.

-Thank you very much indeed, Paul.

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It's been an absolute pleasure.

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So Raj has secured the 1960s Georg Jensen ring for £40

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and the 19th century papier mache box for a tenner.

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A cracking start.

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Back with Catherine and she's decided to start her day

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by soaking up a bit of culture in Norwich.

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Considered the modern-day capital of East Anglia,

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Catherine's come to hear about the region's most ferocious

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warrior queen, the legendary Boudicca.

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She's meeting an expert on the story,

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chief curator of Norwich Castle Museum, Dr John Davies.

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So John, we're going right back to the first century AD.

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Who was Boudicca?

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Boudicca is one of the most famous heroines from

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the whole of world history. She stood up to the great might

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of the Roman Empire, who were just undefeated at that time,

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and she very nearly ejected the might of the whole Romans

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-from this country.

-What did she do then, where did it all begin?

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This was in the mid-1st century AD, around about AD 60.

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Boudicca was queen of the Iceni tribe who were a rural community

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living in what is now Norfolk. Chieftain at the time,

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the king of the tribe of the Iceni, Prasutagus, died.

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Boudicca was his wife, his queen,

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and she seceded to the leadership of the Iceni.

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And Prasutagus had tried to leave part of his estate to Boudicca

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and her daughters. The Romans were having none of that and

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so the episode that is so famous, when Boudicca's uprising occurred,

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essentially was in response to the Romans' very heavy-handed approach

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to clawing back the whole of Boudicca's estate for the Romans.

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The Roman soldiers were ordered to occupy Iceni, and Boudicca

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and her daughters were said to have been brutally attacked and flogged.

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These actions exacerbated widespread resentment for Roman rule,

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and while Roman governor Paulinus was leading a campaign

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in North Wales, the Iceni rebelled.

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Members of other tribes soon followed,

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all led by the mighty Boudicca.

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Boudicca, the Queen of the Iceni tribe.

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But what was she really like?

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Well, she clearly was a very charismatic person.

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However accidental it was that she turned out to lead the tribe,

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certainly she was in a position where people respected her hugely

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and in the region of 120,000 people were prepared

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to lay down their lives to support her.

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People really wanted to back her and follow her and they thought that

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she was strong enough to indeed defeat the Romans

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and eject them from this country.

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Boudicca and her warriors struck at symbols of the Roman occupation.

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The capital at Colchester was burned, as was London and St Albans.

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Boudicca's treatment of her enemies was fierce,

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sending shock waves through the Roman Empire.

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We know that the Roman army was in the region of about 10,000 soldiers.

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Compared with in the region of about 120,000 on the British side.

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The Iceni were just numbers, they were untrained.

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Through physical strength of being outdoor people and farmers,

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that was in their favour.

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They had very strong adrenaline through wanting to defeat these

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Roman oppressors, but essentially they had no military skill,

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very few of them had actually ever fought in a battle before.

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Their weaponry would have reflected the fact that they were farmers,

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they probably would have had sickles and scythes in a pitch battle

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facing each other, person-to-person,

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that there was only ever going to be one outcome -

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they stood no chance whatsoever.

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The Roman figures are something like 80,000 British died at that battle,

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compared with something like 400 Romans.

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I think there's an element of Roman propaganda there,

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but you can get the scale of the massacre.

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-Wow. That is incredible, isn't it?

-Yes.

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The exact location of Boudicca's defeat is unknown.

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And although it's said she survived the battle,

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legend has it that she poisoned herself rather than face capture

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by the Romans. To this day, there are many myths

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surrounding Boudicca's final resting place.

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But one thing is sure, she had a special place in British history,

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remembered for her courage -

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the warrior queen who fought the might of Rome.

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Meanwhile, the mighty Raj has left Norwich

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and is heading west towards Attleborough.

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As far as my tactics for this leg,

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I'm just going to go and see what I find.

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I'm always looking for something that's a little bit different,

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so fingers crossed that I can find it.

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If it's different you're after, Morways Reclamation should deliver.

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Not quite the quaint antiques emporiums Raj is used to,

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this yard is packed with some serious salvage.

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Thankfully owner John is on hand to help.

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I'm mostly into heavies, I'm afraid.

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You are? Well, look at me, I'm a wimp compared to you! You know.

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He is tall, isn't he?

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Wow, look at some of these beams you've got here.

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Some of them are ancient.

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For example, John, something like this, what would that cost?

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Most of the stuff, which is just old timber buildings,

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-just a piece of wood like that probably 700 quid.

-Gee-whiz!

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I think I'm probably looking for something a little bit

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-on the smaller side.

-I thought you might be.

-You know?

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Good luck with that!

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These ladders, though, they're interesting.

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Are they old? They almost remind me of hop ladders.

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These are old painter's ladders.

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Which are not small.

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-They would go well.

-Something smaller.

-Something smaller?

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It's all too big, isn't it?

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We're going down in size, it might take a while for us to get there!

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Ah-ha! Those stained glass windows look more your size, Raj.

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They're quite nice architectural things.

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-I've got loads of those.

-What, these?

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Yes, those sort of things and they'd be quite... I mean, they're 1920s.

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Pick it up so you can see through it.

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Very common, it's a very common Art Nouveau design.

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-It is. It jolly well is.

-Yes.

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-So say six of those, have you got six of those?

-Probably six, yes.

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I mean, if you want, 60 quid.

