Episode 27 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 27

On the second leg of their road trip, Charlie Ross and Thomas Plant begin in Bath, then head up through the Cotswolds, ending up at an auction in Stroud, Gloucestershire.


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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts, with £200 each,

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a classic car and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.

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-Going, going, gone.

-Yes!

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-I'm loving that bird.

-The aim -

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-to make the biggest profit at auction but it's no mean feat.

-Yes!

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There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.

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Don't I look handsome?

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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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I'm going now.

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This is the Antiques Road Trip.

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They may be zipping along the beautiful roads of Somerset

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but there's a whiff of competition emanating from antiques experts

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Charlie Ross and Thomas Plant.

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Are you going to be gentle with me today?

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I'm going to be so gentle with you, Thomas,

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you won't even notice I'm here.

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Charlie Ross is no slouch, wielding the gavel.

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He ran his own auction house for 25 years

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and knows the business like the back of his hand.

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One thing I can say is I'm now completely lost.

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Thomas Plant is a Road Trip veteran.

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With 20 years in the trade he's a supreme judge of style and taste.

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Could look like a pirate now, couldn't I?

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Our experts started the week with £200 each

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but one auction later, it's all change.

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Are you all done? 100 falling.

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# I'm in the money. #

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Thomas made a small profit, so starts this leg with £225.08.

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Charlie, however, had an exceptionally good sale,

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giving him a healthy £295.20 to spend, spend, spend.

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But our chappies are heading off on the second leg of their voyage

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in their trusty friend, a natty little 1971 Triumph Spitfire.

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Don't they look dashing, eh? And snug.

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This week's Road Trip takes us over 400 miles from deepest Somerset

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right up to Shropshire via North Wales, before looping back

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down to finish at an auction and showdown in Bedford, Bedfordshire.

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Today, we're starting our journey in Bath, Somerset,

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then heading north via Kingswood in Bristol to the charming

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Cotswolds, and finally onto an auction in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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And we're firmly on Thomas' patch.

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He's cut his teeth in the antiques trade in Bath

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and members of his family are still in the business here.

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So, today, we're going into Bath, you're going to meet Caroline,

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my aunt. She's lovely. It will be an experience.

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Not long before we find out.

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Ah! The beautiful Georgian city of Bath and the jewel in its crown,

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the world-famous Royal Crescent, built in the late 1760s.

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-Cobblestones.

-There we are, look at that.

-Splendid.

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Splendid indeed.

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Now, enough sightseeing, chaps. Time to shop.

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I can't wait to meet your aunt.

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If she's anything like you, I'm in trouble.

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I hope she doesn't give you a good deal. Come on.

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Auntie Caroline runs her shop in an old grocery store which is

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now home to cats Heidi and Siki and a smorgasbord of antiques,

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and this must be... Caroline the kisser.

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Lovely to see you, Caroline.

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-This is my good friend, Charlie.

-Caroline, lovely to meet you.

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-Charmer.

-Look after him.

-I will.

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Please, don't give him too much of a good deal.

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-Look, I'm running a business here.

-I know you are, I know you are.

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-Oh, that means everything must go.

-Including you, Thomas. Off you pop.

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Now, Charlie may have his work cut out in here.

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The Road Trip has been here before and David Harper discovered

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-Caroline's no pushover.

-Could it be £5?

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-Just put it on my account.

-No, it can't be £5.

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-And, let's get trading.

-No!

-£6.

-No!

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-Seven.

-No, no! No! No!

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I'm going to stamp my foot.

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Let's see if charming Charlie can do any better.

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Are you, by any chance, a Tommy Cooper fan?

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-Ha, ha, ha! Just like that.

-Uncanny, that.

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Now, what's this Caroline slipping out of the cabinet?

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I bet you've never seen one of these.

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It's a bar of soap!

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I hope she's not trying to tell you something here, Charlie.

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I've got there shades of a Union Jack. 1937.

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-It's a Coronation bar of soap.

-Yes.

-And it's never been used.

-Yes.

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Isn't that extraordinary? What a priceless object.

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-That's what I thought.

-Yes.

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Guaranteed delicate skins.

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Marvellous. How much is it?

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-I could...

-Give it to me?

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-No, I could do it for £12.

-Could you?

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Not sure Charlie's in a lather over that one yet. Still, moving on.

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Hang on, hold on. Hold...on.

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That's a little bit damaged.

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It's not damaged, it's completely and utterly knackered.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Well, that bit...

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I think to say this is damaged is the understatement of the year.

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This Regency desk stand would have been made in the early 19th century

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when George IV was acting as Prince Regent.

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It would once have held two glass inkwells

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and a space for wafers, but sadly, this one is now showing its age.

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It's clapped out.

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I notice there's no price on this either.

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Well, I didn't really want to sell it.

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-Oh, didn't you?

-Cos it's so nice.

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Didn't want to sell it because it's so nice.

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Caroline, look me in the eye and say that again.

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I could do it for £40.

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I think that is the nicest thing in your shop,

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without a shadow of a doubt. It's absolutely beautiful workmanship.

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Caroline, I'm going to ask you a straightforward question here.

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-You can say yes or no.

-No!

-Right, let's move on. No, no, no.

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-You've said no.

-Go on.

-I was going to say would you take £20 for that?

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-No.

-No, fine. You've just got to try.

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I think at £20 it might make 25 at auction.

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I'm sure.

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But I can't do it for 20, Charlie, I'm sorry.

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Charlie, I knew you were in for trouble here.

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So that's still no deal for either the soap or the desk stand.

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I would never be forgiven by Thomas

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if I walked out of here without buying something, so...

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I wonder how he's getting on down at the other place.

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Probably famously.

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Yes, how is the incorrigible nephew getting on?

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He's down the road at the Old Bank Antiques Centre, where,

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-of course, he knows the owner Alex.

-So nice to see you again.

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-Nice to see you, too.

-We go back some way.

-Yes, a very long way.

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Yes, let's not dwell on that. Get shopping, Thomas.

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I don't have much luck with pictures. But isn't that beautiful?

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Anthony Reed is one of Oliver Reed's relations.

