Episode 17 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip


Episode 17

Janet Ellis and Sophie Ellis Bextor go from Essex to Yorkshire with £400 each to spend on antiques that could turn a profit at auction. With experts Philip Serrell and Will Axon.


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Some of the nation's favourite celebrities...

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Why have I got such expensive taste?

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..one antiques expert each.

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And one big challenge.

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Who can seek out and buy the best antiques at the very best prices...

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Answers on a post card.

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..and auction for a big profit further down the road?

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I'm having my own Marilyn moment here!

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Who will spot the good investments? Who will listen to advice?

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-Do you like it?

-I think it's horrible.

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And who will be the first to say, "Don't you know who I am?!"

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Well done us!

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Time to put your pedal to the metal.

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This is Celebrity Antiques Road Trip!

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Yeah!

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It's a family feud for fortunes today in the home county of Essex.

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But it's not the only way, as our trippers will take a brief jaunt into Kent.

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The amateur antiquarians are mother and daughter combo

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TV presenter Janet Ellis

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and pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

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Have you noticed the car is making quite a weird noise when we're driving?

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It's like angel followers or something.

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-GEARS GRATE

-Oh, sorry, everybody!

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Ooh, zut alors!

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Our ladies of leisure are styling it out in this little French automobile,

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a 1989 Citroen Deux Chevaux.

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C'est chic, n'est-ce pas?

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Mum, what kind of things do you think you'll buy today?

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I shouldn't be giving you clues! Hang on, you're a rival!

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Like you, I have sort of magpie tendencies

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I like things that make me laugh or look amazing.

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Janet's telly career began as an actress in 1978.

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She's appeared in Jackanory Playhouse,

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followed by kids' favourite Jigsaw.

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I think the J's taste rather better than the A's.

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Welcome to Blue Peter, Janet.

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Thanks. It's jolly nice to be here!

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But it was her golden time on Blue Peter in the '80s

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that launched her into the hearts and minds of the nation's children.

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Sophie's very kindly come along to help demonstrate.

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-What do you think?

-It looks very nice.

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I do remember coming to your dressing room.

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-And all the make-up.

-People still write to me in just one word. Nosey-bonk.

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These people writing to you, Nosey-bonk.

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People that would like me to foot their therapist's bill.

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Yeah. Actually, it's me!

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I'll stop it now, if you don't like it!

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# Take me home

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# Take me home... #

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Sophie's early taste of the limelight set her up for pop stardom.

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Her musical career took off in 1997.

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She famously beat Victoria Beckham to Number One with her first solo single.

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# If this ain't love... #

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She's since become a multi-platinum selling and award-winning artist

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with four solo albums and numerous Top 10 singles.

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My instinct would be to buy stuff that I would like to own,

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that I find beautiful.

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Maybe we should both think about it as let's have an imaginary person.

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-Someone with a discerning eye.

-Someone who knows what's practicable in the world of antiques.

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"Who'd buy that?!"

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Lucky for you, we have four discerning eyes

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belonging to two distinct connoisseurs of curiosity,

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who'll be happy to help.

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-No, I'm going to drive this.

-No, I'll drive. I'm going to drive.

-You always drive!

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If they can decide who's driving!

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There you go. Just be gentle with me.

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There's nothing gentle about this throbbing beast!

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The boys are seeing the Deux Chevaux and raising it a 1965 Ford Mustang

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which makes it a three-horse race.

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It's like I'm driving a boat!

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Iceberg!

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I remember Janet from her Blue Peter days.

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I think, regrettably, I'm too old.

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Sophie's fairly cool, isn't she?

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-So she's going to be vintage, retro.

-That sort of young, hip...

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A bit like me, really!

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You got the vintage part right! Aye-aye, sir.

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Hailing from Worcester, veteran auctioneer Philip Serrell has a passion for the unusual,

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no matter how large or small.

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Some might say he prefers a salvage yard to an antiques centre.

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And they'd be right!

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Which is more Serrell? A radiator that might be for warming your feet, or part of a bridge?

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Never trust a man with a goatee beard.

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-The bearded brethren will rally!

-Eh?

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Hairy-faced Will Axon's roots are in the Newmarket area,

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where, thankfully, he gave up the idea of being a jockey in favour of antiques,

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and now wields a gavel with expert accuracy.

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Oh, the tension! Oh!

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-Do you think they'll be interested in antiques?

-They've obviously got an artistic flair.

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-Like what we have!

-Like what we have!

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But I might come out of it with a desk-tidy made of loo rolls, which I'm looking forward to.

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What?

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Come on, Philip! Get with the programme!

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This treasure trip takes place in what used to be the old kingdoms of Essex and Kent

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before a long journey north over hill and dale

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to auction in the town of Baildon in West Yorkshire.

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The journey begins in a towns that the Romans once called Caesar's marketplace,

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that's Chelmsford, to you and I.

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-Oh, dear. Do you think there'll be a cappuccino here?

-No.

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What do you fancy? A 99 flake? Looks like an ice cream van, doesn't it?

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-Let me open the door for you. What have they given you?

-Forever the gentleman!

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-Hi, there.

-Hi, Sophie, I'm Will. Nice to meet you.

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-Survived the 2CV.

-It's definitely a driving experience!

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We've got to decide who's going to work with who.

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I would say, whatever happens, my mum's done enough driving of this beautiful vehicle.

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So who'd like the keys, then?

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I think you would suit that, Philip.

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Story of my life!

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Pop in my Mustang. It's as big as a whale!

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-Go for it, Mum.

-Come on, Sophie.

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# Got me a car and it's as big as a whale

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# And we're heading on down to the Love Shack #

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He just stalled that!

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ENGINE RESTARTS That's better.

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Right, we're off. See you later, guys!

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The intrepid treasure seekers go forth, clutching £400 per team.

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What damage can they do with that?

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PHILIP: Well, this is a big day for us, isn't it?

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-A big day.

-Ooh, blimey!

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-You are your mum.

-I know. The gloves are off.

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The gloves are off!

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Do you have an interest in antiques? What do you collect?

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I don't own much in the way of antiques.

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I own a lot of, I guess it's called modern vintage?

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-Yes.

-From the last 100 years.

-Yes, that's fine. That's cool.

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-'50s and '60s, I love.

-That's a good eye,

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because that stuff is getting more and more collectable

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than the 19th-century old gunk that fogies and dinosaurs like me used to buy.

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For someone who says they don't know much about it, I think you know a lot more than you're letting on.

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I don't, as you'll find out!

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We soon will, as Philip and Sophie sally forth to their primary place of procurement,

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Baddow Antiques Centre.

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But it seems antiques couldn't be further from Philip's mind.

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I was immediately attracted to any place that calls itself The Strip Shop! We're in!

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Oh, Lordy!

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-Yes, we get some funny phone calls!

-I bet you do!

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We wondered if you've got anything you can flog us.

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Perhaps any unseen, unhidden, unrestored gem?

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There are one or two bits that we inherited when we took the business over.

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Let's have a look.

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Thankfully, Russ isn't a stripper.

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He's a furniture restorer

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which is why he might just have something of interest.

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Ooh, I like those. Are they walnut?

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-What are they? Are they Ercol?

-I think they're Ercol.

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Ercol is the name of a British furniture manufacturer

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founded by Lucian Ercolani in 1920.

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Retro Ercol furniture is very fashionable to young hipsters

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so these are right up Sophie's street.

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There's no extra for the dust.

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You are too kind!

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Hope we get some spiders in with that, too.

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I don't want to be picky here,

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I just think that chairs with no seats might have a limited appeal to the marketplace!

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No flies on Phil, eh?

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What seat would they have had in there?

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-Rubber straps.

-Yeah.

-And then just a cushion.

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Clearly, this isn't an antiques stall,

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and these retro chairs don't have a price attached.

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But that doesn't mean they're free, eh, Russ?

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This is just stuff you want to get rid of.

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-This might be your lucky day.

-At a price!

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I think at auction, if they were all together and up together,

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I think they might make 40 to 60 quid.

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-Yeah.

-But in the condition that they are,

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I think they might make somewhere between ten and 30 quid.

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Yeah. It's quite a lot of work.

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Which means we've got to try and give you a fiver for them.

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Try and give me a fiver, yeah.

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Go on! Try and give them a fiver.

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-I'll get the money out. Because often, if you get the money out...

-See the colour of your money.

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If I give you that, I've a feeling you've got stronger bargaining power than me!

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# Wow-wow-wow-wow! #

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Five pounds would buy them.