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I tell you what, because I've got to haggle a little bit, OK?

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What about £50 for six?

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-Yeah, go on, then.

-Yeah?

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Shake hands. Thank you. Brilliant, fantastic.

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Deal done. Raj picks up his six stained glass windows.

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That's a nice one, isn't it?

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Then the search for small things continues.

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These are rather nice. How much would one...

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That one, that one and that one, those three together,

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-what would they cost me?

-To be honest with you,

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you're going to be over 100 quid.

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-And what about those two?

-You can have those two for 80 quid.

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Go on, hit me.

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I wouldn't want to pay more than £40 for those two.

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-What, 20 quid each?

-Yeah.

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-That's tight, you know?

-I tell you what,

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because I think you've done such a great job on the stained glass,

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what about, what about 50 quid for the two?

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-You've got a bargain.

-Really?

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Because if you'd said no,

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I was going to say I'd arm-wrestle for you for one.

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-You would lose.

-You think I don't know that!

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Lucky escape there, Raj.

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So that's the six stained glass windows

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and his 19th century brass door knockers for £100,

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and not a sore arm in sight.

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Playing catch up, Catherine has made her way to Wymondham, where she's

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arrived in this historic market town with over £220 in her pocket.

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And time to spend it at Market Cross Antiques.

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White trousers today.

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-Hello.

-Hi, Catherine.

-I'm Catherine.

-Hi. Good to see you.

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-And you, I'm Gary.

-Hi, Gary.

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This Grade II listed building has three showrooms

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packed with potential purchases.

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I need to be inspired.

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Oh, poker work.

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It's like a little miniature dresser, but it's been...

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It's a poker work. So basically it's been done, so they get

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a hot poker and then they mark it, press it all into the wood.

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It's clever.

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But I just don't really like it.

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On we go.

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I like your ship's wheel.

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-Yes, sweet, isn't it?

-Yeah, nice little thing.

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-Where are we going?

-Anywhere you want to, Catherine!

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-Have you got your sou'wester?

-I have! And my wellingtons!

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What does it say?

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Y...K Not.

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-Why not. Why not!

-Yeah.

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-There you go.

-What I like about this is it does have age.

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I mean, there's so many reproductions of these.

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I mean, you can find them anywhere.

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-And it's got that horrible darker wood.

-OK.

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But this is how it should be.

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I mean, this is about 100 years old, I would say.

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It's got 95 on it, but it has got a big split through it.

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OK. How about 65?

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Hmmm.

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No, I don't think that would probably...

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Where are you at?

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I really wouldn't want to go much more than about 40 on it, honestly.

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-OK.

-Because of that break.

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But if you can't do it, then that's absolutely fine.

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No, I'll do 40. I will do 40.

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But I can't go a penny less.

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-You'll make money on that, Catherine.

-I think I will.

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-I'm going to shake your hand. Thank you very much.

-You're welcome.

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-Thank you.

-Anchors aweigh, then!

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Catherine's made her first purchase!

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Which brings an end to a successful day of shopping.

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Norfolk also has something that I love, absolutely love,

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-which is crab.

-Oh, yes, bit of a crab salad!

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-Is it Cromer, Cromer crab?

-It is, absolutely.

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In fact, that's got me going. What shall we have tonight?

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Crab for two, methinks!

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Nighty-night!

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It's the next day and our experts are in high spirits.

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That's a lovely old tractor!

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Beautiful old tractor.

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So far Catherine's only bought one item -

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the mahogany ship's wheel -

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giving her £181.40 to spend.

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-Where are we going?

-Anywhere you want to, Catherine.

-Where do you fancy?

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Raj on the other hand has bought four lots -

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the 1960s Georg Jensen ring,

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the 19th century papier mache box,

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the set of six stained glass windows,

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and the two 19th-century brass knockers...

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I'd arm wrestle you for it.

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You would lose.

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..leaving him £88.90.

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Don't you go enjoying yourself too much today.

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-I'm going to spend it all.

-Oh, that's what I like to hear.

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My intention is to spend it all.

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Good. You're going to take some risks this time.

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What do you mean this time?

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I took some risks last time.

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-Rubbish!

-I did.

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Your idea of risk is very different from mine.

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Come on, Raj, play the game.

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Play the game.

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Well, it really will be dog eat dog today, as they'll both start their

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shopping in Tottenhill near King's Lynn.

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-I forgot we're going together this morning.

-We are.

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-Yes.

-Shopping together.

-Yeah, so a little bit

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of competition. Let's hope we don't spot the same thing.

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I think you buy very differently from me, actually.

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I'll be honest, I don't really know what I buy.

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-No.

-I have no...

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I never, ever go in with the intention of buying anything.

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If I see something and my...

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-..gut instinct is there's a profit in that, I will buy it.

-Yeah.

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That's kind of how I work really.

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First stop of the day, Tottenhill, and the antiques emporium.

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OK, as I'm here...

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Such a gent. Ready?

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-Yeah.

-OK.

-Let's go.

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An ex-car showroom,

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there's 30 dealers' wares spread across 8,000 square feet.

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Let the fun begin.

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Wow!

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That is impressive.

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-Hello, Catherine.

-Hello.

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You look like you're doing something wrong.

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I'm not. I've just found something that you would absolutely love.

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-You would kill for.

-Really?

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What do you love doing in your spare time?

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Apart from annoying me.

