John Barrowman and Myleene Klass, plus antiques experts David Barby and David Harper, are on the hunt for antiques through Bristol, Chepstow, Newport and Cardiff and Froncysyllte.
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Some of the nation's favourite celebrities!
-That's the pig for you!
-This is the pig for me.
One antiques expert each.
-Captain Jack and the wingman.
And one big challenge -
who can seek out and buy the best antiques at the very best prices?
-This is Johnny Cash!
-Do I look country and western?
An auction for a big profit further down the road.
Who will spot the good investments? Who will listen to advice?
-I tell you what, it goes with your eyes.
-Does it, yeah?
-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!
Today's road-trippers are positively sparkling with talent.
It's showbiz pals John Barrowman and Myleene Klass.
# Some are hap-py
# Some are sa-a-ad
# Oh, you've got to let the music play! #
Our leading man is best known, not only for playing time-travelling Captain Jack Harkness
in science-fiction drama Torchwood...
I'm from the future.
# There's no business like showbusiness... #
..But also for being one of our most well-known musical theatre performers
and shiny floor-show regulars.
We have the man who puts the "show" into showbusiness!
# Tonight's going to be a good night... #
He's everyone's favourite Glasgow-born American...
Lucky I'm not mentally dysfunctional!
And just remember...
John Barrowman makes people's dreams come true!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-So you're going to want to buy what exactly?
-I'm going to look at decorative things.
-I like things that you can use.
-I know nothing about antiques.
I like shoes.
Why am I not surprised?
John's opposite number is another achingly talented performer.
A classically trained pianist, who first shot to fame
in Hear'Say, a talent show-winning pop group of over a decade ago.
# Loving is easy... #
This classy lady ensured we all stayed switched on
during her time in the jungle,
and has gone on to become a regular face on our screens and across the airwaves.
And she's gorgeous!
Woah! We landed on a tree.
Is there no end to this woman's talent?
And they're charging towards their antiques challenge
in this terribly sexy 1968 AC Cobra.
What's your take on our antiques expert?
I'll feel pretty short-changed if one doesn't have a tweed jacket.
Just as long as I get someone who
doesn't kind of impose what they like on me.
-So you want them just to let YOU be the expert?
And for our sparkling celebrities we have two dazzling experts.
Sauntering to the start point in the classic that is
the 1968 VW Beetle, it's a double whammy of Davids.
Yes, it's David Barby and David Harper.
-It is nice being with you, David.
-Thanks, David. Nice to be with you.
-You are a classic gentleman, David Barby.
-I don't know about that.
If you feel comfortable in a '70s look and it brings back your youth!
Sorry, sorry! It's the gearbox. It's not my hand.
Oh, yes? Fascinated by antiques and everything collectable
from the tender age of 12...
Really nice quality. Some lovely, lovely pieces.
..It's no surprise that our David went on
to become one of the youngest valuers and auctioneers in the country.
Look at me. 18! 18! 18!
And, of course, with experience comes great wisdom.
That'll be telling!
So what do you think about Myleene and John?
-I've seen them once or twice on television.
-Once or twice?
-That was years ago.
-When you were young?
Ooh! David Harper has been amassing nicknacks since he was a nipper.
Bit of wheeling, bit of dealing.
All grown up and with 20 years in the antiques trade
he has a penchant for, well, just about everything.
I think that's rather nice. You'd have your servant pushing you.
It would be fair to say, he's a man obsessed.
Funny enough, I'm not on a stamp anywhere in the world at all. Can you believe that?
-I'll tell you something interesting about John Barrowman.
-He won, recently, the Rear of the Year.
-And has this been exposed regularly?
-Obviously, that's why he's won the award.
HE LAUGHS HEARTILY
We kick off our road trip in beautiful Bristol
and will wind up at auction in Froncysyllte,
near Wrexham on the Welsh-English border.
Vibrant Bristol, regional capital of the south-west of England,
is where we get this show on the road.
This is the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Do we have to pay?!
50p - that's a bargain.
Myleene and John each have £400, two days of fabulous shopping,
and one show-stopping auction, which will reveal
who has turned the biggest profit.
-Look at that!
You two look very good in there, I've got to say.
-David, John Barrowman. Nice to meet you.
-Two fantastic experts.
-And two fantastic people who don't know anything!
You look a lovely partnership. You're both in white.
And Myleene said she wanted someone with a tweed jacket on.
OK. Well, it's white pants together.
-I've got you!
-Yes! MYLEENE: You'd better believe it!
-See you later!
-See you later!
DAVID: Watch the cameraman, David.
Myleene and David Barby are headed over to Bristol's Bedminster area to start their shopping spree.
-There's an antique shop.
-Look at all those nicknacks!
-Oh, my God!
So tell me about your dad. You said he was on a ship.
He started off as a salvage diver. So if you want to talk about nicknacks,
my Wendy house was a decompression chamber!
-Oh, I love that! Are you a good negotiator?
-Yeah, I think so.
Well, you'll have an opportunity to try out those skills
in your first shop of the day.
-That'll be the kerb.
If David manages to park, that is!
Come on, Granny Barby. Put it in first. Let's go.
-Yeah, I like that already.
You've got your work cut out here, David.
