Thomas Plant and Anita Manning tour the country in a yellow Lotus. Their first leg sees them start in Hertfordshire and work their way towards an auction in Banbury.
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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts,
with £200 each, a classic car...
We're going roond!
..and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.
I want to spend lots of money.
The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.
-There'll be worthy winners...
-We've done it!
-..and valiant losers.
-You are kidding me on!
So, will it be the high road to glory, or the slow road to disaster?
-What am I doing?
-You've got a deal.
-This is the Antiques Road Trip.
Today, we're firing up a brand-new road trip with
a couple of darlings - Thomas Plant and Anita Manning.
-Do you know, it's the first time I've ever been with a woman!
-At your age!
-On the trip. On the trip!
Ha-ha! Road Trip legend Thomas Plant is an auctioneer who oozes style.
It's a bit tight! I think it's meant for the slightly smaller man.
And he is extremely handsome, even though he says so himself.
How'd you like my new look?
His Road Trip partner is Anita Manning.
She's a feisty auctioneer with a small head...
..and she talks to the animals. Well, kind of.
Am I going to be the winner in this one?
Yes! I think that's a maybe.
Our lovely pair begin their thrilling adventure with £200 each
and they'll zip around Blighty in this canary-yellow 1968 Lotus Elan.
-Do you like the car?
-I love this car, Thomas.
-It's like a lovely wee speedo banana.
Thomas and Anita will travel over 500 miles
from the village of Redbourn in Hertfordshire
to the town of Maidstone in Kent.
Today they start in Redbourn, Hertfordshire
and head towards their first auction in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
This pretty village was renowned for straw hat making,
which might have taken the fancy of headgear lovers Thomas and Anita.
This is extremely rural and we're driving up a little lane.
Thomas, I thought we'd be sitting behind angry folk in a traffic jam.
Quite the opposite, Anita.
-Isn't this marvellous? Look at this!
-Thomas, look at that big horse.
Crumbs! This is very grand.
But it looks expensive.
-Oh, good, good, good, good, good.
-No, no, no, no.
-I never thought you'd be like this, Anita.
-I know, I know.
-I thought you'd be competitive.
Right, am I going to be able to get out? Oh!
-See you soon.
-Good luck, Thomas.
Right, we'll catch up with Anita later.
Thomas's first shop of the day is at Bushwood Antiques,
nestled deep in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside,
one of the largest antique emporiums in the land
and also home to dozens of happy horses.
The beautiful Julie will be on hand to assist young Thomas.
So where are all the antiques?
They are spread out in three areas.
This is our top showroom.
Really, so you're bringing me into the most expensive when...
-..when I have very little.
We do have more little things in here whereas the rest
is more dedicated to furniture,
so you may well find something in here, something for everybody.
Yeah, good luck, Thomas.
You've only got £200 in the kitty.
I've wandered around, it's great.
I do feel it might be quite rich.
So Thomas tries outside for something affordable.
This is more my scene.
Seen better days though, haven't they?
Maybe assistant Lawrence can point him in the right direction.
My gosh! Wow!
You want to be looking in the corners if you want to find any gems.
Loving your style.
What's caught your interest here then?
A hardwood piece, 19th-century,
inlaid with these very pretty motifs.
You would have put your inkwells in there,
your dip pens along here, and it would be for travelling.
I don't think it's going to be in my two-figure bracket
but there is no price tag on it, and it is a bit knackered.
We found this writing desk,
which is in some form of distress.
There is no price on this, does that mean it's free?
Nice try, Thomas!
The ticket price is £250, actually, and Julie's gone off to consult
with colleagues about a cheeky Tom offer of £80.
Can you believe it?
And she's back, look out.
I checked with Jim the accountant and we bought this piece
with a number of other items that have sold,
so we can do it for the price of £80.
Can you? £80, deal.
Thank you very much, that's very kind.
That's £170 off the original ticket price.
Even with a huge discount, Thomas has blown £80 already.
Now, where's the delightful Ms Manning?
She's making her way six miles south to Fleetville in St Albans.
Anita is all set for her first antiques mission of the trip
in her amazing pirate boots.
I wonder if that's where she stuffs her doubloons.
Hello, girls, I'm Anita. Lovely to meet you.