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He was also a friend of my mother.

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Lordy! Do you know absolutely everyone, Thomas?

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Now, surely there must be something sweet here to tempt our expert?

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That's just fabulous, isn't it? Isn't that wonderful?

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Sadly, we do not have the key for it.

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So what would you do? You'd put your bubblegum in there?

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-Put your coin in there.

-Coin in there.

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-And you never see either again.

-And it's an original one, isn't it?

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-Yes, a lovely thing.

-1950s. Can that be very cheap?

-What's on it?

-55.

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-How about 35?

-I was more thinking 20!

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-But...

-Well, I'll ask about that.

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-Do you mind?

-Yes.

-That's a great fun thing.

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-It's a great fun thing, but as you say, you can't get into it!

-Can't get it open!

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Alex needs to check the price with his partner.

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Just every schoolboy

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and schoolgirl's absolute dream to be able to come home,

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put their little penny in,

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turn the knob and out comes a load of sweeties.

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It's just fantastic.

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-He wasn't all that pleased at £20.

-No, I bet he wasn't.

-How about 25?

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Perfect. That is a deal. I would very much like to buy that.

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Well done, Thomas. First purchase of the day. Now the boy's on a roll.

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Look at that. This is a piece of Art Nouveau.

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Just going to move it over here because,

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you know, my strength is slightly going.

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So an Art Nouveau copper coal or log bin.

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It will come up beautifully.

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Look at these fantastic stylised flower heads here.

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You've got these pretty, pretty hearts on the domed lid,

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and it's been planished, which is hammer beaten.

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You could see there's a freedom here.

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There's been a freedom in construction of this. It's lovely.

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I think it's safe to say he likes it.

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-It's a good thing.

-Ah, you've found our hidden treasure.

-Yes.

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-It's got 85 on it.

-I think we could do that for 70.

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-D'you think they'd take 60?

-Probably not, actually.

-No.

-Probably not.

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-Five, 65?

-Go on, then, 65.

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-Yeah?

-Yes.

-Is that all right? You won't get in too much trouble?

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Oh, I'm sure I'll get my arm broken.

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-Shake my hand before my arm gets broken.

-Don't want that to happen.

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Nice work from the nifty nephew.

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One coal bin and one bubblegum dispensing machine for a smart £90.

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But still no deal for Charlie over at Auntie Caroline's,

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unless she can tempt him with something else. Standby.

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How about this little collection of napkin rings? Knives and forks.

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-What absurd things! Aren't they rather jolly?

-Mm.

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An intimate dinner party set.

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So, then, you'd have two for an intimate dinner party, wouldn't you?

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Come on! Come on, Caroline! Just you and me and a candle!

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CAROLINE LAUGHS

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-And a desk stand for 20 quid, that would be perfect!

-Nay, nay!

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Nay, nay and thrice nay!

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-How much are those?

-They're £40.

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They're polishing up a treat.

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-Would you do those for 20 quid?

-I...

-Give you 20 quid for those.

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-Watch my eyes...

-25.

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-25?

-Yup.

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-Sold.

-Good job you caught... Oh!

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-I'm disappointed you don't need the soap.

-How much was the soap?

-12.

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-What were they? 25?

-Mm.

-Can you do the two for 35?

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Why do people have to always round things down?

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Isn't it nice rounding...? Don't you like a bit of rounding?

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-Why don't you round things up a little?

-Oh.

-Like £40.

-Don't start making it more expensive.

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Can I chuck that in there, make it 35?

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-All right then.

-Thank you.

-Crikey.

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A deal at last, but he's determined not to give up on that desk stand.

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You're not going to sell me the stand for 25?

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-I can try one last time.

-We could toss for either 25 or 30.

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So, if Charlie wins, he gets the desk stand for £25.

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If Caroline wins it's £30. Stand by your beds now.

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-Right.

-Right.

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-Tails.

-You know what they say - tails never fails.

-Really?

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-But on this occasion it has.

-Oh!

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-Ha-ha!

-Zounds!

-Get me that dish.

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Ooh! Lady Luck is on your side today, Charlie.

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So he gets his wicked way with the desk stand, along with a 1937 bar of soap

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and a set of napkin rings from the lovely Caroline, all for £60.

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-How's that?

-There we are. Yes, OK.

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Darling, I bought three things off you

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and I've never seen such three ridiculous things in all my life.

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-And I have to say, I'm thrilled with everyone of them.

-Oh, good.

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And it's been a real pleasure to meet you.

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And your delightful striped jacket.

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Now, nephew Thomas is travelling three miles north of Bath to the

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village of Lansdown to visit an astonishing monument

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-with a rather intriguing history.

-Here we are. There's the tower.

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-Oh! That's Beckford's Tower. So lovely.

-Looking like a beacon.

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He's come to meet curator Amy Frost to find out more.

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-Hello.

-Hi.

-I'm Thomas.

-I'm Amy.

-Really nice to meet you.

-You too.

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-Come on in.

-Thank you very much. I hope it's a bit warmer.

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At 120 feet high, Beckford's Tower dominates the landscape.

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A vast neoclassical structure that was built at the whim

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of a man who was once the wealthiest person in Britain.

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Back in the late 18th century, William Beckford spent

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a fortune gathering a vast collection of priceless

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works of art and then built this tower as a showcase

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and a place to use as a study retreat.

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So this is a bust of William Beckford.

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He amassed these amazing collections which he would only let people in to

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see if he felt that you were worthy enough of appreciating what he had.

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-So, do you think I'm worthy enough?

-I imagine so.

-That's good of you to say that.

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William Beckford inherited his fortune at a young age

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from his father, who made his money from the slave trade

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and sugar plantations in Jamaica. Like this one.

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Young William was to have a very privileged upbringing.

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He was taught by the best tutors that money can buy

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so he tells us he was taught architecture

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by Sir William Chambers, although there's no evidence of that.

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He's taught art by Alexander Cozens.

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And the great Beckford story is that he's taught music by Mozart.

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But there are quite a lot of myths about Beckford

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and most of them he makes up himself.

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Beckford spent nearly his entire fortune on his collection

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which now has been mostly sold off.

