Chefs Rosemary Shrager and Jean-Christophe Novelli take to the road through Yorkshire to see who can buy antiques that will cook up profits at auction.
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'Some of the nation's favourite celebrities.'
Why have I got expensive tastes?
'One antiques expert each.'
La belle epoch?
'And one big challenge -
'who can seek out and buy the best antiques at the very best prices...'
Answers on a postcard.
'..and auction for a big profit further down the road?'
I love it! Ah!
'Who will spot good investments and listen to advice?'
-You like it?
-I think it's horrible.
'And who will be the first to say, "Don't you know who I am?"'
Well done, us!
'Time to put your pedal to the metal.
'This is Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
'On this Road Trip, we're really cooking
'with a couple of culinary maestros who are also close mates.'
Shall we wave? Hello!
'Coo-ee! Jean Christophe Novelli and Rosemary Shrager.'
-It's Rosemary and Raymond!
I must say that I do have a few antiques. I do like antiques.
'Jean Christophe is a French master of the culinary art
'who first came to Britain in the early 1980s.
'Since then, he's opened a string of restaurants,
'winning four consecutive Michelin stars.
'Sacre bleu! If that wasn't enough, he also owns a cookery school
'and brightens up Britain's cooking shows with his handsome physog!'
That's all the work making you look 20 years younger!
They're wasting the budget!
-I'm really looking forward to it.
-It's going to be fabulous.
-I tell you something...
-Watch the road!
-Ooh! The brakes.
'That looks, um, terrifying.'
-You've been to antiques shops?
-Oh, yes. I love antiques shops.
'Rosemary Shrager is a chef who's worked for top restaurateurs and in stately homes,
'run no less than three cookery schools and published books
'which bring her stellar skills to the masses.
'She's also a regular on the gogglebox,
'where she's tutored all and sundry
'and traded baking for bush tucker on I'm A Celebrity.
'Rather you than me, Rosemary.
'Today, our gastronomic guy and gal are driving a red-blooded American classic,
'a 1965 Ford Mustang.'
I wonder who our antique experts are going to be.
-Do you have a clue?
-No, I don't.
'But I do. Hello! Paul Laidlaw and Margie Cooper.'
-Us and two chefs, eh?
"I like this vase." "Do you, chef? Yes, chef. Buy it, chef!"
'Paul Laidlaw's a canny Scott's auctioneer
'who's quite clear that he's happier in a saleroom than a kitchen.'
If you ever see me get two courses within a reasonable time of one another,
you are likely to see a grown man cry, shout or break something.
'Margie Cooper is a dealer and silver specialist,
'who always charms with her ready laugh.'
-I don't envy them their career. I'd rather have ours.
'Quite right, Margie.
'This lover of silver has definitely set her sights on gold in this race.'
It's not much fun coming second.
-It's the lengths you'll go to achieve that.
-Cross the line.
I crossed over to the dark side years ago, of course!
'I've got my eye on you, Paul.
'They're piloting a snow white starlet, a 1960s Morris Minor.
'Today, they'll begin in Gomersal, West Yorkshire,
'tour through the lovely West Riding
'and end up at auction in the fine city of Sheffield.
'Margie and Paul have decided which of the chefs they're going to claim for their respective teams.'
So you're taking Rosemary and I'll have Jean Christophe.
And may the best man win! PAUL LAUGHS
'And the competition is already heating up.'
Get me into the shop, I'll find the right thing. I'll beat you.
A dozen eggs! We could stop and get some eggs.
'There are two good eggs waiting for you in a nearby car park.'
There we are!
'Both teams are aiming for the same first shop,
'each armed with a £400 budget.'
'Rosemary and Paul are motoring off in determined fashion.'
-Have you known Jean Christophe long?
-I've known him for over 20 years.
-Oh, my word!
-I used to work for him. He's absolutely fabulous.
Today, everything goes out of the window because I'm very competitive.
'Meanwhile, though they're headed to the same place,
'Jean Christophe and Margie seem to have driven off into a rain shower.
'That cloud must be following you.'
Look at our wonderful technique.
We're getting more wet doing this than if we'd not bothered!
-That's very clever.
-Oh, hang on!