He's looking for a Hear'Say album.
-Cos we're in an antiques shop!
Oh, my gosh! I've met him and he actually was dancing on a table.
# You make me feel like dancing
# Dance the night away. #
-Barby, you've got the moves!
-I think we should go next door. Come on.
That's what they all say. Right, next door is Michael's Antiques,
father to Rachel's Antiques, which is crammed with goodies!
Oh, my goodness me!
There's so much in this shop.
And top man, Michael, is more than happy to help.
Antique tiles. How do tiles sell?
Tiles sell well, but they've got to be a certain type.
Those are standard Victorian tiles.
-Those are beautiful.
-And they would have covered a hallway.
-Or a fireplace or something like that.
I've only been doing this two minutes. I'm filthy already!
Can we get some overalls for Myleene, please?
-Wow, what's that with the ladies?
-It's a 1930s lamp.
-The ball went in it and it 'anged the other way up.
-Oh, look at this!
-Is this yours?
-# ..In the moonlight! #
-Can we have a look at it?
-It 'angs that way.
Oh! Mind the camera!
I love that. What is it made of?
These are chrome and, I assume by the weight, that's brass.
-Yes, it is.
-I think that's great fun.
-You know what these remind me of? The Rolls-Royce figures.
-On front of the car.
Well, that they may be, David, but it's far more likely
that the figures are inspired by Josephine Baker,
the African-American dancer, singer and actress,
who became a muse to writers, artists and designers
from Picasso to Christian Dior in the early 20th century.
She had a figure, too.
-How much is that?
But cos you're so 'andsome, I can make it 60 to you, but it should fetch a lot more than that.
-But I would like to show you summit...
-Can I put these down?
Yes, my handsome. You put 'em down. There's a lot more shopping to do.
Or you could just try on some more hats, girl!
Look, a bonnet. It just seemed like you.
-Just tell me what you think about those chairs.
-I don't know.
I don't really know what I'm looking for in chairs.
OK. These date from round about 1900, 1910.
Gustav Stickley and he designed
for the Arts and Crafts movement in America.
And these are in natural wood, oak.
-What is extraordinary is that the covers are the original covers.
Are they comfortable?
No, they're not. I have to be honest.
I think you need some cushions.
What's the one word that comes to your mind about Victorian furniture?
-This was the reaction...
-From that very ornate...
-It went the other way. It balanced out.
-Other way and you've got this.
It's such a big risk to take.
-Cos two chairs, that's...
-We'll see how much we can do.
-Get us some change back.
But something else has caught David's eye.
Oh, right! Is that a Burmantofts? This is a startling piece of art pottery.
The name Burmantofts refers to the area of Leeds
where this pottery was produced in the late 19th century.
Referred to as "art pottery" due to its famously decorative style,
it happily plagiarised ideas from other potters.
However, through making consistently good quality ceramics,
it became well respected in its own right.
-It's got a chip on it, at the edge, but it's not major restoration.
-I like that.
-I love the colour.
-We might be able to create a deal
on the three objects. Mick.
-Right, Mick, so we have the lampshade and you quoted 60.
-And on the chairs?
-I had 150 each on them. Can do them at half of that.
-Oh, we can't do £75 each.
They're very rare chairs.
-And how much for the Burmantofts?
-The Burmantofts was £100.
HE SIGHS HEAVILY
I paid 90 for it 20 years ago in Bridport.
-It was more popular then.
-I think it's on its way back.
-It's a long way to travel.
So that comes to £230.
That's the lampshade, the chairs and the Burmantofts.
That should be 500 and something! Seriously.
Seeing as you've got such a smiley face and such a cheerful chap,
I'm going to say one price only,
to you, cash - £200.
-£200 for the lot.
-For the lot.
Some impressive haggling there, but Myleene needs to agree, or the deals off!
He's prepared to take 200.
This is tricky because we're both buying things that we like, as opposed to...
-Is there any other way to buy things?
-You buy things that reflect your own taste.
Not many men could be that persuasive
while wearing a silly little hat like that. Well done, David!
I've had a word with my companion.
We'd like to go with that price you quoted. Thank you very much indeed.
Oh, you! Thank you.
Don't wash for a week! Another star turn from our glamorous couple,
who, for the knockdown price of £200, get the Art Deco light shade,
the large and almost intact Burmantofts pot,
and, of course, David's hard-won Arts and Crafts chairs.
Not a bad start to the day, but no hats!
Meanwhile, John and David are making their way, half an hour north,
Antique-wise, what I like are things that are ornamental.
-What are you like at negotiating?
-I'm like a big Spanish bull.
-I go in there. Voomph!
-And I have... Mm!
-To just kind of go... "How about this?" I'll be cheeky.
OK. Well, we'll do it together.
Gosh! So much testosterone.
Chepstow not only boasts a fine example of a Norman fortress,
but was also once the largest and most significant port in Wales
during medieval times.
Today, it's a vibrant and charming town,
with some delightful antique shops.
And John and David's first port of call is Foxglove's Antiques,
Don't you love the name?
-Hello, I'm Leslie.
-Nice to meet you, Leslie.
-Hi, I'm David.
-Nice to see you.