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But luckily for us, he commissioned three paintings to record

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some of his most precious items.

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And they show you some of the things from his collection that were

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-once housed here at the tower.

-Wow. He certainly bought well.

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He did and it's a real mix of Oriental porcelain and metalwork...

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-He was a really big, major player.

-Yeah, really big collector.

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-Very important collector.

-Just spending his father's money.

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How very nice(!)

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So when Beckford died, his daughter simply kept the best items

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and sold the rest to dealers in Bath.

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On the Road Trip Plant finds a Beckford object!

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How do we know a Beckford object?

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The best way to prove Beckford provenance of an object is to find

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somewhere on it his brand, which is an emblem from his coat of arms.

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And you can see them really clearly on bindings for some of his books.

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-So these are his codes. Was he a big book collector?

-He was.

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He was one of the greatest book collectors this country ever had.

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-He read every single book he ever bought.

-Wonderful.

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We can always tell they're Beckford books because he annotates.

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So here's where he's done three or four pages of annotations

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for the book. He's commenting on whether he agrees with the author,

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he's commenting on whether he thinks the writing is particularly good.

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Most of the time he's quite scathing.

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This is a book called Alpine Sketches,

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so it's a description of journeys around the Swiss Alps.

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He says it's quite "a la Radcliffe", like Ann Radcliffe the novelist,

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who was a bit overly flowery in her descriptions.

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Beckford designed his tower not only as a place to put

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part of his collection, but also he created a place to read at the very top.

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Look at that.

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-My! Oh, my. I can see why he came up here every day.

-Yeah.

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It's just magical, isn't it?

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-I bet you must love coming up here?

-Yes. Bring a book, sit and read.

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And you're just totally away from everything.

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And that's what it was for him.

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Amy, this has been fascinating. I've enjoyed coming up the tower.

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-That's a pleasure.

-And also hoping to find a Beckford treasure.

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-That's...

-It's the hunt, the treasure hunt...

-It is.

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-..is to turn up a Beckford treasure.

-It's a bit like a grail hunt.

-It is.

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On the quest for his own grail is Sir Roscoe.

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He's travelled 11 miles north-west to Kingswood in Bristol.

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He's come to Odds And Todds to see if he can sniff out a deal.

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On hand to assist is Jay. Watch out.

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-Hi, nice to see you. Charlie's the name.

-OK.

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What an enormous emporium you have here.

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-Any antiques amongst this lot?

-There is probably a few here and there.

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Right, eyes peeled, Charlie.

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Surely you can find your way through this lot.

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Crikey! It's like a maze. This is never-ending.

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One thing I can say is I am now completely lost. I've been there.

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The front's this way. Ah!

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Downstairs.

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I need something old or quirky.

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Yes, I can spot one right there.

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-God!

-Steady.

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-Mind the step.

-Will do.

-Ah-ha! I've just remembered I... Oh!

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-Lordy.

-This isn't easy. This is not easy.

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Ah. There IS a way out. Ooh, God.

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Oops-a-daisy! Now, talking of Daisy...

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-Oh, look. Love your farm set. Isn't that fantastic?

-Yeah.

-Gosh!

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-There's a lot there for the money as well.

-A huge amount.

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Isn't that lovely. Turkeys. Swans.

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Feeding troughs.

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-It's wonderful, isn't it?

-Yes.

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Gosh. What would that lot make at auction?

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Now, I can see the price is 150 quid. I can't refuse asking.

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-Is there an unforgettable price on this lot?

-An unforgettable price?

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-The death would be £100 for me on that.

-It would?

-That would be the death.

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Would you take £90 cash?

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-Oh, my God, that is hard!

-Or is that too hard?

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That is a little bit too hard for me.

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-I mean... I do see it £100 all day long.

-Do you?

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-I'll split the difference with you.

-Would you? Are you sure?

-Yeah.

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-I don't want to...

-That's all right.

-95, just psychologically a bit of a barrier.

0:18:200:18:23

-Gives you a bit more to play with.

-Happy with that?

-I'm happy with that.

0:18:230:18:27

-The farmyard is mine.

-No problem.

-That's really kind of you. Thank you.

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Look at that. Look at that.

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I'm really pleased with that.

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Now, Charlie, all you have to do, old love,

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is to reconvene with Thomas...

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..as it's the end of another day

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and time for you both to enjoy a little well earned shut-eye.

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Night-night.

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Day two, and our chaps have the forthcoming auction

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at the forefront of their minds.

0:18:530:18:55

Now, be nice.

0:18:550:18:57

-Am I a cheapskate?

-A man of means.

-I'm a spender.

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-Spend now and regret later.

-I'm afraid that is often the case.

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So far, Thomas has spent £90 on two items.

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A 1950s aluminium and glass bubblegum dispenser

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and an Art Nouveau copper coal bin, as you do,

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leaving him with £135.08 to chuck about.

0:19:170:19:20

That is a deal. I would very much like to buy that.

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Charlie, on the other hand, has spent £155 on four items.

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A Regency desk stand, a set of eight silver-plated napkin rings,

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a 1937 Coronation bar of soap, and a collection of farmyard

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and other animals.

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That leaves him with £140.20 to spend today.

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Just like that.

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Thomas and Charlie have travelled 52 miles north-east

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to the town of Burford in Oxfordshire.

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I do hope they're looking forward to another good day's shopping.

0:19:510:19:54

-Are you buoyantly optimistic?

-The sun is rising.

0:19:550:19:59

-Right. I think you're down there.

-I'm down there.

-I'm up by the roundabout.

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In fact -

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(SCOTTISH ACCENT) # I'll take the high road and you'll take the low road

0:20:040:20:08

# And I'll be in profit before you! #

0:20:080:20:10

No, you won't! You'll struggle up that hill, Roscoe!

0:20:100:20:13

-Lordy!

-I need a walking stick.

0:20:130:20:15

So, while Charlie marches off to his shop,

0:20:180:20:21

Thomas is distinctly ambling to his.

0:20:210:20:24

So, what will Bygones have in store for you?

0:20:240:20:28

-Morning.

-Hello.

-I'm Thomas.

