The road trip kicks off in Potters Bar, makes a detour through Hampstead and ends at an auction in Heathfield, East Sussex.
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Some of the nation's top celebrities...
What if we were to say 150 for the two? Then you've got yourself a deal.
..one antiques expert each...
You use them for plucking out nose hairs.
# Da-da, da-na-na... #
..and one big challenge - who can seek out and buy the best antiques at the very best prices...
This is a fine art.
..and auction for a big profit further down the road?
Potential for disaster.
Who will spot the good investments? Who will listen to advice?
What you've just come out with there, I cannot believe that!
And who will be the first to say "Don't you know who I am?!"
Time to put your pedal to the metal -
this is Celebrity Antiques Road Trip!
Tonight, it's a big showbiz "hello" from Hertfordshire,
-where we're joined by two vintage British actors.
It's Richard Wilson and his long-suffering on-screen wife,
Do you remember that thing you were in telly,
and the wee girl said, "Don't talk to me when I'm driving"?
And Annette's getting to grips with the gears and pedals
of this stylish 1963 Hillman Minx.
-I've never driven one of those, ever.
-I want out!
-Richard and Annette, of course, made their names together
in the award-winning sitcom One Foot In the Grave.
Want a sucky sweet?
I'll be sucking on that exhaust pipe in a minute, much more of this!
Over time, Richard has earned a long list of credits,
including Doctor Who and, more recently, Merlin.
I'm sorry, Merlin.
But it was his cantankerous character Victor Meldrew
that drew him to the nation's heart.
LAUGHTER I don't believe it!
There's no-one else I'd rather be in a situation like this with, Richard, than you.
Annette played alongside Richard as his wife for over a decade.
Very strange smell downstairs when I came in.
Wonder what that could be?
But she got her first break in the 1970s,
playing Catherine of Aragon, for which she won a BAFTA.
What area of antiques would you be most interested in?
Jewellery? Yes. Of course.
Talking of antiques, I suppose we're sitting in one now.
You're sitting NEXT to one now!
Steering this fine pair towards more traditional antiques
-are two of Road Trip's esteemed experts.
-Good to see you.
First call is for our own great character actor, James Lewis.
What do you think? Toad of Toad Hall look?
And our leading lady of antiques is Catherine Southon.
Together, in this 1960s Morris Minor,
they're revving up to meet their match.
-There we go!
With 20 years of buying and selling under his belt,
James Lewis challenges himself
to seek out the bizarre and the beautiful.
And don't be fooled by his cuddly exterior -
he knows how to drive hard to get a good deal.
Another classic day in a classic car -
or, as I would call it, a heap of rust.
Experienced valuer Catherine Southon
has a keen eye for the more discerning antique.
Specialising in scientific and medical instruments,
she has a nose for the quirky and the intricate.
-We haven't met our experts yet, of course.
I think I should be with a man and you should be with a woman.
There's a sexual chemistry will spring into place
if we're mixed with the opposite sex! ANNETTE LAUGHS
I'll be lucky if any chemistry is working in my body
by the time I get out of this car!
Who do you want - Richard or Annette?
Oh, I'm a bit scared about him!
I think he's going to be like your headmaster, isn't he?
I just expect him to be this grumpy, miserable old swine!
"God's sake, don't go that way!" "What are you doing?!"
"Don't turn left! I don't believe it!"
Our teams have two days of antiques shopping,
with £400 in their back pockets. Their aim? To strike good deals
that'll make them a profit at auction.
This celebrity road trip starts in Potters Bar, in England's southeast.
We'll then head into Greater London,
before racing south to Heathfield in East Sussex for the auction.
Normally our celebs and experts would meet on a local high street
but today we've gone for a more industrial location,
on the outskirts of Potters Bar.
-Wait, look - they're here!
-This should be interesting!
-OK, now remember - Richard, not Victor.
ANNETTE: Am I safe to get my feet off these pedals?
Yes, I know, that's the thing!
-Nice to meet you.
Your first decision, or between us, is who goes with who.
-Oh, Annette's decided that.
I thought that I should go with a man and you should go with a woman,
simply because it's easier and quicker
for some kind of chemistry to work, if it's going to work.
"If it's going to work", OK!
-If it's not, we'll just have to pretend.
-We'll just have to pretend.
-Come on, then.
-Oh, right, then - are we off?
Lead the way. Come on.
And without further ado,
they all head into their first shop of the day - Canonbury Antiques.
Owner Martin is standing by to help them navigate his huge barn,
rammed floor to ceiling with goodies.
Oh, we actually get the money. I didn't realise.
-Is this £400?
-That is the whole...amount.
-100, 200, 300, 400.
-There we are. Lovely.
I didn't realise we actually carried the cash around.
What did you think? We paid by, sort of, tokens or something?
-Well, I thought...
-Right, the rules are...
-We've got £400.
-We can buy whatever we want.
-I would like to buy up to five lots to go into the auction.
-What happens if I see something that costs £400?
-That wouldn't be a great move,
because then you're putting all your eggs into one basket,
-and if it goes horribly wrong for us...
-Oh, I see - we lose it all.
-We lose everything.
-I don't see anything...
remotely that I want to buy at the moment.
