Episode 11 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 11

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,

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with £200 each, a classic car...

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We're going roond!

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..and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.

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I want to spend lots of money.

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

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-Oh, no!

-There'll be worthy winners...

-We've done it!

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-..and valiant losers.

-You are kidding me on!

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

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-What am I doing?

-You've got a deal.

-This is the Antiques Road Trip.

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Yeah!

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Today, we're firing up a brand-new road trip with

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a couple of darlings - Thomas Plant and Anita Manning.

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-Do you know, it's the first time I've ever been with a woman!

-Oh, Thomas!

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-At your age!

-On the trip. On the trip!

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Ha-ha! Road Trip legend Thomas Plant is an auctioneer who oozes style.

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It's a bit tight! I think it's meant for the slightly smaller man.

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And he is extremely handsome, even though he says so himself.

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How'd you like my new look?

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His Road Trip partner is Anita Manning.

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She's a feisty auctioneer with a small head...

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SHE LAUGHS

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..and she talks to the animals. Well, kind of.

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Am I going to be the winner in this one?

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Yes! I think that's a maybe.

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Our lovely pair begin their thrilling adventure with £200 each

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and they'll zip around Blighty in this canary-yellow 1968 Lotus Elan.

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Nice one.

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-Do you like the car?

-I love this car, Thomas.

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-It's like a lovely wee speedo banana.

-Speedo banana?

-Yes.

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Speedo banana!

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Oh, dear!

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Thomas and Anita will travel over 500 miles

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from the village of Redbourn in Hertfordshire

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to the town of Maidstone in Kent.

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Today they start in Redbourn, Hertfordshire

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and head towards their first auction in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

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This pretty village was renowned for straw hat making,

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which might have taken the fancy of headgear lovers Thomas and Anita.

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This is extremely rural and we're driving up a little lane.

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ANITA LAUGHS

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Thomas, I thought we'd be sitting behind angry folk in a traffic jam.

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Quite the opposite, Anita.

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-Isn't this marvellous? Look at this!

-Thomas, look at that big horse.

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-It's wonderful.

-I know.

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Crumbs! This is very grand.

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But it looks expensive.

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-Oh, good, good, good, good, good.

-No, no, no, no.

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-I never thought you'd be like this, Anita.

-I know, I know.

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-I thought you'd be competitive.

-Oh, no.

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Right, am I going to be able to get out? Oh!

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-See you soon.

-Good luck.

-Goodbye.

-Good luck, Thomas.

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Right, we'll catch up with Anita later.

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Thomas's first shop of the day is at Bushwood Antiques,

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nestled deep in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside,

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one of the largest antique emporiums in the land

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and also home to dozens of happy horses.

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The beautiful Julie will be on hand to assist young Thomas.

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So where are all the antiques?

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They are spread out in three areas.

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This is our top showroom.

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Really, so you're bringing me into the most expensive when...

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-Sort of.

-..when I have very little.

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We do have more little things in here whereas the rest

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is more dedicated to furniture,

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so you may well find something in here, something for everybody.

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Really? Gosh!

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Yeah, good luck, Thomas.

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You've only got £200 in the kitty.

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I've wandered around, it's great.

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And?

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I do feel it might be quite rich.

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So Thomas tries outside for something affordable.

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This is more my scene.

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Seen better days though, haven't they?

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Maybe assistant Lawrence can point him in the right direction.

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My gosh! Wow!

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You want to be looking in the corners if you want to find any gems.

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Loving your style.

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What's caught your interest here then?

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It's Anglo-Indian.

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A hardwood piece, 19th-century,

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inlaid with these very pretty motifs.

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You would have put your inkwells in there,

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your dip pens along here, and it would be for travelling.

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I don't think it's going to be in my two-figure bracket

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but there is no price tag on it, and it is a bit knackered.

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We found this writing desk,

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which is in some form of distress.

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There is no price on this, does that mean it's free?

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Nice try, Thomas!

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The ticket price is £250, actually, and Julie's gone off to consult

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with colleagues about a cheeky Tom offer of £80.

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Can you believe it?

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And she's back, look out.

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I checked with Jim the accountant and we bought this piece

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with a number of other items that have sold,

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so we can do it for the price of £80.

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Can you? £80, deal.

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Thank you very much, that's very kind.

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That's £170 off the original ticket price.

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Even with a huge discount, Thomas has blown £80 already.

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Now, where's the delightful Ms Manning?

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She's making her way six miles south to Fleetville in St Albans.

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Anita is all set for her first antiques mission of the trip

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in her amazing pirate boots.

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I wonder if that's where she stuffs her doubloons.

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Hello, girls, I'm Anita. Lovely to meet you.

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Wow, this looks absolutely fabulous.

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With over 50 dealers here, Anita may be some time.

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I'm not going to buy these but I think they're absolutely fabulous.

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Keep your mind on the job, Anita.

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Something in the window has caught her eye.

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There's a bust there and I quite like pieces of sculpture and artworks,

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so I'm going to ask to get that out so I can have a closer look at it.

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It is Alexander the Great.

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The form is quite nice.

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It's a pottery piece and it's quite nicely moulded.

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It's on this sort of marble base.

