Antiques challenge. Catherine Southon and Raj Bisram embark on the final stage of their road trip, starting in East Anglia and heading to Bristol.
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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts...
-What at job!
-..with £200 each...
-You with me?
-..a classic car...
..and a goal - to scour Britain for antiques.
The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction.
But it's no mean feat.
-There'll be worthy winners...
..and valiant losers.
So, will it be the high road to glory or the slow road to disaster?
Have a good trip!
This is the Antiques Road Trip.
Get your hankies at the ready,
it's the road trip finale for our fun-loving experts Raj Bisram and
-How do you really feel now that we are at the end?
This is it now, the last leg of our journey.
Thank God for that, Catherine!
Just joking, I'm only joking.
They're in a classic 1967 MGB GT, headed for beautiful Warwickshire,
and with just £4 in it, there's everything to play for.
It's good that there's only a few pounds between us.
It shows that there's somebody else as bad as me.
-And I am winning!
-Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.
That's not the way to word it, OK?
I'm just thinking I'm glad you stepped your game up.
But will Raj finally be able to let go of those purse strings?
By the end of today,
I want to hear from you that you've really spent some money today.
Today is your day to spend it all.
Indeed it is.
From his original £200, Raj has upped his coffers to £395,
which ain't half bad,
while Catherine is in the lead by just a whisker.
Her original pot has grown to a glorious £399.66.
The first potato grown in Britain,
that was brought back by Sir Walter Raleigh, was grown in Warwickshire.
-Yeah, I can tell you're impressed with that.
-Are you sure about that?
I am now.
Check your facts. Our pair's road trip kicked off in Cambridge and
continued around eastern England,
headed north to Lincolnshire, then Derbyshire,
before winding its way down via the West Midlands to Worcestershire.
Wow. This 600-mile trip will conclude in Bristol.
The final leg will begin some 70 miles north,
Catherine's first shop today is in Shakespeare's hometown.
Tragedy, history or comedy, methinks.
Well, Catherine, here we are.
And in front of the jester.
The fool, he's the fool from King Lear!
The question is - to buy or not to buy?
-That is the question.
-I bid thee farewell.
Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Let's hope there's no drama in Catherine's first shop,
Henley Street Antiques Centre.
There are two floors to rummage through,
so she is spoiled for choice.
Allo! What's this?
-Love the colours here, the peacock perching on the branch.
Japanese, really good, vibrant colours.
When you're looking for something like this, it's important to make
sure that the colours aren't faded.
There's a few bits of wear, but generally speaking
that's a really nice, clear image.
I'd say it's something that's probably really made more
for the tourist market.
Going to be early to mid 20th century.
But it's still nice. What's on that?
One to think about.
Let's leave Catherine to mooch on and catch up with Raj.
He's headed five miles south-west to Long Marston...
..a small village
which harboured Charles II during the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
Raj is seeking refuge at the Barn Antiques Centre...
..where he's got over 13,000 square feet to explore.
It's a biggie.
Now, stay focused, Raj.
Can I ask you some questions?
-Of course you can.
-I'm really being cheeky, OK,
there's a bit of a back story to this microscope
that I'm interested in.
A ticket price of £55.
Look out, Laura.
We were at an auction yesterday
and it was a really good auction but the one thing that didn't actually
make any money was a microscope which Catherine bought,
and I think it would be so cheeky of me if I can get that really cheap
and it goes to auction and makes even just a little bit of profit,
-I'd be happy.
-That is cheeky.
It is cheeky, I know, I know.
But, ah... That's me.
-Could I buy that for £20?
I'm sure we can do something for you, Raj,
but what I will have to do is call the dealer and ask.
OK, if you would?
Yeah, absolutely no problem at all.
So, let's leave Laura to make that call
and shoot back to Stratford-upon-Avon
and Catherine. Now, what has dealer Stephen got in his counter?
-Your little brooch there...
With the music, what is it, music notes, or something?
Yeah, little music notes, I think.
What's that, little seed pearls?
Yeah, seed pearls. 14 carat gold, I think.
Is it 14 carat?
-Has it been tested?
-Yes, it's been tested that one.