Are you in?
'What a palaver! But they're back on the road.
'Unsurprisingly, Rosemary and Paul are the first
'to make it to today's inaugural shop, the Old Silk Mill.'
-Ooh, we're here!
-Look who's NOT here.
Ha! No, they're not! They're not here yet!
That is good news.
'They're meeting dealer Simon.'
Hello. I'm Simon. Welcome to the Old Silk Mill.
I'm Paul. Good to see you.
'Time for this brand new team to get browsing.'
-Lovely welcome. What a lovely spot.
-Isn't it nice? Sweet little chair.
-I love the feel of that.
'Soon, Paul's spied something over yonder.'
Two hand lanterns appealing to different markets.
'He's found two lanterns of differing design.
'One made to be mounted on an early motor car,
'and the other a hand lantern issued by the London Midland and Scottish Railway,
'a precursor to British Rail.
'They both date from the early 20th century.'
Value, that's the punchline.
-They're worth £20, £30 each.
But... I'm not getting a good vibe?
-Is that not you? Are these just...?
-That's not. That would be me.
'Ticket price on that lamp is £48,
'but Paul's sending Rosemary off with strict instructions.
'Go for it, girl!'
-Ruthless! I'm thinking a tenner!
'Watch out, Simon! Here comes trouble. Big time.'
What would be your best price?
I'm in a generous mood. 30. You're going to hate me for this.
But please, um...ten?
You can have it for 20, definitely.
Seeing as it's you, Rosemary, 15.
'Put him down. That's a good deal, but Paul's still got his eye on the other lantern.'
Can I push it further? Next to it... Now, Rosemary doesn't like it.
If that's 15, the two could be 25, couldn't they?
That's not as valuable as that.
What about 28 for the pair?
Shall we do 28? OK, let's do 28. As long as I get another cuddle.
You can have another cuddle!
'Another cuddle? Gosh! I think Simon might be a fan of yours, Rosemary.
'After a hesitant start, Rosemary seems to be getting the hang of this haggling lark
'and they've got their first lot in hand for £28.
'Which might shine a light.
'It looks as though Jean Christophe and Margie have finally caught up.'
-Look at that!
-I don't know you.
I'm Simon. Pleased to meet you. Are you OK?
'What might Jean Christophe's strategy be?'
You know, like going to a food shop, obviously, you can't smell, you can't taste.
'You can taste the antiques, if you want, Jean Christophe.
'I don't know if I'd recommend it.
'Mm, aroma of hat!'
Would you let me this desk for 400 quid?
-How much is the piano?
-LAUGHING: How much is a piano?
He's so excited. We've only got £400 and we're trying to make a profit.
I've lost control.
Look! I've lost control! Complete control!
LAUGHS He's having a good time.
It's not his field and it's an exciting field.
'Jean Christophe soon sniffed out something he's really keen on.'
-How about that horse?
-You've got to think, where I come from...
-..something like this.
-That is awful.
-I don't think so.
That is the worst horse in Christendom.
I know it's not perfect.
MUSIC: Theme to "Rawhide"
'It's a 20th-century carousel horse missing one ear
'that's been liberated from a fairground and fitted on runners.
'There's no ticket price. To put it mildly, Margie is not keen.'
It's in terrible condition. It doesn't rock.
-It's got no age to it at all.
-But the thing is...
I've never seen anything as horrible in my life.
That's what people like! If it's too beautiful, people hate it.
'You've found that, have you, Jean Christophe?
'Under sufferance, Margie will fetch Simon.'
Simon, follow me. That horrible horse.
-It's not horrible.
-It is horrible.
-It's something attractive.
I bet it's expensive.
The horse is 200. BOTH GASP
You see? I told you it's worth something.
-MARGIE: Move on.
-Why don't we say 40 quid?
'Steady on, Jean Christophe.'
75. Oh, that's...
-My only concern is the missing ear.
-MARGIE: It is a slight problem.
Shall we call it Vincent Van Gogh? LAUGHS
SIMON: How about I meet you halfway? Say, 55, and you've got a bargain.
40. If you accept 40, I'll go for it
and it's out of your showroom.
-You've got a deal, Jean Christophe.