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There's £25 on it

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but because it's not old I'll maybe try to get it down a wee bit.

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Go and do your best with assistant Sophie, Anita.

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Could I be buying that for around about 15?

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12 to 15?

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-18?

-18.

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We're getting there!

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Every pound counts.

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-16.50?

-16.50. Let's go for that.

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Thank you very, very much. That's smashing.

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Now, in such a vast rabbit warren of antiques,

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what's she found now?

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Now what is this for?

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"FM."

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I took it to be a car mascot of some description but I don't know.

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I quite like that. What's the best that you can do on that?

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I'll do that for a fiver.

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That's three pounds off the asking price

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for the 1950s advertising gizmo, which could work as a paperweight.

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Girls, I'm intrigued by this wee thing.

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I do like it so I'm just going to go for it.

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And you said £5?

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-I did, yes.

-That's great.

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Well done, Anita, a fiver on the '50s advertising gizmo

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and £16.50 on the bust of Alexander the Great.

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That's great. Thomas has ventured south to Hampstead in London.

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So here we are in London. I do really feel like a man about town.

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Quite excited, actually. You never know what you might find,

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it's the metropolis! You never know what comes into the shops!

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There could be that bargain which is going to make me so much money.

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That's the spirit, Thomas.

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Thomas is visiting an antiques dealer that knows a thing or two

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about the antiques world. Oh, yes.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-I'm Thomas.

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A warm welcome to not so sunny Hampstead. It's lovely to see you.

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There is one awkward question. You haven't got prices on anything?

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Uh-oh! We know what that means. Time for a battle plan, maybe.

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Could make up a lot. We've got a camera lens,

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I don't think somehow this one's in very good condition.

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The glass is good.

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We've got a box Brownie covered in bird poo.

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Charming.

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This was the first instamatic camera you had, as a youth.

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All these camera accessories, made in Germany.

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Quite fun really, isn't it?

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I don't know how it would work. I'm seeing you double.

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Ricohflex. Not somebody I've heard of.

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Looks like a 19...60s camera, I would say.

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We could make up a camera lot. I could ask Keith about the cameras.

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That would be a good idea.

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-We've got a camera, how much is the camera?

-£15.

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And then you've got a sort of box Brownie and a lens.

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The box Brownie is nothing.

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That and the other one would be £25 the lot.

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Would you take a £20 note for the lot?

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That's a little bit...

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Oh, dear. That's too steep for Keith.

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What if you combine it with something else?

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That's lovely.

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This is a piece of Branham ware.

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Still going today, Branham, actually.

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Branham Pottery is a Devon firm popular in the 19th century

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when it was sold by retailers such as Liberty and Co.

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-I like that, how much is that, Keith?

-£10.

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You can't go wrong with that fabulous country jug.

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£10. Isn't that wonderful?

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Made by Branham, terracotta.

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What is lovely is it's glazed inside

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and with that beautiful glaze, of that green ash glaze.

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You could put home-made lemonade in or display flowers.

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It's very cool and in.

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So, Keith, can we do a deal on the cameras and the Branham,

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the cameras there, little group?

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The cameras I asked you £25 for.

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£33 on the lot.

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So let's deal at 33, is that all right?

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-Done.

-Thank you very much.

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Well, that was wonderful.

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£23 for the combo camera lot and £10 for the big old jug.

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Anita meanwhile is making her way to Wanstead in the East End of London.

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I like London. I find it very exciting.

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I always find it exciting.

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I love the different characters of all the different...

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It's almost like village upon village upon village.

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I always enjoy that.

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Now, where could she possibly be off to?

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I'll tell you, she's off to meet a certain Doreen Golding.

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Hi, Doreen.

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Hello, Anita.

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-You look wonderful.

-And so do you, my dear. Beautiful.

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You got a cup of Rosie Lee going?

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I've got a cup of Rosie Lee all ready for you.

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Come on up, I'll buzz you in.

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Doreen is a right royal Pearly Queen and love a duck,

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she's going to spill the beans on the history of the famous Londoners.

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-Pleasure to meet you, my dear.

-Let me see.

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Twirl around.

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Oh, wow. I've never met a Pearly Queen before.

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And I have never met you before.

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Should I call you Your Majesty?

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Yes, and you should curtsy!

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Begging your pardon, ma'am.

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In the late 19th century, the streets of foggy London were tough.

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Market traders keen to stand out from the crowd

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would wear mother-of-pearl buttons on their clothes

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to attract customers.

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A flamboyant bunch, they also helped the needy.

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Young road sweeper Henry Croft was so inspired

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by their sartorial extravagance, he developed this East End tradition

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into the Pearly Kings and Queens.

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By the time he died in 1930,

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he'd raised the equivalent of £200,000 in today's money. Wow.

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Doreen is Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Road

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and is proud to keep the custom alive and kicking.

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Tell me the significance

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of all these wonderful decorations on your suit.

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Well, the badges are all charity badges that we've supported

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or borough badges, different mayors that we've helped,

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but the actual buttons all signify for different styles.

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Bow bells because I'm Pearly Queen of Bow Bells in my own right,

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my late husband was Pearly King of Old Kent Road

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because he was born south of the river,

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and on your jacket, you've got the zigzags,

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the ups and downs of life.