Wow, this looks absolutely fabulous.
With over 50 dealers here, Anita may be some time.
I'm not going to buy these but I think they're absolutely fabulous.
Keep your mind on the job, Anita.
Something in the window has caught her eye.
There's a bust there and I quite like pieces of sculpture and artworks,
so I'm going to ask to get that out so I can have a closer look at it.
It is Alexander the Great.
The form is quite nice.
It's a pottery piece and it's quite nicely moulded.
It's on this sort of marble base.
There's £25 on it
but because it's not old I'll maybe try to get it down a wee bit.
Go and do your best with assistant Sophie, Anita.
Could I be buying that for around about 15?
12 to 15?
We're getting there!
Every pound counts.
-16.50. Let's go for that.
Thank you very, very much. That's smashing.
Now, in such a vast rabbit warren of antiques,
what's she found now?
Now what is this for?
I took it to be a car mascot of some description but I don't know.
I quite like that. What's the best that you can do on that?
I'll do that for a fiver.
That's three pounds off the asking price
for the 1950s advertising gizmo, which could work as a paperweight.
Girls, I'm intrigued by this wee thing.
I do like it so I'm just going to go for it.
And you said £5?
-I did, yes.
Well done, Anita, a fiver on the '50s advertising gizmo
and £16.50 on the bust of Alexander the Great.
That's great. Thomas has ventured south to Hampstead in London.
So here we are in London. I do really feel like a man about town.
Quite excited, actually. You never know what you might find,
it's the metropolis! You never know what comes into the shops!
There could be that bargain which is going to make me so much money.
That's the spirit, Thomas.
Thomas is visiting an antiques dealer that knows a thing or two
about the antiques world. Oh, yes.
A warm welcome to not so sunny Hampstead. It's lovely to see you.
There is one awkward question. You haven't got prices on anything?
Uh-oh! We know what that means. Time for a battle plan, maybe.
Could make up a lot. We've got a camera lens,
I don't think somehow this one's in very good condition.
The glass is good.
We've got a box Brownie covered in bird poo.
This was the first instamatic camera you had, as a youth.
All these camera accessories, made in Germany.
Quite fun really, isn't it?
I don't know how it would work. I'm seeing you double.
Ricohflex. Not somebody I've heard of.
Looks like a 19...60s camera, I would say.
We could make up a camera lot. I could ask Keith about the cameras.
That would be a good idea.
-We've got a camera, how much is the camera?
And then you've got a sort of box Brownie and a lens.
The box Brownie is nothing.
That and the other one would be £25 the lot.
Would you take a £20 note for the lot?
That's a little bit...
Oh, dear. That's too steep for Keith.
What if you combine it with something else?
This is a piece of Branham ware.
Still going today, Branham, actually.
Branham Pottery is a Devon firm popular in the 19th century
when it was sold by retailers such as Liberty and Co.
-I like that, how much is that, Keith?
You can't go wrong with that fabulous country jug.
£10. Isn't that wonderful?
Made by Branham, terracotta.
What is lovely is it's glazed inside
and with that beautiful glaze, of that green ash glaze.
You could put home-made lemonade in or display flowers.
It's very cool and in.
So, Keith, can we do a deal on the cameras and the Branham,
the cameras there, little group?
The cameras I asked you £25 for.
£33 on the lot.
So let's deal at 33, is that all right?
-Thank you very much.
Well, that was wonderful.
£23 for the combo camera lot and £10 for the big old jug.
Anita meanwhile is making her way to Wanstead in the East End of London.
I like London. I find it very exciting.
I always find it exciting.
I love the different characters of all the different...
It's almost like village upon village upon village.
I always enjoy that.
Now, where could she possibly be off to?
I'll tell you, she's off to meet a certain Doreen Golding.
-You look wonderful.
-And so do you, my dear. Beautiful.
You got a cup of Rosie Lee going?
I've got a cup of Rosie Lee all ready for you.
Come on up, I'll buzz you in.
Doreen is a right royal Pearly Queen and love a duck,
she's going to spill the beans on the history of the famous Londoners.
-Pleasure to meet you, my dear.
-Let me see.
Oh, wow. I've never met a Pearly Queen before.