-You're a good man, because I really believe in it!
'So, Jean Christophe negotiates an excellent deal on his beloved horse.
'Despite her professional reservations, Margie will indulge him on this one.
'What a nice thing.
'Rosemary and Paul are still downstairs
'and they've spotted something of their own.'
-Look! "Lusty's Maidsaver!"
-Oh, I love it!
-That's a gem.
-I LOVE it!
'It's a mid 20th-century kitchen branded as the Maidsaver!'
-It's bang on trend.
-I wonder how much this is.
'Ticket price is a hefty £225,
'so they have to agree a deal with Simon - the deal of the century.'
Simon? Can I ask you a question?
'Now Rosemary's got him where she wants him, she's going to try for another reduction.
'Stand by. Poor boy.'
I'm afraid that's far too cheap. 55.
'You're a quick learner. You've really taken to bargaining. You've terrified him.'
I think if we stretched to 125, you're getting a bargain.
No, no, no. We can't.
I've got a price at the top we can only do, seriously.
I can only do it. OK...70.
We have got it up at 225, which is a reasonable price.
Minimum we could go to, that would be 90.
'Simon's giving you a run for your money.'
I think 85, you've got an absolute bargain.
A real, real bargain at 85. 82 and I'll call it a deal.
ROSEMARY LAUGHS HEARTILY
Have you any idea how glad I am that Rosemary is on MY side?
She's a tough cookie!
'She certainly is. Now Rosemary's trying to get Simon to include a few small kitchen items in the deal
'to dress the cabinet - which is really finger-licking cunning.'
Can you throw in just a few little bits?
SIMON: I'm sure we can, yes.
You're such a good egg! Thank you SO much!
-You are a whirlwind.
-I love it! Shall we go upstairs?
'Ha ha ha. Thought you'd never ask.
'Paul's clocked something.'
That is a mid 20th-century office regulator.
That is the timepiece from which other clocks could be set.
-Look at that technology!
-What is that?
-This is an electric regulator.
-It looks electric.
'It dates from the 1940s and it's marked up at £85.'
-I like the face.
-It's got a great face.
-It's really lovely.
'Of course, they'll be looking for a substantial discount from Simon,
'who'll be lucky if he still has his hat by lunch time.
Do you recall, upstairs, you've got a...albeit shabby office wall clock?
It's not going to be 20 quid, is it?
-£40. £40 will...
The absolute death would be 35. You've got an absolute bargain.
-30 and I'll shake your hand.
You've got an absolute bargain. Yes. I mean...
All right. Go on.
Cheers. I'd better get more money out.
'You better had, Paul.
'Simon's given you generous deals, but he's also made lots of sales.
'The other two are still browsing
'and it doesn't look as if Margie's having any more luck
'containing the Mercurial Jean Christophe.'
La belle epoch?
Anything Napoleon or Louis XV or...?
Unfortunately, no, I don't think so.
-Let's be serious now and give a little bit of concentration.
'Margie's steering him towards something befitting of his profession. Stop mincing about.'
I used to make mince with that.
-Yeah. Many, many years ago.
-I bet. When you were a lad.
'It's an old tool for mincing meat. There's no ticket price on it.'
It falls into a group of antiques called kitchenalia.
It doesn't go for a lot of money.
Mind you, if at the auction people connect you with something culinary, it probably would.
SIMON: The mincer I could do for £5.
'This could be the start of their job lot of kitchen-centric items.
'I'm starting to sense a theme developing.
'Kitchenalia, to use the antiques world term,
'can be saleable to the right market.
'It does put Jean Christophe back on familiar ground.
'He's soon found something else he'd like to add to the lot.'
-I can see the scale and the mincer together.
-That is a thought. Yeah.
How much is it? We've got 25 with the weights.
'It's a set of scales and weights dating from the early 20th century.'
MARGIE: So, the two together? SIMON: The mincer and the scales?
What about 18 for the pair?
'Oh! Now he's doing his Marcel Marceau!
'But it seems to be working.'
-I'm going to step out here.
Thank you, my friend. I love you very much.
'Deal done at £15 for the mincer and scales.'
Marvellous. Thank you.