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Oh, these have got significance.

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Flowers of friendship,

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horseshoes are good-luck signs,

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so it all means good luck.

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Wishing everybody good luck.

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And in the late 1800s, Londoners had the good luck to have

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a plentiful supply of a certain delicacy.

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Now that is stewed eels.

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Mind the bone in the middle.

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The River Thames was full of eels

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and the poor people had to eat something!

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-It's lovely, do you like these?

-No.

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I'm not a lover of them, quite honestly.

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I wonder if Doreen would be so quick to try a bit of haggis!

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I must say, the most wonderful thing about the Pearly Kings and Queens

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is this marvellous, marvellous costume,

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and I like clothes and I like style, and I think...

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-Have you got anything I could try on?

-Definitely.

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Would I not have anything for you?

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And with a sprinkling of pearly magic...

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Is that me?

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You won't be able to see in the mirror!

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Doreen, I want you to teach me Cockney.

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Teach me the words.

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I'll teach you the words of the Lambeth Walk.

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# Any time you're Lambeth way

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# Any evening, any day

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# You'll find us all

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# Doing the Lambeth walk, oi! #

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You're not having the hat.

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Have you two been down to the rub-a-dub-dub?

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Before you go, I shall want that jacket back!

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Well, that's enough excitement for one day.

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Anita and Thomas are back together and off for a rest.

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The journey continues tomorrow, so nighty-night, you two.

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It's the start of a brand-new day

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and Anita and Thomas are stuck in London traffic - surprise, surprise.

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So how do you like the smell of carbon monoxide in the morning?

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When we were driving yesterday,

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I thought the traffic congestion in London was a myth.

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I feel slightly different about it this morning.

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Here we are, next to juggernauts,

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in the lowest car possible.

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We may as well just mainline on the exhaust fumes.

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And they're off.

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So far, Thomas has spent £113 on three items,

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the stationer's cabinet, the camera lot

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and the terracotta jug.

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Thomas has £87 to spend today.

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Anita has got some catching up to do

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and she's only spent £21.50 on two items,

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the pottery bust of Alexander the Great

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and the 1950s advertising gizmo,

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so she's rolling in it with £178.50 to splash out.

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Thomas, you're the type of man, I think,

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that likes to live dangerously.

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Anita, I'm quite a cautious buyer.

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No, I think there is a wild streak in there.

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And it's come out immediately!

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I think you're right, Anita.

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She's dropping young Thomas off on London's Marylebone Road.

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There we are. Well driven, Anita.

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-I'm amazed!

-I'm quite pleased with myself.

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I bet you are. Fabulous.

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-Have a lovely day.

-You have a great time as well.

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I will, I'm looking forward to this game old bird here.

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Thomas, one word of advice.

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Don't stand still for too long.

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I will not stand still!

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I'll see your model. Bye!

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I wonder where he's off to.

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We'll find out later.

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Anita needs to start spending her cash tout de suite.

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Anita is heading to East Molesey in Surrey.

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She's going for a nosy in Bridge Road Antiques.

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Sue's the owner here, maybe she can get Anita to spend some cash.

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What I'm looking for is a bargain.

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I know, I know.

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She's a one.

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And after a little nosy, she happens upon something rather lovely.

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What I've seen is a nice, simple set of shirt studs

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and cuff links. Is it just studs or cuff links as well?

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No, they're just studs.

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It's nice being in the box.

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They're quite nice.

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But priced at £80,

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they could cost Anita a big chunk of her budget.

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Retailed by Pearce & Sons in Leeds, York and Leicester.

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-Nice in their original box.

-Nice in the box.

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You see, the stone in the middle is just a glass stone.

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It's not a little ruby or a garnet.

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It's just a piece of glass, which is bringing it down.

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I'm not saying anything bad, because I think they're lovely.

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I'll do those for 40.

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Gosh, that's half the original price, so while Anita has a think,

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she finds a couple of other interesting objects.

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I think these are good fun.

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I can't do it.

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Puppeteering is a wonderful, wonderful art.

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I'd love to be able to do it.

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I love puppets. I absolutely love them.

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These I think are Thai.

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They have these wonderful, wonderful gilded costumes

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with the little gold beads and little cabochon pieces,

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of plastic, probably,

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but they are quite nice, and look at all that wonderful embroidery.

0:20:360:20:40

"Go on, have a go at it, Anita. Take me with you."

0:20:410:20:45

This one I like as well,

0:20:480:20:50

so what I'd quite like to do is get a deal on both of them,

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because I think they should maybe stay together.

0:20:540:20:58

The total ticket price for the puppets is £50.

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I think they're probably Thai,

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latter part of the 20th century so they're not antique or old.

0:21:050:21:10

What I'd like to pay is £30 for the two.

0:21:100:21:14

Um...

0:21:170:21:19

OK.

0:21:190:21:21

-Are you all right, you fine with that?

-Yeah.

0:21:210:21:25

You're coming home with mama!

0:21:270:21:30

Anita is doing well at getting the prices down

0:21:330:21:36

and she's decided to go with the group of shirt studs too.

0:21:360:21:41

I'm pleased with both of my purchases.

0:21:410:21:44

How much do I owe you in total?

0:21:440:21:46

£70.