And I have never met you before.
Should I call you Your Majesty?
Yes, and you should curtsy!
Begging your pardon, ma'am.
In the late 19th century, the streets of foggy London were tough.
Market traders keen to stand out from the crowd
would wear mother-of-pearl buttons on their clothes
to attract customers.
A flamboyant bunch, they also helped the needy.
Young road sweeper Henry Croft was so inspired
by their sartorial extravagance, he developed this East End tradition
into the Pearly Kings and Queens.
By the time he died in 1930,
he'd raised the equivalent of £200,000 in today's money. Wow.
Doreen is Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Road
and is proud to keep the custom alive and kicking.
Tell me the significance
of all these wonderful decorations on your suit.
Well, the badges are all charity badges that we've supported
or borough badges, different mayors that we've helped,
but the actual buttons all signify for different styles.
Bow bells because I'm Pearly Queen of Bow Bells in my own right,
my late husband was Pearly King of Old Kent Road
because he was born south of the river,
and on your jacket, you've got the zigzags,
the ups and downs of life.
Oh, these have got significance.
Flowers of friendship,
horseshoes are good-luck signs,
so it all means good luck.
Wishing everybody good luck.
And in the late 1800s, Londoners had the good luck to have
a plentiful supply of a certain delicacy.
Now that is stewed eels.
Mind the bone in the middle.
The River Thames was full of eels
and the poor people had to eat something!
-It's lovely, do you like these?
I'm not a lover of them, quite honestly.
I wonder if Doreen would be so quick to try a bit of haggis!
I must say, the most wonderful thing about the Pearly Kings and Queens
is this marvellous, marvellous costume,
and I like clothes and I like style, and I think...
-Have you got anything I could try on?
Would I not have anything for you?
And with a sprinkling of pearly magic...
Is that me?
You won't be able to see in the mirror!
Doreen, I want you to teach me Cockney.
Teach me the words.
I'll teach you the words of the Lambeth Walk.
# Any time you're Lambeth way
# Any evening, any day
# You'll find us all
# Doing the Lambeth walk, oi! #
You're not having the hat.
Have you two been down to the rub-a-dub-dub?
Before you go, I shall want that jacket back!
Well, that's enough excitement for one day.
Anita and Thomas are back together and off for a rest.
The journey continues tomorrow, so nighty-night, you two.
It's the start of a brand-new day
and Anita and Thomas are stuck in London traffic - surprise, surprise.
So how do you like the smell of carbon monoxide in the morning?
When we were driving yesterday,
I thought the traffic congestion in London was a myth.
I feel slightly different about it this morning.
Here we are, next to juggernauts,
in the lowest car possible.
We may as well just mainline on the exhaust fumes.
And they're off.
So far, Thomas has spent £113 on three items,
the stationer's cabinet, the camera lot
and the terracotta jug.
Thomas has £87 to spend today.
Anita has got some catching up to do
and she's only spent £21.50 on two items,
the pottery bust of Alexander the Great
and the 1950s advertising gizmo,
so she's rolling in it with £178.50 to splash out.
Thomas, you're the type of man, I think,
that likes to live dangerously.
Anita, I'm quite a cautious buyer.
No, I think there is a wild streak in there.
And it's come out immediately!
I think you're right, Anita.
She's dropping young Thomas off on London's Marylebone Road.
There we are. Well driven, Anita.
-I'm quite pleased with myself.
I bet you are. Fabulous.
-Have a lovely day.
-You have a great time as well.
I will, I'm looking forward to this game old bird here.
Thomas, one word of advice.
Don't stand still for too long.
I will not stand still!
I'll see your model. Bye!
I wonder where he's off to.
We'll find out later.
Anita needs to start spending her cash tout de suite.
Anita is heading to East Molesey in Surrey.
She's going for a nosy in Bridge Road Antiques.
Sue's the owner here, maybe she can get Anita to spend some cash.
What I'm looking for is a bargain.
I know, I know.
She's a one.
And after a little nosy, she happens upon something rather lovely.
What I've seen is a nice, simple set of shirt studs
and cuff links. Is it just studs or cuff links as well?
No, they're just studs.
It's nice being in the box.
They're quite nice.