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Well, my big hobby is skiing, of course.

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Oh, you found something ski...

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Can I just say, if you see it, you're not having it,

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cos I found it. Look at that.

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-Little downhill...

-Oh, lovely.

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-A little skier, isn't that fantastic?

-Oh, that's gorgeous.

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Well, it's not for you, Raj.

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-I've told you.

-OK.

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It's always the way, isn't it?

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You always want what you can't have.

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Oh, she's a minx!

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What do I like about this?

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Well...

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..best of all...

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..I like this object.

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Maybe mid-20th century, maybe slightly earlier.

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It's quite nice, it's quite a good novelty item.

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The thing is, it's really quite dirty,

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so you can't actually make out his face particularly well.

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He's got a cute bottom though.

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By George!

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With a ticket of £22, can saucy Southon do a deal with Kingsley?

0:19:010:19:06

I quite like it. As I'm turning it round, actually, I'm noticing

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there is a bit of damage there - one of his poles is a bit bent.

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And you can't see his face very well but I think

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he's probably quite well done, it's just you can't...

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-He's filthy dirty.

-Yeah.

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Can anything be done on that?

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Yeah, there's usually 10% off ticket price, but since it's you,

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-it will be 14.

-14?

-Is that OK?

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-Yeah.

-Give you a chance of a profit.

-Yeah. That's wonderful.

0:19:280:19:32

Thank you. I'll take that at 14.

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Jolly good first deal of the day.

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Worth a toot, I'd say.

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HORN TOOTS TUNELESSLY

0:19:370:19:39

I'm pretty good at that!

0:19:390:19:41

You're not!

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I might have a career.

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I don't think so. If I may interrupt, OK...

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-You have a go.

-I don't know what that noise was,

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but three pigeons have just dropped out of the sky.

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Right, if I wipe this, you have a go.

0:19:530:19:56

Go on. You do it better.

0:19:560:19:58

Sammy, play it again!

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Come on.

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I'll get a little bit of a...

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HE ALMOST PLAYS A TUNE

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Sorry.

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All right, balloon lungs,

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back to buying.

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Chinese things at the moment are really, really collectable

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and these are two really lovely watercolours.

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They're Chinese, they are signed, and these are beautifully done.

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They'd make a nice lot, the two of these.

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I'm going to call Jane and see what she can do them for.

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With a combined ticket price of £96 for the two, Jane, you're up.

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I think my best, Raj, would be 70.

0:20:440:20:47

70...

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What about if I said 60?

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Seeing as it's you, yes.

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Yes? Are you sure?

0:20:550:20:56

-Yes.

-Shake hands.

0:20:560:20:58

-£60. Fantastic.

-OK.

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Fantastic. I really like them.

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The two 19th century watercolours bought, and Raj is spent.

0:21:020:21:06

Now, what have you got there, Catherine?

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So this is something completely different, but I like this.

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It's probably for your taters,

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because of these little nodules on the end here...

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They're so you won't pierce your potatoes

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when you're digging them up.

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The ticket says £28. Kingsley?

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So, what would you do on that?

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-What would be the best price?

-That only came in yesterday.

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-Did it?

-And he's got 28...

-And it could fly out, I'm sure.

0:21:350:21:38

-So probably about 15.

-You wouldn't do ten on that?

0:21:380:21:41

Yeah, for you I would. Yeah.

0:21:410:21:42

Ten. Yeah, that could be a goer at ten.

0:21:420:21:45

OK. That's an idea but I've just seen something else.

0:21:450:21:48

-I am cooking on gas.

-OK.

-Can we have another look over here?

0:21:480:21:50

Fantastic.

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What have you spied then?

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A bit of Arts and Crafts.

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Arts and Crafts, copper, hand-beaten...

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What I like is the big image of the dragon, or the griffin.

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It would be lovely if it had some initials on the back...

0:22:060:22:09

-Yeah.

-..of one of the top makers,

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but I can see it's not that sort of quality.

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But it's sort of turn-of-the-century,

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it's quite well-defined. Nice image. What's on it?

0:22:160:22:20

-45.

-45.

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Is there a lot of movement in that?

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There could be. Probably 25.

0:22:240:22:27

25, yeah...

0:22:270:22:29

And then, what did we say on the fork?

0:22:290:22:31

-Ten.

-Ten.

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Could that be 20 as well, I could have them both at 30?

0:22:350:22:38

-Yeah, go on. Yeah. Fine.

-You're a good man.

0:22:380:22:41

-Right, thank you.

-We're done.

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I make that three items bought for £44.

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Spiffing shopping, Southon.

0:22:460:22:48

Staying in Norfolk, Raj has made his way to Swaffham,

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a quaint market town that has an unlikely connection

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to the Valley of Kings in Egypt.

0:23:010:23:03

Raj has come to Swaffham Museum to meet volunteer manager Sue Gattuso...

0:23:030:23:08

-Hello there.

-..to learn about the town's most famous resident,

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the man who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter.

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-Let's go in.

-After you.

0:23:170:23:19

An enigmatic artist and archaeologist,

0:23:210:23:24

Howard Carter shocked the world when he discovered the prized tomb

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of Tutankhamun in 1922,

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but the story starts here in this Norfolk market town.

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His family was a Swaffham family.

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His father was Samuel John Carter,

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who was a well-known animal portrait painter in the Victorian times,

0:23:400:23:44

and he married Martha Joyce, who was also from Swaffham.