-Gosh, this is all yours, is it?
-I've already spotted something.
-You've only been here for three seconds!
-Go on tell me.
-We call them Wally...
-Wally "dugs". Wally "dugs".
-Wally "dugs". You've got to get the... Wally "dugs"!
It's the Glaswegian name for china dogs, Staffordshire dogs.
So china's "wally". Don't ask me why!
-I wrote about it in a book, so buy the book if you want the full story.
-It's been a while. I can't remember.
-I may need to buy the book, as I didn't understand that!
Do you know, nor did I! Traditionally, these dogs were always bought in pairs
and are, of course, worth more together, though being so abundant
and currently quite unfashionable, they wouldn't fetch much at auction. It's a dog's life, you know.
-So it's just taste.
-Exactly. Like my monkey.
Each to their own, love!
That I absolutely love, RAF, because Captain Jack was in the RAF.
-I just like the look of it.
-I'll just explain something.
Captain Jack isn't real, but he actually thinks he is.
-OK, just so we know that.
-He's real to me!
-Is he your special friend?
-Yes, special friend.
-He's real to me!
-Do you want something really unusual?
-We love unusual.
Well, downstairs there's the most amazing birdcage.
-I'm going down!
-OK, I'm coming down with you.
-That is quite fun. It's 295.
-I think it's a risky one for auction.
-I really do.
-I had budgies as a kid. I had eight.
-They were really loud.
-Did they keep you awake?
-Because I never slept with them.
I've never slept with a bird in my life.
This is just me, personally.
I love that clock. The reason I'm drawn to it...
I know what the sentimental value is, but the grandmother clock,
the tin bath that used to be under my Aunt Jeannie's bed in the tenement flat,
the lawnmower that was a push one with the rotating stuff from the '50s...
All that old stuff that we brought over was binned, just thrown out.
And now that I'm older I think that's a part of family history.
You've got loads of passion, obviously, and you've got passion for that.
It's shouting 20th century, 1930s.
It's got a bit of a Deco thing going on there.
-Have you found anything in Aladdin¹s cave?
-I love this.
-How much is the little grandmother clock?
-Do we have the key for it?
-Would you do it for 30?
-I will do it for 30.
-# Um-pah, um-pah, um-pah-pah-pah! #
-Is that our first buy?
-I think that's our first buy.
-Is that all right though?
It's fine. £30 for a clock that's a proper antique...
Listen, if it doesn't make money, I'll buy it!
Actually, you're not allowed to do that, John.
-Thank you, Leslie.
-Leslie, thank you very much.
But congratulations on your first purchase and some direct haggling.
£30 for the grandmother clock,
or grandmother of clocks, not bad.
Myleene and David are following in the other team's tracks
and are also making their way half an hour north to Chepstow.
This is the hat I prefer, actually, to all those you were trying on in that shop.
-You're underselling yourself! You've got a good face for all those hats.
-That's nice, innit?
-I'll say anything, you just gave me chocolate.
-Oh, I love chocolate!
-So you and I can share a box of chocolates.
-Yes! I'll eat all the dark ones
-with the hard centres.
-That's good, cos I like the soft centres.
Oh, it's kismet!
-Have you got some money?
-No! I'm serious, I haven't got any.
-The same story all the damn time!
Oh, my gosh! It's so blustery!
-I've got the most important job of the day.
-Absolutely! Mustn't lose this.
My sanity goes with it.
Welcome to Wales!
Myleene and David's last shop of the day is St Mary's Street Collectables.
We made it!
With time wearing on, some swift and decisive shopping is required here.
Ooh, look! Myleene has found one of her biggest fans!
There are too many toys to play with here.
I can't keep my mind focused.
Oh, no! This is one place Myleene's not coming into.
It's one place she's not even going to come into and look.
Very wise, David.
He's clearly excellent at what he does.
The way his mind works. It's like 100 miles an hour.
But he's just so funny.
Have you heard him? "Christopher Columbus!"
That's so funny!
There's a little doll in there.
-What about the dolly?
-Oh, my God! It's scariest thing I've ever seen in my life!
-What, the hat?
-The whole thing! Look at her teeth!
Oh, it's good to have the teeth showing.
-They're almost as white as yours.
-So you're going to charm me into buying this?
-No! I think we ought to have a look at it.
Antique dealer Dawn has the key to unlock David's latest find.
Those dolls really freak me out. They can be a bit scary, right?
-And I'm sure they move at night.
-See? This is what I'm saying!
Often we've had teddy bears and dolls in the shop and we often find them in different positions.
That's... Are you telling me that's not scary? Oh, God!
You just took her head off! Her hair's fallen off.
Well, look, I've been through that.
Christopher Columbus! This is not good.
Oh, that is an awful hairstyle, isn't it?
But it's original.
I think she's going to scratch my eyes out or something in the night.
I shall sleep with her.
So that it won't disturb yours.
-Please just put her head back on.
-The only woman in your life that won't answer back then!
Made in Germany. You've had two main groups of doll manufacturing in Europe.
The major one was French. And the Germans stepped in and started producing them en masse.
And this one is modelled on a French doll.
These existed up until, let's say, the First World War.
1880 through to about 1914, that sort of period.