-Hello, Thomas. I'm Bryda.

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-Bryda?

-Yes.

-Where's that from?

-Wales.

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-From Wales?

-Yes.

-So you're Welsh.

0:20:350:20:38

Clever boy, Thomas(!)

0:20:380:20:40

Focus. Don't get distracted.

0:20:400:20:43

I'll put on the dressing down. This is a gentleman's example.

0:20:440:20:48

Made for the smaller man, I believe.

0:20:500:20:52

Don't I look handsome?

0:20:550:20:57

Oh, God. He really can't help himself, can he?

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Aren't you here to look at antiques, Thomas? Like this, for instance.

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So, this is a piece of...

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It's silver plate. It's a model I've seen a lot of.

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It's by a German manufacturer.

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It's called WMF and it's got a very small mark there.

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It's not the oldest thing ever to walk this Earth.

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But it's still quite iconic. And it's only 20 quid.

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That's what I would call a TP backup if I don't find anything else.

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But it still might be worth buying.

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WHISPERS INDISTINCTLY For sure.

0:21:280:21:31

Not bad, not bad.

0:21:310:21:32

So, how's Roscoe getting on? Steady on, old boy.

0:21:320:21:35

You'll do yourself a mischief. Look at that. He's so agile.

0:21:350:21:39

Heading for the large Antiques Centre, and this is not

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the first time Charlie's been in here, so watch out.

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-You must be Giovanni.

-I am, yes.

-How are you?

-Nice to see you.

0:21:440:21:49

-I don't think we've met, have we?

-No, we haven't.

0:21:490:21:51

-How long have you been here?

-Ooh, 25 years.

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-I know who was here before you.

-Back in the Dark Ages...

0:21:540:21:59

Now, this place is huge!

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-Help him out, Giovanni.

-What about the cross-country skis?

0:22:010:22:05

Oh, goodness! Made in Norway. Aren't they splendid!

0:22:050:22:08

-Great frame!

-Do you want to know the price?

-D-don't... Hang on.

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I've got so much more to look at, Giovanni.

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I don't want to just buy the first thing I see.

0:22:140:22:17

Chance would be a fine thing!

0:22:170:22:19

-I've seen about four things I like so far.

-Oh, God!

0:22:190:22:22

-And I'm going to go upstairs.

-That's encouraging.

0:22:220:22:25

Now, what about these?

0:22:250:22:26

Aren't they lovely?

0:22:260:22:28

Yes, it says £250 but there's a word after that I don't like - "each".

0:22:280:22:33

You don't like the "each", I understand, yes.

0:22:330:22:35

-We can work it out...something. We can do something.

-They're gorgeous.

0:22:350:22:39

They're very good decorator's items.

0:22:390:22:42

-Very nice, very nice, yes, yes, yes.

-But you have to have two, don't you?

0:22:420:22:45

The fact that there's a pair of them either side of a fireplace,

0:22:450:22:48

and if they were of a period, erm,

0:22:480:22:52

they would be hugely valuable but I like those and I think if

0:22:520:22:56

the sale room show them off well, I think they could do well.

0:22:560:22:59

Very nice. You probably do a BOGOF offer here, don't you?

0:22:590:23:03

-Do you know what a BOGOF is?

-No.

-Buy one, get one free.

0:23:030:23:06

Erm, perhaps, perhaps. If we get to the right money, yes.

0:23:060:23:11

The right money...

0:23:110:23:12

Er, even as a BOGOF,

0:23:120:23:14

that's still £110 more than you've got in your wallet, Charlie.

0:23:140:23:18

But, someone's not letting go of the idea.

0:23:180:23:21

-Well, you know what I want to do but I...

-Let's sit down and relax.

0:23:210:23:26

-Yes?

-I want to buy your two candelabra.

-Two...

0:23:260:23:31

-But I've got £140.20.

-That's too little. You can keep the 20p.

0:23:310:23:36

Well, I'm very happy to give you everything I have in life but...

0:23:360:23:39

-No, it's all right.

-For an old man?

-Well, not very old but OK, yes.

0:23:390:23:45

We can do a deal, I think, yes. Yes. Yes. All right?

0:23:450:23:47

-Are you really happy?

-Yes, I am.

-You've made an old man extremely happy.

0:23:470:23:51

With a reduction of £360, I don't blame you.

0:23:510:23:54

-Thank you very much.

-That's really, really... I appreciate that, hugely.

0:23:560:24:00

I think they're absolutely delightful.

0:24:000:24:02

Well, let's hope the buyers think so, too, eh?

0:24:020:24:05

Now, with Charlie spent out, bar 20p, let's rejoin Thomas

0:24:050:24:09

and see if he's any closer to spending some cash.

0:24:090:24:12

And, like a mythological dragon, he's been attracted by the flash of gold.

0:24:120:24:17

This little ring here, can I have a quick look at that little ring?

0:24:170:24:21

Little ring?

0:24:210:24:22

The ring and the earrings, actually. That little box, the whole thing.

0:24:220:24:26

So, what I'm looking for is any semblance of a mark

0:24:260:24:30

of any...nature. There's one there.

0:24:300:24:35

And these little emeralds.

0:24:350:24:37

So, what I'm looking for is whether these are a gold

0:24:370:24:41

or whether they're a silver gilt. I'm pretty sure...

0:24:410:24:44

-I'm pretty sure they're gold.

-I'm pretty sure that they are gold.

0:24:440:24:48

And these are screwback earrings,

0:24:480:24:50

so you could screw them into the back of your ear, if you see that there.

0:24:500:24:54

It's quite painful, isn't it?

0:24:540:24:55

Best try them on to see, Thomas, eh?

0:24:550:24:58

As you can see, I'm obviously well-versed into putting on earrings.

0:24:580:25:02

There you are. I could be like a pirate now, couldn't I?

0:25:030:25:07

All I need... I've got my hat,

0:25:070:25:09

then grow the dreads like Johnny Depp and I'm a pirate.

0:25:090:25:11

Lose three stone...

0:25:110:25:13

..wear make-up.

0:25:140:25:15

Quite attractive, really, isn't it?