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Her father was a builder. And Howard was one of ten children.

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He was the youngest of their ten children.

0:23:520:23:54

His father made sure that all of his children could draw and paint

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because he insisted that they'd all be able to earn their living.

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And when he was 15, Howard decided that he wanted to be

0:24:010:24:03

an artist, just like his father, and paint portraits.

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And so he served really an apprenticeship,

0:24:070:24:09

he went around with his father to the gentry houses.

0:24:090:24:12

And one of those was Didlington Hall, and met

0:24:120:24:14

Lord and Lady Amherst, who had one of the biggest Egyptian collections.

0:24:140:24:19

-So I presume that's where his first passion for Egyptology actually started.

-Yes, exactly.

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Carter's love for Egyptology was ignited,

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and in 1891, aged just 17,

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he headed to Egypt where he worked for 16 years

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before meeting wealthy English aristocrat Lord Caernarfon.

0:24:340:24:38

And in what year did he actually meet Lord Caernarfon?

0:24:390:24:44

He met him in 1907.

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When Lord Caernarfon was in Egypt, interested in Egyptian antiquities,

0:24:460:24:50

and somebody suggested to him, you need Howard Carter,

0:24:500:24:53

and so that's how the two of them met.

0:24:530:24:56

-So this was a big turning point in Carter's life.

-Absolutely.

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Howard always had this dream of finding the tomb of Tutankhamun,

0:24:590:25:03

which everybody said never existed,

0:25:030:25:05

but they kept finding little bits and pieces,

0:25:050:25:07

and so Howard began to put the jigsaw together.

0:25:070:25:11

A lot of the archaeologists thought that there was nothing left in

0:25:110:25:13

the Valley of the Kings, and they had to have licences to dig.

0:25:130:25:16

And in 1914, the license to dig in the Valley of the Kings came up

0:25:160:25:22

for sale and Howard persuaded Caernarfon to buy that licence.

0:25:220:25:25

Then came the First World War,

0:25:250:25:27

and they had to stop digging then,

0:25:270:25:29

and they didn't start again until 1917.

0:25:290:25:32

And they'd dug for five or six seasons and then Caernarfon said,

0:25:320:25:36

"No, I can't do any more. There's obviously nothing here.

0:25:360:25:39

"Let's give up."

0:25:390:25:40

And Howard persuaded him to just do one more dig,

0:25:400:25:44

and that's where the story starts.

0:25:440:25:46

The 26th of November 1922 was, in Carter's own words,

0:25:480:25:53

"The day of days, the most wonderful I've ever lived through

0:25:530:25:56

"and certainly one whose like I can never hope to see again."

0:25:560:26:01

He had found the tomb of Tutankhamun.

0:26:010:26:05

So, Sue, you're Howard Carter, I'm Lord Caernarfon.

0:26:050:26:09

We're outside the tomb, tell me what happened.

0:26:090:26:13

They came down a long corridor and they came to this door,

0:26:130:26:16

which was sealed, which meant that nobody had been there before

0:26:160:26:19

in those thousands of years. Carter made a small incision in the door,

0:26:190:26:24

just enough so that he could get a candle through.

0:26:240:26:27

And Caernarfon stood behind and he said, "What can you see? What can you see?"

0:26:270:26:31

Carter just said, "Wonderful things,"

0:26:310:26:34

because everything he saw was just covered in gold.

0:26:340:26:37

Wow! Amazing!

0:26:370:26:39

Having lain undiscovered for over 3,000 years,

0:26:400:26:44

it was by far the best preserved royal tomb ever found

0:26:440:26:48

and sparked a global frenzy for Ancient Egypt.

0:26:480:26:52

Carter spent the next ten years excavating the tomb's treasures.

0:26:520:26:56

Sadly, Lord Caernarfon never lived long enough to witness one of

0:26:560:27:00

the greatest moments, the opening of Tutankhamun's sarcophagus.

0:27:000:27:05

And inside, there were three coffins, one inside of the other,

0:27:050:27:09

like Russian dolls. And the third one, the inner coffin,

0:27:090:27:13

-was made of pure gold.

-Wow!

0:27:130:27:15

Encrusted with jewels and so forth.

0:27:150:27:17

It wasn't until late 1925 that he actually came face-to-face

0:27:170:27:21

with Tutankhamun.

0:27:210:27:24

Howard Carter's discovery made him one of the world's

0:27:240:27:27

most famous archaeologists, and without his first brush

0:27:270:27:31

with Egyptian artefacts here in Swaffham, the boy king, Tutankhamun,

0:27:310:27:36

could have remained hidden to this very day.

0:27:360:27:39

Back with Catherine,

0:27:410:27:43

and she's made her way to Long Sutton in Lincolnshire.

0:27:430:27:46

This pretty little market town was allegedly once home

0:27:470:27:51

to notorious highwayman Dick Turpin.

0:27:510:27:54

Better watch out for your purse, Catherine!

0:27:540:27:56

-Good afternoon.

-Hello, how are you?

0:27:570:27:59

Oh! Your little doggie pricked his ears up then.

0:27:590:28:01

-I'm Catherine.

-Hello, nice to see you.

0:28:010:28:03

-I'm Catherine too.

-Oh, very good.

0:28:030:28:06

With two floors filled with antiques and collectables,

0:28:060:28:09

Catherine is on the prowl for something to shoot her into the lead.