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-Whoa! Get in there!

-Smooth!

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-Really?

-Thank you ever so much.

-You're welcome.

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-Do you know what, Soph?

-Go and have a bath!

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Cheeky! They settle on a rock bottom price for the chairs

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but if it's bums on seats they want, it's time to get to the bottom of their upholstery problem!

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As luck would have it, there's a very shop round the corner, and Steve's agreed to have a look.

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-There they are.

-They want Pirelli straps, that's what they want.

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It's a chair, not a car!

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Probably be looking around £20 a seat for the webbing.

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-Hell's bells!

-It is expensive.

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I think if they had the webbing on the bottom, that would make them finished chairs.

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Well, depends on your definition of finished!

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Could you do them for a tenner each?

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I'll do 'em for...15 each.

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Sophie, we're in your hands, darling.

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-I think do it.

-OK. You're the boss, boss!

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On my head be it. Thank you very much for doing us a good deal.

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Well! Who knew Philip's detour into a strip shop

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could be such a success.

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Two Ercol chairs with webbing for £35, and they'll be ready for collection later.

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Janet and Will are cruising around six miles south-west

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to a little town called Ingatestone.

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I'm very attracted to quirky things.

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-Good.

-I like weird stuff.

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-I love stuffed things.

-You like taxidermy?

-Taxidermy, yeah.

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Yeah. Not stuffed food. Stuffed things.

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I do actually have a fondness for those Victorian animals playing cards.

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-Oh, they're great.

-Cricket matches, that kind of thing.

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-Boxing squirrels.

-Yes, exactly.

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-I don't think our budget will stretch to that.

-I don't think so!

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That budget is £400.

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And they're about to start their trolley dash for treasure

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at Hutchinson's.

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Maggie's ready to deal. Let the bargain buying commence.

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-Ooh.

-Treasure trove. It's like someone's library, actually.

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-Shh!

-Or the headmistress's study, I don't know which!

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Hm. Spent a lot of time in detention, did we, Janet?

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There's a little pill box for the modern man.

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Oh, that's nice.

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Good gracious!

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You've made me blush!

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Phew, it is warm in here!

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A-hem! Moving on.

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-Whoa.

-For cakes.

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That is rather amazing, isn't it?

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You know what the trend is like at the moment for baking cup cakes and things like that.

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Like typical magpies, they're drawn towards the largest gleaming object in the shop.

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It's been freshly polished, almost as though they knew we were coming.

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-Whacky enough?

-Yeah, I like it.

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I'd like to get some money out. Oh, don't listen!

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This dazzling piece of plate

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is actually a Victorian centrepiece

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with a whopping ticket price of £100.

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It's nice that that's period, and got some age to it, which I like.

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-What would you put on it?

-I can see it with some big blousy peonies on it, or something like that.

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Ex-Blue Peter, she can whip up a floral arrangement in a trice.

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Of course!

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Everything's present and correct. Good solid cast feet,

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stained pine, nicely engraved.

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-And I think I saw, yes, a little vacant cartouche.

-Oh, yeah.

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-So people haven't had it initialled.

-Ah, no.

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They're very smitten with the shiny centrepiece.

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But they want a better price, so Maggie's getting the dealer on the line.

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Definitely don't want three numbers, just two.

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If you want to talk to Janet, she's more than happy to.

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I've got to try and use your celebrity status.

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I'm nervous, now.

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Gavin, it's me, Janet. Gavin...

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Would you like to speak to Janet?

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OK. You're a bit busy, are you?

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Some grown men would jump at the chance!

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So that's it, you can't... Bye.

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He must be from the Valerie Singleton era.

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With no movement on the price, they can't still be interested, can they?

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I would be happy to pay 90 for it, because the 100 sounds like a lot of money.

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-I think in an auction, it would start lower, and if it made 100 we'd be happy.

-Exactly.

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If we just make our money back, then we're no better off.

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Can't do it.

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Maggie's not for turning!

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-It's a lot of silver plate for £100.

-Yes.

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-Let's go for it.

-Let's do it.

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-Right. Get the money out.

-Fine. Thank you.

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They've bagged their first piece of swag,

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but I can't help thinking they may regret spending such a wad of cash on one item.

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Onwards and upwards!

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-Thank you very much.

-Very nice to meet you. Thank you.

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-And you. Regards to Gavin(!)

-I will.

-Sort of!

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I think those chairs are cool. They've got a great 1960s retro look.

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-I love them.

-I would own those.

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How do you reckon your mum's getting on?

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The worst thing that could have happened is that she's just spent it all, really quickly.

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-Do you think that'll happen?

-I don't think she'll be as careful.

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She's a person who when I go shopping with, she encourages me to buy stuff.

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-So we're going to look at the bee farm, are we?

-Yep.

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-There's a sting in the tail here, isn't there?

-Good.

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Oh, "bee-hive" yourself!

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Sophie's passionate about environmental issues,

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so the pair are off to Chelmsford Museum,

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home to a unique living exhibit.

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A super organism, a bee colony, set in glass.

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Here we are.

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-Hi, I'm Sophie.

-Pleased to meet you.

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-Nice to meet you. I'm Roy. This is Richard.

-We're local bee keepers.

-We look after some bees here.

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Richard Alabone and Roy Hardwick are volunteer beekeepers

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who know just how crucial honey bees are to our environment.

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How many bees have you got here?

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-Maybe 10,000.

-10,000?! What have you called them all?

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I'll open the book and we'll see.

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Why are bees so important?

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For pollination purposes, mainly.

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For the environment. Without bees, most crops don't get pollinated.

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Honey bees collect pollen, nectar and water to feed themselves and their larvae.

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By doing so, they pollinate fruit, flowers, vegetables and crops

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which puts the food on our plates.

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But the bee population in the UK is dwindling.

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Last year's long, harsh winter put paid to a third of bee colonies.

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Less bees means less food, and not just for us.

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The entire food chain is affected.

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Bees can see ultraviolet light.

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So in some of these flowers, there will be an ultraviolet pattern.

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You can't see it, but they can.

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I like that bee fact. That's a good bee fact.

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What's a bee's favourite flower to fly towards? What's it looking for?

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They're looking for nectar. This is the point.

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And pollen.

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Bees fly about 55,000 miles to collect enough nectar and pollen to make a pound of honey!

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Wow! That's one-and-a-half times round the world!

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An average colony of around 50,000 bees needs around 20 to 30lbs of honey to survive a winter,

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but they generally produce twice more than is needed.

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The queen bee is leading us in!

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SOPHIE LAUGHS

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The practice of collecting honey from bees

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dates back thousands of years.

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Efforts to domesticate them can be seen in Egyptian art

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around 4,500 years ago.

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Beekeeping goes back centuries.

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But there's a big connection between the antiques world and bees.

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-You've got beeswax polish, and these things that people collect.

-Yes.

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-It's like a social process, isn't it?

-That's right.

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Is there a massive difference in bees across the world?

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Just the accent!

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-Really? They're buzzing!

-Exactly.

-They're all different strains.

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Chelmsford's glass beehive is one of only a few set out in a way that gives people the opportunity

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to see the intricacies of a living, working colony.

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Oh, wow!

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Hello, guys!

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This observation hive has been here for 30 to 40 years.

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We're not sure how long. I've tended it 30 years ago, so I know it's been here at least that long.

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What am I looking at? What's happening in here?

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-In the bee world.

-At the moment, there's a new queen in here.

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-The old queen has swarmed, gone off.

-Do you know where the new queen is?

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No. Because she's only a virgin...

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Bit personal! She might not want you to tell me that!

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-When she starts laying, we know she's not a virgin any more.

-OK.

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That's true.

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The survival of a colony requires all bees to work together as a super organism.

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The queen, thousands of female workers, and in summer, hundreds of male drones.

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They work all day. When it comes dark, or it gets too cold,

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they're all coming in, but they'll work basically all night long.

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They feed on honey, keep the whole thing warm.

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-The drones don't sting.

-Oh, that's interesting.

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Comforting, as well!

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The drones are substantially bigger than the workers.

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-The main thing is they have big eyes.

-They've got bigger eyes? I'm trying to work this out.

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They all look kind of same bee size!

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These hard workers don't just make honey.

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They make wax, which is used in all manner of things in our daily lives,

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from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals to household products,

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such as candles.

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Would you let me have a go?

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-Put your fingers on there.

-OK.

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-Push along. That's it.

-Don't want to break it.

-Marvellous job.

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You've done a good job of that, you really have.