But priced at £80,
they could cost Anita a big chunk of her budget.
Retailed by Pearce & Sons in Leeds, York and Leicester.
-Nice in their original box.
-Nice in the box.
You see, the stone in the middle is just a glass stone.
It's not a little ruby or a garnet.
It's just a piece of glass, which is bringing it down.
I'm not saying anything bad, because I think they're lovely.
I'll do those for 40.
Gosh, that's half the original price, so while Anita has a think,
she finds a couple of other interesting objects.
I think these are good fun.
I can't do it.
Puppeteering is a wonderful, wonderful art.
I'd love to be able to do it.
I love puppets. I absolutely love them.
These I think are Thai.
They have these wonderful, wonderful gilded costumes
with the little gold beads and little cabochon pieces,
of plastic, probably,
but they are quite nice, and look at all that wonderful embroidery.
"Go on, have a go at it, Anita. Take me with you."
This one I like as well,
so what I'd quite like to do is get a deal on both of them,
because I think they should maybe stay together.
The total ticket price for the puppets is £50.
I think they're probably Thai,
latter part of the 20th century so they're not antique or old.
What I'd like to pay is £30 for the two.
-Are you all right, you fine with that?
You're coming home with mama!
Anita is doing well at getting the prices down
and she's decided to go with the group of shirt studs too.
I'm pleased with both of my purchases.
How much do I owe you in total?
So the shirt studs for £40 and the pair of puppets for 30,
unusual buys, Anita, but at least you're spending.
Back to Thomas. We left him earlier in the heart of London.
He's off to find out the remarkable story of a young Frenchwoman
called Marie Tussaud who created the world-famous institution.
Around 500 million people have visited Madame Tussaud's waxwork phenomenon
since it was first established over 250 years ago.
Thomas is meeting with Nicole Jenner to find out more.
Hello, I'm Thomas.
Hello, Nicole, and welcome to Madame Tussauds.
This is fabulous!
I'm so pleased you love it.
I've never been here and I am just in awe. Feel like I'm at the Oscars.
Marie Tussaud was an accomplished artist in late 18th-century France
and art tutor to King Louis XVI's sister at the Palace of Versailles.
So this is the lady herself, Marie Tussaud.
We know her as "Madame".
She was actually born in 1761 in Strasbourg
and was known as Marie Grosholtz at the time before getting married
to Mr Tussaud later on.
But after a few years living within the royal court
and creating waxwork exhibitions in Paris, events took a gruesome twist.
We are here in the Chamber of Horrors
where we tell a little bit more about Marie Tussaud's story.
So France had the Revolution and she was working for the Royals.
-What happened to Marie?
-She actually changed allegiances
and became part of the Revolution, really.
She had a key role in highlighting to the people that
some of the people she had worked with at the Palace of Versailles
had actually perished and been beheaded,
like Marie Antoinette, for instance.
So Marie would have actually created a death mask from the real heads
to then actually later make some of the wax heads
that we actually have here displayed in the Chamber of Horrors,
so she's worked closely with some of these people,
to then have to make replicas of their dead heads.
It wouldn't have been the best job at the time,
and that was probably one of the reasons why she left France
and actually moved to the UK, which we can talk a bit more about.
-It's the stuff of nightmares.
-It is, yes.
You're telling me.
After the Revolution, Marie felt it would be safer to move location,
but what would have tempted her across the Channel?
We obviously were still at war, on a war footing with the French,
but we had more money to spend,
so she was quite an entrepreneur?
She was. Marie was definitely an entrepreneur,
extremely savvy as well, so she knew what was popular in France,
brought that to the UK, and her exhibitions that toured the UK
for over 30 years were kind of the television of the day, almost,
the newspapers and magazines, if you like,
so people would go to the exhibitions because they could see
people that they were reading about but never saw images of.
Aged 70, Marie Tussaud decided it was time for the attraction
to take more permanent roots.
She actually brought the exhibition to reside in London
just up the road from here at the Baker Street Bazaar in 1835
and then passed away in 1850.
Despite this sad news,
the waxworks proved so successful that in 1884,
her family moved the exhibition to this rather grand building
on the Marylebone Road, which remains its home ever since.
It's just tremendous that it's still here 250 years later
with people still queuing up.