I quite like that, it's quite fun with the little musical notes.
-I know brooches aren't really...
The best of sellers at the moment, no.
But I think that's quite sweet.
-What's the price on that?
For you, £30, a special price.
OK, and what about this one, Stephen?
Lovely little piece, bought both of them at a reasonable price, so...
-Oh, did you?
-Watch out, Stephen!
-Can they be sold at the reasonable price?
-That is the question.
-So this one you say was around?
£30, we'll let that one go at.
And this one, to help you out, £80.
80. Could I possibly buy that at 25?
-And what did you say for that one, 80?
80, ideally, yeah.
Shall we say 100 for the two, then?
-Can we do that?
-100 for the two.
I like you, I'm glad I came in.
-I shall pay you.
-Before you change your mind.
That's a great deal, you know. Catherine's off to a flying start.
-Thanks a lot.
Right. What news has Laura got on that microscope?
We wouldn't normally go down so low but it turns out he's got quite the
cheeky sense of humour like yourself and he said yes!
Thank you, thank you so much!
-Good. Good, not a problem at all, glad to help.
Well, that's great news, £20 for it,
it isn't as good as the one that Catherine bought
but this is going to be interesting, isn't it?
I can't wait for the next auction now.
Well, that was a successful cheeky first buy for Raj.
-These are quite nice chairs.
I mean, they're not really my thing, these are very, very modern design,
they almost look like they're Danish.
Let's have a look. Yeah, this says Danish designer chair.
It's got £35 on the ticket, that's for each chair.
Oh, yeah, £210 for the set, but they're no antique.
They're probably around 1970s, 1980s, these chairs.
They're in good condition, this is a real possibility.
-Time for some help.
-Dealer Liz, you are needed.
I have to say, it's just so out of my field, but I like them.
-I think they're a great design.
-They're a nice design.
-Nice, clean design and simple.
What would be the best on them?
If I say 140, is that any good for you?
I'll be honest, it's not a bad price.
What about £90?
-OK, if you can do 95.
We'll have a deal.
At £95, I'm going to shake your hand.
-Lovely, thank you.
Well done. Add £20 for the microscope
and that's a spend of £115.
Raj, you have outdone yourself!
Meanwhile, Catherine has taken our journey 17 miles north to Royal
Leamington Spa in the heart of Warwickshire.
Catherine's headed to Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum to hear about
the town's connection with the Free Czechoslovakian Army
during the Second World War
and an audacious plan to assassinate one of Hitler's inner circle.
Following the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939,
the Czech army was disbanded.
However, with men still willing to fight,
one option was to volunteer for the Allied armies,
leading to 4,000 military personnel from Czechoslovakia being deployed
to Leamington Spa to take up training.
One of those men was George Pavel.
His family still live in the town,
including his daughter-in-law, Georgina.
How these foreigners, basically,
were integrated into British society, into Leamington Spa.
They were welcomed, families took them home for dinner,
they were very kind to them.
Very good musicians came with the army and so they did concerts here
in Leamington Spa, they played football,
they were having, actually,
quite interesting social life.
-So, they were really brought into the families?
-Many of them met English girls and even married
them and had children.
However, with war still raging across Europe, it wasn't long before
a number of Czech soldiers were chosen to train as paratroop agents
by the British Special Operations Executive.
They would be tasked to carry out sabotage missions in their homeland.
They started to train people like my father-in-law to come to do covert
actions in what used to be Czechoslovakia.
A top-secret commando unit was assembled,
and with a visit from Winston Churchill,
there was little doubt about the importance of their missions.
So, this is the army here?
-And we've got Churchill...
-Yes, inspecting them.
Literally inspecting them, I mean, he really is, isn't he,
the way that he's looking at them.
And of course, President Benes was also very proud that Churchill
actually came to see the Czechoslovak soldiers.
A select few were enrolled into what was to become known as
an assassination attempt on one of the main architects of the
Holocaust and close confidant of Hitler, Reinhard Heydrich.
It wasn't easy because he was guarded and they had to find the way
how to do it. We have here the order when it was decided,
you can see here.
-Oh, this is a copy of the order...
-..that they were given?