We've only walked three paces, Richard!
Here we are. This is interesting. It's James' hat!
-He's got quite a big head.
-That's quite nice, but he's got a massive head.
Well, lots of big and bold things.
What have we got here?
OK, now, a lot of the things here are brand-new reproductions,
so that...we need to try and find
the antiques amongst the repro.
Yeah. Well, you're on your own! OK? I'll just follow you.
That's not really the idea, Annette.
There's no "I" in "team"!
OK, now these are early.
They're not very good, but at least they're old.
Are those copies, those chairs?
Rush seat. Yes, there's one, look. They're 1800 in style.
If you put your hand over that cresting rail... Feel it's rough?
-Imagine 200 years of hands going under there.
-Smoothes it over.
So, yeah, brand new. Probably made in...
-Are we going to find anything old in here?
I mean, apart from Richard and me!
Now, Richard, at the other end of the shed,
has found something antique -
or is it?
It's quite a nice vase, there. Aren't Chinese vases very "in"?
The market is very strong at the moment, but for good 18th-century...
For millions of pounds - millions of pounds.
-But, I mean, that's brand new.
-I don't like it now I can see it up close.
No - we like it from a distance.
I think we'll keep our money in our pocket.
-And move on?
-Do you think they're buying something?
Do you they're getting excited?
If they are, they're making a mistake, probably.
-I love this, Richard!
I love your attitude. It's wonderful.
I wouldn't be so sure, Richard.
James and Annette's perseverance might be paying off.
-There we are. Off we go.
Barnet, here we come.
With the help of owner Michael,
they've uncovered a pair of original French bedside tables.
They have a charm and an elegance.
-Not plastic. Ormolu.
-Which is ormolu.
Dating from around 1870, these walnut pieces are hand crafted
with brass finishing and are topped with green marble.
Annette has a morbid fear of negotiating,
but it's time for her to get stuck in. Go, girl!
On a good day, they could make 150.
-Oh, well, that's where you need to be.
-What do you think?
-This is a fine art. I'm keeping out of it!
Michael has already dropped the price from £200 to 150.
Annette, be brave, I promise you, you won't go wrong with those.
No, no, I can't do it. I can't do it.
That didn't go well.
Throw another fiver in for luck - 85, all right?
Oh, I can't bear the suspense.
I'm going to have to go somewhere else.
Shall we toss a coin, or shall we just decide to buy them?
It takes the pressure off. 80, heads.
-We'll lose that unless you catch it on the way down.
-Go on then.
I've lost again! I always lose when I do that.
Well, why do you keep doing it?!
Because I always think that it's got to work one day!
At least we've done a deal, thank you.
That's a great deal - less than half the original asking price.
So Annette and James have their first purchase,
spending £85 from their pot.
You know, I think we're going to have to start buying jewellery!
Ha-ha! Richard and Catherine are back on the road,
heading into the small town of Barnet
in search of a shop more to their liking.
Do you know which knob to pull for the windscreen wipers?
I thought you were going to say for the roof to go up. I could try a few.
No, no, not that one! That's just done...
Barnet in Hertfordshire was once the site of an ancient horse fair
from which the rhyming slang of Barnet Fair - hair - originates.
-I think that looks good.
-Yeah, it's good.
I could put you in that and just wheel you around the antique shops.
And there's plenty more inside The Barn antiques emporium
and perhaps with the help of Jim, this picky pair can find a treasure.
I'm not...I'm not panicking, Catherine.
-Oh, good, cos I am!
We just want something that's going to jump out at us,
something really, really unusual and exciting. ..Hello!
What have you got?
-It looks like Jim is doing the hard work for you!
Oh, they're lead. I was going to say lead first.
-What are they?
-Apparently years ago,
the wealthy had them on their wall for their form of insurance.
-This is Notts and Derby. Where's that one from?
After the Great fire of London
devastated over 65,000 houses in 1666,
people saw the need to take out insurance.
These plaques would be nailed on the outside of insured buildings
and only then would the fire brigade put the fire out.
-It's heavy, lead, isn't it?
Can't see an awful lot though, can you, on the... What do you think?
No, not to that extreme, but they've got to be old.
I'm not interested in that, I'm afraid. I'm sorry to be brutal.
Thank you very much indeed.
This looks interesting, if you like weights and measures.
-They're a nice big pair of scales!
25 quid. Or a pony, to you.
-Do you know what a pony is?
-I didn't know what a pony was.
What's the best you could give us on those? Not this pony nonsense.
-A score, then.
-What's a score?
You knew that one, didn't you? £20, yeah.
Now we've discovered our ponies and scores,
shouldn't we take a proper look at these scales?
That's the reason why I looked at it,
I thought the actual bowl was in quite nice condition,
and I think because it's so big, that they're probably shop scales.
They're too big to be in a home, so you would want them probably in a...
-They are proper ones.
-They're the business.
-That's the word.
-They're not the most exciting thing we've seen,
but they're probably the best thing we've seen so far, aren't they?
Old-fashioned scales have become more collectable,
and in some domestic kitchens are more desirable than modern ones
to measure your flour and sugar. It's called kitchenalia.