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Thanks, guys. Would it be OK if I kept this?

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I can give it to my mum, to say thank you for all the things she used to make me

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when she was doing Blue Peter.

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-Thank you very much. It was fascinating.

-Our pleasure.

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The next time you flail around, desperately trying to swat the life from one of those stripey chaps,

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remember, it's not just the environment and the food chain that's affected.

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The honey bee really is the hardest-working insect on the planet.

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You were pretty young when you decided to go into acting?

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That's all I ever wanted to do, really.

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I think I started saying it before I knew what it meant.

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I did various plays and bits and pieces including The Sweeney and Doctor Who.

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I mean, for me, you are Blue Peter.

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It has to be said.

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How much do you reckon we would get for a genuine, made by the fair hands of Janet Ellis,

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Advent Crown?

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I think we'd probably get tuppence ha'penny!

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I was going to ask you to rustle one up and stick it in the sale!

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You find the gear, I can make one.

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Where's the tinsel and baubles when you need them, eh?

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This dealing duo are hoofing it around five and a half miles west

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to the picturesque village of Blackmore,

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where there's an altogether more laid-back way of life.

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-Oh, this looks like it.

-It looks great.

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It's spend, spend, spend. Will and Janet have arrived at Megarry Antiques,

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where Judy and Peter have a shop stacked with curiosities and cake. Yummy!

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Hi. Thank you very much. I'm distracted already.

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I am looking at you, but I'm not, I'm looking at the...

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Show me!

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There's a lot here to have a look at, isn't there?

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Straight to the shiny stuff again!

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Shall we have a wander round the shop?

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Yes. Yes, sorry. Normal voice. Yes.

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Janet mentioned she liked quirky objects.

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And they don't come much quirkier than this piece of 19th-century porcelain.

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# Marina

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# Aquamarina... #

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I love this. That's so ridiculous.

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I quite like it, cos it's showy and over the top.

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Continental, figure of a child sitting on a shell.

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I'm going to put my neck out and say it's German,

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circa 1900.

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-I love the colours.

-I love the dolphins.

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Queer-looking dolphins!

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It's quite pricey at £58,

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so they're browsing on - thank goodness!

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-And there's the cabinet that you were taken with when we first came in.

-Yes.

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-Let's have a look at your little cabinet.

-Just a look!

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The magnetic pull of the silver cabinet is just too much for Janet,

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and their eyes have been caught by a rather fetching solid silver fish slice.

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So Judy's giving them a closer look.

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That is nicely done.

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Good set of clean hallmarks.

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London. You can tell it's Georgian, cos the leopard's got his crown on.

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Really? That's really clever to know that.

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When George III dies, the leopard loses its crown.

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Wow.

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I like that trout - I suppose it looks like a trout, or pike.

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But it's £225.

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At auction, you'd probably want that at 100, 150.

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The owner of the fish slice is just next door,

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so Peter's been dispatched with a home-baked bribe

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to see if he'll take £150.

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Yes, he will take 150 for it.

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-We can't say no, now.

-Can't say fairer than that, no.

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I think your instinct there was right.

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-Shall we say yes to that? Do you like it?

-I do like it, yes. I do.

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Buoyed up by bagging another treasure,

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there's no stopping them now! Janet had a brainwave.

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-Fish and fish slice.

-Come on, it's done. We have to buy.

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The child with the feet on fish has a ticket price of £58

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and it belongs to Judy, so it's time for Janet to earn her Blue Peter badge for haggling.

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Stand by!

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-I'll leave it with you!

-You see, the thing is, Judy...

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Good start!

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-I love this.

-Me, too!

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I love the necessary pointlessness

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of somebody going to the trouble of putting tiny flowers on the scarf.

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-To fire something like that...

-It's actually beautifully made.

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-It is beautifully made.

-And it's hand-painted.

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-Very, very pretty.

-It is very pretty.

-Beautifully modelled.

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-Is it 30 quid of pretty, do you think?

-Ooh, that's pushing it a bit.

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-Look at that detail.

-I wouldn't do it for 30.

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-35, surely?

-40.

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Bottom line.

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She's got her fierce face on! Look at you!

0:23:290:23:32

I feel like I've been naughty!

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Really? 38?

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Yes, OK.

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Good work, both of you. I'm impressed!

0:23:390:23:42

Janet expertly executes the haggle.

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£38 for the child with feet on fish,

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so along with a £150 fish slice,

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they've netted themselves a double deal.

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A great first day on the quest for quirk,

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with both teams banking some loot.

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Bedtime, now. Nighty-night!

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Another day breaks out,

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and our antique aficionados are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and catching up on the trip thus far.

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-Did you get on well with Will?

-I learned a lot.

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It's fascinating watching someone like Will

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just go straight to something,

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and tell me all about it, tell me if it's repro, or if it's been repaired.

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-I bet Phil's the same.

-Phil's definitely got a good eye

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for walking in and being like, "It's all rubbish except for that and that."

0:24:280:24:32

-What about Janet?

-You know I sort of...

-That was a bit high! "You know I..."

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She likes quirky things.

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Things that speak to her.

0:24:390:24:42

-That she gets a reaction to.

-Yeah.

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It's a silly thing, but some objects do give off a sort of vibration

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about whether or not they've had a happy life.

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-Don't they? And I'm not at all...

-That's a bit heavy!

0:24:510:24:54

Sort of. Except that I do think that there's a way you connect to something to do with...

0:24:540:24:59

-Aghh! Sorry! It's all right. There's a little wasp in the car!

-Oh, yes!

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Ah. A little wasp in the car.

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Could be a bee. Yesterday, Janet connected with this breathtaking porcelain,

0:25:060:25:10

a shiny silver centrepiece and a fish slice

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which vibed £288 out of their pocket.

0:25:130:25:17

They've £112 to play with today.

0:25:170:25:20

She's got her fierce face on. Look at you!

0:25:200:25:22

Sophie and Phil bought two 1960s Ercol chairs for five pounds,

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£35 in total after Steve the upholsterer gets his hands on their bottoms, so to speak.

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They really need to get a shop on today with their £365.

0:25:340:25:39

-Thank you so much.

-Thank you. You're welcome.

-Now go and have a bath!

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She really is a star. A lovely, lovely girl.

0:25:450:25:47

And she knows exactly what she wants.

0:25:470:25:50

-Oh, really?

-"I like that. We'll have that."

0:25:500:25:52

What's your tactic? Blow the lot? Or save something?

0:25:520:25:55

I follow Sophie, mate. She's the boss. What she says, goes.

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Ooh! He's a big fan, then.

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I said to Will, "Listen, this is win/win.

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"If I get more money than Sophie, then that's fine.

0:26:040:26:08

"And if you get more money than me, I've taught you well!"

0:26:080:26:11

I hope we both make a profit and I hope I make slightly more profit.

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Hang on!

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The fortune finders are rolling on to Battlesbridge in Essex,

0:26:210:26:25

in pursuit of more plunder.

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Morning! Blimey, you're up early!

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They're keen, Philip, very keen.

0:26:310:26:33

We thought how about us against you?

0:26:330:26:36

-Yeah, maybe...

-No, cos we'd lose and that would be horribly embarrassing!

0:26:360:26:39

-Let's spend some money?

-Shall we have a look round?

-Yes.

0:26:390:26:41

-Thank you very much.

-Good luck!

-Have a good day!

-Good luck, but in a less luck than us sort of way!

0:26:410:26:46

Time to split up this family feud and get shopping.

0:26:460:26:50

Philip and Sophie have lots to buy,

0:26:500:26:53

so what delights do they desire today?

0:26:530:26:55

Do you like garden things?

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Yeah, but kind of slightly off the beaten track kind of things.

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-We've got some weird stuff in our garden.

-What like?

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You know those children's rides, where you put 20p in them?

0:27:020:27:06

-We've got one of those.

-Cool.

-And a big toadstool from one of The Feelings videos.

0:27:060:27:10

Weird stuff. We like that kind of thing.

0:27:100:27:12

Do you want something gardeny, funky, crazy, crackers?

0:27:120:27:15

Just let's go and have a look.

0:27:150:27:17

# On white horses let me ride away #

0:27:200:27:24

I like the little rocking horse. Quite cute, isn't it?

0:27:240:27:26

-I quite like it. That's My Little Pony, isn't it?

-OK.

0:27:260:27:29

It's, what, 1960s, possibly a bit later.

0:27:290:27:32

-I'd say '60s.

-It's moulded plastic.

-Moulded plastic.