Oh, fantastic. Oh, and it says here,
"The object of the operation is the assassination of Herr Heydrich.
"The time and place of this operation will be decided
"on the spot, but the two agents concerned have been trained in all
"methods of assassination known to us."
Yes, I'm afraid, yes.
-This high-risk plan was further fuelled by Obergruppenfuhrer
Heydrich's violent destruction of the Czech resistance.
Heydrich was seen as a natural successor to Hitler.
His death would be a psychological,
if not strategic, victory for the allies.
And so it fell to the two key players of Operation Anthropoid,
Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, to carry out the attack.
On May the 22nd 1942,
news arrived that Heydrich was shortly to leave Prague.
En route near Prague Castle,
Heydrich's convertible car slowed to take a sharp corner where the
Anthropoid pair lay in wait.
Gabcik opened fire, only for his gun to jam.
But Kubis threw a grenade, fatally wounding Heydrich.
And what was the fate of the assassins?
Did they manage to escape?
I'm afraid not.
They were hidden in a crypt in a church in Prague, by the resistance.
They were betrayed and Nazis surrounded the whole church.
There was a big fight for hours and then, eventually,
they couldn't survive and saved their last bullet for themselves.
That's very sad.
The killing of Reinhard Heydrich was the only assassination of a senior
Nazi figure during the war.
The repercussions were brutal.
13,000 arrests and hundreds of men and women were executed on Hitler's
orders. After the war many soldiers returned to Czechoslovakia but some,
like Georgina's father-in-law George,
built a new life in Leamington Spa.
The generosity shown to members of the once-exiled Czech Army continued
in the years that followed.
I think the British people understood how difficult it was
for them when Czechoslovakia was overrun and what they were facing,
-so they were very supportive of them.
A memorial fountain in the shape of a parachute sits in the town's
It commemorates the courageous men of the Free Czechoslovakian Army
and their time in Leamington Spa.
Meanwhile, Raj is back on the road and heading for the charming
Warwickshire village of Little Alne and the location of his last shop.
What's the mood in the MGB?
Well, I'm really happy with today's buys.
My really, really cheeky buy, which is either going to make Catherine
very happy or very cross, is my microscope.
I saw it, I had to have a go at it.
Let's hope Catherine doesn't have a go at you, Raj.
But what can you find in Fabulous Finds Antiques?
There are three showrooms over two floors, so lots of stock.
But where to start, eh, Raj?
Well, of course, you could always take a canter at it?
I mean, this is a lovely-shaped 19th century Canton dish with a sort of
Ticket price - £85.
Famille-rose actually just means pink family,
that's it, what it means literally, translated.
It's a very, very unusual shape.
It has got a downside
and the downside is that we can see that we've got a crack that runs all
the way through on the top,
and if you turn it over,
we've just got another one that goes
If I can get that at the right price,
that might be a very nice little lot.
Well, that's a cracking start! HE CHUCKLES
Raj is on a roll today.
This is a blue and white Chinese 19th-century mug.
It sports a £75 ticket price.
This is in good condition.
There's no markings to the base of it
but you can definitely see that it's
a nice 19th-century one from the glaze inside that's on the inside.
It's got a nice pattern on it, there's a lot going on on this.
This is really quite nice.
Time to talk money with dealer Caroline.
-I quite like it, this side's fine, but can you see here?
It's got this huge crack all the way across.
What's the very best on it?
I think I could probably do that 50.
What about if we put this into the equation?
If I were to buy the two...
-..as one lot, what could you do the two for?
I think if you bought two, I could do them for 100.
What about if I said 80 for the two?
OK, I think that's a little bit tight. Erm...
Could we do 90, meet halfway?
I'm not going to quibble.
-£90... Let's shake hands.
-Thank you, Caroline.
Thank you very much indeed.
Well, that's great because I'm going to put those two as one lot.
-So I've still got money to spend and I'm going to keep looking.
Good grief, Raj.
You are a man on a mission today!
What in the world will you find next?
A globe. I love globes because they tell you about the social history of
the world and how the world, especially today, has changed.
And this one is dated 1946.
And so countries that some people have never even heard of...