'And the irrepressible Jean Christophe is browsing on.'
I have great interest to this...
-Is it Victorian?
'Now, Rosemary and Paul are back on the road.
'They're driving towards Grange Moor, West Yorkshire,
'and heading into Rockwood Antiques, which is above a garden centre.
'Dealers Karen and Sally are ready to greet them.
'Hello, Karen and Sally.'
OK. Let's just say hello.
-How are you doing?
-Hello, hello! How are you?
'Our competitive pair are getting down to some determined bargain hunting.'
It's come over all serious, you and I! What happened?
-I love these big bowls.
-A big dairy crock!
-I love them.
-They are belting, aren't they?
With JC and myself, it's all got a bit kitchen-orientated!
-I'm getting that!
-You're getting the hang of it?
Kitchen, kitchen, kitchen.
'And before long, Rosemary's spotted yet another kitchen themed item.
'This time, on a miniature scale.'
Oh, look at this!
GASPS Oh! Look at this oven!
My grandchildren would LOVE this.
'It's a child's toy stove dating from the 1930s or '40s,
'complete with miniature pots, pans and utensils.
'Ticket price is £85. It's awoken the childlike joy in this pair.
'It's almost as if they've trotted off to the nursery.'
-Isn't that adorable?
-A wee tinplate range, is that what you call it?
-What do you think they would sell it for?
-I'd need that for half.
'Getting it for half price might be a challenge,
'but Rosemary is proving she's no slouch at bargaining.
'She'll speak to Karen.'
-Are you able to speak for these people?
-I am, love. Yes.
OK. It's obviously too expensive for us. We couldn't even do half.
-Can I have a look, see what's on it?
-I'd rather you didn't!
'But Karen's kindly willing to haggle.'
Could you possibly shift to 30?
-I wouldn't hesitate.
-All right. I'll do 30.
Done. OK. Thank you so much.
'Wonderful! Wonderful! Deal struck.
'They've got the darling little stove for £30
'and a ruckload of children's pots and pans.
'Now, Jean Christophe and Margie are in the car.'
That was our first shop. How do you feel?
I think it was an amazing experience.
'Thanks to you, Jean Christophe.
'They're motoring off towards the city of Leeds.
'They're going to spend the afternoon visiting a stately home,
'Temple Newsam, where Michelin-winning chef Jean Christophe
'will learn about a menu served here in the 19th century
'that was amongst the most lavish of its time.
'They're meeting retired curator James Lomax.'
-That's right. Come along.
'Temple Newsam is a grand Tudor Jacobean pile,
'one of the most important country houses in the north of England.
'It sits in 1,500 acres of parkland,
'which today includes a rare breeds farm.
'Jean Christophe's keen to visit the farm,
'which produces high-quality meat, but before that
'they're going to learn about a very special meal in the house's history,
'a feast fit for a King.'
In 1894, there was a visit by a member of the royal family to Leeds.
The future Queen Mary and George V, the Duke of York,
came and had a big dinner here for 48 people.
'The royal couple who were then Duke and Duchess of York,
'came to Leeds to inaugurate some new academic buildings.'
They came to open the new medical faculty at the university
and stayed here for three days - it was like a state visit.
'In 1894, the house was owned and lived in
'by Lady Emily Charlotte Meynell Ingram - quite a mouthful.
'Like many grand houses of the time,
'Temple Newsam was equipped to host large and lavish parties.
'The royal guests enjoyed a spectacular meal in their visit.
'Look at that!'
You can see the preparations going on.
They're laying the table, basically.
You can see the silver plates - the 144 silver plates.
Then we also have the menu.
Of course, in French.
It has to be. Anything really smart has to be in French always.
"Consomme royale, poulet roti,
"escaloppes de saumen ravigot, salade de homard."
'To you or me, that's royal broth, roast chicken,
'salmon with sauce and lobster salad. Yummy!'
It's basically a chicken slice in 24 bits.
'The menu has put Jean Christophe in mind of a giant of French cookery.'
This is definitely Escoffier time, Escoffier language.
'Auguste Escoffier rejuvenated traditional French cooking
'in the late 1800s and early 1900s, publishing La Guide Culinaire,
'which remains a bible in professional kitchens to this day.