I could say something, but you could be terribly offended.
-No, I don't get offended.
-Don't you? How does ten sound?
I'll meet you halfway.
-Can we think on those, and you mention you've got something else?
-I have downstairs, yeah.
-Shall we follow you downstairs?
-Look at what else you've got.
-These are the golden oldies, these ones.
-How old are they?
-I would say 1920s.
So early 20th century? Well, do you like them?
-I do quite like them.
-Oh, do you?
-Do you do buy one, get one free?
What, you're in the market now, selling vegetables?
How much do you want for those?
Er...£70, cos I know you're going to throw a figure back at me.
He knows how we work.
-What would be your rock-bottom price on them?
That's 50. Oh, if you go that way, yes.
I think we should think about that.
Do you? OK.
These two certainly don't part with their cash easily.
I have to rely on your expertise here,
but of what we've seen so far, they make an interesting double.
Would you take an extra fiver off, and call it 45 for the pair?
He looks a lovely man, doesn't he?
A sprinkle of charm has sealed the deal
on Richard and Catherine's first purchases -
£45 for two sets of scales.
Thank you very much, Jim.
After successfully buying two French bedside tables in Potters Bar,
James and Annette are heading north to try their luck in Hertford.
Is he really as grumpy as he comes over on...?
No, no, no. No, no. He's a great big pussy cat!
-I'm the one who is grumpy.
Oh, yes. And I embarrass Richard with my grumpiness.
You're not too grumpy at the moment,
and you're in a wet car, so you can't be that bad!
The show must go on here in Hertford.
Which is the last place in England
to see a person condemned to death for witchcraft, in 1712.
Luckily, the judge thought the whole idea of witchcraft ludicrous,
so her life was spared.
I wish she was around today to cast a spell on this wretched weather!
James and Annette are forging on regardless
in search of their next antiques haven.
-Yeah, you don't know of any antiques shops around?
-Down there on the left.
-On the left hand side, by the jeweller's.
There it is, Honey Lane Antiques.
-My name's Annette, how do you do?
-An unusual ring.
-Not for sale.
-I'll bet it's not.
-Yes, it's very, very nice.
Annette has bypassed every antique and headed straight for her passion.
Ah, you're feeling at home already, aren't you?
Can I have a look at that square, is that an opal?
-What is it?
-That is an intaglio.
-Oh, I see! That's the kind of thing I love.
-Oh, I'm sure.
Right, you go and find something, James.
James is going to have to work hard
to find something that'll get Annette back onside.
But Bonny did mention a chatelaine, let's have a... It's steel,
but there was a fashion for steel around the 1820s, 1840s
when you would have steel nailheads faceted,
and they would polish them to such a degree
-that they would sparkle like diamonds.
We've got a four-piece chatelaine, with a piece missing.
A chatelaine was worn by housekeepers
as a practical accoutrement,
with attached thimbles, scissors, pinwheels etc.
-I've clunked around a stage wearing those, yes.
-Something like Jane Eyre or something.
-Jane Eyre, have you really?
With a price tag of £98 it's sparked Annette's interest
and James is determined to start negotiating.
-There we are.
-It's up to you.
-What, you mean I have to take the responsibility for it?
-I can't do it.
-Go on, you can!
-I can't, darling.
-You're Scottish, of course you can.
-I don't know why.
I don't know what that's got to do with anything, but I can't.
-I'm no good at it, I never was.
-Off you go.
-Funny thing is, you and I both hate the haggle.
I hate doing it, too!
-The lady's already come down.
-You're quite right.
And it's only because it came in at a good price.
I agree. You've sold it.
James is going to have to work on Annette's haggling skills,
but he did a good deal at £60,
giving them their second item for auction.
Richard and Catherine have set aside shopping
and are heading towards London.
-Oh, sorry - that was your knee!
-That's all right.
If I suddenly grab your knee
while I'm trying to change gear, I do apologise.
They're en route to East Finchley
to take a peek into a rather curious world
of a certain collector who resides there.
Maurice Collins, a man obsessed with weird and wonderful household gadgets.
He's got over 1,500 of them from the 18th and 19th centuries
packed inside his semi.
This Aladdin's cave contains everything from a 1930s hair waxer,
to a time-saving envelope sealer
and a Victorian "electropathic belt for extra vigour"
that was apparently a cure-all medical device. Hm.
-You must be Maurice.
-I am Maurice, sounds good, doesn't it?
This is fantastic, you have a museum in your home.
I'm just fascinated to know how you started, really,
how you began to collect all this paraphernalia.
Come on in, then, and I'll explain it all to you.
-Paraphernalia, Catherine, that's a big derogatory, isn't it?
The story of this unusual collection started at a rubbish dump
where, in 1976, Maurice unearthed a special bottle.
-You must have heard the phrase "what a lot of codswallop".
Well, the man who invented it was a man called Hiram Codd
in about 1870, and the idea was to stop the gas escaping.
There's a marble in the top there.
When you wanted to drink it, you would burst that,
and then you would pour your lemonade or your sparkling water.
So you wallop the bottle's top to dislodge the marble -
cor, what a lot of codswallop!
-So this actually inspired you to start collecting?
-This is what started me off.