0:25:160:25:19

Mmmm, very pretty, dear.

0:25:190:25:20

So, we have a pair of earrings and a gold ring with emeralds.

0:25:220:25:25

I do like them.

0:25:270:25:29

Could you do them for 80?

0:25:300:25:32

Could I ask for 95?

0:25:320:25:34

Erm...can I meet you halfway at 85?

0:25:340:25:39

-90?

-I'd prefer 85 and...well, I...

0:25:390:25:44

I could buy something else. I've seen something else I'd like to buy.

0:25:450:25:48

Ah, the Thomas Plant back-up item, the WMF vase, marked at £20.

0:25:480:25:55

Could we do 90 for the lot?

0:25:550:25:58

I had thought of 95.

0:25:580:26:02

-95 for the lot.

-95 for the lot.

0:26:020:26:05

So, that would cost a tenner and these would cost 85.

0:26:050:26:08

-So, are you sure you can't do 90?

-I'd rather not.

0:26:080:26:11

You'd rather not. Well that's fine. That's fine, I get that.

0:26:110:26:15

I think we'll do that.

0:26:150:26:17

Nicely done, Thomas.

0:26:170:26:19

Our chaps are leaving Burford in the dust

0:26:190:26:21

and motoring on to the charming Cotswold town

0:26:210:26:24

of Bourton-on-the-Water, in Gloucestershire.

0:26:240:26:27

-Charlie's dropping Thomas off for his next shop.

-Right, out you get.

0:26:270:26:32

-Looking glass.

-Looking glass.

0:26:320:26:34

Do you think I'll find something to eat me, that'll make me grow big?

0:26:340:26:37

It can't make you any bigger!

0:26:370:26:39

THEY LAUGH

0:26:390:26:41

-Nasty boy!

-Have a lovely time with Alice!

0:26:410:26:43

While Thomas finds his way inside, Charlie has an appointment to keep.

0:26:430:26:48

He's heading north, to the village of Stow-on-the-Wold,

0:26:480:26:51

where there's a museum dedicated to one of his greatest passions -

0:26:510:26:55

cricket.

0:26:550:26:56

-He's come to meet the man who set up the museum, Andy Collier.

-A-ha!

0:27:000:27:05

-Nice to meet you.

-Andy, is it?

-Welcome to Cotswold Cricket Museum.

0:27:050:27:08

Thank you very much indeed. Lovely to see you.

0:27:080:27:11

Andy gave up his life as an electrician to devote himself

0:27:110:27:15

to his favourite sport

0:27:150:27:17

and has spent the last 20 years collecting cricket memorabilia,

0:27:170:27:20

some of which tells the story of the game from its earliest beginnings.

0:27:200:27:24

Luckily, Charlie appears to have come prepared.

0:27:240:27:26

Let's hope he's not wearing his box.

0:27:260:27:28

-But actually...

-Now, I'm going to make myself more appropriate.

0:27:280:27:32

I hope you'll approve.

0:27:320:27:34

Ooh, look...member of the MCC. I'm impressed!

0:27:340:27:38

So, competitive cricket really began to get going

0:27:380:27:41

in the 19th century, with one particular player changing

0:27:410:27:44

the uniform for ever due to a terrible accident.

0:27:440:27:46

Alfred Mynn was reputed to be the first man to wear pads in cricket.

0:27:460:27:50

-When he...

-Really?!

-He had his leg severely bruised

0:27:500:27:53

-by Samuel Redgate from Nottingham...

-Yeah.

0:27:530:27:56

..and nearly had his leg amputated.

0:27:560:27:57

And then after two years convalescence, he started wearing a pad inside his sock.

0:27:570:28:03

Early bats and stumps were quite different to those

0:28:040:28:07

we all know today.

0:28:070:28:09

Bowling, too, would not be recognisable in today's game.

0:28:100:28:14

Watch out! I think Roscoe's determined to demonstrate.

0:28:140:28:18

-How did they first start?

-Underarm.

-Really?

0:28:180:28:21

Underarm, yeah, a little bit like bowls now, really.

0:28:210:28:24

People have got much bigger and therefore taller,

0:28:240:28:27

and therefore the ball must be coming faster.

0:28:270:28:29

If a tall, for example, West Indian is coming along and bowling at you,

0:28:290:28:33

between him letting go of the ball and me hitting the ball,

0:28:330:28:38

how much time have I got?

0:28:380:28:40

Between half a second and three quarters of a second.

0:28:400:28:42

Half a second! It's extraordinary, isn't it?

0:28:420:28:46

Andy's museum pays tribute to the two greatest cricketers of all time.

0:28:460:28:51

He has WG Grace's actual bat and a wall dedicated to Donald Bradman.

0:28:510:28:57

This man, Bradman, who was Australian - how good was he?

0:28:570:29:01

He was the best ever.

0:29:010:29:03

Can you put that into statistics?

0:29:030:29:06

Average of 99.94.

0:29:060:29:08

Which means every time he went out to bat,

0:29:080:29:10

the chances are he was going to score 100.

0:29:100:29:13

-Every third innings, he got 100.

-That's amazing.

0:29:130:29:15

Whereas a good batsman today would average 50 if they're really good.

0:29:150:29:19

You're a good player if you get 45.

0:29:190:29:21

So, he was twice as good as any other player that ever lived!

0:29:210:29:25

Donald Bradman epitomised the enduring cricketing rivalry

0:29:250:29:30

between Australia and England,

0:29:300:29:32

one that continues today with the greatest battle of all, The Ashes.

0:29:320:29:36

That's a replica Ashes.

0:29:360:29:38

That's a replica of the Ashes. It's always surprising to see how tiny it is.

0:29:380:29:42

The Ashes were so named after a satirical obituary

0:29:420:29:46

was printed in The Times after Australia beat England

0:29:460:29:50

for the first time on English soil.

0:29:500:29:52

Inside the original urn are reputedly the ashes of a burnt bale.

0:29:520:29:57

Now, you've got a sign up there, England-Australia 2009.

0:29:570:30:03

That was quite significant, wasn't it?

0:30:030:30:05

That was a significant day, yeah. That was the first time we'd beaten Australia at Lord's...