'This menu reflects the haute cuisine of the moment.'
-As a chef...
-These old menus.
-..this is like reading a bible to me.
-Yes, of course it is.
-This is the frame of cooking today.
This is where all the sauces, these amazing classic dishes
have been moved on now to what it is today.
-In that time, these would be really exceptional.
'The chef that cooked this meal wouldn't have had far to go
'to source the produce that went into it.
'A farm on the estate provided the house with much of its food.
'The provenance of our ingredients is just as important today.
'The farm still exists and Jean Christophe and Margie
'are going to wander down there to meet farm manager David Bradley.'
-Welcome to Temple Newsam.
-How are you?
-Very good. Brought some nice weather with you.
-We had a lovely time in the house.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
'Today, it's run by the city as a rare breeds farm,
'devoted to preserving breeds of farm animals neglected by commercial agriculture.'
-Do you want to see the cattle?
-I'd love to.
Most of the breeds became rare after the war years, really.
Most of the breeds became rare when farming methods got more modern
and traditional things went by the board.
That's my favourite one.
'The farm provides meat to Temple Newsam's on-site cafe.
'The farm's been successful in its mission
'to preserve traditional British breeds and farming methods,
'bringing the gastronomic story of Temple Newsam up to the present day.
'Jean Christophe is impressed.'
I think it's important to understand the way of sourcing your product,
to understand about farms.
It's down to people like ourselves to produce something that's better than we've had in the past.
This is fabulous.
You only need one good chef and one good farmer and you've got it made!
'Indeed! It's time for Jean Christophe and Margie to hit the road.'
Bye bye, Billy.
'With that, it's the end of a hectic first day. Bon nuit, mes amis.
'But the bargain trail calls and the next morning finds all four back on the road,
'comparing notes on the trip so far.'
I have to tell you, I love Paul.
He is so good to be with. He's so funny.
-Margie, what does she think about what you bought?
-Margie LOVE it!
-I don't know whether to believe you or not.
-She gave me a look like...
"OK. Yeah. You've got a point."
I think you are completely winding me up.
'You could be right there, Rosemary.'
He was like a little boy in a sweet shop. I really lost control.
What I've got, believe me, will knock your socks off.
-Knock your socks off.
-Wait till you see what I bought yesterday.
You're going to be shocked.
'He IS winding you up this morning, Rosemary.
'So far, Rosemary and Paul have spent £170 exactly on four lots -
'the two carbide lanterns,
'the Maidsaver kitchen cabinet, the regulator clock
'and the toy stove and accoutrements,
'meaning they have £230 left to spend today.'
Thank you very much. Take care.
'Jean Christophe and Margie have been quite abstemious by comparison,
'spending only £55 on two lots -
'the scales and mincer, and the carousel horse.
'They have £345 left to spend.
'They're all beginning in the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.
'Bohemian Hebden Bridge is known for its vibrant cultural scene
'and array of independent shops.
'What better place to kick off today's proceedings?'
Hello! Here are the competitors.
-How was your journey?
-I'll see you later.
-See you later.
-Have a good'un.
'Rosemary and Paul are strolling off to their first shop.
'They're heading into Hebden Bridge Antiques,
'where they're meeting dealer Duncan. Hello, Duncan.'
-Your name is?
-How do you do? I'm Paul.
Do you know what? JC has been winding me up so much this morning!
He's been doing my head in. This is real BUSINESS, OK?
-I mean that. Please help me.
-A grudge match?
This is a grudge match. Actually, we're at war.
We're actually at war.
'The brave Mr Laidlaw is willing to step up to the plate
'and has soon spotted something that speaks to his own war-like area of expertise, militaria.'
-I'll show you an easy profit on an interesting thing.
'It's a pipe with a clay bowl
'shaped as the head of French military leader Ferdinand Foch,
'Supreme Commander of the allied armies in World War I.'
That's commemorating the armistice. That's 13 and a half pounds.
Buy it for a tenner and it's worth £30 to £50.
'Duncan will open the cabinet.'
I do love it because it's so... Feels lovely, though, doesn't it?
It's history! Like nasty Jean Christophe, it's a thing of the past!