For example, Ceylon comes to mind, Belgian Congo,
places that don't really exist.
French West Africa, lovely thing.
I mean, what's the price on the price ticket?
We've got £90 on the price ticket.
I mean, at auction that's going to make 40 to £60,
that's what they fetch at auction.
Time to speak to Caroline again.
This globe, I quite like it.
-But I think you know as well as I do what they're going to make a
-How about £40?
-I think at £40...
-..I've got a chance, but only a slight chance.
-I love them, though.
-They are wonderful, aren't they?
I think, so you've got a chance at auction, we'll do it, then.
-You're happy with that, you sure?
-I think we will do 40.
-Let's do that.
-I'm definitely going to buy it.
-Go on, then.
-Thank you so much.
-No, you're welcome.
-Raj is actually spending some cash today.
That is £90 for the famille-rose dish
and the Chinese mug to add to the £40 for
the globe. Raj has spent £130 all in one shop.
Blow me down, all at once.
That's all the shopping done for, then.
Time for Catherine to join Raj in the MG.
So, what has been your favourite part of the journey so far?
I love the scene, I love that Suffolk coast that we were on.
I don't remember that at all.
I think you were there on your own, Raj.
That's why it was memorable,
-I wasn't there.
-Maybe that was the...
Maybe that was last year on holiday.
HE CHUCKLES Nighty-night, then.
It is a damp start to day two.
Get your hankies out.
It is our last shopping day together, Raj.
-This is the end.
-Aw, I know, I know, don't.
Catherine, this is a little bit dicey.
We're coming up to a ford here.
This is not a ford!
-This is a river.
-Can you swim?
-Was that well done?
Are you impressed?
Raj, why are you holding on?
I don't know.
HE CHUCKLES It's his age, dear.
Well, he's certainly not been holding back from the buying.
So far, Raj has bought four lots - the set of six Scandinavian chairs,
the boxed microscope, the Chinese dish and mug
and the 1940s Philips globe, leaving him with £150.
This is going to be interesting.
Meanwhile, Catherine has just bought one lot so far,
the Edwardian brooches...
Can they be sold at a reasonable price?
-That is the question.
..leaving her with a substantial £299.66 to spend today.
Revved up and ready to go,
Catherine's dropping Raj off in Solihull, where he's got a date
with a local legend which came into being just down the road
in Birmingham, the iconic Norton motorbicycle.
Museum director James Ewing is going to guide Raj through the story of
the most famous name in British motorcycle racing history
and reveal how it played a significant role
during the Second World War.
Let's start with the earliest Norton in the collection,
-just through here.
The firm was founded in 1898 by James Lansdowne Norton,
originally producing bicycles.
However, when the company was contracted in 1902 to make frames
for a powered bicycle, it inspired Norton to launch its own motorbike,
Well, this is one of three of the earliest surviving machines made by
Norton. Dating from 1903.
All this kit...
What are these levers for, for example?
On early motorcycles, the throttle, as it were, the air mixture,
the timing, everything was controlled by levers,
so much more complicated
and, you can imagine, your hands would have been going like this.
-You were very busy just keeping the thing running properly.
With the focus now solely on motorcycle production,
the Norton name was destined to become associated
with sporting success
and it wasn't long before Norton bikes where winning major races
around the world, including the biggest.
Next we've got one of the pride of the collection, Raj.
We've got the Norton that actually won the first TT in 1907.
-Is this it?
-Yeah, it is indeed, yes.
-A lot of people have heard of the TT. Of course,
it's still going today, very famous road race...
-..on the Isle of Man.
The most challenging motorcycle race in the world, for sure,
and we're lucky enough to have the machine that won the first event.
Incredible. So how fast did this one go?
Well, this one, he actually averaged over the course about 42mph,
and that doesn't sound a lot,
but if you think about the rough road conditions,
the size of the tyres,
the lack of brakes, he was probably 65, you know, 70mph,
heady speeds to actually average 42mph.
I notice that this number plate is the same one that's on that bike
there, so is that the guy who rode that bike?
That is right, yes.