0:28:090:28:13

Starting cannon.

0:28:140:28:16

A-ha! So, this is steel-lined.

0:28:160:28:19

So he's saying it's like for starting a yacht race or something like that.

0:28:190:28:23

So you'd put the match in there and then it would fire from here.

0:28:230:28:28

The thing is, the carriage looks a very,

0:28:280:28:30

very different colour to the actual barrel.

0:28:300:28:33

It sits quite well, but...

0:28:330:28:36

I think it's a marriage.

0:28:370:28:39

I think the carriage is a marriage.

0:28:390:28:42

And probably therefore not for us.

0:28:430:28:45

I spy with my little eye a few little sewing accessories.

0:28:500:28:54

Now, I like this.

0:28:540:28:55

So this is boxwood, I would say...

0:28:560:28:59

Some other wood, maybe not boxwood, maybe...well, fruit wood, probably.

0:28:590:29:03

But it's a little tape measure in the form of a fishing reel,

0:29:030:29:07

which is rather sweet.

0:29:070:29:08

But it has got a break in it here.

0:29:080:29:10

You see? It's got a bit of damage.

0:29:100:29:12

But sewing accessories can be quite desirable.

0:29:120:29:16

There's a couple of other bits in here as well.

0:29:160:29:19

Two little pin cushions. One in the form of a swan.

0:29:190:29:22

Tiny little thing.

0:29:220:29:24

And another one in the form of a doggy.

0:29:240:29:26

My thought, maybe put them together in a little group lot.

0:29:260:29:30

30, £40, something like that.

0:29:300:29:32

That's probably what I want to spend.

0:29:320:29:34

But each one has got quite a price on it.

0:29:340:29:37

Let's hope your namesake is feeling generous then.

0:29:380:29:41

This is what caught my eye. I thought that was quite sweet.

0:29:410:29:43

-It is cute.

-A tape measure in the form of a fishing reel,

0:29:430:29:46

but I don't know if you are aware that there is a break here.

0:29:460:29:49

-Can you see there?

-Oh, yes.

0:29:490:29:51

-I hadn't noticed it.

-There's a break there.

0:29:510:29:53

So, that will affect the value.

0:29:550:29:57

-Yes.

-The other couple of little things I saw was the doggy,

0:29:570:30:01

pin cushion, but again, I think it's just cast metal, isn't he?

0:30:010:30:04

-No precious metal.

-There's no marks on it.

0:30:040:30:06

And then this one.

0:30:060:30:08

And that's silver, is it?

0:30:080:30:09

Well, I think it's got a silver mark on it,

0:30:090:30:11

-but it might not be English...

-It's not English, so it's probably...

0:30:110:30:14

There's a little bit of age to the pin cushion

0:30:140:30:17

but I don't think it's terribly old.

0:30:170:30:19

The combined ticket price for the three is a whopping £118.

0:30:200:30:24

In my mind, I would like to buy them at around £30...

0:30:260:30:30

for the group.

0:30:300:30:31

I can't go that far.

0:30:340:30:35

-No?

-I can't, no.

0:30:350:30:37

I don't really want to do much more than say 35, honestly.

0:30:370:30:41

Go 40 and I'll do it.

0:30:410:30:43

-Right, lovely.

-OK?

-Thank you. No, I appreciate that.

0:30:450:30:49

That final delightful deal means our experts' classic car's boot

0:30:490:30:54

is full-up with items for auction.

0:30:540:30:56

Well, the auction that we're going to is in Colchester.

0:30:590:31:02

-Yes.

-Which is in Essex.

-That's where I went to uni.

0:31:020:31:05

-Oh, is it?

-I spent four years of my life there.

0:31:050:31:07

-Really?

-I did indeed.

-Oh, so you know it well.

0:31:070:31:10

Party town, Raj!

0:31:100:31:11

-Oh, good.

-Party town!

0:31:110:31:13

Good, I can't wait to get there.

0:31:130:31:15

Well, don't party too hard.

0:31:160:31:18

You've got an auction to face in the morning.

0:31:180:31:20

Send in the sandman.

0:31:200:31:22

After starting in Norwich, our experts have zipped

0:31:260:31:29

around the East of England and are now off to auction

0:31:290:31:31

in Catherine's old stomping ground.

0:31:310:31:33

Britain's oldest recorded town, and former capital of England,

0:31:340:31:38

Colchester is home to a heritage stretching back over 2,000 years.

0:31:380:31:44

Today's auction is being hosted by Reeman Dansie.

0:31:440:31:47

-Auction two.

-Hardly anything in it.

0:31:480:31:51

Anything could happen today.

0:31:510:31:53

Indeed.

0:31:530:31:54

On this leg, Catherine bought five lots for auction, spending £124...

0:31:560:32:01

..while Raj promised to spend big and he did,

0:32:020:32:05

buying five lots for £210.

0:32:050:32:08

So, what do they think of each other's bounty?

0:32:080:32:10

I really, really like this.

0:32:110:32:14

This is a beautiful little skier. It's got some damage to it,

0:32:140:32:18

and I don't think that the base is original to the actual skier,

0:32:180:32:22

but it is silver.

0:32:220:32:23

I don't normally say this cos everything I buy, I would never swap, but

0:32:230:32:27

this is the first thing that I've seen that I would actually swap.

0:32:270:32:31

You could have anything that I bought for this cos I love it.