0:27:320:27:35

Tubular steel base. But the good thing about moulded plastic is it isn't rotted.

0:27:350:27:40

And there's no sharp edges for little peeps.

0:27:400:27:42

-What's it going to make?

-Not very much. But these things are quite covetable.

0:27:420:27:45

There's no price on old Dobbin,

0:27:470:27:48

but owner George has arrived on the scene and Sophie's got the bit between her teeth!

0:27:480:27:53

We like your horsey.

0:27:530:27:55

-We did have £40 on it, but it's only about £30.

-"About"?

-Yeah.

0:27:550:27:59

Can I ask you, I know that's a big ask cos I know you said 30,

0:27:590:28:02

but how would you feel about 20?

0:28:020:28:04

-Shouldn't really, should I?

-No, you shouldn't!

0:28:040:28:06

-OK.

-Yeah? OK, cool.

0:28:060:28:09

That's a good deal. That's a good deal.

0:28:090:28:11

So a cool £20 for old Sea Biscuit, and they're trotting off!

0:28:110:28:15

In no time at all, Phil's spotted something else he thinks could propel them to victory.

0:28:200:28:24

Look out!

0:28:240:28:26

-What do you think?

-I like that, actually.

0:28:260:28:27

-It's a wooden propeller. They have different sections of wood.

-Right.

0:28:270:28:31

-And they're all laminated together.

-Mm-hm.

0:28:310:28:33

They've got a slightly different curve.

0:28:330:28:36

The early ones would be off a First World War Sopwith Camel, or something like that.

0:28:360:28:41

But they've become boys' toys

0:28:410:28:43

because people put clocks or barometers in them.

0:28:430:28:46

They put them on the walls. It's just a decorative item.

0:28:460:28:48

The propeller is priced at £245.

0:28:480:28:51

So Phil and Sophie need to cut a good deal.

0:28:510:28:54

Owner Jim is standing by. But is he ready to take off...

0:28:540:28:59

some cash from that rather large price tag?

0:28:590:29:02

-What could you do?

-Uh, 120.

0:29:020:29:05

-I would feel more confident about it if it was...

-100.

-..100.

0:29:050:29:09

She's a good girl, isn't she? She is good!

0:29:090:29:11

Shall we have a look round and think about the propeller,

0:29:110:29:14

and if you could think about 100 quid, that would be wizard.

0:29:140:29:16

It would be what?! It's all gone a bit Harry Potter over here!

0:29:160:29:20

What magic is happening elsewhere on site?

0:29:200:29:23

Janet's drawn to something that reminds her of the good old days.

0:29:230:29:27

I love that sign!

0:29:270:29:29

Blue Peter? Sailor?

0:29:290:29:32

-I think it might be a pub sign.

-Oh!

0:29:320:29:34

Yeah, the True Blue at Wick.

0:29:340:29:36

True Blue at Wick. I would give it house room

0:29:360:29:38

and I think other people would respond in the same way.

0:29:380:29:41

How old do you think it is?

0:29:410:29:43

I think 20th century, but early.

0:29:430:29:45

-Hang on, hang on.

-How much is it?

-220.

0:29:450:29:47

How much have we got left?

0:29:470:29:49

One hundred and not 220!

0:29:490:29:52

-112.

-Gosh.

0:29:520:29:54

With only £112 left,

0:29:540:29:55

they need to get the dealer David on board.

0:29:550:29:58

-Morning!

-Morning! Hello.

-How are you, sir?

0:29:580:30:00

-Hello, Will. Not bad.

-Hello.

-Hello, Janet.

0:30:000:30:02

-Partner in crime.

-Instantly recognisable. Massive Blue Peter fan.

-Really?

0:30:020:30:06

Promising!

0:30:060:30:08

I'll tell you what caught our eye was the sign you've got outside.

0:30:080:30:11

-The pub sign, yeah.

-But you've got 220 on the ticket.

-Yeah.

0:30:110:30:14

I've got 112 in my pocket. That is everything that we've got.

0:30:140:30:18

I have had it a while.

0:30:180:30:20

So I would let it go.

0:30:200:30:21

For 100 quid?

0:30:210:30:23

And then that leaves us £12 to try and buy our fifth object.

0:30:230:30:28

-I can do that.

-Can you?

-Really?

0:30:290:30:31

-Do you like that?

-Yes.

-Shall we go for it?

-What's wrong with it?

0:30:310:30:35

That is a deal.

0:30:350:30:37

David's given them a knock-out price for the sign,

0:30:370:30:40

so they've got £12 left to spend, and they're determined to do so.

0:30:400:30:44

What are those? Honey pot bookstands.

0:30:450:30:47

-Would that be a sort of...

-That would be a nice riposte.

-..a poke in the eye for the other two

0:30:470:30:52

after their bee visit!

0:30:520:30:54

More like a sting in the tail!

0:30:540:30:55

Let's have a good look at them. They're solid oak.

0:30:550:30:58

-I like these a lot. Do you?

-Yeah.

0:30:580:31:00

Go and work your magic.

0:31:000:31:03

They're taken with the honey pot bookends which are priced at £20.

0:31:030:31:07

Janet's making a beeline for David to see if he can sweeten the deal.

0:31:070:31:12

The other team, who obviously we're in deep mortal combat with,

0:31:120:31:16

were looking at bees and beehives yesterday.

0:31:160:31:19

We thought it would be nice to do a little riposte in wooden bookstand form for £12.

0:31:190:31:25

-There's your ticket.

-That's what we thought.

0:31:250:31:28

That's not an outrageous discount, is it?

0:31:280:31:30

I think we can do that.

0:31:300:31:31

I'm going to come and live with you!

0:31:310:31:33

I think he might take you up on that!

0:31:330:31:36

-Brilliant!

-So that's the sign and the bookends, 112 quid. Deal!

0:31:360:31:40

-Good work.

-Thank you very much!

-How's that?

0:31:400:31:43

Cor, Janet and Will have spent out. Their treasure trove is full.

0:31:430:31:47

So they've got the rest of the day to kick back and relax.

0:31:470:31:51

-Quite exhilarating, our position, isn't it?

-I think so.

0:31:520:31:55

The pressure's off. Oh, look who's coming! Look who's coming this way.

0:31:550:32:00

-How are you getting on?

-How are you feeling?

0:32:020:32:04

-We're good.

-We're spent up.

-Really?

-Well done.

0:32:040:32:07

Philip's bought a barrow of bricks!

0:32:070:32:09

-We've bought two cool things so far.

-Two things I like.

0:32:090:32:12

Well, we'll leave you to it.

0:32:120:32:14

We're off to the sweet smell of victory!

0:32:140:32:17

-Buckle up!

-Right.

-We're off!

-Ready.

0:32:200:32:23

While Janet and Will are off gallivanting round the countryside,

0:32:230:32:28

this duo still have £345 to spend on trinkets.

0:32:280:32:32

-It would be quite fun to get something that's a talking point, a bit interesting.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:32:320:32:37

-I saw a cart earlier on over there.

-Really?

0:32:370:32:40

-Thing is, it's only got one wheel!

-Sounds wonderful(!)

-One-wheel carts are in this year.

0:32:400:32:45

Says who, Phil?

0:32:450:32:47

One-wheeled carts? Bottomless chairs? Whatever next?

0:32:470:32:50

But isn't that? That's a fab cart.

0:32:500:32:53

I would say I don't mind too much about the cart, but I like the wheel.

0:32:530:32:58

-Yeah?

-I think the wheel's lovely.

0:32:580:33:00

We either just bid him for the wheel or we try and get all of it

0:33:000:33:03

and let people make their own mind up.

0:33:030:33:05

I know what I would do.

0:33:050:33:06

-You'd take all of it?

-I'd take all of it.

0:33:060:33:08

What's the demand like for one-wheeled trailers round here?

0:33:080:33:12

Fantastic!

0:33:120:33:13

The shafts are in good condition.

0:33:130:33:15

People use them as flower beds, all sorts of things.

0:33:150:33:18

As a flower bed? That's a nice idea.

0:33:180:33:21

This, Jim, would date to where? Probably about 1860?

0:33:210:33:23

-Victorian times. 1860, 1880.

-And it's English.

0:33:230:33:26

What was the original ticket price on it?

0:33:260:33:28

-The original price was about 450, something like that.

-Wow.

0:33:280:33:32

I think the way it is, it's 50 quid's-worth, Jim.

0:33:320:33:34

-100 quid's-worth.

-50 quid's-worth.