It's a gentleman called Rem Fowler
and that's a contemporary picture from the time of this very machine,
-Fantastic. But there's one thing I've got to do before we go.
This is the child in me.
I bet! The outbreak of World War II would change Norton.
It became one of the most important military motorbike producers of the
conflict. Its machines were used for reconnaissance,
convoy control and escort duties.
What the military loved about these Norton singles -
and they called them sidevalve sloggers because they were low
revving and they slogged away and they were very, very reliable -
they proved to be very reliable in some very adverse conditions.
Can I have a sit on it and see how comfortable it was?
You have a sit, yes.
I mean, they covered some ground on this?
There would've been a lot of bouncing up down.
A lot of bouncing up and down, yeah.
-You'd have to be quite fit to, er...
-Very fit, yeah.
Yeah. I think a lot of these guys,
obviously they'd trained as regular soldiers before they were seconded
to be dispatch riders, but they had to be extremely fit, yeah.
At the end of the war Britain was financially destitute
and the government encouraged manufacturers
to sell their products abroad.
Consequently, Norton motorbikes were made almost exclusively for export
and rare to buy at home.
James, there has to be something really special about this bike
because there's 849 in there and there's one out here.
Why is this one so important?
-Well, Raj, this one was actually given to George Formby...
..of ukulele fame, presented to him at the factory gates
in Bracebridge Street in 1947.
Huge privilege obviously for them because
you've to remember what a big star Formby was post-war.
And to get a bike new in this country was unheard of.
Well, you had to be George Formby.
Is this a bike, James, that I'm allowed to sit on?
Well, you know, Raj, we can do more than that.
-Let's go out on it.
-Let's take her for a spin.
MUSIC: I'm The Ukelele Man by George Formby
There goes our bovver boy.
Well, I never!
Meanwhile, Catherine is headed to Coventry and Greens Home and Garden.
-Who might you be?
Hello, Charles. I'm Catherine.
And she has a smidge over £299 weighing down her purse.
OK. I'm not a big doggie person.
But look at these!
Little porcelain doggies like these were popular ornaments in the early
Oh, gosh, they're actually really horrible.
They're 1920s, I would say.
I think I like them because they're so horrible.
And their horrible, pebble-dash mane.
If I could get those for about 20-ish,
somebody at the auction will love them because they're poodles.
I'm sure. The thing is, they're not uncommon.
These things were produced en masse.
But to find a pair in good condition... They are a possibility.
And I have just seen enamel brooches, two of them.
Look at those.
They're stunning. Let's have a look.
This one, straightaway I'm turning it over and I can see that it's not
silver and there are no marks whatsoever.
But the butterfly itself is beautifully enamelled.
There's no cracks, there's no damage.
Because once this chips it's really hard to repair.
Now, this one I love.
It is silver, which is a good sign.
I think together they could work.
What's the price?
£68 on the silver one.
And £20 on that one.
Time to talk to Charles.
OK. This is not me and this is not the norm.
This is not something I would normally buy.
There are £49 on those.
Do you know what you could do on those?
Not sort of 25?
Keep that thought in mind.
-I also saw these two brooches.
-What about prices on those?
OK, we could do that one - we could go down to about 13 on that one,
40 on that one.
53, then, for the two?
Call it 50 for the two.
-And what did we say for the poodles?
-I think we finalised on 30.
-30. If we took it all...
-..could we say 25
and could we say 40?
-Go on, then.
From one poodle lover to another.
Go on, then. You're buying three items, so we can do that, yes.
-Put it there, Charles.
-A few more lots for auction.
Well done, Catherine. Now, how about Raj?
He's headed for Coventry and his final shop, Antiques in a Barn.
He has got £150 burning a hole in his pocket.
-Hello Raj, I'm Diane.
Have a look around and hopefully you'll find something nice.
Catherine will be here soon, OK?
-You don't have to be so nice to her.
-I'm just joking.
-She's lovely. She's absolutely lovely.
Better make the most of that head start, then.
Ooh, there's something really lovely here.
It's a Scottish mull, which is a snuffbox.
A snuff mull is a Scottish term to describe a snuff container
which almost always is in the form of a lidded ram's horn.
I love them. I can't see the price ticket.