0:32:310:32:34

If this does well,

0:32:340:32:35

it's going to be all downhill from here on in for me.

0:32:350:32:38

Not too happy with Raj buying this piece of Jensen.

0:32:380:32:42

Jensen is probably one of my favourite designers of jewellery.

0:32:420:32:46

What I like about this is it's classic, it's classy.

0:32:460:32:50

Really, it's timeless.

0:32:500:32:51

The man wielding the gavel today is Lewis Rabett,

0:32:530:32:57

so what does he make of our experts' items?

0:32:570:33:00

The copper tray is a nice piece of Arts and Crafts metalwork.

0:33:000:33:03

It's nice with the decoration on it as well,

0:33:030:33:05

of the dragon or the griffin. I think if it had a name on it

0:33:050:33:08

it would potentially sell a bit better but as it is,

0:33:080:33:10

it's still a very nice little item and we get plenty of collectors

0:33:100:33:13

for that kind of thing, so it should sell well.

0:33:130:33:15

The papier mache box is quite nice. Probably it's a little table snuff.

0:33:150:33:19

But it's a nice little item that someone would have in their sort of

0:33:190:33:22

curiosity cabinet. You know, it's in good order,

0:33:220:33:24

cos papier mache is quite fragile.

0:33:240:33:26

With buyers online and in the room, let's get things started.

0:33:260:33:30

-Ready?

-As ready as I'll ever be.

0:33:330:33:36

First up, Raj's papier mache box.

0:33:360:33:39

£30 for it. 30, £30?

0:33:410:33:43

30 is bid with Ian.

0:33:430:33:45

-Maiden bid then with Ian.

-You're in profit.

0:33:450:33:48

34. At £34, back with Ian.

0:33:480:33:51

At 34. 36. 38.

0:33:510:33:54

At 38. 40 in the room now.

0:33:540:33:56

-42.

-Well done.

0:33:560:33:57

44. At £44 at the back of the room then.

0:33:570:34:00

46. 48.

0:34:000:34:03

At 48 then in the room, gentleman's bid,

0:34:030:34:05

and I'm going to sell, all done at 48.

0:34:050:34:08

I love you - "Nobody wants these sorts of things."

0:34:080:34:11

"Oh, yeah, I quite like it now."

0:34:110:34:13

Well, I didn't make 50.

0:34:130:34:15

No, but it did make you rather an impressive profit.

0:34:150:34:18

Well done, my friend.

0:34:200:34:22

That high five needs some work.

0:34:220:34:24

Right, vintage potato fork, anyone?

0:34:240:34:27

£20 somewhere to start me for it.

0:34:270:34:29

20? 20 is bid with David.

0:34:290:34:30

-Straight in, you've done well.

-22 online.

0:34:300:34:32

At £22 then on the internet.

0:34:320:34:34

At £22 only online.

0:34:340:34:36

-Yay! I'm delighted with that.

-At 22 then, on the internet,

0:34:360:34:40

I'm going to sell.

0:34:400:34:41

-Yay!

-All done? At 22.

0:34:410:34:44

-That's good, that is.

-That's very good.

0:34:440:34:45

You should be pleased with that.

0:34:450:34:47

So, it's a profit apiece.

0:34:470:34:49

Smashing start.

0:34:490:34:51

I think that was quite jammy.

0:34:510:34:52

No, it was potatoes.

0:34:530:34:55

It had nothing to do with jam. Sorry.

0:34:550:34:58

So you should be, old boy.

0:34:580:35:00

Right, your 19th-century watercolours are up next. Stand by.

0:35:000:35:04

The thing is with these watercolours,

0:35:050:35:07

I find sometimes they can totally fly.

0:35:070:35:11

And I have £30 with me now.

0:35:110:35:12

At £30 only now.

0:35:120:35:14

Anywhere else? At £30.

0:35:140:35:16

32. 34.

0:35:160:35:18

-Good.

-At 34, 36, 38.

0:35:180:35:20

At 38.

0:35:200:35:22

40. 42.

0:35:220:35:23

At 42. 44.

0:35:230:35:26

At £44, 46.

0:35:260:35:28

-Yeah.

-At 46. 48.

0:35:280:35:29

-Good.

-At £48, I'm out.

0:35:290:35:31

-Oh, no.

-£48 then, on my right at 48...

0:35:310:35:34

All done, at £48.

0:35:340:35:37

I'm sorry about that cos I think they... I quite rate them.

0:35:370:35:40

I think that's cheap.

0:35:400:35:42

Oh, well.

0:35:420:35:44

Ah, didn't quite fly like they expected. Hard luck.

0:35:440:35:48

That was a fishy lot.

0:35:480:35:50

Oh, please!

0:35:500:35:51

Remind me to buy you a new joke book, Raj.

0:35:510:35:54

Now the turn of Catherine's ship's wheel.

0:35:540:35:58

Hard a-starboard.

0:35:580:35:59

-At £50 with me only. Five anywhere?

-That's fine.

0:35:590:36:01

There you go, straight in.

0:36:010:36:04

60 with me then. 65. 70.

0:36:040:36:07

-It's good.

-£70 then, with me at 70.

0:36:070:36:10

All done? I'm going to sell then.

0:36:100:36:11

-I'm happy with that.

-£70.

0:36:110:36:14

-Good man.

-Another profit.

0:36:140:36:16

Yeah, yeah.