What you've got to consider is this was knitted by some granny.
Oh, this is crochet! My mum makes this all the time.
-I like that bit. That's nice.
-So that has an element of social history.
And that's nice. And even down to the little under-slip.
So how collectable are these dolls?
They're still collectable, but they have to be at the right price.
-What's the price on that?
-Trade on that would be 45.
-Is that the very best you can do?
-Cor, you drive a hard bargain!
I think £40 is a little bit too much.
Can I get you a seat?
-25, there you are. It's a bargain.
-Split the difference. 22.
You promise you'll look after her?
-OK. All right. Done.
-Thank you very much.
-He really will look after her.
HE BLOWS A KISS
Their £22 deal has just saved them £63 off the ticket price.
An unusual little lot which could leave them sitting pretty. Ah!
Are you happy? If you're happy, I'm happy.
I'm very happy.
I'm happy. They're happy. So a brilliant effort all round today.
But in the morrow, the show must go on.
Go now! Rest your whirring minds.
For tomorrow's performance will decide which team will triumph!
-How was your day with the gorgeous Myleene?
-I had a wonderful day. We've got so much in common.
Rise and shine, road-trippers! There's money to be spent and antiques to find
and I can safely say there's a lot of love on the road.
We want the same cars in life. We both wear white trousers.
OK, David, keep your eye on the road, mate.
-MYLEENE: So how's it been going?
-I'm not telling you! We're the competition, babe!
Everybody knows I have a competitive streak. I like to win.
Barrowman, you are going down, down, down!
David, would you keep your eyes on the road?
-I like looking at you, David.
-Well, that's understandable. OK, drive.
I've got a picture of you by my bed, you know.
OK, pass the sick bag!
Yesterday, our sassy stars forayed into the world of antiques finding.
While John took David H on a nostalgic jaunt...
Myleene had a ball, dressing up and finding all manner of head gear
for the newly dubbed Barbarella.
That's David B to you and me.
Despite all this mucking about, they did manage to buy a total of four items
for the modest sum of £222, including...
The 1920s Deco ceiling shade.
The late 19th-century Burmantofts art pottery jardiniere.
And the pair of Arts and Crafts chairs.
And who could forget that... A-ha! ..captivating china doll
with the enigmatic smile and the woolly hat?
Leaving them with £178
from their initial £400 budget to spend today!
-Captain Jack isn't real!
-He's real to me!
Meanwhile, David Harper could do nothing to keep John
from slipping into another dimension and picking up a timepiece from a bygone era.
Yes, their one purchase of the day was this 1930s grandmother clock,
which, after some astute haggling, they acquired for £30,
leaving our time agents with an astronomical £370 to spend.
Our celebrities now and their experts
are heading their way to sunny Newport, beginning their second day in the same shop.
Newport made its money when huge amounts of coal
were discovered in the Monmouthshire Hills in the mid-18th century.
It went from being a little village to a booming town, once bigger than Cardiff.
- So are we going shopping then? - Yes! You need to do more than us!
-A lot more.
-In we go. Ladies first.
Myleene is right. The boys have got some serious catching up to do.
And with both teams prowling for pieces at the right price here at Strawberry Water Junk,
let's hope they can all play it nicely.
Now it's a contemporary print, but it's interesting. Sort of primitive.
I'm confused again, cos I thought we were looking for antiques.
-And this is contemporary!
-Well, it's fine art and antiques.
-So that's OK?
-So this is fine art.
-Do you like this?
-I don't know if I would have it.
-Cos that's a bit scary for me.
-Let's consider this.
Could we find something less scary?
Yes, David! Walk away and count to ten.
This is Japanese. It could possibly be Meiji period,
which is 1868 to 1912.
It's the period when the Japanese were sending humongous quantities
of stuff, like this - really decorative - to the western market.
-If it's not that safe to describe it
as early 20th century, 1920s, Satsuma ware,
but all completely hand decorated.
So it's a little piece of art on a pot.
The shape's nice, but it's... It's not something I would buy.
-But, as I said, I need to sometimes now take some your expertise...
-..And take it on board. If you think something would sell.
What's that, John? You take advice? Ha! First time for everything, mate.
-Having looked at that, the price...
-That seems expensive to me.
Shop proprietor John is primed to give the boys a price.
John, I'd love it to be 40.
ROAR OF LAUGHTER
He is an entertainer!
-I'll do it for 70.
-You said 70?
-Cos I thought I heard 50.
-That's... That's cropping up in my mind.
I'll do it for 60.
That's a risk. John, if you can't do it for 50, I have to walk away from it.
-He's tough, John.
-All right, 50.
-50 quid. John, thank you very much.
-Thanks, John. That's brilliant.
-Really appreciate it.
Uh-oh! Myleene's at it again.
What is it? What is it?
Oh, no! Oh, God, it's terrible!
-Barbarella's gone blond!
-Oh, you look fabulous! It's Jason Donovan!
-Who's Jason Donovan?
-Jason, we love you.
-You look very Marilyn.
THEY ALL LAUGH
-You have something in the window which I'd like to...
-Oh, what are you conferring about?
-Up the price!
It's right in the corner. It's the Doulton piece, I think.
That brown, glazed one right at the far end.