-This looks promising.
It's beautiful, isn't it?
It's absolutely gorgeous.
It's only just come in, that has.
That's more than I've got.
Do you know what the very best on that would be?
I'll go and find out for you.
-OK. Do you want to carry on looking at it and I'll...?
Yeah, I'll keep looking at it, cos I love it.
I think it's gorgeous.
I mean, it's a really lovely piece.
Erm... Do you know, it's got 265 on it.
These usually make at auction between £300 and £400.
I've got £150 left.
It is a long shot but I would love to take that to auction.
That is a... It's a gorgeous, gorgeous piece.
Right, the best he can do on it is 200.
As I say, it's only been in since last Thursday,
I mean, I know...
That's fair enough. I've got £150.
-He won't do that.
-He won't do that?
-No? That's all I've got.
If it was old stock, then...
Yeah, no, no, fair enough. I totally understand that.
I think it's lovely.
Oh, Raj, perhaps you shouldn't have spent all that cash earlier.
But look what's arrived. HE CHUCKLES
And Catherine still has over £234 still to splash.
Are you having a good time?
-To be honest...
-Have you spent more than £5?
I have spent nearly all my money, Catherine. I don't have
-hardly anything left.
-Let me go and do some shopping.
OK, you go and do some shopping.
Has dealer Malcolm got any tips for Catherine?
What have we got?
It's beautiful. Georgian, probably.
I believe so, yes.
That looks familiar.
So he was the farmer?
Most probably. There's certainly somebody of that name in the area
-today that is farming.
-Yes, we looked at up on the net.
This is fresh to the market.
-Has this got a price?
-I can do you a deal on it.
Particularly if you buy one or two more items.
So, if I put this by the till and you go and have a look,
-we'll see what we can do.
-That's quite exciting.
It's a bit of a gamble piece.
But, you know, when you see something of quality,
you might have talked me into that.
Might Catherine steal the snuff mull from under Raj's nose?
There's a lot of bits and pieces in here.
It's a bit of a minefield.
But I haven't actually bought a piece of silver this time
and I've just seen a bit of silver that I quite like.
It depends who made it
and what condition it's in but this is a...
I believe it's a telescopic pencil.
Look out, Diane's back.
Tell me what you know about this.
It's made by a company called Sampson Mordan.
-Yeah, good company.
It's not hallmarked, so I can't date it.
-It's not hallmarked.
-There's no hallmark on there.
-I can't find one.
-What have you got on it?
-What about £100?
I do this a lot, what about splitting the difference
and calling it 110?
-Yes. Go on, then.
Thank you very much. Let's shake hands.
Straight to the point.
Well done, my friend. That's your shopping done.
How's Catherine getting on?
-Quite nice cheap luggage here.
This is lovely.
What a lovely colour.
I know it's plain, but that is actually a really nice colour.
Don't get locks like that these days.
And straps inside to keep your woolly jumpers nice and snug.
That's in the bag.
Malcolm, I've left him!
The time has come. I've had enough - I'm off.
Well, don't forget to take this with you.
Right, I found this suitcase.
I think it's quite nice. Nice colour.
You've got... Is this yours?
Whoever has got 35 on it.
I have the power.
-Oh, do you?
I like you. I'll make you an offer on the two.
My offer is...
I'd like to make you a counter offer.
A very, very generous 170,
with one condition, that you walk the dogs.
Right, here we go, here we go, here we go, here we go.
No, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no.
Pickle! Oh, God!
I've dropped him. Oh, my God, I'm going to lose his dog.
Oh, my goodness me!
Wah! Sit. Good dog!
Good girl! Or boy.
That was a deal, then.
That was the suitcase for £30 and the snuff mull for £140.
Time to return to the MG and that other good boy, Raj.
So, were we thinking out of the box?
-I think so, for Bristol.
But it's quite trendy, isn't it?
-Yeah, it's really trendy.
-I think funky things.
You know, unusual things.
-Do you do funky?
-I do, I do funky, yeah.
I love the way, you know, the shoulders come up.
-Do you notice when I say the word funky I start moving?
Did you notice that? Yeah.