0:21:460:21:47

Great.

0:21:470:21:49

So the shirt studs for £40 and the pair of puppets for 30,

0:21:490:21:53

unusual buys, Anita, but at least you're spending.

0:21:530:21:56

Back to Thomas. We left him earlier in the heart of London.

0:21:590:22:02

He's off to find out the remarkable story of a young Frenchwoman

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called Marie Tussaud who created the world-famous institution.

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Around 500 million people have visited Madame Tussaud's waxwork phenomenon

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since it was first established over 250 years ago.

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Thomas is meeting with Nicole Jenner to find out more.

0:22:230:22:27

Hello, I'm Thomas.

0:22:270:22:28

Hello, Nicole, and welcome to Madame Tussauds.

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This is fabulous!

0:22:310:22:32

I'm so pleased you love it.

0:22:320:22:34

I've never been here and I am just in awe. Feel like I'm at the Oscars.

0:22:340:22:38

Marie Tussaud was an accomplished artist in late 18th-century France

0:22:380:22:43

and art tutor to King Louis XVI's sister at the Palace of Versailles.

0:22:430:22:49

So this is the lady herself, Marie Tussaud.

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We know her as "Madame".

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She was actually born in 1761 in Strasbourg

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and was known as Marie Grosholtz at the time before getting married

0:23:010:23:05

to Mr Tussaud later on.

0:23:050:23:08

But after a few years living within the royal court

0:23:080:23:12

and creating waxwork exhibitions in Paris, events took a gruesome twist.

0:23:120:23:17

We are here in the Chamber of Horrors

0:23:180:23:21

where we tell a little bit more about Marie Tussaud's story.

0:23:210:23:23

So France had the Revolution and she was working for the Royals.

0:23:230:23:28

-What happened to Marie?

-She actually changed allegiances

0:23:280:23:31

and became part of the Revolution, really.

0:23:310:23:34

She had a key role in highlighting to the people that

0:23:340:23:37

some of the people she had worked with at the Palace of Versailles

0:23:370:23:41

had actually perished and been beheaded,

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like Marie Antoinette, for instance.

0:23:430:23:45

So Marie would have actually created a death mask from the real heads

0:23:450:23:49

to then actually later make some of the wax heads

0:23:490:23:52

that we actually have here displayed in the Chamber of Horrors,

0:23:520:23:55

so she's worked closely with some of these people,

0:23:550:23:57

to then have to make replicas of their dead heads.

0:23:570:24:00

Ghastly!

0:24:020:24:04

It wouldn't have been the best job at the time,

0:24:040:24:06

and that was probably one of the reasons why she left France

0:24:060:24:09

and actually moved to the UK, which we can talk a bit more about.

0:24:090:24:12

-It's the stuff of nightmares.

-It is, yes.

0:24:120:24:14

You're telling me.

0:24:140:24:16

After the Revolution, Marie felt it would be safer to move location,

0:24:160:24:20

but what would have tempted her across the Channel?

0:24:200:24:23

We obviously were still at war, on a war footing with the French,

0:24:230:24:28

but we had more money to spend,

0:24:280:24:30

so she was quite an entrepreneur?

0:24:300:24:34

She was. Marie was definitely an entrepreneur,

0:24:340:24:36

extremely savvy as well, so she knew what was popular in France,

0:24:360:24:41

brought that to the UK, and her exhibitions that toured the UK

0:24:410:24:45

for over 30 years were kind of the television of the day, almost,

0:24:450:24:50

the newspapers and magazines, if you like,

0:24:500:24:52

so people would go to the exhibitions because they could see

0:24:520:24:55

people that they were reading about but never saw images of.

0:24:550:25:00

Aged 70, Marie Tussaud decided it was time for the attraction

0:25:000:25:04

to take more permanent roots.

0:25:040:25:06

She actually brought the exhibition to reside in London

0:25:060:25:11

just up the road from here at the Baker Street Bazaar in 1835

0:25:110:25:14

and then passed away in 1850.

0:25:140:25:17

Despite this sad news,

0:25:170:25:19

the waxworks proved so successful that in 1884,

0:25:190:25:23

her family moved the exhibition to this rather grand building

0:25:230:25:27

on the Marylebone Road, which remains its home ever since.

0:25:270:25:31

It's just tremendous that it's still here 250 years later

0:25:310:25:36

with people still queuing up.

0:25:360:25:39

It is, I have to say, fabulous. Thank you very much.

0:25:390:25:43

-No worries.

-It's been a real pleasure.

0:25:430:25:46

What a fascinating life story.

0:25:470:25:49

So, from one formidable woman to another.

0:25:490:25:53

Where's Anita?

0:25:530:25:55

She's travelling to the glorious Regatta town of Henley-on-Thames.

0:25:570:26:01

This looks like a lovely wee town, but it's Henley-on-Thames.

0:26:030:26:07

So where's the river?

0:26:070:26:09

Found it.

0:26:090:26:12

Taking the bridge over the dear old River Thames

0:26:120:26:18

at Henley, wow.

0:26:180:26:20

David is the owner of this gem of an establishment.

0:26:230:26:27

It's Anita's last shop and she's got £108.50 to spend.