This is one that, sort of, seems to fascinate people,
which is the 1920s satnav.
Huh. Oh, it's a road.
This is obviously going to Dunkirk on the A2, to Canterbury, Surrey...
-So it's a little map inside a...
-Yes, and you wear it.
And the funny thing is, when you arrive, it says "stop".
Right. What if you don't want to go on that route?
Still, you do have a choice of destinations.
-These are the cartridges.
-Don't you just love that, Richard?
We could do with that in our car, actually.
I must ask about this.
This is a Victorian electricity-giving machine
-that will cure all problems.
You have any type of illness, you hold on to your two items like that,
your colleague turns that,
and before you know where you are, you're sparking.
Oh, lordy. It sounds electrifying.
I'll stick to my tablets, thanks very much!
I'd like to show you the pride of my collection,
the one that I love, and I'm totally, sort of,
excited by, always, which is...
the clockwork teasmade from 1902.
Ho ho! When a patent was lodged for this device,
it was called an automatic tea-making apparatus.
Catchy, huh? It wasn't until 1932 that a different inventor
developed the simple-to-understand term, "teasmade". And it took off.
-Have you ever seen anything like that before?
-Isn't it gorgeous?
And the way it works is you wind up the clock, set the alarm,
the alarm goes off, and a lever knocks another lever
which causes a match to strike across that bit of emery cloth,
which lights the fire underneath, which boils the kettle,
and when the kettle boils, it tilts into the teapot.
-That's beautiful, isn't it? Isn't it beautifully made, as well?
A few more items have caught the eye of Catherine and Richard,
but they're just not sure what they are.
Something that would be useful to you.
Um... I don't know what it is though,
but this is like a sort of suedy feel to it.
-Which would do what?
-Clean something, buff something up?
-Very good, very good. Can I demonstrate?
What would happen is, is you would put your fingers in there like that,
and your fingers in there like that,
and you would buff your nails automatically.
Brilliant. That is absolutely brilliant,
and I find things like that fascinating,
they're just so brilliant.
-So let's try something on you.
-See if you can see what that is.
-It does open.
-It's a little...
-That's it, well done.
-So is it for the nails, again?
-Not for the nails.
-To roughen something?
-What do you do every day?
-Do you mean after I take my drugs?
-In the morning.
-Clean my teeth? Shave?
So it's that.
That's it, exactly that. Just roll it up and down.
-This is a nice one.
-Give me something easy.
-See how good you are with this one.
-OK, so, perfectly flat.
It's for wedging under a piece of cake that you're cutting?
-I'll give you a clue...
-That's a very good guess.
-..it's for a dining room table. It's much more utilitarian than that.
And would have been used in a very upmarket home,
where they didn't want to exhaust
the poor sophisticated people eating at the table,
-because who would want to lift up a soup plate to do the dregs?
So all you do is you put it under the soup plate, and as you do it...
-So you don't have to tip it?
-You don't have to tip it.
-How... That's incredible.
Ah. I know exactly what this is.
This is a horse's hoof file.
As it so happens, you're not far out,
but you're not absolutely correct.
You're at the wrong end.
-Quite right. It's a horse's toothbrush.
Yes, because they show their teeth a lot.
Do you want to take your fingers off that now?
What an intriguing insight into the weird and wonderful world of inventions.
That was amazing, wasn't it? Fascinating.
Fascinating, what an extraordinary collection.
Back in Hertford, James and Annette have discovered a shop
that specialises in antique maps.
Gillmark Gallery holds an incredible collection of originals and prints
from around the globe, amassed by its owner, Mark.
There might be a couple of things upstairs,
if you want to pop up there?
Oh. I don't like the look of those stairs.
The first thing I thought, that they look like pianola rolls.
Yeah, they're actually small maps.
A lot of people use them, you can use them for wallpaper.
I've seen these do quite well at auction.
-There's about 60-odd maps.
-I have seen them go for, sort of, £5 a roll at auction.
But I've never seen a big collection like this, I've never seen 60-odd.
So you could be standing here with a treasure trove?
These unusual little rollers are actually used to make
simple outline prints of countries from around the globe.
-How much do you want for them?
-Well, I've got 345 on them.
What were you thinking?
I was thinking we'd take a couple to the auction and see how they go,
and if they go terribly well, we'll be back!
-You'll want to sell the lot?
-I don't really want to split them up, no.
I think they're just such a specialist thing.
I think you're probably right. What a shame.
With a lot of these maps and prints beyond their budget,
James has homed in on a quirky little compass, priced at £75.
Oh, it's lovely.
About as hi-tech as our car. It could be our satnav!
-Still works, though, doesn't it?
Navigational compasses were first invented by the Chinese
over 1,000 years ago.
This Georgian mahogany pocket compass dates from around 1775.
It would be nice to think
that somebody in the battle against the Americans,
the War of Independence, might have had that in their pocket.
-It's a wonder it survived, isn't it?
-What could be your best on that?
-Is that all right?
That's a great price for a George III pocket compass
and gives Annette and James their third lot for auction.
And with more clouds rolling in over Hertfordshire,
both teams are off to rest their weary heads
after their first day's shopping.