0:33:340:33:37

Sophie and Philip can see the potential in the cart

0:33:370:33:39

as a shi shi garden ornament.

0:33:390:33:41

So they've got a price in mind for it and the propeller,

0:33:410:33:44

which Jim is asking £120 for.

0:33:440:33:47

What about if we bought this and the propeller?

0:33:470:33:49

150 quid the two.

0:33:490:33:51

I'll have to phone a friend! I'll check on what I paid for them.

0:33:510:33:55

Sophie and Philip retire to a cafe and drink tea

0:33:550:33:58

while Jim phones a friend.

0:33:580:34:00

Will it be a deal or no deal?

0:34:000:34:01

No, that's a different show, isn't it?

0:34:010:34:03

So, what's the verdict, then?

0:34:030:34:05

Have you found out anything about the propeller?

0:34:050:34:07

-Yes. The aircraft was built pre-1940.

-Wow.

0:34:070:34:12

The hub has eight holes. Later propellers had six.

0:34:120:34:15

Of course. The post-1940 ones are the valuable ones, aren't they, Sophie?

0:34:150:34:19

-Yes, exactly!

-Those are the mega-valuable ones.

0:34:190:34:21

-So...

-No chance!

0:34:210:34:23

I think we'd like to buy the two off you.

0:34:230:34:26

-If you buy the two, I've already said 120, which is...

-120 the two. Thanks, Jim!

0:34:260:34:31

-No, no, no.

-No way!

-If you say 170 the two, it's a deal.

0:34:310:34:34

-Yes. I trust you, Jim. I think you're being...

-More than generous.

0:34:340:34:37

-Very generous.

-Yeah.

-That's cash now.

0:34:370:34:40

That's cash now. And we'd like them delivered to Arbroath!

0:34:400:34:43

Don't push it too far, Philip!

0:34:430:34:46

# One wheel on my wagon

0:34:460:34:48

# And I'm still rollin' along... #

0:34:490:34:51

The old cart and propeller cost them a tidy £170.

0:34:510:34:56

And the hobby horse, a mere 20.

0:34:560:34:58

So their boot is almost full of loot.

0:34:580:35:01

The two-some are day tripping around 30 miles south

0:35:050:35:09

over the Thames into Kent

0:35:090:35:11

to Gravesend.

0:35:110:35:13

It's a glorious day, so what better to do than take a walk around a grave yard!

0:35:130:35:19

Might seem strange to some,

0:35:210:35:22

but it's one of Janet's passions, don't you know?

0:35:220:35:25

Janet loves how gravestones tell a story of the person buried there

0:35:310:35:35

and their families.

0:35:350:35:38

Gravesend cemetery in Kent dates back to 1839

0:35:380:35:41

and has many such stories.

0:35:410:35:43

But people used to come here to be entertained, not interred!

0:35:430:35:47

And Verna Rowe tells the unusual tale.

0:35:470:35:50

We've brought the weather with us. How nice to meet you.

0:35:500:35:54

-Thank you for the weather. Welcome to Gravesend and Milton Cemetery.

-Thank you.

0:35:540:35:58

Gravesend cemetery began life as a tea garden called Victoria Gardens,

0:35:590:36:04

named after Princess Victoria in 1834.

0:36:040:36:07

John Robert Hall, who owned the land, made every effort to make it into a lovely place.

0:36:090:36:15

He planted these trees, he provided people with a bowling green

0:36:150:36:19

and had this hall here built as an assembly hall

0:36:190:36:23

so that people could have concerts there and dances.

0:36:230:36:28

-It was a business venture for him, was it?

-Yes.

-Oh, I see.

0:36:280:36:30

Unfortunately, as the concert hall was three-quarters of a mile outside Gravesend town centre,

0:36:300:36:37

and as people weren't prepared to travel, the business died.

0:36:370:36:40

John Robert Hall thought, "If it's too far from town to be a tea room,

0:36:400:36:45

"perhaps it will be successful as a cemetery."

0:36:450:36:48

-So they formed the Gravesend & Milton Cemetery Company.

-I see.

0:36:480:36:51

-He sounds like a proper Victorian entrepreneur!

-"What are we always going to need?"

0:36:510:36:55

"If one thing doesn't work, I'll try something else!"

0:36:550:36:57

-Well, people always die. That's just a fact!

-Yes!

0:36:570:37:01

The graveyard business was booming at that time,

0:37:020:37:05

so they immediately employed the architect Stephen Geary,

0:37:050:37:08

who'd recently designed Highgate Cemetery,

0:37:080:37:11

to redesign the tea garden into a graveyard

0:37:110:37:14

and build underground burial chambers called catacombs.

0:37:140:37:17

Stephen Geary was very passionate about catacombs.

0:37:170:37:21

So he persuaded them to build catacombs here.

0:37:210:37:25

-To hold..?

-There's room in there for 500 people.

-500?!

-Yeah.

0:37:250:37:28

-But the English didn't want to go into catacombs!

-"What's all that about?"

0:37:280:37:33

Because you're hidden away there. Whereas in the cemetery,

0:37:330:37:37

people can look and say, "Look at that marvellous monument there!

0:37:370:37:40

"Who was that important person?"

0:37:400:37:43

-What happened to them, then?

-Well, 13 people chose to be buried there,

0:37:430:37:47

but they were closed relatively early and haven't been used since.

0:37:470:37:51

So, despite all that design effort, or perhaps because of it,

0:37:510:37:56

ten years later, the graveyard went bust.

0:37:560:37:59

Catacombs were unfashionable and expensive, as were grave plots.

0:37:590:38:03

What happened to Mr Hall, then? Is he here?

0:38:030:38:05

No.

0:38:050:38:07

-Because he wasn't a local man.

-He wasn't even buried in his own cemetery?

0:38:070:38:11

-That is...

-You'd think there'd be some perk to the job!

0:38:110:38:14

Although John Robert Hall isn't buried here,

0:38:160:38:19

there are a few people of note, included Major Herbert Garland,

0:38:190:38:23

a long-forgotten hero of the First World War.

0:38:230:38:26

-This looks more recent than the ones surrounding it.

-As you can see...

0:38:260:38:31

"Lost but found." What does that mean?

0:38:310:38:33

-Well, a descendant of the man buried here...

-Major Garland.

0:38:330:38:37

..was tracing her ancestor, Major Herbert Garland.

0:38:370:38:40

-Not very old.

-When she finally found it, she found it had no headstone.

0:38:400:38:45

So she decided to give him a gravestone.

0:38:450:38:48

Now, he went out and worked with the Egyptian army

0:38:500:38:54

during the First World War,

0:38:540:38:55

trying to blow up the trains of the Turks, who were the enemy in the First World War.

0:38:550:39:01

-And he got together with someone you might have heard of, Lawrence of Arabia.

-Really?

0:39:010:39:08

And he was the one who taught Lawrence how to make these bombs

0:39:080:39:12

to blow up the trains.

0:39:120:39:15

Major Garland's role in the campaign that allowed the British to bring down the Ottoman Empire was crucial.

0:39:150:39:21

But his part was overshadowed by his famous brother-in-arms.

0:39:210:39:25

He died forgotten and almost penniless in Gravesend, aged 42.

0:39:250:39:31

I think "Lost but found" is particularly apt, isn't it?

0:39:310:39:34

Although the original cemetery company was declared bankrupt,

0:39:340:39:38

the graveyard continued in private ownership

0:39:380:39:40

and after many extensions,

0:39:400:39:42

people are still being buried here today.

0:39:420:39:45

I feel so privileged, sometimes,

0:39:450:39:48

to be standing in front of these, reading people's stories.

0:39:480:39:50

And I hope they kind of know!

0:39:500:39:52

I was here and I enjoyed it. Thank you very much!

0:39:520:39:56

When you were teensy-weensy...

0:40:000:40:03

-Yes.

-..who inspired you to sing? Who did you look up to?

0:40:030:40:06

Initially, probably Julie Andrews.

0:40:060:40:09

-I used to watch Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

-Yeah.

0:40:090:40:12

It's funny, you talking about Mary Poppins. It's something that makes me smile,

0:40:120:40:15

is David Tomlinson, Let's Go Fly a Kite.

0:40:150:40:18

Actually, we sang that at my wedding! The congregation sang it.

0:40:180:40:22

-It's on my phone!

-Really?

-Yeah. I love it, absolutely love that song.

0:40:220:40:25

-And Madonna.

-I loved Madonna when I was little.

0:40:250:40:28

Your career was fairly stratospheric, wasn't it?