0:30:050:30:09

-Which is the home of cricket.

-Home of cricket. ..Since 1934.

0:30:090:30:12

-It's not very good, is it?

-Completely dominated us, unfortunately.

0:30:120:30:15

-Do you know, I was there?

-You were there?

-I was there...

0:30:150:30:18

-You lucky boy. I wasn't.

-..cheering like mad.

0:30:180:30:20

Well, that's fascinating. I raise my cap to you.

0:30:200:30:23

-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you so much for having me.

-Absolute pleasure, Charlie.

0:30:230:30:27

Now, let's catch up with Thomas.

0:30:270:30:28

I hope he's not going to be stumped for what to buy in his last

0:30:280:30:32

shop of the day.

0:30:320:30:35

Well, I've got £40...£40!

0:30:350:30:37

Which isn't a great deal.

0:30:380:30:40

But I could buy a little knick-knack.

0:30:400:30:43

What's new? And there's plenty to feast your eyes on in this shop,

0:30:430:30:46

especially if you have magpie eyes like our Thomas.

0:30:460:30:50

So this is a vesta case, so you put your matches in there

0:30:500:30:54

and you strike them on the bottom

0:30:540:30:56

but it's got die in here.

0:30:560:30:58

It's quite a fun thing.

0:30:580:31:00

It's quite unusual that's it got this gaming set in it, isn't it?

0:31:000:31:04

Time to call over shop owner Norman.

0:31:040:31:07

-What can that be? Please, please?

-30.

0:31:070:31:11

30, thank you.

0:31:110:31:13

-Can you do that for 25?

-I'll go 28.

-OK.

0:31:130:31:18

But that's a bit fun, that, isn't it?

0:31:180:31:21

-That's unusual.

-It's a fun thing. It's different.

-It is different.

0:31:210:31:25

-Do you know, 25 and you've got a deal.

-I'll do it.

-Yeah?

-Cheers.

0:31:250:31:30

-Thank you very much.

-God bless.

0:31:300:31:31

Hope you strike it lucky with that one.

0:31:310:31:33

-So, Thomas is all shopped out.

-It's been a pleasure, thanks.

0:31:330:31:36

-I've enjoyed myself.

-Great to see you.

-.I hope I do well with it.

0:31:360:31:40

Time to rejoin Charlie,

0:31:400:31:42

for our experts now have to reveal all to each other.

0:31:420:31:45

They've convened in Upper Slaughter.

0:31:450:31:48

Hope they don't butcher each other's items.

0:31:480:31:50

-Are you ready for this?

-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

-Dun-dun-dun-durrr!

0:31:500:31:54

Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun, dun-der-rar-rar!

0:31:540:31:57

I'm thinking one thing looks absolutely gorgeous.

0:31:570:32:00

-Do you know what it is?

-What?

-Yes, what?

0:32:000:32:02

-Yeah.

-Oh, the vesta.

-Shake the dice and they move around.

-Yeah.

0:32:020:32:06

And it was £25!

0:32:060:32:09

I think that's delightful. I would die for that object.

0:32:090:32:12

Listen, I make the jokes around here, Charlie.

0:32:120:32:15

Now, just tell me, you know I know nothing about jewellery.

0:32:150:32:18

-These aren't gold, are they?

-They are gold.

-Oh, Thomas!

0:32:180:32:21

How did you do that?! Can't be gold!

0:32:210:32:23

Yeah, they're gold and that's 18-carat gold.

0:32:230:32:26

I paid 85 for those. So, that's quite good.

0:32:260:32:28

-Roscoe, no, no! Roscoe!

-I give in.

-Roscoe, I want you to see this.

-Yes.

0:32:280:32:32

-This is my favourite item.

-Beaten copper. I call it a coal scuttle.

0:32:320:32:37

Coal scuttle-cum-log bin, coal scuttle, yeah.

0:32:370:32:39

Yeah, a coal scuttle. That's nice.

0:32:390:32:41

You've bought so much better this time around

0:32:410:32:44

than you did last time, Thomas. May I congratulate you!

0:32:440:32:48

Time for Thomas to pass judgment.

0:32:480:32:50

The first thing you will see...

0:32:500:32:53

..is a 20 pence piece.

0:32:540:32:56

-That's what I've got left.

-Oh, Roscoe!

0:32:560:32:58

THEY LAUGH

0:32:580:33:00

-I thought, as a farmer's son... Do you like that?

-Oh, Roscoe!

0:33:000:33:04

-You like those, don't you?

-I love it! I love it!

0:33:040:33:07

There's about 120 pieces there.

0:33:070:33:10

Oh, Roscoe, how much did you pay for this lot? Can I guess?

0:33:100:33:13

-Yeah, yeah, a big load of money.

-That's worth £80.

0:33:130:33:16

-Yeah, I paid 95.

-Oh, brilliant!

0:33:160:33:18

Now, what will Thomas think of Charlie's desk stand?

0:33:180:33:22

It's completely had it but it is a true antique

0:33:220:33:26

and I have a passion for something like that.

0:33:260:33:28

We ended up tossing a coin at HER suggestion.

0:33:280:33:32

-Right, OK.

-£25.

0:33:320:33:35

Really? That's very cheap.

0:33:350:33:37

Validation from Thomas.

0:33:370:33:39

Now onto Charlie's biggest buy.

0:33:390:33:41

-The girandoles.

-Girandoles, 20th-century.

-Yeah.

0:33:410:33:46

Two branch wall lights, pure metal, and I paid £140 for the pair.

0:33:460:33:51

I wish you didn't tell me that.

0:33:510:33:52

No, no. I know. I didn't want you to say,

0:33:520:33:54

"Roscoe, you probably paid 30 quid for these".

0:33:540:33:56

Well, I mean...

0:33:560:33:58

Huh! Dear, he's stuck for words.

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-Your general dealer will probably pay £100 for those.

-Yeah. I'm a gambler.

0:34:010:34:06

-I like your style.

-Anyway, good luck, old bean.

0:34:060:34:09

Let's find out what they really thought, eh?

0:34:090:34:12

Thomas Plant!