It's a new day in Hertfordshire and sadly the rain is back.
It is probably one of the wettest days
of my 55 years in show business!
Yep. How much have you bought?
Well, I can't say, really.
-Oh, come on.
-Not a lot.
-Just between you and me.
-Not very much.
-So you haven't spent a lot of money?
-I think Catherine's a bit worried.
-Want to put up with me driving this?
-Well, that's a great joy, of course.
And you've spent how much so far?
Just under £200, I think.
-Well, we spent £45 yesterday.
I know, I know! It's pathetic,
-that's why I want to make some big purchases today.
So Richard and Catherine have £355 of their budget to spend
after buying just two auction lots.
After weighing up their options, they settled on two sets of scales.
Would you take an extra fiver off, and call it 45 for the pair?
So he looks a lovely man, doesn't he?
Oh, yeah? A large pair of early 20th-century brass scales
and a smaller Avery set from the 1940s.
James Lewis and Annette Crosbie
have spent £177 on three lots for auction.
-Lots of big and bold things.
A pair of French bedside tables...
..a polished steel chatelaine
and a small but charming mahogany compass,
leaving them with £223 to spend from their original £400 budget.
-Oh, oh, please don't break down.
Oh my... Slow down, slow down.
Uh-oh! No garage in sight and they abandon the car
and try a more desperate means of transport.
Help! They are so mean! Please!
Oh. You're lifesavers, thank you.
Thank goodness for the generous-hearted Great British public.
Thanks a lot, guys, bye.
Finally, Richard and Annette also arrive at Bluecoat Antiques in Birch Green
where owner Sandra is helping our experts recover from their ordeal.
Our experts are supposed to be here. Oh, look!
BOTH: I don't believe it!
-I hear you've been hitchhiking.
I have to say, it's been fun.
No time to wallow - there's shopping to be done.
James and Annette decide to leave the others to it.
I'm looking for something upmarket, serious.
Yes, with a bit of class.
-You've come to the right place.
Ah, here we are. Look.
So that's all been, the pattern's all been done from behind,
-been beaten out.
Are we talking about Edwardian here, or is it later?
-So late Victorian.
And how much is on that?
-Oh, no, no.
-I could push that.
We're looking for something just slightly shy of 100...
-I've got a set of preserve spoons.
That's very good condition.
This pair is from the 1920s Art Deco period, priced at £49.
Personally, I wouldn't,
-but I can see people...
er, especially since they are in the box,
and they do look as though they've stayed in the box.
Mm. What would you be able to do on those, Sandra?
Um, 40 on those. 40.
Oh, gosh, that's not much.
-We can still think.
-All right. Think about those.
Richard's off in search of a better deal.
Um, what about that little footstool?
-The gout stool?
-I like it.
-It's in mahogany.
Isn't that lovely? How much is on that, Sandra?
Gout stools were big business for ladies and gentlemen in the 19th century,
as overindulgence in rich food and booze led to
a type of arthritis in their feet,
so they needed to elevate them.
To have a chance, it needs to be under £100 I think, don't you?
I could do it for 100. How does that feel?
That's jolly kind of you,
but I don't think it's quite there, to be honest.
So maybe the condiment spoons?
What would really be your rock bottom price for us?
Well, 38 is really the best price I could manage on that.
What do you think, Richard, would you like to buy them, or...?
I've got a good feeling about them.
Would you do them for a nice round 35?
I could do them for a very tight 36.
-I think that's very good.
-I've got the money here.
-Wonderful, oh, that's very good.
Richard and Catherine now have three lots in the bag
and £319 left to spend.
Meanwhile, James and Annette are heading off
their shopping route, towards Ayot Saint Lawrence,
to visit an inspirational place.
Shaw's Corner is the former home of politician, philosopher
and writer George Bernard Shaw.
In the early 1900s, Shaw penned many notable plays including
Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma, and Pygmalion.
At that time he was living here in this Edwardian villa.
Showing James and Annette around today is assistant house steward Lizzy.
Hello, come in, come in. Come out of the rain.
The house is much as Shaw left it.
In fact, it was just six months after his death in 1950 that it opened as a tribute to a man
who, in his heyday, was one of the most famous, most photographed,
and most quoted men in the world.
The best way, I think, to describe how famous he was
was the reactions to his death.
So he died in November 1950 and when he died, the lights were put out
in Times Square and Broadway, the Indian senate rose,
all the Australian school children were given the day off school.
He was that famous and his death was counted as being that much.
And this was left exactly how he left it?
Exactly as he left it, to the point of...
we still have the mud from his last walk.
Oh, yes. It's quite creepy, but wonderful at the same time.
We're off to the dining room - come and have a look through into here.
In his dining room, he often enjoyed a long lunch,
while penning newspaper columns and political works,
surrounded by pictures of peers and people who inspired him.
Shaw is the only person in the world to have won an Oscar for a screenplay
and a Nobel prize for literature,
so you will not see this anywhere else, it's totally unique -
he's still the only person to have won both.
Is that what a Nobel Prize looks like?
That is a Nobel Prize certificate.
He turned down the prize money, he had to be coerced into taking it.
He didn't have much value of the Oscar,
he said he didn't write for competitions.