0:40:280:40:31

There was an exciting bit where my first band got a record deal before I left school.

0:40:310:40:37

When you're first starting out,

0:40:370:40:39

everybody encourages you to think that whatever you get offered to do, the right answer is yes.

0:40:390:40:43

But actually I'm a big believer in saying "No" sometimes, too.

0:40:430:40:47

-That's true of your shopping as well, isn't it?

-Yes!

0:40:470:40:50

Exactly.

0:40:500:40:51

Our deal-doers are touring around 11 miles south-east

0:40:510:40:55

to a suburb of Southend-on-Sea

0:40:550:40:57

called Westcliff-on-Sea.

0:40:570:40:59

Do you think we'll look conspicuous with our horse sticking out the top?

0:41:020:41:06

I think we can just cruise into town, under the radar,

0:41:060:41:08

no-one will even know we're there!

0:41:080:41:10

Last stop for curiosities is Sally's.

0:41:110:41:14

Let's hope she's not out of them,

0:41:140:41:15

as it says on the sign,

0:41:150:41:17

as these guys still have £175 to spend.

0:41:170:41:21

-I'm excited. Let's go.

-Let you loose, let you loose!

0:41:210:41:23

# Boo-boo-bi-doo! #

0:41:250:41:26

This place is cool. Nice to meet you.

0:41:260:41:28

I think that's quite funny!

0:41:280:41:30

-This is Sophie in heaven, isn't it?

-Yeah, I think it might be.

0:41:300:41:34

-Come back in an hour!

-We'll have a real good look round.

0:41:340:41:37

Sophie owns lots of vintage and retro items

0:41:370:41:40

from furniture to frocks.

0:41:400:41:42

I'm having my own Marilyn moment here!

0:41:420:41:44

Lovely! Time to get shopping!

0:41:440:41:47

Sally's is full of weird and wonderful objects,

0:41:480:41:50

and outside, there's something that might have them blowing their big tops!

0:41:500:41:54

We call it the elephant's foot.

0:41:540:41:56

Here.

0:41:560:41:57

Oh, yeah. That's really cool.

0:41:570:42:00

Did you see that? From the circus.

0:42:000:42:02

-That's 20.

-Isn't that cool?

0:42:020:42:05

-Yeah, I quite like that.

-Yeah?

0:42:050:42:07

It's a brand-new, effectively wooden drum, isn't it?

0:42:070:42:09

It's brilliant. And it came from a circus.

0:42:090:42:11

I gather it came from the circus.

0:42:110:42:13

I feel like trumpeting at the moment!

0:42:130:42:15

Ha. Not a good choice of words, Phil!

0:42:150:42:17

-I quite like that.

-I think that's great.

-Shall we have a look round?

0:42:170:42:21

-OK.

-See if anything else grabs us.

-Yep.

0:42:210:42:23

The elephant foot stool is on the back burner

0:42:230:42:26

while they have a thorough rummage,

0:42:260:42:27

giving Sophie the perfect opportunity to check out some vintage nick-nacks.

0:42:270:42:33

Paddy-wacks.

0:42:340:42:36

-It's only a pound.

-What is that?

0:42:360:42:38

A bra.

0:42:380:42:39

Seriously?

0:42:390:42:41

-No, but is it...

-I feel a bit sad if you don't know what that is!

0:42:410:42:45

-Aw! Poor Phil!

-I can get that much!

0:42:470:42:49

Go and take your feet out of your mouth, Phil!

0:42:490:42:51

A-hem. I've gone red, now!

0:42:510:42:54

Why does that elephant's foot thingy still appeal to you?

0:42:550:42:59

Cos it's quirky and it evokes happy memories of going to the circus

0:42:590:43:01

and it's something you can't buy off the peg or find somewhere else.

0:43:010:43:04

I'll be truthful, 35 years I've been doing this now,

0:43:040:43:08

-and I don't think I've ever seen an elephant's stool!

-There you go!

0:43:080:43:11

Suspiciously free of elephant prints, too!

0:43:110:43:15

Now's your moment. Let's be part of it.

0:43:150:43:18

She's sold on the circus curio and what Sophie wants, Sophie gets, as we know!

0:43:180:43:23

Elephant foot. Is that what you call it? That's what he puts his foot on?

0:43:230:43:26

If there's an elephant in the auction room, we're sorted.

0:43:260:43:29

-I know.

-There's always an elephant in the room!

0:43:290:43:31

And right now, it's the price.

0:43:310:43:33

Phil suggested £10.

0:43:350:43:37

-Oh, come on, 15!

-That's it. You're on my side.

0:43:370:43:40

-Well...

-12 quid. How's that?

0:43:400:43:42

-OK. 12.

-I'll go and pay for it quickly. You keep her talking!

0:43:420:43:44

-Thanks very much.

-Amazing discount. Thank you.

0:43:440:43:46

£12 bags them the circus equipment

0:43:460:43:49

and they're all stocked up and ready for auction.

0:43:490:43:51

So pack up your trunk of treasure and be off!

0:43:510:43:54

The forage for fortunes is at an end.

0:43:570:44:00

Time for the teams to unwrap their goodies.

0:44:000:44:03

-Let's see what you've got.

-Let's have a look. Give us your best.

0:44:030:44:06

Oh, cuddles.

0:44:080:44:09

Look at his face!

0:44:090:44:11

I'm guessing that you chose that, Mum, not you, Will?

0:44:110:44:14

Well spotted!

0:44:140:44:15

-How much was your thing, Mum?

-38, was it?

0:44:150:44:18

I can see somebody making that a cool lamp, actually.

0:44:180:44:20

It's a beautiful thing as it is, Phil. Look at that!

0:44:200:44:23

Look at the dolphins!

0:44:230:44:25

They're not dolphins!

0:44:250:44:27

-What do you think to that?

-I like that.

0:44:270:44:29

-Could you see cupcakes...

-I don't know what it is, but I like it.

0:44:290:44:32

-On the table with peonies on it.

-How much was it?

0:44:320:44:34

100 quid. WHISTLES

0:44:340:44:36

- And your beehives? - The beehive bookends were Janet...

0:44:360:44:39

- Dogwood, aren't they? - Oak!

0:44:390:44:41

Dogwood. You can tell by the bark!

0:44:410:44:43

He's here all week, folks(!)

0:44:430:44:45

-Wait there.

-Da-da-da!

0:44:450:44:47

Oh, I love that!

0:44:480:44:50

-That is wicked.

-That's my favourite.

-That's fantastic.

0:44:500:44:53

WILL: Quirky, folky, decorative...

0:44:530:44:55

-PHIL: That's really lovely.

-I might bid on that!

0:44:550:44:57

- No, no, no! You can't do that! - Feel free to!

0:44:570:45:01

- How much did that cost? - It cost us 100 quid.

0:45:010:45:03

-Well done.

-It'll go for 50.

0:45:030:45:05

50?! Let me put this down.

0:45:050:45:08

-Ready for this?

-Yes, we are.

-Ready for our weird and wonderful.

0:45:090:45:12

I can't wait!

0:45:120:45:14

What time does the show start?

0:45:140:45:16

There's more!

0:45:160:45:18

-They're lovely.

-Do you like them?

0:45:180:45:20

This is an elephant's foot.

0:45:200:45:23

This is what the elephant would put his feet on in the circus. It's been used in a circus.

0:45:230:45:27

Ordinarily, I'd say put a piece of glass in there and turn it into a lamp,

0:45:270:45:30

but now, somebody will take that home and get their pet elephant to put its foot on it.

0:45:300:45:35

I'm sure there'll be plenty of Maharajahs at the sale(!)

0:45:350:45:39

This one I saw and thought, "I like you."

0:45:390:45:42

-I love the colours.

-Is it a he or a she?

0:45:420:45:44

I thought it was a boy, but he's called it Sophie.

0:45:440:45:47

-The chairs...

-The chairs are great.

0:45:470:45:49

-We managed to get the chairs themselves for five pounds.

-Wow!

-For both?!

-Both.

-A giveaway!

0:45:490:45:55

Don't forget £30 for the webbing

0:45:550:45:57

and Steve's thrown in some cushions.

0:45:570:45:59

-Come on, then, where's your last lot?

-It's your phone?!

0:45:590:46:03

It's a wagon with one wheel.

0:46:050:46:06

-You bought that?

-Victorian, late 1800s.

-But only one wheel?

0:46:060:46:09

-You could take off the wheel and put nice cushions in it.

-I've trained her well!