Hey. All that moving, you must be tired.
Time for some shut-eye.
Morning from a beautiful Bristol,
that great city, whose motto is "by virtue and industry"
and I'm sure it has more than enough of both.
A big bridge, too.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge has spanned the Avon Gorge
for over 150 years.
Today is the conclusion of this pair's road trip.
After setting off from Stratford-upon-Avon,
it's time for that final auction.
Our final auction.
-This is it.
-I know, I know.
-I'm sad it's come to an end,
but I brought some friends along.
Today's sale is held at East Bristol Auctions.
Raj bought five lots to sell here, all for a whopping £355...
..while Catherine also picked up five lots, spending £335.
Both spent a fair whack of their starting kitties,
hoping for big profits.
But what do they make of each other's buys?
It's quite funny. As microscopes go,
this is way down the bottom of the pile.
What can I say? It's horrible.
He paid £20.
You know what, knowing Raj, he'll probably make £40 on it.
But it's horrible.
This, I can't believe it's here.
I offered him £150 for this and he sold it to Catherine for 140.
Why would he take less?
You didn't walk the dogs!
The man with the gavel today is Andrew Stowe.
So, what does he make of our expert's items?
The Philips globe is wonderful.
It's exactly what people want on their desks at work.
It's a classic antique but with a little bit of a retro twist,
which is exactly what people want.
We've had a lot of interest in the globe and I'm sure it'll find a
new home. The pair of brooches are very nice.
They're very nicely detailed, particularly the butterfly.
It's bright, it's colourful, it's retro and quirky.
It's what everybody wants. I have every hope that they will do
very, very well.
With bidders online and in the room, it's time to take a seat.
-You ready for this?
Our last auction.
How fantastic is this?
First up are Raj's set of six Scandinavian chairs.
I think these have got legs.
Who wants to start me at £80?
80 I have straight in online.
Anybody want five now at £80?
Any advance, then, selling maiden bid on the internet.
-Oh, no, it's a loss. It's a loss.
-Are you OK?
Ooh, not the best start.
But don't worry, Raj, the night is young.
-Oh, it's so exciting.
-It isn't very exciting.
Next, Catherine's leather suitcase.
-At £20 now on the case.
-Who wants 22?
-Still pretty good, you know.
22 online and 24 still on commission.
On commission still now.
30 and 32 with me.
-It's a nice case. At 34 now.
-Wow, well done.
At £34, selling on the internet...
-That's all right.
That's good, well done. Yeah.
A profit is a profit.
You're talking about it, Raj, as if it's £1 million.
Every penny counts in this competition.
Will a profit gravitate to Raj's globe?
It will make 80, £80-100.
-You think so?
60. 70 I have straight in on the internet now.
-This will do 90.
-Any advance now?
75 in the corner.
80. 5. 85 I'm bid.
-You were right, you were right, you were right, I was wrong.
No. At £100 I'm bid now, then, on the internet.
-Selling and away for 100.
-Well done, you.
-That was good.
Yeah, you were right, you were right.
That's, I think, your best buy.
I think that was really, really good.
That's more like it, well done, Raj.
That's an all-round success. Ha!
Thank you for that - my best buy. My only profit.
Catherine's enamel brooches are next.
You're a brooch man, aren't you?
Oh, absolutely, yes, you can tell, can't you, straightaway.
You'd look nice with a little butterfly here or a little boat.
I've got commission interest here and I'm starting straight in at 30.
-That's pretty good.
-At £32 now, who wants 4?
34. 36 is still on commission.
-It's not lovely.
-I paid 40.
-40 is still with me.
With me at £40, looking for two now.
At £40, asking 42 on the phone.
42 on the phone.
Sorry, internet, at £42...
-He's got a phone on it.
46 is on the telephone.
-Against you, internet, on the telephone, then, at £46.
-That's good. That's good, well done.
-Yeah, it's good.
Another modest profit for Catherine.
You hated them, didn't you?
I didn't like them particularly.
Next up, Raj's Sampson Mordan pencil.
At £50 on commission now.
-60... It's going up, Raj.
It needs to go a bit...
-At £65 I have on the internet.