'They're taking a note of it and browsing on.'
It's like Aladdin's cave in here. It's fantastic.
'The military theme continues as Paul's expert eye alights on something else.'
-I've got something.
-What is it?
-Not any old pair of binoculars.
-What are they?
Not a lot of people know this,
those are military...
Don't look closely at me, it doesn't get any better!
'Crikey, it's Cary Grant!'
-These date to the Second World War.
These were designed for and issued to British paratroops.
If they don't make 30 to 50, there's been an injustice.
'Paul's pretty sure he can turn a profit on his two pieces of militaria.
'Rosemary's still fixated on the Maidsaver kitchen cabinet she bought yesterday
'and is determined to scare up some kitchen items to dress it.'
Have you got any little things I can put inside it that I don't pay for?
PAUL AND DUNCAN LAUGH Just some bits and pieces?
'Rosemary! That's even embarrassed Paul!
'Asking for free stuff might be taking hard haggling a little far.
'But she is going to try to assemble her own parcel of kitchenalia
'to dress the cabinet, which Duncan might do for a knock-down price.'
-What bits and pieces are you looking for?
-You know, maybe one of these.
-Pretty cups and saucers?
-Spoons you're interested in?
-Yes. They'll have me down as a scavenger.
-It's a wine stopper?
-No, a spirit server.
-That would be fantastic!
I love that.
Can we put that on my...? PAUL LAUGHS
Can we? Please?
I feel like a beast of burden here, chef.
'Rosemary's positively daft for kitchen items.
'Is she finally finished?'
OK, I think we're done.
-"I think we're done. Oh, wait!"
'It's a set of four Victorian copper pans.
'They're thinking of adding them to the mega lot of kitchen cabinet and kitchenalia.'
Onto your counter.
'Ticket price for all four pans is a hefty £114.
-Would a straight 100 be any good to you?
-That's a bit of slack.
I should have said, "Will there be a hell of a lot of slack?"
We're talking about slightly less than half.
Well, we wouldn't be able to do that.
I still, you know, I don't think we'll make the money on it.
-How about 60?
-You're tempting us.
'What about Rosemary's mountain of kitchen items?
'Combined ticket price on that motley assortment is around £30.'
If I give you a tenner for those?
-How about 13, unlucky 13?
'What about the two military items Paul's so keen on,
'the pipe and the binoculars?'
-We can do that for a tenner. Can't go any lower.
-That is so fair!
-Really keen on that.
-You're going to say the same about the binoculars.
Yes. We could do that for a tenner.
-They could go together quite easily.
-Yes, they look nice.
'£20 for the two is more than fair.
'So, Duncan's currently offering a total of £92 for the lot.
'If they take everything on the table, what could he do for the bulk buy?'
-We're going to have to do it.
We're going to have to do it. PAUL LAUGHS
I'm not going to do that. Come here.
'An extraordinary deal from Duncan means that they're all bought up.
'Duncan's colleague Peter is lying in wait.'
Rosemary, before you go, I'd like to give you a present
in exchange for a photo.
-To help you with your kitchen.
-Oh, that's fantastic!
'Thank you, Peter. That plate will be added to the kitchen lot on which they've now spent £147.'
'The other pair are in the car and Margie's looking forward to rooting out some real antiques today.'
-Are you going to let me have a look around?
-Yes, of course.
And maybe buy something a bit special?
-I'll be your comis.
-You'll be my comis chef!
'They're heading for a shop just outside Hebden Bridge.'
# Non, je ne regrette rien... #
'Yes, yes, yes. Let's be "Edith Pi-affing" you!
'They're at Caldene Antiques Centre.'
-What about this?
'They're greeted by dealers Shirley and Paul.'
So, we're going to have a jolly good look round.
-And then, if you can help me at some stage?
-Well, I hope so.
-So do I.
Has he got any smell?
Look, he's watching me.
'Margie's keen to see if anything might chime
'with either her silver specialism
'or Jean Christophe's cheffy enthusiasms.'
With him being with us, a bit of culinary...
-I was thinking about that.
-A bit of silver for the table!
I want to try and get him on a more serious track.
'He does seem a bit more reflective today.'