0:46:090:46:13

You've been hanging out with Phil a bit too long!

0:46:130:46:16

I think that would be nice. Or make it into a flower bed.

0:46:160:46:18

-It's 50 quid, so...

-It's OK.

0:46:180:46:20

I think it's time for a drink, isn't it?

0:46:200:46:22

Having clapped eyes on each other's lots,

0:46:240:46:27

how do they fancy their chances now?

0:46:270:46:29

I think my mum has approached this in the same way I have.

0:46:290:46:31

She's bought stuff she likes. The little figurine in the shell...

0:46:310:46:35

-Has that got Janet Ellis written all over it?

-It sure has.

0:46:350:46:38

There's no way Will picked that! "Janet, check this out."

0:46:380:46:41

Those chairs are lovely. I'd give those house room.

0:46:410:46:43

They could easily make ten or 20 quid.

0:46:430:46:46

-I love their sign.

-Their sign is wonderful. I would own that.

0:46:470:46:51

-Who's going to win?

-I don't know. It's not obvious, actually.

0:46:510:46:54

We've bought, like we said, a huge variety of stuff.

0:46:540:46:57

-From a Georgian silver fish slice...

-And I've had fun!

-Have you?

0:46:570:47:00

I'll say all this now, because after the auction, we won't be speaking!

0:47:000:47:03

-"That Will, he knows nothing!"

-"What was the point of a fish slice?"

0:47:030:47:06

To auction, and don't spare the horses!

0:47:060:47:09

They're all heading north around 230 miles

0:47:110:47:14

to an auction in Baildon, West Yorkshire.

0:47:140:47:17

-I'm feeling strangely nervous.

-Cos you're driving this car again?

0:47:200:47:24

The auction I'm not worried about!

0:47:260:47:27

-It's just getting there.

-Got to get up a hill first!

0:47:270:47:30

-This is the first auction I've ever been to.

-Is it?

0:47:300:47:33

That's how I ended up buying a commode.

0:47:330:47:35

Cos I got so over-excited!

0:47:350:47:38

When they're calling your lots, I'll be going, "Boo!"

0:47:380:47:41

-You'll be offering things that I can't, like singing.

-You're a beautiful singer.

0:47:420:47:48

I think I've given most of my badges away to traffic wardens!

0:47:480:47:51

William, this is a gorgeous day!

0:47:540:47:56

Beautiful. Roof down, jacket off.

0:47:560:47:58

Not quite sleeves rolled up, but nearly.

0:47:580:48:01

-Oh, you are.

-I've got demi-roll!

0:48:010:48:03

I'm actually getting a bit twitchy about this now.

0:48:040:48:06

But I can just feel the bottom begin to tighten just a little.

0:48:060:48:10

I thought that was the suspension!

0:48:100:48:12

Halfway Auctions at the Halfway House in Baildon

0:48:160:48:19

is the seat of today's epic antique joust.

0:48:190:48:22

If all goes terribly wrong, they can pop next door and drown their sorrows.

0:48:220:48:27

WILL: Oh dear, oh dear! What is that?

0:48:280:48:30

-Someone's left a pile of wood in the corner!

-Oh, behave!

0:48:300:48:32

What have you done to that car?

0:48:350:48:37

Nice to see you again!

0:48:390:48:41

-How are you?

-I'm well. Lovely to see you.

0:48:420:48:44

Feeling confident?

0:48:440:48:46

-Not really, no.

-Oh, Philip!

0:48:460:48:49

- Come on, let's go in. - It's all going to be good.

0:48:490:48:51

It is going to be good.

0:48:510:48:53

At 22. 22 I have. Got 24, anyone?

0:48:530:48:56

Philip Chester strikes a powerful pose at the helm of today's sale.

0:48:560:49:00

He's got his own thoughts on our teams' lots.

0:49:000:49:03

I enjoy a challenge!

0:49:030:49:05

Sophie and Phil have brought a circus elephant's foot stand.

0:49:050:49:09

Unfortunately, the circus isn't in town today, but we'll do our very best!

0:49:090:49:13

Janet and Will have brought what I believe to be a 19th-century probably German porcelain figure.

0:49:130:49:18

Unfortunately, nowadays, people aren't displaying as they used to.

0:49:180:49:21

Sophie and Phil have brought two rather nice 1950s armchairs.

0:49:210:49:25

They are of Ercol design but there's no markings on them,

0:49:250:49:28

so we can't actually sell them as Ercol.

0:49:280:49:30

Janet and Will have brought a splendid George III fish knife.

0:49:300:49:34

George III still at its very best.

0:49:340:49:36

Sophie and Phil have brought a cart.

0:49:360:49:39

What can I say? It's got a good wheel.

0:49:390:49:41

Janet and Will went all out and spent their whole £400 budget

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to present five lots for auction.

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-I'm going to come and live with you. This is a perfect shopping day.

-The main man.

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# Boo-boo-bi-doo! #

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And Sophie and Phil also amassed five bold lots,

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forking out £237.

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-What is that?

-A bra.

-I've gone red now!

0:50:010:50:05

It's time to take this antiquarian joust into the sale room

0:50:050:50:10

where all profits will go to Children in Need.

0:50:100:50:12

I'm getting twitchy!

0:50:130:50:15

I'm nervous too, now.

0:50:150:50:17

It's up, up and away with the propeller, Sophie and Phil's first lot.

0:50:170:50:22

-It's a lovely thing.

-I love it.

0:50:220:50:25

We might get some people who are looking for one!

0:50:250:50:27

If there was one thing on my wish-list, what would it be?

0:50:270:50:31

I must start this with me

0:50:310:50:33

-at £30. Can I have 32?

-Ow!

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32. 35. 38. 40.

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42. 45. 48.

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On the front at 48.

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50. 50 and five.

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60? On the phone? At £55 I have. 60.

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65. 70. 75 on the phone.

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80. 80 I'm bid. And five?

0:50:510:50:53

80 I've got now. Five? 85.

0:50:530:50:55

-90.

-Come on!

-95.

0:50:550:50:57

100 I've got. £100.

0:50:570:51:01

It just didn't take off the way they'd hoped.

0:51:020:51:04

-There's no justice in this room.

-No.

0:51:040:51:07

Can Janet and Will make a dazzling profit with the shiny centrepiece?

0:51:090:51:12

Start me at £50. This is for nothing.

0:51:120:51:15

-At £50 anywhere?

-Surely...

-It's worth 50 to start me.

0:51:150:51:17

Surely at £50?

0:51:170:51:19

Start me at 20.

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£20 only. 20 I'm bid.

0:51:210:51:22

-22. 25.

-I like "Start me at 100"!

-28.

0:51:220:51:24

30. 32. 35. 38.

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-Keep going.

-40. 42.

0:51:270:51:29

42. 45. 48 I'm bid. Do I have 50?

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At £48... 50.

0:51:310:51:33

And two. 52. And five?

0:51:330:51:36

-Surely!

-52 I'm bid. Do I have five anywhere?

0:51:360:51:38

55. I'm selling it at £55.

0:51:380:51:41

-Somebody's got a bargain.

-So cheap.

-I'm sorry about that.

0:51:410:51:44

We liked it, didn't we. You liked it.

0:51:440:51:47

A disappointing start for both teams.

0:51:470:51:49

Which means there's some catching up to do.

0:51:490:51:52

Things are looking up, Sophie.

0:51:520:51:54

They've lost more than we've lost!

0:51:540:51:57

Things are looking up, cos it's the cart next!

0:51:570:51:59

One-wheeled carts are in vogue,

0:52:010:52:03

according to Mr Serrell! Will the crowd think so?

0:52:030:52:05

We might have put the horse before the cart!

0:52:050:52:07

-His puns are terrible.

-Yeah.

0:52:070:52:10

-It's a restoration piece.

-That it is!

0:52:100:52:13

They're laughing at us!

0:52:130:52:15

We need somebody with time on their hands.

0:52:150:52:17

I can start on commission at £20.

0:52:170:52:19

-It's an outrage!

-Isn't it?

-Come on!

0:52:190:52:22

22. 24. 26 takes me out sir.

0:52:220:52:26

28. 30.

0:52:260:52:28

32.

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-34.

-These people are mad!

0:52:300:52:32

At £34. 36.

0:52:320:52:33

-38.

-I wonder if he'll deliver it?

0:52:330:52:35

Even I don't know why they're bidding on this!

0:52:350:52:37

-42.

-What are they doing? Stop!

0:52:370:52:39

-It's going to wipe its face.

-Is it worth that?