0:34:120:34:14

Your gold is, frankly, stolen,

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and will make you a huge profit.

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I do not like the girandoles, those lights.

0:34:200:34:23

They could make a lot of money but I don't think they're going to.

0:34:230:34:27

It's really on a knife edge, this one. Really on a knife edge.

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The race is on! Watch this space.

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We're on the edge of our seats, you know (!)

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Thomas and Charlie's second day began in Bath, Somerset,

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travelled north to Kingswood in Bristol,

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then onto the Cotswolds and now we'll conclude at an auction

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showdown in Stroud, in Gloucestershire.

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-Here we are. Well driven, sir.

-Marvellous, thank you.

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They boys' battleground for today is Stroud Auction Rooms,

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a large, busy auction house with all manner of antiques

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and collectables, poised to go under the hammer.

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So what does auctioneer James Taylor think of our experts' items?

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I'm a real fan of Art Nouveau and arts and crafts

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so my favourite item is the copper coal scuttle.

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It's very, very fashionable at the moment.

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And there's been a fair bit of interest in it. The wall lights are a really good decorator's lot.

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They're ornate and they're authentic.

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They haven't been played around with too much and that should generate a lot of interest.

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Charlie began with £295.20,

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and spent exactly £295 on five auction lots.

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You've made an old man extremely happy.

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Thomas started this leg with £225.08

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and spent a grand total of £210, also on five auction lots.

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-Thank you, bye-bye.

-Cheers, bye-bye.

0:35:440:35:46

Deep breath, chaps. We're off!

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This is going to go well.

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First up is Thomas' bubble gum dispenser, don't you know!

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Straight in at £38, 40. At £38 bid with me, now 40.

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42, still with me. Is there five?

0:35:590:36:01

At £42, the bid's still with me. 45, 48. Is there 50?

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At £48, it's still on the book, now looking for 50.

0:36:040:36:07

-Wow!

-Fantastic.

-It's in there.

0:36:070:36:10

That's phenomenal.

0:36:110:36:13

You said it, Roscoe. A sweet profit for Thomas.

0:36:130:36:16

Thomas Plant...

0:36:160:36:18

I'm going now!

0:36:190:36:21

It's Charlie's favourite next, his Regency desk stand.

0:36:210:36:25

Straight in at £18, is there 20? £18, the bid's with me. Looking for 20.

0:36:250:36:29

I thought it was going to be 80.

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At £18, 20, takes me straight out on the Internet. Is there two?

0:36:310:36:33

At 22 on the net, is there five?

0:36:330:36:35

At £22 on the Internet, 25 on the net, now is there eight?

0:36:350:36:38

-At £25, the bid's on the Internet.

-Doing well, doing well.

-It's not.

0:36:380:36:41

I'm not into a profit yet.

0:36:410:36:42

Caroline's done me over good.

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Don't blame the auntie, Charlie.

0:36:460:36:49

The right buyer just wasn't out there today. Bad luck.

0:36:490:36:52

Thomas' copper coal bin is next. Will his luck continue?

0:36:520:36:56

-At £55, is there 60? At £55, the bid's with me.

-You're a genius.

0:36:560:37:01

-There's somebody on the phone!

-70. And five's with me. 80.

0:37:010:37:06

80 takes me out on the telephone now, is there five?

0:37:060:37:09

At £80, the bid's on the phone. Now it's for five. 85's on the net, 90.

0:37:090:37:12

They're on the net! Go on.

0:37:120:37:14

90, at £85 on the Internet now, is there 90?

0:37:140:37:17

-At £85, I'm selling.

-I don't like to gloat, but that's a £20 profit.

0:37:170:37:21

Well, you are gloating, Thomas, and it's not pretty. Well done, though.

0:37:210:37:25

Another excellent profit.

0:37:250:37:27

Thomas, if I may say so,

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it is a privilege merely to be in the same room with a man who...

0:37:290:37:32

Now, will Charlie make up some lost ground with his novelty

0:37:320:37:37

-napkin rings?

-And what can we say? £20 to get started?

-No bid at all.

0:37:370:37:40

-£20, surely? £10, then, to get them on the move.

-Ten.

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-Ten quid for them.

-Roscoe.

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-AUCTIONEER DROWNS OUT SPEECH

-Calm down!

0:37:450:37:48

18 now on the net. Is there 20? At £18, I'm selling. To the net now, 18.

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Whoops!

0:37:530:37:55

A loss to add to Charlie's woes.

0:37:550:37:57

-I'm not downhearted.

-Don't be down in the mouth.

-I'm British.

0:37:570:38:00

Thomas' WMF vase is up next.

0:38:000:38:04

Bid's straight in with me at £20. Is there two?

0:38:040:38:06

At £20, the bid's with me. Now looking for two.

0:38:060:38:09

At 22 on the net, 25 still with me, is there eight?

0:38:090:38:11

At £25, the bid's 28. 30 is still with me, is there two?

0:38:110:38:14

-At £30, it's still on commission. Now looking for two.

-Wow!

0:38:140:38:16

32 on the net takes me out. Is there five? At £32, 35 on the net.

0:38:160:38:20

Now, is there eight? At 35, 38 on the net, now, is there 40?

0:38:200:38:23

At £38 on the Internet, looking for 40.

0:38:230:38:25

40's on the net now, looking for two.

0:38:250:38:27

At £42 on the Internet, looking for five. At £42, I'm selling.

0:38:270:38:31

All online. All online. Probably bought by man in Bangkok.

0:38:310:38:35

Yeah, all right! Doesn't matter if it is.

0:38:350:38:37

Whoever bought it, they've given Thomas yet another profit.

0:38:370:38:40

-You are on fire...

-This is not...

0:38:410:38:43

Now it's Charlie's big purchase.

0:38:430:38:45

His gilt metal wall lights. Could they light up his day?

0:38:450:38:49

-Can we say £40 to get me started? £40 for someone?

-Uh-oh!

0:38:490:38:53

£30, then, to get them on the move...

0:38:530:38:54

-Oh, no, Roscoe, Roscoe.

-They only cost £140.

0:38:540:38:57

-Oh, lordy.