It is, I have to say, fabulous. Thank you very much.
-It's been a real pleasure.
What a fascinating life story.
So, from one formidable woman to another.
She's travelling to the glorious Regatta town of Henley-on-Thames.
This looks like a lovely wee town, but it's Henley-on-Thames.
So where's the river?
Taking the bridge over the dear old River Thames
at Henley, wow.
David is the owner of this gem of an establishment.
It's Anita's last shop and she's got £108.50 to spend.
Hi, how are you?
Hello, I'm Anita.
And trust Anita, she's straight to the jewellery cabinet.
I have spotted some lovely Scottish pebble jewellery.
Look at this one here.
This is a traditional Scottish shape, with the big centre stone
and the different colours of agate round about.
Hope you're taking notes, David.
This is a lovely big piece, isn't it? That's absolutely gorgeous.
Again, big amethyst coloured stone.
And this is a hallmark silver mount here.
Let's see where it was made.
Yeah, Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle.
But when it comes to getting a price, it may not be so perfect.
-Our stone's a bit scuffed there.
-That's why it's so cheap!
This again is a nice traditional one
and I think it's had a wee bit of repair.
So you want to make me an offer I can't refuse?
Don't tempt her, David.
Could you come to 55 for the two?
I'd rather do 60.
Do you know how expensive the beer is in Henley?
I don't think you're a beer drinker, are you?
All right, we've got a deal at 55.
David, that's absolutely wonderful, that's great.
Well, she's managed to get two big sparkling brooches for £55.
Good work, Anita.
Young Tom has moved on to the market town of Wallingford in Oxfordshire.
Wallingford, very close to where I live, actually,
though I've never, ever been here.
He cuts a fine dash as he makes his way to the Lamb Arcade,
a former 16th-century coaching inn now stuffed full of antiques.
What's he found here then?
A storm shade.
Maybe dealer David can help.
You haven't got a pair of these, have you, David?
No, that's the only one I've got.
Blimey, where did he come from?
Do you know what that is?
No. It's for a wine, is it?
No. It's a storm shade,
so when you're out in your garden in the summer with your guests
in the evening, and you want to light your candle,
and you've got the large candlesticks,
this would go on top of it with the candle,
-it's called a storm shade.
-I didn't know that.
Nice, isn't it?
I'd put a bottle of wine in there and just get the top...
You probably could, couldn't you?
Sounds just the ticket.
-I love the idea you can put a bottle over it.
-How much is on that one?
You've got 18 quid.
I can do you that for eight.
£8? I've got to have it.
I love it. That's a start, I love that.
That's one item down.
So much choice, Thomas.
What will take your fancy next?
I bet there's a lot of money on that.
£78 with a basket.
It's just random, isn't it? It's a bike.
Well done, Thomas.
I just love it. Great prop, isn't it? It's a bit rusty.
Dated it sort of 1950s, I think.
I like the fact it's got the wicker basket. I think this is Dutch.
It's got my name on it. It has, it's got my name on it.
I don't believe that.
I'm going to see Tom upstairs, go and get that basket.
Must be a sign, Tom(!)
Let's see if you can get the price you want for it.
Time for Tom to meet Tom.
-How do you reckon, then, Tom?
-Just as well I'm Tim, not Tom.
What can you do on it?
-For real money?
-For real, hard currency.
-That's not a bad offer, is it?
-It's jolly good, it's jolly good.
Only because you're my namesake, you see.
Well, this is the thing, it's got my name on it, Tom and Tom.
-It all linked in together.
-I was going to offer you 40, but, you know...
-Can't be done. 50.
-Can't be done, 50?
-I'll shake a dirty hand.
-Do you mind shaking a dirty hand?
-Not at all!
-It's very kind of you.
-As long as it's got money in it.
-Yeah, it has.
One, two... There's 40.
Yeah, don't think you'll get far on that, Tom.
That's £50 for the bike and £8 for the storm shade.
So, we're nearing the end of the first leg.
Here's a reminder of Thomas and Anita's haul of antique gems.
Thomas has amassed five lots - the Anglo-Indian stationer's cabinet...
a large terracotta jug...
a camera lot...
a storm shade and a delivery bike.