It's been quite bashed about a bit,
because Shaw used it as a doorstop, as well, and to crack walnuts!
It wasn't quite the treasure that everyone expects it should be.
Probably threw it for the dog, as well!
For those of us who appreciate a little showbiz,
Shaw won the Oscar for his screenplay of Pygmalion -
a story that was adapted some 50 years later into the musical My Fair Lady.
House manager Sue is keen to show off Shaw's most treasured possession,
an incredible book signed by the great and the good for his 70th birthday.
There's some music from Richard Strauss, there's some paintings from Pechstein,
there's some beautiful things in here.
I mean, to see this,
it just shows... how incredibly important he was.
-What does the Einstein one say? We don't know yet?
We don't know yet. We haven't had it translated yet.
Shaw does have a tastefully furnished study,
but often feeling hemmed in by its four walls,
he sought solace in his garden shed.
Here he wrote many classics.
And he used to come down in all weathers.
We've got pictures of the garden covered in snow
with a path still cleared to come to the writing hut.
I did a house clearance at a place
called Birdsgrove House in Ashbourne,
and it was the headquarters of the World Pharmaceutical Society,
and they would have... Any ailing pharmacist would come back
and stay at this place, Birdsgrove House, by the river,
and they had six of these in the grounds, and that'll be why.
So fresh air, sunshine, was very much a belief of the time,
and this is what this was for.
But was translated into creating masterpieces.
From this humble setting, Shaw created stories which made him a household name
and here at Shaw's Corner,
his personality is still very much alive.
The road trip now rattles on eastward
to the town of Sawbridgeworth.
It sits on the Hertfordshire and Essex border that made its money
from the malting industry. With over £300 to spend,
Richard and Catherine have headed into Herts and Essex Antiques.
The pressure's on - it's day two, and the shops are about to shut.
This is getting desperate now, Richard.
Yes, I'm getting desperate now.
It is, isn't it?
I was looking at him... But I don't think it would sell.
Potential sale, no. Right. OK.
What do you think about these little novelty...?
Yes, I think they're quite nice, but if they're not solid silver, does that not make them...
They're not solid silver.
Or, we've got a clock barometer, and a thermometer in the middle.
Not so keen on that.
No. Prices are high, aren't they?
395 is just silly.
"Silver-plated thistle vesta".
If it was silver, I'd have bought it.
But it's plate. It's not easy, is it? Especially when the clock's ticking.
It certainly isn't,
especially when you two are SO fussy.
-Things are getting a little bit desperate,
so I might quickly run next door and see what they've got.
-Is that all right?
God, this is miles away, I thought it was next door!
Hello! I want something fabulous.
Can you show me something fabulous?
Ugh, I feel under enormous pressure. No, nothing at all.
And to add to it, the competition are heading to the same shop. Look out!
Well, we've got our final opportunity to buy something really exciting.
I need to get you into the bargaining mood.
You need to do a lot more than that, pet.
You need to turn me into an optimist.
Richard has joined Catherine in the shop next door.
I just picked up this, I thought "Brilliant,
"it's got everything going for it,
"it's beautifully etched, Mappin and Webb, wonderful perfume bottle" -
-Shall we go back?
-What, the very first place we went in?
Thank you very much for having us!
I'm glad we bought something this morning,
otherwise we'd be in serious trouble!
Look who it is!
They look worryingly happy.
We're stressed out.
James and Annette wisely steer clear of opposition
and make a beeline for Riverside Antiques.
Oh, God, I will never walk again.
Oh, are you stiff?
"Antiques upstairs". Are we going upstairs?
There's got to be something here somewhere. There's got to be.
-I feel like a child,
just frantically not trying to lose sight of its parent.
Did he go in here? Where are you, Ja...?
Are you stuck in there?
-Come and look at this.
God, it's tight.
Oh, dear. I think that's what they call a bad fit.
I think they're in need of a little guidance from shop owner Shirley.
Come on, Shirl.
I am going to show you something that is really nice, and even I was going to buy this.
All right, OK.
Useful item on your desk.
Everybody likes a desk set.
It's just not very commercial.
I like it because I like elephants.
With ink wells and a hook for a pocket watch,
this Anglo-Indian coromandel-wood standish is a kind of desk tidy from the late 19th century.
With the shop closing shortly,
Annette and James scour the cabinets one last time.
OK, let's have a think.
Little group there for £20.
But they've all got faults - salts bottle, chipped. Frame, no back.
Those, that are worn, and the comb. But they are all silver.
..they've all got faults, but they're 20 quid.
They're not a lot of money.
No, right, why are you still looking at me?
-You're the one who sells this kind of thing.
-No, yes, yeah, fine.
-No, it's a yes.
By adding another ornate comb,
this silver lot has a ticket price of £32 all in.
Was it the one on the right? This one, wasn't it?
-And as a last minute decision,
James has added a £20 pocket watch
to the wooden standish, making it worth a punt.
But it hasn't got something to hang it off.
Right, done, deal.
Deal, deal, deal.
It has never been so tough to spend money.
Thank you, sir, I will just check that they're real.
Well done, James, you've got your five lots for auction
and shaved £7 off the ticket price of this little lot.