Right. Just hold that. It's like a little lady's handbag.
-It is good, isn't it?
-OK, so drinking on the go.
-It's very cute. How old is this?
-It probably dates from about 1910.
-And it's copying an old leather bottle.
-You can see the stitching all the way round.
But just look at the decoration.
Here we have a 17th-century inn scene,
with the woman drawing off liquor, wine, ale, what have you.
Filling it in those. On the other side,
we have that gentleman there,
who's now drinking from it.
That's a lot of drink. You'll not see the end of the day with that!
Are these very rare, quite unusual?
-It's unusual. Oh, gosh! I've just seen the price. 35.
-So what's the very best you can do on that?
Can you do 20?
-I can do it for 20.
Don't you think we have to think big?
-I've already shown you something!
-He's getting cross with me.
-And this is a another nice piece, isn't it?
-Our first lovers' tiff.
I think this is a lovely piece of pottery.
-Barbarella, is it going to do what we want it to do?
-It is going to make a profit!
Come on, Myleene. David seems pretty sure about this one!
-I think this is a good find.
-I trust you!
-Put it in a bag?
Yep, you've got to have faith.
The boys have spotted something sweet now - a confectioner's display case.
Fry's Chocolate Cream. This is really weird.
-But my grandmother, her treat for herself every Friday,
was Fry's Chocolate Cream.
That's very odd because my mother's treat for herself is Fry's Chocolate Cream.
Gosh, you guys have so much in common, it's uncanny.
-There's loads of other chocolates out there you can buy.
-Plenty. And just as nice.
But I like that! It's going to be too expensive.
At £195, I'd say you were right.
-I know. Let's bring John in on this.
-What kind of money could it be?
It's a giveaway at 120 quid.
-And would it be really cheeky...?
But then again, I am a cheeky chappy. What I would like to pay for it - 75, 80.
I'll take 100.
-OK, fine. 95.
-Are you happy?
-Yeah, I'm happy.
-Thank you very much. Good bit of negotiating there!
You weren't kidding when you said you liked to haggle.
And with that, the boys have managed to wrap up their second deal of the day.
Do you like that?
-Not like "wow!".
-Just let's have a look at it.
Now this was produced for sugar, cream for your strawberries.
Cute! That is cute.
So you've got this nice sort of strawberry or cranberry glass. Some people call it ruby glass.
The interest in this is that all the little feet are perfect.
And that's all pinched.
-I love that. It's like when you make a pie.
-With the fork.
-That is such a very, very good comparison.
Also when it's still in its molten form, that is a thin trail
of opaque glass which is put round that as it's being twisted.
-We need to sell that a Wimbledon.
I think it's nice, but I don't think it matches anything in cupboards.
I think people like that. However, if someone can understand the story behind it,
-I think they'll love it then.
-I think so as well.
What's the very best you can do on this, sir? You've got 95.
-Can I say 40, sir?
-So would I, if I don't get it at 40.
-He will cry. You don't want to see Barby cry.
Good Lord, David! The man has to eat!
Thank you very much.
Another hefty haggle has left proprietor John somewhat beaten down.
Our David B is certainly a man who knows how to get what he wants.
But what's this?
I suddenly realised, I think you've got the wrong expert.
-Oh! Oooh! Do you think so?
-You got the wrong expert.
-Auntie Barby, you just want a hug.
See? I rest my case.
John B and David H are making a dash for their last shop,
15 miles down the road in John's adopted hometown of Cardiff.
Cardiff is, of course, the glorious capital of Wales.
Amongst its many famous sons is Terry Nation,
the man who created the dreaded Daleks
and with whom our Captain Jack has had a fair few run-ins.
-You know, I live in Cardiff.
People know me. I'm part of the neighbourhood.
I'm like an old lamppost. I will always be Scottish, but we fell in love with Wales,
-because of filming Doctor Who and Torchwood.
This is the Pump Station.
-In fact, I bought my dining room chairs from here.
Cherubs! Look at those women!
-They used to have a huge hand that you could sit in.
The Pumping Station, built on the site previously occupied by a treatment works,
now houses over 40 independent traders
and really is a major antiques and collectables destination.
It's a very big place. Lots of stuff.
And where...should we... begin?
-It's an aeroplane.
-It's an airplane. One of my loves!
# That's the look, that's the look
# The look of love. #
Look at that. That is just gorgeous!
-That's not an old aeroplane.
-No, I know it's not.
But it's like a statement piece. It's something that... It's fun.
-It is you. You love cars. You love aeroplanes.
Boys' toys. Is that for sale, that aeroplane?
-Mark, nice to meet you.
-And you, sir.
-We'll have a walk round and we'll talk later. Is that OK?
-Thank you, sir.
I'm not sure whether that was a threat or a promise.
-Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
-So much stuff to take in.
-Well, get finding!
-I just can't create it for you!
You've actually got to find it.
Could this be their first tiff?
-John, that doesn't scare you at all, does it?
Cos I defeated them and also it was the Daleks that, actually,
made Jack realise, because they killed him, and he came back to life.
-So it made Jack realise that he was immortal.
Though they are modern toys,
-there's a huge market out there for signed memorabilia....
Oh! And look who's here.