This gaggle of goodies cost a total of £171.
Anita also has five lots -
the pottery bust of Alexander the Great...
the 1950s advertising gizmo...
the gentleman's shirt studs...
a couple of Eastern puppets, and two sparkly brooches.
All in all, Anita spent £146.50.
So, let's hear what they think of one another's treasures.
The bust of Alexander the Great is new but stylish.
Very Oxford. Well done, Anita.
I can imagine that in a professor's or dean's study.
A wee bit worried about Alexander the Great.
But he's quite a good-looking guy, so maybe somebody will fancy him!
The storm lamp he didn't pay much money for,
but it's only a bit of something!
Thomas is a sartorial delight.
He likes his clothes, he likes style,
and I'm sure he's going to fall in love with those lovely shirt studs.
The best lot she's bought are those fabulous mother-of-pearl dress studs.
You'd feel like a god walking into your next ball or whatever.
It's nearly time for the thrill of the auction.
Our cheeky duo are heading to the final
destination of Banbury in Oxford.
This market town features in the nursery rhyme
Ride A Cock Horse To Banbury Cross.
But today, the mode of transport for Thomas
and Anita is the fiery Lotus Elan.
Our first auction, Thomas. It's so exciting!
It's our first auction together.
It's almost like we've met and it's our first date.
-Our first dinner date.
-Oh, Thomas, this is music to my ears!
Boy, this is music to my ears!
The auction will take place at JS Auctions,
a business founded over 20 years ago.
Into the fray.
Joe Smith is today's auctioneer and has a few thoughts on Thomas
and Anita's lots.
Very nice 20th-century delivery bicycle, as seen in Open All Hours.
Quite a nice one.
Needs a little restoration but should be a very good lot.
That's probably going to be one of the star lots
that they've brought in today.
One little storm shade which, on its own, may be a bit of a problem.
Erm, it is quite a nice one, got a bit of age, but it is on its own,
so we'll see what happens.
Today, the room is also open to internet bidders.
Get ready, the auction is about to begin!
Oh, my God, it's the lots!
First up, it's Anita's sparkly Scottish brooches.
And opening the bids here, commissions here, low start,
but 15 to start.
£15. 20 is it now? At £15, the silver brooches at 15...
20, five, 30...
Internet going on now, at 30 already.
At 35, at 35, 40 now.
40, at £40, five anywhere now?
At 45, near me now at 45.
50, is it? Coming back.
At 45, 50, 50 here now, 55, sir.
-Go on, go on.
-Go on! Yes!
Five, 55. Well persuaded. At 55...
60 now. At 55, it's in the room now.
55. All done, last call. 55.
Oh, well, no gain, no pain.
Sorry, Anita, but after auction costs, it's a loss.
Now, what's next?
It's Thomas's Branham terracotta jug. Cor, it's a big one.
And 50 to start it. £50.
30 away, quickly, £30.
-No, no, no, no.
-£30, ten then.
At £10... 12, 14, 16...
Oh, he's got them away.
-22. In front now at 22...
Selling at 22...
Oh, well done, Thomas!
That was nerve-racking.
And we've barely started, Anita.
Thomas nets a profit straightaway.
Next, it's Anita's handsome bust of Alexander the Great.
£50, Alexander the Great, 50.
Come on, come on!
-Come on, come on!
Ten to start it. Ten, good man. Ten it is.
-12 anywhere now?
-I'm shocked for you, Anita.
At ten for the bust. At £10, 12, lady at 12. 14, sir. 14.
14, 16, new bidder at 16.
At 18, and 20...
-At 20 at the very back, 20. 22...
24. New bidder again at 24. At 24...
Fame beckons. At 24, 26 now?
At 24... At 24, then, at the back of the room, at £24...
By the skin of your teeth, Anita!
But remember, the pennies make up the pounds, eh, Alexander?
-Already, after the third lot?!
Huh! Exhausted already, eh? It's Thomas's camera lot next.
I'll take 20 to start.
20, thank you, sir. At 20, five anywhere now?
At 20, five now?
Two, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, five...
At 35. 40 now. At 35, on the left, 35 only. 35...
-That's all right.
-You can't complain.
-Can't complain on that.