Even with time against them,
Richard and Catherine are still being choosy.
What we have got to face up to is yes, we are pressured -
we have just got to stop thinking about being pressured
and go for it.
Would it be really stupid to gamble everything on those tongs?
These 19th-century Russian silver tongs are extremely rare.
They are lovely, I like them.
And being fully marked with maker's initials,
they've got a price tag of £375.
You could use them for plucking out nose hair.
I think they are far too special for that.
They feel wonderful.
They decide to take a punt
and ask Nick, the shop owner, to put a call into the dealer.
Will their luck be in?
Well, it WAS 375.
He says normally he would only do it for 340,
he is willing to drop another £40 off it and make it £300.
-It's too much of a gamble.
-Unfortunately, Russian silver is very collectable.
-Very desirable and very expensive.
-We said we wanted something of fine quality, didn't we?
If we could get that below £300...
I will try.
That's a huge risk.
Nick calls again...
..and the dealer's lowest price is...
Why don't we take the biggest risk?
And actually if we bomb...
we'll have rehearsed how we are going to deal with it beforehand.
Well, you're a good actor, so you must be quite good.
I am going to rehearse you in super cool.
-Can you do crying?
-No, no, super cool.
SHE CLAPS Yay!
-That was amazing.
And with that bombshell,
it's time for the two teams to reveal their lots.
Gosh, you've bought lots.
-Can I ask what that object there is?
You wouldn't know, but almost every costume drama I have been in,
I've had to wear one of these.
Chatelaine, round the waist, you know, if you are the housekeeper.
-How much was that?
-It was quite a lot, £60.
-You ain't seen nothing yet.
-And what is this made of, could I ask?
Coromandel or ebony, same sort of family of woods,
but Indian, turn of the century, probably around 1900.
For the standish and the pocket watch it was 33.
I think it's worth more.
That's good. That's the idea.
-It's a good buy, you're saying?
-I think so.
I can sense a touch of the old green-eyed monster here.
And there's more - the job lot of silver,
the mahogany compass and their biggest purchase,
the French tables.
-And how much were they?
-85 the pair.
And what's their history?
-French walnut, 1875.
-I like the fact they're marble topped.
Got a side of quality there.
And nice being a pair.
I thought they might make 150.
We're going to lose on everything.
-Oh, you're not!
-Yes, we are.
Yes, we are.
A weights and measure theme. I like those.
We thought they were quite impressive.
Now, what do you think they're worth?
I think they're worth, er, 70-£100.
-Do you really?
-Yeah, I think they're lovely. Really nice.
What is all this fuss about? About paying too much?
Don't you worry, we've got more things.
We've got bigger fish to fry.
When you say you're going to lose, what do you think they're going to make?
-We're not going to lose on that. We're not going to lose on the art-deco preserve spoons.
-Are they solid?
-How much did you pay for those?
What we might lose on...
-Oh, they're beautiful.
-Honestly, James, what do you think?
-What did you pay, 300?
-Did you? Yeah.
It's a huge gamble.
-It's out of our hands now.
-Yes, it is.
So, what do they really think of each others' lots?
The first thing that struck me was the quantity.
They had a huge amount of items, didn't they?
-I think we've done all right, you know.
-We? You've done very well.
-Oh, no, it's a team effort.
-Very well done.
Ours looked more...chosen, somehow. Solid.
-£295 on a pair of sugar boats.
It's a lot of money to spend on one thing.
You've got to take a plunge.
I hope it pays off for them because they deserve it to.
I think I probably would have bought the pen tray.
I think that's got quite a lot going for it.
Would we have bought any of the items that they had?
The teams started this road trip in Potters Bar.
They're now motoring on towards Heathfield in East Sussex,
to the auction - their final stop.
Why did I buy those tongs?
I really need a couple of Russian oligarchs to bid against each other.
I'd quite like to meet a Russian oligarch. I don't think there's a chance...
The location of this antiques showdown is Watson Auctioneers
where our celebrities and experts meet up for one last time.
Each team is chasing glory
and the chance to win tonight's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
-How are you?
-It looks a bit like a cattle market.
-Is this it? Is this really it?
Both teams began this journey with £400 in their pockets.
Two days later, Annette and James have spent £242
on five auction lots.
It's never been so tough to spend money.
Richard and Catherine have parted with an impressive
£371 on four auction lots.
-You could use them for plucking out nose hair.
Well, there's a full house today, so let's see how both teams fare.
Auctioneer Peter Hebden has cast a professional eye
over their purchases.
I like James' tables very much. They're very much of the moment.
I think they should do quite well.
The mixed lot of five pieces of silver,
probably, unfortunately, go for scrap.
Probably make £40-60.
The ebony standish,
it's nice that it's complete.
And it's good, also, that it comes with the upstand for the watch.
Catherine's table top and grocery scales - pity they didn't
have some bell weights. That would have enhanced them even more.
Catherine's tongs, again, of the moment.
Russian items are extremely sought after.
They should sell quite well.
Well, time will tell. Quiet, please!
The auction's getting under way.
First up, James and Annette's late 19th-century
wooden standish complete with pocket watch.
That one there at £50.