-Look at that! There's you!
-It's good, isn't it?
-There's you in a cabinet.
I've never been with anybody looking at themselves in a cabinet.
I have a six-inch figure and I also have a 12-inch and a 15-inch.
-Which one do you prefer?
-I prefer the 15.
There's two six-inch models. This one, which is the first edition one,
-which is Captain Jack in his Doctor Who outfit.
-He does not have his long coat.
It's not real!
Mm, yes. I did have a hunch. Thanks, though.
-I'm David, by the way.
-I think I may have recognised him!
-I think you might even have one of his dolls in here.
-They don't sell very well.
Gee, thanks a lot, mate!
-What have you seen? No!
-Yep. There it is.
That is the second one. I helped with all the clothing
and chose the body.
They put you in a 3-D, electronic mould where they get your face.
Hang on a minute! Which ones the real one?
This one's about as wooden as that one!
I mean, I know what I'm thinking here.
-One of those, together as a little lot.
-Signed. What we like to call in the business "provenance".
At this point, do we actually negotiate
on the prices here with this gentleman?
-As he winked at me, a fiver, John.
Then one of the blue ones for a pound?
-Is that OK?
A nod and a wink. Wow! I wish it was always that easy.
Agh, I'm Captain Jack. 21st century is when it all changes.
And you've got to be ready. Give us a kiss.
Gosh, you two. You can't be that tired.
-Yeah. Yeah, I could spoon.
-I was of two minds about what we saw when we first came in.
-Not the aeroplane?
Does Captain Jack fly?
-Captain Jack has his own spaceship.
-Sorry, I forgot about that.
I have my heart set on it.
No point in pillow talk, David. Put your jammies on! John's made up his mind.
But with the price at £375,
it looks like John is going to have to unleash his charm, again.
-Mark, I'm going to be right upfront with you, OK?
I have this amount to spend and that's all I've got.
And that means we have not one pound left.
That's it. We've blown everything.
That's one hell of a harsh bid, isn't it?
I really, really, really,
really, really, really would love for you to meet me on the price.
-Can you go somewhat higher than that?
Put it there.
-We own an aeroplane.
I have to give you a hug for that. Thank you very, very, very much.
-That is absolutely brilliant.
-Really good of you. Thank you.
Yes, yet another dealer has fallen under John's spell.
Well, let's hope your dreams come true, old fruit.
And this huge model aeroplane flies at auction.
# Look of love! #
On the road again, Myleene and Barbarella are making their way
30 miles north-west to Treaorchy
to sample one of the things Wales is so well-known for.
The Welsh valleys are famed for their rugged beauty,
their coal-mining heritage and their world-renowned choral singers.
Taking a well-earned break from their shopping trip,
David has brought musical maestro Myleene to meet a group of men
who together can create a sound which explains why Wales was dubbed "the land of song".
Choir member and archivist Dean will introduce them to the fellas.
Hi, I'm Dean Powell from the choir.
-Myleene. Pleased to meet you.
-Nice to meet you.
Welcome to our home. Come and see the boys.
It was in 1883,
that the Treorchy Male Choir was officially formed.
Under the firm hand of conductor William Thomas
the choir was soon winning prizes and performing to the aristocracy of the day,
culminating in an invitation to perform at Windsor Castle for Queen Victoria.
Since then, the choir has remained strong in numbers
and has performed with countless musical stars.
Having recorded over 500 songs, the choir has toured the world,
stirring audiences wherever they go. Just look at this!
MALE CHOIR SINGS
# Bring him home
# Bring him home
# You have always... #
Here they are.
# You can take
# You can give
# Let him be
# Let him live
# If I die
# Let me die
# Bring him
# Home. #
-That's just like a personal concert, isn't it?
Dean, when did this all begin? It's such a marvellous sound.
-Well, being typically Welsh, it started in a pub, where else?
The beer is warm. That's how we sing so well.
In a public house just down the road called the Red Cow, started way back in 1883.
And who is your oldest member?
He's been in the choir since 1947. This is his 65th year as a member.
-It's Norman. Where are you?
Norman, hello. Myleene. Pleased to meet you.
What is it as a member of the choir, as the oldest serving member of this choir,
that sets you guys apart from everyone else?
Cos we are far better singers.
MYLEENE LAUGHS Fighting talk amongst the valleys!
As well as being the handsomest and the richest. What else do you want?
Personally, speaking I don't think there's any other sound quite like a male voice choir.
Do they put something in the Welsh water?
Because when a male voice choir sings, it's just incredible.
Even just walking in and hearing you guys then, it just...
Emotions! It really kicks you in the stomach, doesn't it?
At the end of the day, we're just an ordinary bunch of men who can hold a tune, just about!
And you find yourself standing on the stage of the Sydney Opera House
to a full audience of 2,500 people going bananas.
-How do you get into the choir then? Do you all audition?
-They have to...
-Norman's saying he didn't!
-HE didn't. He was pre-audition. He was prehistoric!
Everyone auditions in front of a musical director.
So what kind of pieces do you guys like singing - show tunes, classical?
We feel very much at home still singing the Welsh hymns.
There's such a great fervour to them.
The first classical piece I learnt was a Welsh...