0:26:270:26:32

Hi, how are you?

0:26:320:26:35

Hello, I'm Anita.

0:26:350:26:37

And trust Anita, she's straight to the jewellery cabinet.

0:26:370:26:42

I have spotted some lovely Scottish pebble jewellery.

0:26:420:26:47

Look at this one here.

0:26:470:26:49

This is a traditional Scottish shape, with the big centre stone

0:26:490:26:54

and the different colours of agate round about.

0:26:540:26:58

Hope you're taking notes, David.

0:26:580:27:00

This is a lovely big piece, isn't it? That's absolutely gorgeous.

0:27:040:27:07

Again, big amethyst coloured stone.

0:27:070:27:11

And this is a hallmark silver mount here.

0:27:130:27:16

Let's see where it was made.

0:27:160:27:19

Yeah, Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle.

0:27:210:27:25

But when it comes to getting a price, it may not be so perfect.

0:27:250:27:30

-Our stone's a bit scuffed there.

-That's why it's so cheap!

0:27:300:27:35

This again is a nice traditional one

0:27:380:27:41

and I think it's had a wee bit of repair.

0:27:410:27:44

So you want to make me an offer I can't refuse?

0:27:440:27:46

Don't tempt her, David.

0:27:460:27:49

Could you come to 55 for the two?

0:27:490:27:52

I'd rather do 60.

0:27:520:27:55

Do you know how expensive the beer is in Henley?

0:27:550:27:59

I don't think you're a beer drinker, are you?

0:27:590:28:02

Oh, yes.

0:28:020:28:04

All right, we've got a deal at 55.

0:28:040:28:07

David, that's absolutely wonderful, that's great.

0:28:070:28:11

Well, she's managed to get two big sparkling brooches for £55.

0:28:110:28:16

Good work, Anita.

0:28:160:28:18

Young Tom has moved on to the market town of Wallingford in Oxfordshire.

0:28:190:28:24

Wallingford, very close to where I live, actually,

0:28:250:28:28

though I've never, ever been here.

0:28:280:28:30

He cuts a fine dash as he makes his way to the Lamb Arcade,

0:28:300:28:34

a former 16th-century coaching inn now stuffed full of antiques.

0:28:340:28:39

What's he found here then?

0:28:440:28:46

A storm shade.

0:28:460:28:48

Maybe dealer David can help.

0:28:480:28:51

You haven't got a pair of these, have you, David?

0:28:520:28:56

No, that's the only one I've got.

0:28:560:28:58

Blimey, where did he come from?

0:28:580:29:00

Do you know what that is?

0:29:000:29:01

No. It's for a wine, is it?

0:29:010:29:03

No. It's a storm shade,

0:29:030:29:05

so when you're out in your garden in the summer with your guests

0:29:050:29:11

in the evening, and you want to light your candle,

0:29:110:29:14

and you've got the large candlesticks,

0:29:140:29:16

this would go on top of it with the candle,

0:29:160:29:19

-it's called a storm shade.

-I didn't know that.

0:29:190:29:21

Nice, isn't it?

0:29:210:29:23

I'd put a bottle of wine in there and just get the top...

0:29:230:29:25

You probably could, couldn't you?

0:29:250:29:27

Sounds just the ticket.

0:29:270:29:28

-I love the idea you can put a bottle over it.

-How much is on that one?

0:29:280:29:31

You've got 18 quid.

0:29:310:29:33

I can do you that for eight.

0:29:330:29:35

£8? I've got to have it.

0:29:350:29:38

I love it. That's a start, I love that.

0:29:380:29:42

That's one item down.

0:29:420:29:44

So much choice, Thomas.

0:29:440:29:46

What will take your fancy next?

0:29:460:29:48

I bet there's a lot of money on that.

0:29:500:29:52

Oh, no!

0:29:520:29:53

£78 with a basket.

0:29:530:29:56

It's just random, isn't it? It's a bike.

0:29:570:30:00

Well done, Thomas.

0:30:000:30:01

I just love it. Great prop, isn't it? It's a bit rusty.

0:30:030:30:07

Bit knackered.

0:30:110:30:13

Dated it sort of 1950s, I think.

0:30:140:30:18

I like the fact it's got the wicker basket. I think this is Dutch.

0:30:180:30:23

"Tom".

0:30:230:30:25

It's got my name on it. It has, it's got my name on it.

0:30:250:30:29

I don't believe that.

0:30:290:30:30

I'm going to see Tom upstairs, go and get that basket.

0:30:300:30:33

Must be a sign, Tom(!)

0:30:330:30:35

Let's see if you can get the price you want for it.

0:30:350:30:38

Time for Tom to meet Tom.

0:30:380:30:41

-Tom.

-How do you reckon, then, Tom?

0:30:410:30:42

-Well...

-Just as well I'm Tim, not Tom.

0:30:420:30:45

What can you do on it?

0:30:450:30:47

-For real money?

-For real, hard currency.

0:30:470:30:51

-£50.

-£50...

0:30:510:30:53

-That's not a bad offer, is it?

-It's jolly good, it's jolly good.

0:30:540:30:58

Only because you're my namesake, you see.

0:30:580:31:01

Well, this is the thing, it's got my name on it, Tom and Tom.