0:36:160:36:17

Clearly Catherine knows what the Colchester crowd are after.

0:36:170:36:21

You're doing very well today, Catherine.

0:36:210:36:23

The thing is, if it's happening for me, you haven't even done yours

0:36:230:36:26

properly yet, so you know, you could be sailing away.

0:36:260:36:28

I wouldn't speak too soon.

0:36:280:36:31

His two brass knockers are up next.

0:36:310:36:34

£20 for them. 20?

0:36:340:36:35

You hovering online? You're tempted.

0:36:350:36:36

£20 for them. 20?

0:36:360:36:38

-They're worth that.

-Bid in the room. At £20 only now then.

0:36:380:36:41

Two anywhere else? At £20 in the room.

0:36:410:36:44

-Yes, yes, yes.

-At 22.

0:36:440:36:45

He likes his knockers!

0:36:450:36:47

At 24. 26. At £26 then.

0:36:470:36:50

-Gentleman's bid on the front row.

-It's not enough.

-Come on.

-More.

0:36:500:36:53

I will sell, make no mistake. At £26.

0:36:530:36:56

-Another loss.

-Yours, sir, 492.

0:36:560:36:59

Oh, dear. That silence says it all.

0:37:000:37:02

It's not Raj's day.

0:37:030:37:05

But can Catherine's luck continue

0:37:050:37:07

with her Arts and Crafts copper tray?

0:37:070:37:10

If it makes something... 30, 40, I'll be very pleased.

0:37:100:37:14

-It should make 30.

-In fact, I'll run round and just, "Yay!"

0:37:140:37:17

-Really, promise?

-And I can start straight in on commission at £30.

0:37:170:37:21

-There you go.

-Ooh!

-32.

0:37:210:37:23

-34.

-Oh, lovely.

0:37:230:37:24

Get your running shoes on. Oh, my goodness.

0:37:240:37:27

40. 42.

0:37:270:37:28

-Get to 50.

-44, 46.

-Come on.

-48.

0:37:280:37:31

55 with me?

0:37:310:37:32

No. At £55 then on commission.

0:37:320:37:34

-60 anywhere else?

-I'm going to hold you to this, Catherine.

0:37:340:37:37

I'm quite pleased with that.

0:37:370:37:38

On commission at 55, and I'm going to sell.

0:37:380:37:40

All done now then, at 55.

0:37:400:37:42

-Away you go.

-Right, I'm off.

0:37:420:37:45

See you in a minute.

0:37:450:37:47

Catherine is running rings around Raj today.

0:37:470:37:50

-Wow. I'm pleased with that.

-That was quick.

0:37:510:37:54

Right, Raj, can you redeem yourself with your George Jenson ring?

0:37:560:37:59

£80 with me only.

0:37:590:38:02

-Come on, 120.

-At £80 on commission now.

0:38:020:38:04

85 if you're coming in online.

0:38:040:38:06

-Come on.

-80 with me. Five anywhere else?

0:38:060:38:09

I will sell. Maiden bid, then, with me.

0:38:090:38:11

All done, at 85 online.

0:38:110:38:13

-Yes.

-At £85 on the internet.

0:38:130:38:15

Takes out my commission.

0:38:150:38:17

At £85 then online.

0:38:170:38:19

-Come on, it's worth more than that.

-It is.

-It is worth more than that.

0:38:190:38:21

I'm going to sell. All done at 85.

0:38:210:38:24

-That's OK.

-Are you all right?

-Yeah, I'm absolutely fine, yeah.

0:38:250:38:28

A little bit disappointing.

0:38:280:38:30

Should have done better, but it's a good profit nevertheless.

0:38:300:38:34

Not quite helped me catch up but it's good enough.

0:38:340:38:37

-A profit is a profit.

-Yeah, we can't complain.

0:38:370:38:39

Let's see how Catherine's Victorian sewing accessories will fare.

0:38:410:38:44

And I have 40 bid on commission.

0:38:460:38:48

At £40 now. Two anywhere else?

0:38:480:38:49

-That's what I paid.

-At £40 on commission.

0:38:490:38:52

42. 44. At £44.

0:38:520:38:54

46, if you like.

0:38:540:38:55

46. I have 50 with me.

0:38:550:38:57

-At £50.

-That's just about a little...

0:38:570:39:00

55, if you like online? 55.

0:39:000:39:02

At £55 on the internet now, 60 in the second row.

0:39:020:39:05

-She's my friend.

-At 60 in the second row.

0:39:050:39:08

Five if you're coming back in online.

0:39:080:39:10

65. 70.

0:39:100:39:12

At £70 then, in the second row at 70.

0:39:120:39:14

Five if you like. At £70 in the second row.

0:39:140:39:17

75 online.

0:39:170:39:19

80. At £80 then.

0:39:190:39:22

-This is good.

-On the internet at 80.

0:39:220:39:24

Coming back in. 85.

0:39:240:39:26

90.

0:39:260:39:27

At £90 now. 95. At 95.

0:39:270:39:30

100. At £100 then in the second row.

0:39:300:39:33

You're done on the internet. At 100, then, in the second row.

0:39:330:39:36

-I'm really surprised.

-All done at £100.

0:39:360:39:39

-That's good.

-Yes, good for you, yeah.

0:39:400:39:43

-Very happy.

-Are you pleased?

0:39:430:39:45

Of course, I'm ecstatic for you, Catherine.