0:52:390:52:41

At £42. It's yours, sir. Well done.

0:52:410:52:44

Someone paid £42 for that?

0:52:440:52:47

With only one wheel, the cart couldn't turn a profit.

0:52:480:52:51

That's another loss for Sophie and Phil.

0:52:510:52:53

Will Janet and Will's George III fish knife win them a slice of profit?

0:52:530:52:59

Don't see many fish-eaters in here. If they were steak knives, I might be in business!

0:53:000:53:04

Start me at £100. This is cheap.

0:53:040:53:07

-Surely!

-100 to start me.

0:53:070:53:08

-50 to get me going.

-Surely!

-50 I'm bid. Five.

-Thank you.

0:53:080:53:11

60 and five.

0:53:110:53:14

70. And five. 80.

0:53:140:53:16

90. Five.

0:53:170:53:19

100.

0:53:190:53:20

105. 105. 110.

0:53:200:53:23

115. New bidder. 115. 120, sir?

0:53:230:53:26

-120 I've got. Five?

-Don't lose it now. Still cheap.

0:53:260:53:29

At 120 I'm selling, then.

0:53:290:53:31

It could have been a lot worse.

0:53:310:53:33

The fish knife couldn't cut it.

0:53:330:53:35

And with losses all round, hopes are high

0:53:350:53:38

for Sophie and Phil's retro hobby horse.

0:53:380:53:40

Nice thing. Is it worth £30 to you?

0:53:400:53:43

£20 anywhere? 20 I've got. 22 now?

0:53:430:53:45

-24.

-I don't want to worry anybody, but that's a profit!

0:53:450:53:48

32. 34. 36.

0:53:480:53:51

At £36, are we finished?

0:53:510:53:53

£36.

0:53:530:53:55

Well done, you.

0:53:550:53:57

Sophie's choice bags them the first profit of the day.

0:53:570:54:00

-Yes.

-Well done, Sophie.

0:54:010:54:03

Surely there's a frenzy of fortune to come for Janet and Will's porcelain?

0:54:040:54:09

-Yes, that was your buy. Completely your buy.

-Yes.

0:54:090:54:12

Lovely piece. Lovely piece. Worth every pound.

0:54:120:54:15

50 anywhere? 40?

0:54:150:54:17

Start me at 20. I'll take 20 to get me going. £20 I'm bid.

0:54:170:54:20

Do I have 22 now? 22. 25.

0:54:200:54:22

28?

0:54:220:54:23

25 I've got. 25. 28 anybody?

0:54:230:54:26

25 I'm bid. At 25 only.

0:54:260:54:28

Oh, that's such a bargain!

0:54:280:54:30

The child with fish on feet was a flop!

0:54:320:54:34

And their losses just keep mounting.

0:54:340:54:36

Sophie and Phil's retro chairs are up next.

0:54:360:54:40

But having no designer name

0:54:400:54:42

may not sit well with the bidders.

0:54:420:54:43

-If they don't make a profit, there's no justice.

-That's true.

0:54:430:54:47

Two lovely armchairs. Can I say £50 for the pair?

0:54:470:54:50

-£50 anyone?

-You can try!

0:54:500:54:52

£20 anywhere? At 20? No interest?

0:54:520:54:54

20 I'm bid. Thank you, sir. Two now?

0:54:540:54:56

20 I've got. Can I say 22?

0:54:560:54:57

£20 I'm bid. 22 anywhere?

0:54:570:54:59

£20 only.

0:54:590:55:01

Don't they know it's got new webbing?

0:55:020:55:04

New webbing, and style.

0:55:040:55:06

Our eclectic lots aren't enticing the bidders today.

0:55:060:55:09

But Sophie and Phil have made one profit and lost the least.

0:55:090:55:14

So are slightly ahead - or is that less behind?

0:55:140:55:16

Janet and Will are yet to make a profit.

0:55:180:55:20

Can they create a buzz with their beehive bookends?

0:55:200:55:23

-Thank you.

-Everybody likes books.

0:55:230:55:25

£20 to start me. £20 the bookends.

0:55:250:55:27

20 I have. Thank you, sir. Do I have 22?

0:55:270:55:29

This is cheap. £20 I've got.

0:55:290:55:31

Do I have 22 now? At £20 I'm bid. 22 now?

0:55:310:55:33

Get heady on that feeling, guys!

0:55:330:55:35

-22?

-Hands up if you can read.

0:55:350:55:37

£20 I'm bid. Selling at £20.

0:55:370:55:39

-We made a profit!

-We made a profit!

0:55:390:55:41

Woo!

0:55:410:55:43

At last, a profit!

0:55:430:55:45

But it may be too little, too late.

0:55:450:55:46

It all rides on the final two lots.

0:55:460:55:49

Janet and Will's retro pub sign takes the stage.

0:55:500:55:54

These are very desirable items.

0:55:540:55:56

We need our sign to make about 500 quid!

0:55:560:55:58

£20 I've got. Do I have 22? At 22.

0:55:590:56:01

25 I've got. Come on, this is for nothing!

0:56:010:56:04

At £25 I'm bid. Do I have 28? £25 I've got.

0:56:040:56:06

28 anywhere? Anyone opening a pub anywhere?

0:56:060:56:09

£25. This is for nothing at £25.

0:56:090:56:11

What a blow! That crashing loss pretty much seals Janet and Will's fate.

0:56:140:56:19

I'm in shock.

0:56:200:56:21

It's the grand finale!

0:56:210:56:24

Roll up! Roll up! See the mighty elephant's foot stool(!)

0:56:240:56:27

Sophie and Phil's final lot.

0:56:270:56:29

I think the old elephant's jobby is going to do very well.

0:56:290:56:33

I do. On the way up here, I passed a number of elephants in the fields.

0:56:330:56:37

Did you see them?

0:56:370:56:39

# Nellie the elephant packed her trunk

0:56:410:56:43

# and trundled off to the jungle. #

0:56:430:56:45

Your neighbours won't have one of these! 20 I'm bid.

0:56:450:56:47

22 behind you. 24. 26. 28.

0:56:470:56:51

Do I have 30 anywhere?

0:56:510:56:53

28. I'm selling it at £28. Are we all finished? 30, new bidder.

0:56:530:56:56

-32?

-Come on!

0:56:560:56:59

One more? 32 I'm bid. 34. Good man.

0:56:590:57:01

36? 36 I'm bid.

0:57:010:57:04

At £36 only.

0:57:040:57:05

-It's yours.

-Well done.

-Well done.

0:57:060:57:08

Well done.

0:57:080:57:10

Sophie picked another winner.

0:57:100:57:11

The elephant's foot stool elevates them to victory

0:57:110:57:14

but with only three lots profiting,

0:57:140:57:17

there's not a lot to shout about.

0:57:170:57:18

-That was bad.

-That was my contract for the next series!

0:57:200:57:23

The teams each had £400.

0:57:250:57:27

Janet and Will cashed in on one item, and after auction costs

0:57:270:57:32

made a loss of £199.10,

0:57:320:57:34

leaving them with only £200.90.

0:57:340:57:38

Sophie and Phil did only slightly better, winning on two items.

0:57:390:57:44

After costs, they made a loss of £45.12,

0:57:440:57:47

leaving them with £354.88.

0:57:470:57:51

How undignified for poor old Dobbin!

0:57:520:57:55

No, I just want to go, "Aghh!"

0:57:560:57:59

That was just the end, wasn't it?

0:57:590:58:02

Was that an auction, or was that an "auction"?

0:58:020:58:04

I thought it was an auction!

0:58:040:58:06

-That was an auction.

-I think the girls should drive the Mustang.

0:58:060:58:09

Seeing you in that is worth it, so yes. More than happy, ladies.

0:58:090:58:13

-I'm driving the dolly.

-This is not au revoir, this is goodbye!

0:58:130:58:16

Bye!

0:58:200:58:22

Pedal faster, Will!

0:58:220:58:25

This is trippy.

0:58:250:58:28

What would your fantasy car be?

0:58:280:58:29

Penelope Pitstop style.

0:58:290:58:31

Oh, yeah.

0:58:310:58:32

Bon voyage!

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It is a family feud for fortunes as TV presenter Janet Ellis and her daughter, pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor, road trip from Essex to Yorkshire with £400 each to spend on antiques that could turn a profit at auction. Joining them on their quest in their classic cars are experts Philip Serrell and Will Axon, and on the way Janet uncovers the story of a long lost soldier, and Sophie pays homage to the humble honey bee.


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