-30's bid on the Internet. Thank you. Is there two?

0:38:570:39:01

-A £30 bid on the net now, looking for two.

-Oh, Roscoe!

0:39:010:39:03

At £30 on the Internet, now looking for two. At £30, selling away...

0:39:030:39:07

Our Father who art in heaven!

0:39:070:39:09

-Hallowed be thy name...

-Oh!

-Thy kingdom come...

0:39:090:39:12

Roscoe, I feel your pain.

0:39:120:39:14

-..Thy will be done.

-And so do I!

0:39:140:39:17

A shuddering, earth-crashing loss of £110 for Roscoe.

0:39:170:39:22

Do you know, it's not pain, Thomas. It's agony!

0:39:220:39:26

Both experts fell for the little vesta case, but will the buyers?

0:39:280:39:32

At £55, the bid's with me, now looking for 60.

0:39:320:39:34

At £60 on the Internet, looking for five. 65? 65's bid in the room.

0:39:340:39:38

Thank you. Is there 70? At £65, it's in the room. Now looking for 70.

0:39:380:39:41

At 65, 70's on the Internet, 75. £75 bid in the room, now, is there 80?

0:39:410:39:45

-At £75, the bid's in the room. Now looking for 80.

-Wow, wow.

0:39:450:39:48

At £75, I'm selling to the room now. At 75...

0:39:480:39:51

-That's fantastic.

-Brilliant.

0:39:530:39:55

Brilliant indeed. Thomas is most definitely on a roll today.

0:39:550:39:59

£25 to get us all started. £25, surely?

0:40:000:40:03

Do you know, I hate to say it's coming down to Roscoe's bar of soap

0:40:030:40:07

but it is.

0:40:070:40:08

I have £8 to start it off. Is there ten?

0:40:080:40:11

At £8... Ten takes me out of the room now. Is there 12? At £10.

0:40:110:40:14

The bid's in the room now. Looking for 12. 14, sir? 14 in the room.

0:40:140:40:17

Is there 16? At £14 in the room, 16 on the net. 18, sir?

0:40:170:40:20

At £18, already jumped on the Internet, now is there 20?

0:40:200:40:23

-Could make 100.

-Is there five? At £22. 25 in the room?

0:40:230:40:26

25's bid in the room. Is there eight? At £25. I'm selling.

0:40:260:40:30

In the room, at 25...

0:40:300:40:31

-# Sweet Caroline...

-Bam-bam... #

0:40:330:40:38

At last! Who'd have thought it? A shining profit for Charlie.

0:40:380:40:42

Talk about coming up smelling of roses! It's not over yet.

0:40:420:40:46

True. But Thomas' next lot would have to crash quite badly to help

0:40:460:40:50

you out, old boy. It's the gold ring and earrings.

0:40:500:40:53

Straight in at £200. Is there 220?

0:40:530:40:56

At £200, the bid's with me, now looking for 220. At £200...

0:40:560:41:00

-What did they cost?

-85.

0:41:000:41:01

At £200, on commission now, looking for 220. 230, still with me.

0:41:010:41:05

Is there 240?

0:41:050:41:07

-At 230, still on commission. Looking for 240.

-Wow.

-At £240, I sell.

0:41:070:41:12

-Wow.

-£240! Thomas...you've had a cracker of a day.

0:41:120:41:18

He certainly has. Great profit there, Thomas.

0:41:180:41:22

There's a spring in your step, isn't there?

0:41:220:41:24

Not really cos I've hurt my ankle but there is a slight spring.

0:41:240:41:27

It's the last lot of the day, Charlie's farmyard animals.

0:41:270:41:31

They need to make at least £382 for him - ha! -to triumph on this leg.

0:41:310:41:37

Still, you never know.

0:41:370:41:38

-At £95, the bid's with me now...

-That's what it cost.

0:41:380:41:41

At 95, 100 on the net, 110 still with me.

0:41:410:41:43

Is there 120? At 120... 120, 130. Still with me.

0:41:430:41:46

-Is there 140?

-Up to 500!

-Bid's with me now. Looking for 140.

0:41:460:41:50

140 on the phone.

0:41:500:41:51

On the phone!

0:41:510:41:53

-140 takes me out the telephone now. Is there 150?

-Ooh!

0:41:530:41:56

-At £140, the bid's on the phone.

-I want to bid 150!

-At £140,

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I'm selling away to the telephone now at 140...

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Yes!

0:42:030:42:04

So excited for you, Roscoe.

0:42:050:42:07

OK, so, not the stonking profit he needed

0:42:070:42:11

but it is a profit nevertheless, so well done!

0:42:110:42:14

-Well done.

-I needed that. I needed that so badly.

0:42:170:42:20

Cor! How the tables have turned.

0:42:220:42:25

Charlie started this leg with a robust £295.20

0:42:250:42:29

and has made a loss of £99.84 after auction costs.

0:42:290:42:33

That leaves him with a rather depleted total of £195.36

0:42:330:42:38

to carry forward.

0:42:380:42:39

Thomas, on the other hand, has had a bumper day.

0:42:410:42:44

He kicked off this leg with £225.08

0:42:440:42:48

and made a handsome profit of £191.80 after costs.

0:42:480:42:52

Meaning he ends up with £416.88 to spend next time.

0:42:520:42:57

Wow! Well done, old fruit.

0:42:570:43:00

-Are you going to drive?

-I'm going to drive.

0:43:000:43:02

Surely you can afford a chauffeur now!

0:43:020:43:04

-Come on. You drove when you won last time.

-Oh, all right.

0:43:040:43:07

-So it's my turn to drive now.

-You're a rotter.

-I'm not a rotter.

-You are.

0:43:070:43:11

I'm not! Brilliant!

0:43:110:43:14

Next time on the Antiques Road Trip, Thomas meets his match.

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Hello.

0:43:180:43:19

He's the complaints department.

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And at last, Charlie gets some recognition.

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A round of applause. A round of applause.

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On the second leg of their road trip, Charlie Ross and Thomas Plant begin in the city of Bath, then head up through the Cotswolds, ending up at an auction in Stroud, Gloucestershire.