0:31:010:31:04

-It all linked in together.

-Absolutely, yeah.

0:31:040:31:06

-I was going to offer you 40, but, you know...

-Can't be done. 50.

0:31:060:31:10

-Can't be done, 50?

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:31:100:31:13

-I'll shake a dirty hand.

-Do you mind shaking a dirty hand?

-Not at all!

0:31:130:31:16

-It's very kind of you.

-As long as it's got money in it.

-Yeah, it has.

0:31:160:31:19

One, two... There's 40.

0:31:190:31:21

Yeah, don't think you'll get far on that, Tom.

0:31:210:31:25

That's £50 for the bike and £8 for the storm shade.

0:31:250:31:28

So, we're nearing the end of the first leg.

0:31:300:31:32

Here's a reminder of Thomas and Anita's haul of antique gems.

0:31:320:31:36

Thomas has amassed five lots - the Anglo-Indian stationer's cabinet...

0:31:380:31:43

a large terracotta jug...

0:31:430:31:45

a camera lot...

0:31:450:31:47

a storm shade and a delivery bike.

0:31:470:31:50

This gaggle of goodies cost a total of £171.

0:31:500:31:54

Anita also has five lots -

0:31:550:31:57

the pottery bust of Alexander the Great...

0:31:570:32:01

the 1950s advertising gizmo...

0:32:010:32:03

the gentleman's shirt studs...

0:32:030:32:06

a couple of Eastern puppets, and two sparkly brooches.

0:32:060:32:09

All in all, Anita spent £146.50.

0:32:090:32:13

So, let's hear what they think of one another's treasures.

0:32:160:32:20

The bust of Alexander the Great is new but stylish.

0:32:200:32:26

Very Oxford. Well done, Anita.

0:32:270:32:30

I can imagine that in a professor's or dean's study.

0:32:300:32:34

A wee bit worried about Alexander the Great.

0:32:340:32:37

But he's quite a good-looking guy, so maybe somebody will fancy him!

0:32:370:32:42

The storm lamp he didn't pay much money for,

0:32:420:32:46

but it's only a bit of something!

0:32:460:32:51

Thomas is a sartorial delight.

0:32:510:32:53

He likes his clothes, he likes style,

0:32:530:32:56

and I'm sure he's going to fall in love with those lovely shirt studs.

0:32:560:33:00

The best lot she's bought are those fabulous mother-of-pearl dress studs.

0:33:000:33:06

You'd feel like a god walking into your next ball or whatever.

0:33:060:33:13

It's nearly time for the thrill of the auction.

0:33:130:33:15

Our cheeky duo are heading to the final

0:33:150:33:18

destination of Banbury in Oxford.

0:33:180:33:21

This market town features in the nursery rhyme

0:33:210:33:23

Ride A Cock Horse To Banbury Cross.

0:33:230:33:26

But today, the mode of transport for Thomas

0:33:260:33:28

and Anita is the fiery Lotus Elan.

0:33:280:33:32

Our first auction, Thomas. It's so exciting!

0:33:320:33:35

It's our first auction together.

0:33:350:33:36

It's almost like we've met and it's our first date.

0:33:360:33:40

-Our first dinner date.

-Oh, Thomas, this is music to my ears!

0:33:400:33:46

Boy, this is music to my ears!

0:33:460:33:49

Oh, lordy!

0:33:490:33:50

The auction will take place at JS Auctions,

0:33:500:33:53

a business founded over 20 years ago.

0:33:530:33:57

Into the fray.

0:33:570:33:59

Joe Smith is today's auctioneer and has a few thoughts on Thomas

0:33:590:34:03

and Anita's lots.

0:34:030:34:05

Very nice 20th-century delivery bicycle, as seen in Open All Hours.

0:34:050:34:09

Quite a nice one.

0:34:090:34:10

Needs a little restoration but should be a very good lot.

0:34:100:34:12

That's probably going to be one of the star lots

0:34:120:34:15

that they've brought in today.

0:34:150:34:16

One little storm shade which, on its own, may be a bit of a problem.

0:34:160:34:21

Erm, it is quite a nice one, got a bit of age, but it is on its own,

0:34:210:34:26

so we'll see what happens.

0:34:260:34:28

Today, the room is also open to internet bidders.

0:34:280:34:32

Get ready, the auction is about to begin!

0:34:320:34:34

Oh, my God, it's the lots!

0:34:340:34:37

First up, it's Anita's sparkly Scottish brooches.

0:34:380:34:42

And opening the bids here, commissions here, low start,

0:34:420:34:45

but 15 to start.

0:34:450:34:47

-15?!

-That's harsh.

0:34:470:34:48

£15. 20 is it now? At £15, the silver brooches at 15...

0:34:480:34:53

20, five, 30...

0:34:530:34:54

Internet going on now, at 30 already.

0:34:540:34:57

At 35, at 35, 40 now.

0:34:570:34:59

40, at £40, five anywhere now?

0:34:590:35:02

At 45, near me now at 45.

0:35:020:35:05

50, is it? Coming back.

0:35:050:35:06

At 45, 50, 50 here now, 55, sir.

0:35:060:35:09

-Yes!

-Go on, go on.

0:35:090:35:11

-£50...