Any advance in selling for £65?
Oh, no, that's a massive loss.
It did look really good up there, actually.
Bad luck, Raj.
-Is that better?
-That... that was a big mistake.
Will Catherine's Staffordshire poodles make her top dog?
-Oh, they are so ugly.
Who wants to start me at £40?
-40 I'm bid straight in at the back.
Who wants two? On the poodles, then, at £40, maiden
-bid now, back of the room.
-I will take that and run.
# Dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee. #
That's a handsome profit.
I'm happy with that, I'm delighted.
Next, it Raj's famille-rose dish and blue and white mug.
At 100 on commission now.
-On 100 for the pen and then who wants 110?
-On commission at 100.
-Mm, should do more. I would've thought the
-internet would come in on that.
-No messing about there, Raj.
No lingering? No begging?
-Will Catherine's music-themed Edwardian brooches
-strike a chord?
There you go. You're in.
Raj, I paid £100.
it's still here. At £44, come back 46 if you will.
-At £44 an absentee bid.
-It's hard to know what to say
at times like this, Catherine.
Don't say anything!
Blimey, that hit a bit of a bum note.
Never mind, Catherine.
-Aw. Come here, come here, come here, come here, come here.
It's all right, it's OK.
Last up for Raj is that boxed microscope.
22, please, make £22.
20 and away, then.
20 I have on the internet.
At £20 now, then, who wants two?
22 in the middle.
-That's £22, then.
-It's made a profit.
-In the middle of the room for 22.
-I was right.
Made a profit.
Actually, a microscopic profit.
But still a profit.
-Sorry about that.
-Can I never do this with you again?
-You don't mean that, you don't.
Finally, the most coveted item of the week,
the Scottish snuff mull.
Our last lot. This wonderful mull.
I've got commission interest, I'm going straight in at 100.
At 100 is bid.
-At 100 bid now.
-I need a lot more than that.
110, 120, I've still got 130 on commission.
At 130, 140...
-There you go, you're in profit, you've won.
-Asking 160 online now.
Takes it. At £160.
It's very, very nice.
It's only made £20.
Still, ending on a profit, Catherine.
-It's been really close, hasn't it?
I mean, there's... I think there's literally that much in it.
-And I think you might have just done it.
-Shall we do it all again?
I'd love to do it all again with you.
-I would love to.
-Come on then, let's start again, right from scratch.
-Perhaps we should do some sums first, though.
Catherine started with £399.66
and, after auction costs,
she made a loss of £69.32,
rounding of this trip with £330.34.
Raj started this leg with £395 and, after auction fees,
he made a loss of £54.06,
so his winning total is £340.94,
making him today's and the trip's overall winner by just £10.60.
All profits go to Children in Need.
Your friends are still waiting for you, Raj.
I know, I know, my fans.
-What a trip.
-It was fantastic!
I'm looking forward to the next one, Catherine,
I would love to do another one with you.
Come on, then, let's get started.
Please do. You two have been a class act.
-Starting off today. How you feeling?
-Oh, you ARE a devil.
SHE IMITATES ENGINE We've had some mishaps...
I just picked something off a shelf and I've dropped it and it's gone
-under the cabinet.
-..some unusual finds...
Isn't this something you pee in?
SHE BLOWS TRUMPET
..and quality bonding...
-What do you think?
..some hard bargaining from the dealers...
-I'd arm wrestle you for it.
-You would lose.
..and one of the closest competitions in Road Trip history.
-My heart was going, yours must have been racing.
I have had absolutely great fun.
-It has been good.
-Hasn't it just?
See you next time.
Catherine Southon and Raj Bisram embark on the final stage of their road trip. Travelling in a classic MG, the duo crossed the country, starting in East Anglia and destined for Bristol. Catherine hopes to be top dog with two porcelain Staffordshire poodles, while Raj has pinned his hopes on a spinning globe. However, it's the battle over a Scottish snuff mull that both experts are attracted to.
On the way, Catherine visits Leamington Spa to hear the town's connection to the assassination of one of Hitler's inner circle. Raj, meanwhile, heads to Solihull to take a ride on a motorbike that won races and helped win the war.