It's a lot to... There's so many little, little...
It's a different...different shop.
But I spot something over there.
Which, I think it might work.
Because my mum, my mother used to sew, make a bit of couture.
-Is it Victorian?
'He decides against that chapeau, but they've soon spotted another.'
What about this firefighter? It's a French one, yeah? Is it French?
-Chapeau de pompier?
-Oui. I recognise French. Pompier.
This is at least 100 years old.
'It is, indeed. It's a 19th-century brass fireman's helmet
'owned by one Firel Firent,
'who worked in the town of Decize on the Loire river.'
'Ticket price is £125.'
-This is fantastic.
-Yeah, it's interesting.
-This is fabulous.
You can smell leather.
'Paul's asked the dealer who owns it what it might go for.'
-If we can get to 70.
-It's a nice job but we only have 60 quid left.
'That's a fib, Jean Christophe!'
65, just to ease it?
-You're a good man. Thank you.
'Mon dieu! Another great deal and the helmet's in the bag for £65.
'Rosemary and Paul, meanwhile, are raring to go,
'but it looks like something's deflating their ambitions.'
-If you're going to pop it, pop it big stylee.
-Well, let's get it... It's in the boot, obviously.
-I know we've got one. There we go.
-All right. Here we go.
-Give me that.
'Time for some patented Laidlaw heroics.'
MUSIC: Theme to "The A-Team"
Make sure it's tight enough, Paul, so it won't come off.
'With that crisis averted, they're driving to Halifax, West Yorkshire.
'They have all their items for auction,
'so they're going to spend the afternoon
'at the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum.
'Rosemary is the patron of a Yorkshire charity
'that trains young forces' veterans for new careers in bakery,
'so she's keen to learn more about the military history of the area.
'Militaria-mad Paul's more than happy to come along for the ride.
'They're meeting military curator John Spencer.'
Good to see you. Thanks very much for coming.
Welcome to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum.
'The museum celebrates the history of the regiment founded in 1702
'as the Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment,
'but which came to be named after politician and war hero
'the first Duke of Wellington.'
We'll look at some items related to the great Duke himself.
'Born in 1769, Arthur Wellesly, the Duke of Wellington,
'was twice British Prime Minister,
'Commander in Chief of the British Army
'and famed as the victor at the Battle of Waterloo during the Napoleonic Wars.'
The Duke of Wellington became Colonel of the regiment in 1793.
He was Commander of the regiment.
He took it with him to India and to the Continent to fight the French.
As he went onwards and upwards through the ranks,
he remained the Honorary Colonel of the regiment until 1812.
-Fantastic! It's very much his regiment.
-Very much his regiment.
When the Duke passed away, Queen Victoria decreed
that his old regiment, the 33rd,
should become the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in his honour.
'The museum holds some of the legendary Duke's own possessions.'
-Clothes worn by the Duke of Wellington.
-Not the Wellington boots?
-Yes! We have a complete set of clothing.
-You are joking?
-Worn by the Duke of Wellington.
We have here his frock coat.
-Look at that!
-Good Lord! And his original hat?
His original hat with the cockade of the allied troops at Waterloo.
'On the other side of the room are more items relating to Waterloo.'
-The campaign bed is the Duke of Wellington's.
It's allegedly the one he slept in on campaign.
'The museum doesn't just celebrate the great Duke's achievements.
'The stories of the brave men who served in the regiment are reflected also.'
Ensign Howard of the Light Company of the 33rd
wore that cap at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815.
A French musket ball passed within an eighth of an inch of his head.
He survived to write home to his mother, "Thank God I am safe.
"I had a very narrow escape that day.
"I intend bringing the cap to England."
Which, sure enough, he did. It's ended up in Halifax.
Yes. A circuitous journey, but the place for it to be.
'Marvellous. The proud regiment so formed went on to serve
'in our major conflicts through the 1800s and into the 20th century.'
Throughout the Second World War, up to the actions of the '90s.
-The regiment have served in Afghanistan and been seriously injured.
'Rosemary, of course, is patron of the Veterans' Artisan Bakery
'which supports ex servicemen, so the museum has resonated with her.'