-Do you want to give us a song?
-I don't want to get my Welsh wrong!
SHE SINGS IN WELSH
Am I the only one that knows that?
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
I should have practised my pronunciation!
That was really good!
So would you ever let women into the choir?
-What did I say?!
-I'd better take a seat!
What did I say?!
Ha-ha! Just time for one more number
before our road-trippers head off.
THEY SING IN WELSH
# A-a-a-men. #
Ah, that is wonderful.
It does what it says on the tin.
Thank you very much.
MALE CHOIR SINGS
# A-a-a-a-a-a-men. #
But now, here in a rather soggy Cardiff,
it's time for each team to reveal what they've bought.
Are we going to be worried? Ooh, my...
We've got a little like jug that would...
-Handbag for drink on the go.
-A girl who needs everything!
-How much did you pay for it?
You might make your money back. I know it's of the Deco period probably.
-But I don't like it.
Oh, don't spare their feelings, will you, John?
-I don't like it because I don't like that there's a lack of detail...
-I can't tell if they're oriental ladies or Deco ladies.
-They're Caribbean ladies.
I want to show you because I'm still waiting to fall in love with her!
-Just a moment.
-Barbarella's got this very special relationship with her.
He says I'm wrong to be scared by her. You tell me!
I think she's certainly one for the collectors.
It's not going to be an impulse purchase for someone who wants to take her home and love her.
-It's a bit ugly.
-I'd give her a makeover.
-They're a bit granny flat for me.
-Don't worry, you'll grow into it.
Oh, will it stand the weight?
Please! This is Rear of the Year.
Please tell me they're not Mackintosh, are they?
-They're Mackintosh! They're Mackintosh!
-I'd buy them for sure.
-- Cute, huh? - They've got a look.
-I would re-cover them.
-OK, shall we reveal?
-So we do...
It's typical 1930s. It's a safe buy. And you paid round about 35 for it?
-It might make 70.
-But if someone loves their granny, it'll make 200.
-It has to be a very deep love.
-This here, the Japanese Satsuma.
-You didn't pay much for it, did you?
-And when do you think it was made?
-Circa 1900, 1920.
-I think it was made yesterday.
-20 years, at most.
David is clearly rattled here.
-You've bought something else.
-Let me guide your eyes in this direction - I bought an aeroplane.
Oh, my God! Isn't that wonderful?
-Isn't that wonderful?
-Isn't that brilliant?
-And how much was that?
-That is lovely, lovely!
-Oh, my gosh!
-Oh, that's brilliant!
I really think that's a great adventure. Oh, it's Doctor Who!
-No, it isn't!
-It's Captain Jack.
-Oh, Captain Jack!
-We found two of myself.
-This really is an antique!
-How much was that?
-A fiver and a pound.
-Is that what you've been reduced to?
-Yes, it is.
Well, no-one was pulling any punches there!
Let's hear what else they have to say.
They've got some good stuff. They've got some risky stuff. Some of it I didn't like.
The Jack business - that could be their winner.
-Cos if he signs it and he's there...
-He's bouncing up and down as he will be.
-As he will be.
-That'll go up in value.
-We should have found a Hear'Say doll!
-She did not like that doll!
Do you think maybe some of the things were purchased because Barbarella wanted them?
I got that distinct impression.
I found one last hat for you.
It's cute, you know.
Well, now for the main event.
It's auction time, which today is 134 miles north
in the beautiful village of Froncysyllte,
close to the Welsh-English border.
Cooper Barrington is a relatively young auction house,
but with its monthly sale turning over up 450 lots a time,
it has people flocking from far and wide in search of antique treasures.
Hello, gorgeous! Nice to see you.
-Are you all right?
Jeffrey Duke's oils on canvas...
12, I'm bid.
And presiding over precedings today, is auctioneer Peter Worthington.
Who will give us his thoughts on both teams' lots.
The Kingsware flagon could be a bit of a sleeper. It's an interesting piece.
We think it's quite rare. Fry's display cabinet.
Getting very hard to find nowadays.
I'm looking to see it make somewhere in the region of £150, £200.
The aeroplane. It's hung from the ceiling of our saleroom.
I'm hoping that it won't be hung from the ceiling at the end!
It's my real worry of the sale.
Both teams started with £400 each.
Myleene and David B only spent £282,
but on six very distinctive lots.
It is going to make a profit!
Meanwhile, John and David H
blew their entire wad on six items,
which have been sorted out into five auction lots.
Ladies and gentlemen, eyes front! The auction is about to begin.
First up is Myleene and David's porcelain doll.
-I'm coming up!
What shenanigans are going on here?
OK, so starting at 40. Do I have 40?
Do we have 45? Or the doll gets it.
Going once, going twice!
Sold to the gentleman in the fabulous tie
for £40! Woo-hoo!
Highly unorthodox auction tactics,
but not a bad start.
Next, John's action figures take centre stage. Two lots.
One signed by the man himself.
And not to be outdone, John has take to the rostrum, too.
Oh, Lordy! This isn't how we do things on the Antiques Road Trip!
Let's hope for the best.
-And we're starting it?
-Do we have 35?
-Do we have 40?
£40 and five. Oh, we do! And 60?