-Go on! Yes!

0:35:110:35:12

Five, 55. Well persuaded. At 55...

0:35:120:35:15

60 now. At 55, it's in the room now.

0:35:150:35:18

55. All done, last call. 55.

0:35:180:35:22

Oh, well, no gain, no pain.

0:35:220:35:24

Sorry, Anita, but after auction costs, it's a loss.

0:35:250:35:30

Now, what's next?

0:35:300:35:33

It's Thomas's Branham terracotta jug. Cor, it's a big one.

0:35:330:35:37

And 50 to start it. £50.

0:35:370:35:40

-£50?!

-50, 50...

0:35:400:35:42

30 away, quickly, £30.

0:35:420:35:44

-No, no, no, no.

-£30, ten then.

0:35:440:35:47

At £10... 12, 14, 16...

0:35:470:35:50

Oh, he's got them away.

0:35:500:35:52

-20, 22...

-He's good!

-22. In front now at 22...

0:35:520:35:58

Selling at 22...

0:35:580:36:01

Oh, well done, Thomas!

0:36:010:36:03

That was nerve-racking.

0:36:030:36:05

And we've barely started, Anita.

0:36:050:36:08

Thomas nets a profit straightaway.

0:36:080:36:10

Next, it's Anita's handsome bust of Alexander the Great.

0:36:120:36:17

£50, Alexander the Great, 50.

0:36:170:36:19

20 away...

0:36:190:36:21

Come on, come on!

0:36:210:36:22

-£20, surely.

-Come on, come on!

0:36:220:36:24

-Oh, dear.

-Oh, dear!

0:36:240:36:26

Ten to start it. Ten, good man. Ten it is.

0:36:260:36:29

-12 anywhere now?

-I'm shocked for you, Anita.

0:36:290:36:32

Surely...

0:36:320:36:33

At ten for the bust. At £10, 12, lady at 12. 14, sir. 14.

0:36:330:36:38

14, 16, new bidder at 16.

0:36:380:36:41

At 18, and 20...

0:36:410:36:44

-At 20 at the very back, 20. 22...

-Oh, yes!

0:36:440:36:48

24. New bidder again at 24. At 24...

0:36:480:36:51

Fame beckons. At 24, 26 now?

0:36:510:36:56

At 24... At 24, then, at the back of the room, at £24...

0:36:560:37:01

-Yes!

-Well done.

0:37:020:37:04

By the skin of your teeth, Anita!

0:37:040:37:06

But remember, the pennies make up the pounds, eh, Alexander?

0:37:060:37:10

-I'm exhausted.

-Already, after the third lot?!

0:37:100:37:13

Huh! Exhausted already, eh? It's Thomas's camera lot next.

0:37:140:37:19

I'll take 20 to start.

0:37:190:37:21

20, thank you, sir. At 20, five anywhere now?

0:37:210:37:23

At 20, five now?

0:37:230:37:25

At £20...

0:37:250:37:26

Two, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, five...

0:37:260:37:31

-Oh, yes!

-Profit!

0:37:310:37:33

At 35. 40 now. At 35, on the left, 35 only. 35...

0:37:330:37:37

GAVEL BANGS

0:37:370:37:39

-Oh!

-That's all right.

-You can't complain.

-Can't complain on that.

0:37:390:37:42

Nice work, Thomas. Your hand-picked camera lot certainly paid off.

0:37:420:37:47

It's Anita's turn next, with the little 1950s advertising gizmo.

0:37:470:37:53

-I've got £8 bid. Ten anywhere else?

-Oh, great!

0:37:530:37:57

At £8. Ten anywhere now?

0:37:570:38:00

-That's brilliant, isn't it?!

-At £8, for the paperweight.

0:38:000:38:03

At £8 only, then. Ten anywhere now? At £8...

0:38:030:38:06

Well, it's going to go at £8 only...

0:38:060:38:09

I'll lend you the money! Anybody?

0:38:090:38:11

At £8... Ten anywhere?

0:38:110:38:14

At £8 only...

0:38:140:38:15

Brilliant.

0:38:150:38:17

Anita's still smiling, despite the small profit.

0:38:190:38:22

Over to Thomas, with the storm shade next.

0:38:230:38:27

-£10.

-There you are.

0:38:270:38:29

£10, anybody?

0:38:290:38:30

-Oh, surely!

-How low can we go?

0:38:300:38:32

-£2.

-Ohh!

0:38:320:38:34

£2. Is there any interest at all?

0:38:340:38:36

-Oh, no!

-Good girl. £2 it is.

-Oh, well done!

0:38:360:38:40

£2. Three now.

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At £2 only... Three anywhere?

0:38:420:38:44

£2 only. Are we all done? Selling at £2...

0:38:440:38:49

Last call at £2... Anybody else?

0:38:490:38:52

Three! Three!

0:38:530:38:56

-Yes!

-Three. Four now?

0:38:560:38:58

-Go on!

-Four? Four.

0:38:580:39:01

Oh, Thomas...!

0:39:010:39:02

Four. Five.

0:39:020:39:04

Six? Six we have now.

0:39:040:39:06

At £6, middle of the room...

0:39:060:39:08

You are a saviour!