£30. £30, I've got.
Thank you. 35, 38, 40, 42,
-Wow, this looks promising.
45, 48, 50, 55, 60,
5, 70, 75, 80.
£80. At £80.
-We've doubled our money.
-Well done, James. Well done.
What a fantastic start for James and Annette
with a piece they weren't even sure about.
I think your scales are going to do well.
There's a profit.
Richard and Catherine are confident they can give good chase
with their first set of scales
form the 1940s, complete with a full set of weights.
What do we say for those? £40?
20 I'm bid. £20. At £20 bid, 20.
22, 25, 28, 30,
32? At 32. 35?
38, 40, 42?
At £42. 5, now?
At £42. Selling at 42.
-There you go.
-There we go.
-That's a start.
They've not quite doubled their money,
but it's a profit, nevertheless, before commission.
Next up, James and Annette's small but perfectly formed
George III pocket compass.
What do we say for that one? £50?
-Oh, go on.
-£20 to start.
20 I've got, £20.
At £20 bid, 20. 22,
25, 28, 30, 32,
5, 38... £38.
40, 42, 45, 48, 50.
£50. 5. At 55.
-Last time, is it, then? At 55.
-There we go.
-It's still a profit.
It's on the up, that's good.
Don't look so disappointed, James. You're up again
with a £23 profit before auction costs.
It all hangs in the balance now.
-Sorry, I couldn't resist it.
Oh dear, James.
But he's right, and it looks as if
today's crowd are also weighing up Richard and Catherine's
brass scales from the early 20th century.
And what do we say for those? £50?
50, 30. 20 I'm bid. £20.
At £20 bid, 20. 22, 25,
28, 30, 32, 35,
42, 45, 48. At £48. £50.
At £48, going to sell this time.
Didn't even make 50.
They may not have made £50,
but it's still a profit. This is going well.
Lot 90 is the steel bright cut chatelaine.
It's Annette and James' third lot -
the decorative chain from the 1830s.
£60. 60, 50...
-£30 I've got.
32, 35, 38,
40, 42, 45,
48, 50, 5, 60.
At £60. £60. Five, now?
Last time at £60...
That's a very painful loss, guys.
It sold for what they spent on it,
so after costs, that's a loss.
Richard and Catherine's art-deco spoons are up next.
What do we say for those? £40?
20... 20 I've got.
£20, 22, 25,
At £30. 32, 35...
At £35. 38 is it? At £35. Going to sell at 35.
Oh, it's going so wrong now.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
They need to be doing a lot better if they're ever going to beat
James and Annette.
Well, so far, we're both in profit.
So we're in the right direction.
We have Big Risk coming up.
You've got Big Risk, but you've also got really big potential.
Potential? Potential for disaster.
But before we get to their big risk item, we've got James and Annette's
job lot of silver. All six items set them back just £32.
And that lot there at £40. 40,
30. At £30, 2, 35, 38, 40, 2, 5...
48. At £48.
-At 48, 50 now?
At £48. Done then, is it? At 48.
Another tidy profit before commission.
And now for Richard and Catherine's biggest gamble,
the Russian silver gilt sugar tongs bought for a breathtaking £290.
Richard certainly has an eye for the finer things in life.
And what do we say for those? 150?
50 I'm only bid. At £50. 55. At 55. 60,
5, 70, 75,
80, 85, 90, 95,
100, 110, 120, 130.
At 130, 140, 150,
At 160. At £160.
Silver... 170. At 170. At £170.
At 170, you're out this time.
At £170. At 170, 180 is it?
Last time at 170...
£170, that's a staggering loss.
But hats off to Catherine and Richard for having the guts
to have a go in the first place.
I like their style.
-Here we go, the last lot.
So, can James and Annette
make a profit on the 19th-century walnut bedside tables?
150 for those.
100... Thank you, bid.
At £100 bid.
At 100. At £100. Looking for 10.
110, 120, 130, 140,
At 150. At 150, make it 160.
At £150 this time.
-I had nothing to do with it!
That's a great profit of £65 before costs.
So, who's come out on top?
Both teams started their road trip with a £400 budget.
After paying auction costs, Richard and Catherine have lost £129.10
on the items they bought. leaving them with £270.90 in their pot.
Meanwhile, James and Annette have made a profit of £80.26
giving them a grand total of £480.26
making them today's outright winners!
Well done, James and Annette.
All the money our celebrities and experts make on their road trips
will go to Children In Need.
Well done, you two. You did extremely well.
Well done. Congratulations, Annette.
Well, I feel really sorry for you and your tongs.
It was a brave move.
-Fair dos, your team won.
-You did brilliantly.
You made profit on everything.
Annette's just desperate to go!
Well, yeah. Out of the rain, yeah.
It's been a pleasure.
-Thank you very much, darling.
-Oh, I'm going to miss you.
So, thank you, everyone.
And, despite the rain, it's been fun.
Till the next time!
Yes, Annette, until next time.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie team up with antiques experts Catherine Southon and James Lewis, as they trawl the UK for fabulous antiques to take to auction. Their road trip kicks off in Potters Bar, makes a detour through Hampstead and ends at an auction in Heathfield, East Sussex.