-Do we have £70?
-Five, if you like.
-80 on the net!
Going once. 85 going twice.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Gosh, he's good! And a great profit. Considering he's only a beginner.
And that puts the boys in the lead.
Myleene and David B's cranberry glass sugar and cream set
is up next.
Here we go again! Having had a taste for encouraging bidders,
there's no stopping Myleene now.
30? Come on!
£20 then? At £20, £20, £20, £20.
Who's having two now? Two. 22. 24?
24. 26. 28.
£30. 35. 40.
40. And again at £40.
Not quite the cat that got the cream with that lot!
After the auctioneer's commission, breaking even means making a loss.
Time now for John and David's grandmother clock. Go, Gran!
It's of sentimental value to me as my grandmother did have one.
And when we took it to America, it was lost in a flood.
-I think I'm going to burst into tears!
Get out your hanky, Peter!
Oh, dear! He's doing his sob story again.
Oh, Lordy! I've never seen this on the rostrum before. I can't look!
-45 on the internet! £50!
-55 on the internet. Do I see 60? £60.
-We have £70.
-Do we have 100?
-We have 100!
-Oh, my God!
John just proving that sentiment sells.
Plus a good hug.
Now wasn't that worth 100 quid?
Some would say a grand! Next is David B's and Myleene's chairs.
30, I have. £30, £30, £30. Come on!
Absolutely superb condition as well.
After that loss, you too might need a seat.
I'm very disappointed in those.
John and David's Japanese Satsuma vase is up next and so is John.
-20, we've got! 22.
26? £26! Do we have 30?
-34 we got?
-42. He's having it.
-And we've got another!
Now 55? We've got a no on 60.
-Thank you, madam.
So, John, not even your unique style of auctioneering
could raise much of a profit for your vase.
Myleene and David will be hoping their Burmantofts pot does better.
And cue sales pitch!
Just how gorgeous is this?!
50 to start it. 30.
30, I've got. 35, sir?
You can't go wrong at this price. 50, come on!
55. 60 now.
Clearly, no-one is going potty for pottery today!
Will John and David's Fry's display case
be the treat they both remember it being?
We'll start at 100.
Well, it will if John has anything to do with it.
150. We have 150. So £160.
170 we've got. 180!
- Well done, John! - That was good!
A treat indeed! That's the kind of sweet profit this pair need.
-That was good.
Myleene and David B really need a profit!
with their 1920s, Art Deco ceiling light shade now.
But since they've found some cake, I don't think they care any more!
This is so good!
Never speak with your mouth full!
-Am I now?
Cake or no cake, you can't keep a good girl down.
Shall we start at 50? 55. 60.
Can I ask for 70?
60 in the room. Going once.
-Going twice! Sold for 60!
-Well done! Great result, David(!)
I'm not sure David is bothered. With auction costs, they've made a loss.
It's the moment of truth for John and David's biggest purchase -
the huge model aeroplane.
-I'm worried about our aeroplane.
-I'm a bit worried.
Worried or not, John looks determined to use
his new-found auction skills to get the room bidding.
-100 to start.
-100 to start then.
100 to start. £50.
We have 55. Do we have 60 with the man in the pin-striped suit? 60!
-65. 70. 75.
-It's gone very quiet, John.
-It has gone very quiet.
It pains me to say this.
Well, despite their plane failing to fly here,
the boys are still well ahead in the lead at the moment.
-If it's any consolation, it's the only loss you've made.
-But it was a huge loss.
And, finally, Myleene and David's last lot -
the Royal Doulton Kingsware flagon.
Will Myleene be convinced that this was a good idea?
David was so sure.
I must start the bidding at 110, 20...
30, 40, 50...
60 to start.
-Did that just happen?!
-170, 80, 90, 200.
10, 20, 40.
300 now. 300.
The hammer will fall. Take fair notice.
For goodness sake don't drop it!
460. 480. 500 now.
-Come on! 500.
At 500. 550, 550, 550.
£22! 22 quid it cost!
£550 and Myleene's not going to drop it!
-Is that all?!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Oh, my goodness!
How's that for a wow factor, Myleene? One of the biggest profits
we've ever had on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
Well done, David B!
You are amazing!
John and David H put in a great performance,
making a profit of £34.60,
meaning, after auction costs,
they wind up their road trip with £434.60.
A valiant effort.
Whereas Myleene and David B are undoubtedly
the unrivalled masters of the road trip,
making a staggering £361.70 profit,
meaning they wind up their road trip with, wait for it, £761.70!
So this class-act pair are the clear winners.
And all the profits generated from the auction will go to Children In Need.
- Barbarella! - Barbarella!
You are good!
-John, thank you very much.
-Thank you very much. I've had a good time and learned something.
Never to buy aeroplanes!
-Go on then! Bye!
I've had a great time. Come on. Maybe I'll start a new hobby, buying antiques.
You and me, the antiques king and queen.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Musical man John Barrowman and musician Myleene Klass, aided by antiques experts David Barby & David Harper, play to their strengths on the hunt for antiques which will turn a profit. Along their merry way they take in Bristol, Chepstow, Newport and Cardiff before winding up at auction in Froncysyllte near the Welsh English Border.