0:39:450:39:48

Yeah, you look it.

0:39:480:39:49

Well done, that girl.

0:39:490:39:51

Well, I think you've done brilliantly so far.

0:39:510:39:54

I might just go actually.

0:39:540:39:56

Don't leave yet. Here comes Raj's final lot,

0:39:570:40:01

his six stained glass windows.

0:40:010:40:03

£30 for them. 30.

0:40:040:40:05

£20, I have.

0:40:050:40:07

At £30 on my right now.

0:40:070:40:08

At 30. 32 online.

0:40:080:40:10

-They'll do good.

-34. At 34.

0:40:100:40:12

At £34 now.

0:40:120:40:14

36, if you like. 36.

0:40:140:40:16

38. At 38.

0:40:160:40:18

-Should be doing this in fivers.

-42. At 42.

0:40:180:40:22

-Come on.

-At £42 now.

0:40:220:40:24

44 if you like online. At £42 now.

0:40:240:40:26

44, if you like.

0:40:260:40:28

-44. 46.

-We're not up there yet.

0:40:280:40:31

-We're still not in profit.

-At £48? No.

0:40:310:40:34

At 48 then, on the internet at 48.

0:40:340:40:35

Do I see 50 anywhere else?

0:40:350:40:37

Come on, someone.

0:40:370:40:39

-Come on, come on.

-Surely, £10 each.

0:40:390:40:40

All done now then at £48.

0:40:400:40:43

Another loss.

0:40:430:40:45

It was minuscule.

0:40:450:40:47

Mini, mini, mini loss.

0:40:470:40:49

A loss is a loss.

0:40:490:40:50

At least it wasn't a large one.

0:40:500:40:52

To be honest, that lot, I'm afraid, a bit of a PANE.

0:40:540:40:56

No? Never... Never mind.

0:40:580:41:00

No more jokes, Raj, please!

0:41:020:41:04

Final lot up, it's Catherine's lovely little silver skier.

0:41:040:41:08

£60 to start me for this one, somewhere, surely?

0:41:080:41:11

60's bid with David.

0:41:110:41:13

At 60, five, 70, five, 80 online.

0:41:130:41:15

-Yes!

-Lovely.

-85.

0:41:150:41:17

-Yes!

-90.

0:41:170:41:19

-Yes!

-95. At 95.

0:41:190:41:21

100. 110.

0:41:210:41:23

At 110. 120, if you like, on the internet.

0:41:230:41:28

At £110 then.

0:41:280:41:30

-That's great.

-I'm delighted with that.

0:41:300:41:32

Getting you in the mood though, isn't it? Do you fancy a slalom?

0:41:340:41:37

The whole rest of this trip is going to go terribly now.

0:41:370:41:40

I'll be reminded of this forever.

0:41:400:41:42

Downhill, it's called.

0:41:420:41:44

What an ending. Superb profit.

0:41:440:41:47

You are way out in front.

0:41:470:41:49

That's something we don't hear very often, but I like that.

0:41:490:41:52

-Do you want me to say it again?

-Yeah, yeah, keep saying it.

0:41:520:41:54

-Catherine, you're way out in front.

-Keep saying it, all the way.

0:41:540:41:57

All the way, Raj.

0:41:570:41:58

Right, let's find out the figures then.

0:41:580:42:01

Raj started this leg in the lead with £238.90.

0:42:020:42:07

Sadly, he made a tiny loss after auction costs,

0:42:070:42:12

90p to be exact,

0:42:120:42:13

so he ends up with £238.

0:42:130:42:16

Catherine started with £221.40,

0:42:170:42:21

but she pulled in a profit after auction costs,

0:42:210:42:24

making a whopping £168.74,

0:42:240:42:28

which means she hurtles into the lead with an amazing £390.14

0:42:280:42:34

to spend on the next leg. Well done, girl!

0:42:340:42:37

Well, that was interesting.

0:42:370:42:39

Well, you did amazingly well.

0:42:390:42:41

Fantastic. And I made a huge loss.

0:42:410:42:44

Oh, come on, Raj. It was about 90p.

0:42:440:42:47

That's a huge loss!

0:42:470:42:49

Next time on the Antiques Road Trip...

0:42:500:42:53

Watch out, Ipswich!

0:42:530:42:55

I don't know what Ipswich is like.

0:42:550:42:56

-Party town.

-Is it?

0:42:560:42:58

I've no idea, but we'll make it a party town.

0:42:580:43:00

Catherine finds a new partner for Raj.

0:43:000:43:03

Come on, darling, Raj is going to love you.

0:43:030:43:06

It's back to the past for Raj...

0:43:060:43:08

This is me 30 years ago.

0:43:080:43:10

..and our expert duo have a porcine distraction.

0:43:100:43:14

-Oh, little piggies.

-I think they've spotted us, Catherine.

0:43:140:43:17

-Come on, let's go.

-They know what we had for breakfast.

-I think they do!

0:43:170:43:19

The second leg of Raj Bisram and Catherine Southon's trip begins in Norwich, Norfolk, and ends at an auction in Colchester, Essex.

A detour to Swaffham has Raj learn about this quaint market town's unlikely connection to Tutankhamun, while Catherine hears about the region's most ferocious warrior queen - the legendary Boudica. Raj blows almost his entire budget and an arm-wrestle haggle gets him nowhere, while canny Catherine purchases a little silver skier for a few pounds.