Nice work, Thomas. Your hand-picked camera lot certainly paid off.
It's Anita's turn next, with the little 1950s advertising gizmo.
-I've got £8 bid. Ten anywhere else?
At £8. Ten anywhere now?
-That's brilliant, isn't it?!
-At £8, for the paperweight.
At £8 only, then. Ten anywhere now? At £8...
Well, it's going to go at £8 only...
I'll lend you the money! Anybody?
At £8... Ten anywhere?
At £8 only...
Anita's still smiling, despite the small profit.
Over to Thomas, with the storm shade next.
-There you are.
-How low can we go?
£2. Is there any interest at all?
-Good girl. £2 it is.
-Oh, well done!
£2. Three now.
At £2 only... Three anywhere?
£2 only. Are we all done? Selling at £2...
Last call at £2... Anybody else?
-Three. Four now?
Six? Six we have now.
At £6, middle of the room...
You are a saviour!
At £6, seven anywhere? At six, at £6...
And done, £6.
Blimey, a loss for Thomas, but at least you've raised a laugh.
And you've still got the lead on Anita.
Now, Anita, can you get a big chunk of profit with
the gentleman's shirt studs?
Ten is bid. 15 anywhere now? Ten's the bid.
15 anywhere now for the shirt studs? At ten... 15 now.
At £10, 15, the internet has them now at 15.
20 now. At £15... 20 do I see anywhere?
For the shirt studs, at £15...
15 to the internet.
-Just a matter of luck, isn't it?
-It's a matter of luck.
-Let's move on, forget about them.
Ooh! That was painful, Anita, I don't believe it!
It's Thomas's old bike next. Can he "peddle" his way to lots of profit?
Now we've got this magnificent bike.
Open All Hours, lot 353.
And I've got a bit of interest here.
-Do have to open the bidding here at £35.
40, five, 50, in the room at 50...
At £50... Five anywhere? At 50.
At £50, under the arch at £50...
-All done? Selling at £50...
-Wiping its face.
-Well, it's...it's not bad. It wasn't a tenner.
-But it wasn't £100 either.
-No, it wasn't.
Cheeky, Anita! Disappointing, Thomas.
It's just not for the bidders of Banbury.
Next, Anita's pair of puppets.
-£10 to start from somebody?
-£10 for them.
-No way, Anita. No way, Anita!
We'll only be coming down. Fiver away. Five, ten, ten it is.
Internet at 10. 15, is it? I thought they'd make more than this.
15. A generous soul at 15 again. 20 now. At 15.
They're in the room and being sold at £15...
Oh, dear, this isn't your day today, Anita.
Yet another loss, which was your last chance for victory.
It's their last lot of the day.
Can Thomas inch further into the lead with the stationer's cabinet?
Bit of interest on commission here, and 35 we start.
40 now. At 35.
40 anywhere now for the cabinet? At 35...
40, 45, 50. In the room at £50.
In the room.
At £50, bid's on my right at £50.
Five now. At 50, then.
It's here on my right at £50.
All out on the net. £50.
-There we are. Done.
-Hard luck, darling.
-I know, yeah.
Hard luck indeed, Thomas.
-Well... Let's go.
-Onwards and upwards.
-Cup of tea?
Yeah, get out quick, you two! Disappointing results all round.
Now, our lovely duo started today's show with £200 each.
It's been a mixed bag of results, but who is the winner?
After paying auction costs, Anita's made a slight loss of £50.56.
Ms Manning has now £149.44 to carry forward.
Thomas also made a loss, of £37.34.
Mr Plant has just clinched the top spot
and has £162.66 to start the next leg.
Is this where the competition begins, Thomas?
YES! No, of course not!
-Oh, in the rain, look at this!
Next time on Antiques Road Trip, we're in the West Country,
where Anita meets an admirer.
You're more prettier off-camera than you are on.
-Oh, you're the type of man I like!
-Oh, I know!
And Thomas gets some motherly love.
It's dairy-free for my poor, pathetic little boy
who can't eat any dairy.
It is the beginning of a new road trip with Thomas Plant and Anita Manning. The experts are touring the country in a yellow Lotus and their first leg sees them start in Hertfordshire and work their way towards an auction in Banbury.