0:39:080:39:10

At £6, seven anywhere? At six, at £6...

0:39:100:39:14

And done, £6.

0:39:140:39:16

Blimey, a loss for Thomas, but at least you've raised a laugh.

0:39:180:39:22

And you've still got the lead on Anita.

0:39:220:39:24

Now, Anita, can you get a big chunk of profit with

0:39:260:39:29

the gentleman's shirt studs?

0:39:290:39:31

Ten is bid. 15 anywhere now? Ten's the bid.

0:39:320:39:36

15 anywhere now for the shirt studs? At ten... 15 now.

0:39:360:39:39

At £10, 15, the internet has them now at 15.

0:39:390:39:42

20 now. At £15... 20 do I see anywhere?

0:39:420:39:46

For the shirt studs, at £15...

0:39:460:39:49

All done?

0:39:490:39:51

15 to the internet.

0:39:510:39:53

-Just a matter of luck, isn't it?

-It's a matter of luck.

0:39:530:39:55

-Let's move on, forget about them.

-Right.

0:39:550:39:57

Ooh! That was painful, Anita, I don't believe it!

0:39:570:40:01

It's Thomas's old bike next. Can he "peddle" his way to lots of profit?

0:40:010:40:07

Now we've got this magnificent bike.

0:40:070:40:09

Open All Hours, lot 353.

0:40:090:40:11

And I've got a bit of interest here.

0:40:110:40:14

-Do have to open the bidding here at £35.

-35.

-35.

0:40:140:40:17

40, five, 50, in the room at 50...

0:40:170:40:20

-50.

-50, 50.

0:40:200:40:21

At £50... Five anywhere? At 50.

0:40:210:40:24

At £50, under the arch at £50...

0:40:240:40:28

-All done? Selling at £50...

-Wiping its face.

-And done.

0:40:280:40:32

-Well, it's...it's not bad. It wasn't a tenner.

-No.

0:40:320:40:37

-But it wasn't £100 either.

-No, it wasn't.

0:40:370:40:40

Cheeky, Anita! Disappointing, Thomas.

0:40:400:40:43

It's just not for the bidders of Banbury.

0:40:430:40:45

Next, Anita's pair of puppets.

0:40:480:40:50

-£10 to start from somebody?

-Oh, no!

0:40:510:40:54

-£10 for them.

-No way, Anita. No way, Anita!

0:40:540:40:57

We'll only be coming down. Fiver away. Five, ten, ten it is.

0:40:570:41:01

Internet at 10. 15, is it? I thought they'd make more than this.

0:41:010:41:06

15. A generous soul at 15 again. 20 now. At 15.

0:41:060:41:11

They're in the room and being sold at £15...

0:41:110:41:17

BOTH: Aww!

0:41:170:41:18

Anita!

0:41:180:41:20

Oh, dear, this isn't your day today, Anita.

0:41:210:41:24

Yet another loss, which was your last chance for victory.

0:41:240:41:28

It's their last lot of the day.

0:41:300:41:31

Can Thomas inch further into the lead with the stationer's cabinet?

0:41:310:41:35

Bit of interest on commission here, and 35 we start.

0:41:370:41:39

Oh, 35.

0:41:390:41:40

40 now. At 35.

0:41:400:41:42

40 anywhere now for the cabinet? At 35...

0:41:420:41:45

40, 45, 50. In the room at £50.

0:41:450:41:47

In the room.

0:41:470:41:49

At £50, bid's on my right at £50.

0:41:490:41:51

Five now. At 50, then.

0:41:510:41:54

It's here on my right at £50.

0:41:540:41:56

All out on the net. £50.

0:41:560:41:58

-There we are. Done.

-Hard luck, darling.

-I know, yeah.

0:41:580:42:02

Hard luck indeed, Thomas.

0:42:020:42:05

-Well... Let's go.

-Yeah.

-Onwards and upwards.

-Cup of tea?

0:42:050:42:10

Yeah, get out quick, you two! Disappointing results all round.

0:42:100:42:14

Now, our lovely duo started today's show with £200 each.

0:42:140:42:18

It's been a mixed bag of results, but who is the winner?

0:42:180:42:21

After paying auction costs, Anita's made a slight loss of £50.56.

0:42:210:42:27

Ms Manning has now £149.44 to carry forward.

0:42:280:42:33

Thomas also made a loss, of £37.34.

0:42:350:42:38

Mr Plant has just clinched the top spot

0:42:380:42:42

and has £162.66 to start the next leg.

0:42:420:42:47

Is this where the competition begins, Thomas?

0:42:470:42:50

YES! No, of course not!

0:42:500:42:54

-Oh, in the rain, look at this!

-Oh, no!

0:42:540:42:57

ANITA LAUGHS

0:42:570:42:58

Next time on Antiques Road Trip, we're in the West Country,

0:43:000:43:03

where Anita meets an admirer.

0:43:030:43:05

You're more prettier off-camera than you are on.

0:43:050:43:08

-Oh, you're the type of man I like!

-Oh, I know!

0:43:080:43:10

And Thomas gets some motherly love.

0:43:100:43:13

It's dairy-free for my poor, pathetic little boy

0:43:130:43:16

who can't eat any dairy.

0:43:160:43:18

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.