This is really close to my heart because they come back traumatised,
and they're so brave, these young men, they really are.
Thank you SO much for showing us.
'Inspired by all they've learned,
'it's time for Rosemary and Paul to be hitting the road.
'Elsewhere, Jean Christophe and Margie are in the car,
'heading to their last shop.'
-Time running out. One more shop.
-And we've got 280 quid.
'Time is, indeed, of the essence.
'They're heading back to Hebden Bridge and, in fact,
'to the very same shop the other pair were in this morning.
'Duncan and Peter look almost recovered from their earlier customers.'
Duncan, how are you?
'They need to focus on finding their last items.'
You are interested in those?
'Margie's managed to steer him away from "those things".'
She's the boss. I forgot.
'But Jean Christophe's leading her a merry dance.'
MARGIE LAUGHS Well, I'd rather have that.
I'd rather have that than those flaming things!
'Shortly, he's alighted on something upstairs.'
-This lot in the corner is very, very interesting.
-What is it?
-Oh, the scales.
-Oh, yes. The scientific scales.
'They're early 20th-century scientific scales
'and are priced up at £75.'
-Shall we move that on the side?
-Put it over there.
-Bloody hell! It's heavy.
'Watch your back, Jean Christophe.'
I've just spoken to Duncan. He's got 65 on them.
-He's prepared to knock them right down...
-65 for what?
'Once again, Jean Christophe has set his heart on this.'
-Are you going to shake hands with the gentleman?
-Shake his hand.
-Thank you very much.
'What a bargain! They're taking the scales for £25. Who wouldn't?
'Soon, Margie's found something that she thinks might be right up Jean Christophe's street.'
-Oh, my God!
-Yeah. Opera glasses.
-Qu'est ce que c'est?
This very kind... They're at 45. 20 quid.
I'm going to give you a kiss on your hand.
Well done, because that is fabulous.
'It's a pair of 19th-century mother-of-pearl opera glasses.
'Ticket price is £45.'
You could look up in the box and see who... Ooh! It's not his wife!
'Best see what Peter could do on them.'
-..as a special one-off price.
-We'll have it!
-Fabulous. You're a good man. Thank you so much.
'Another nice buy in the bag, and they're nearly finished shopping -
'bar one more cookery themed item.'
You like Mrs Beeton, don't you?
-How much is that?
-I'm not sure what the price is on it.
Let's have a look and see. It's got 35 on it.
'It's an Edwardian edition of Mrs Beeton's famous book of cooking and household management.'
£20 we could do that for you.
I can hear Mrs Beeton, "Ooh, take 15."
-For a photo for the wall of fame, 15.
-Go on, do it.
You're a good man. Thank you.
'With that final deal, everyone's got their lots for auction.
'Jean Christophe and Margie have caught up with the other two
'and it's time for the grand unveiling of their buys.
'Jean Christophe and Margie are up first.'
That's the first thing.
-Is that a unicorn?
Excuse me. Don't touch it!
I can't believe this! Thank you for your gracious touch(!)
-He's called Vincent.
-Oh, goodness me!
Don't touch it. Just calm down.
All right. It's not the first edition?
-Do you know who this lady is?
-Yes, I do know who this is.
Better move on. This is a mincer.
-Don't! This is 100 year old.
-It's a fire engine.
-'It's a helmet, actually.'
-This is from France.
-100 years old.
-It's from Burgundy. He was a brave man.
-Oh, he's a brave man.
One of thousands of brave men in the world who fight against the fire.
And that is value. What do you think of this?
Look, it's a good thing.
It ain't unique, but it's a good specimen of a desirable object.
-Conservatively, it's 50 to 80 on a good day.
-We can go off now!
Actually, I have to say to you, I think you've done really well.
-I really think you have done well.
-It must hurt, non?
'Jean Christophe, that's not very sportsmanlike.
'Now, it's Rosemary and Paul's turn.'
-There you go.
-It's an oven.
Isn't that nice? Oh! The little colander!
Listen to her! You do make me laugh, actually.
It's even got little candles in there you can put on.
-That was £30.
Early 20th-century, Lucas King O' The Road,
automotive - early automotive.
And then an LMS railway hand lantern.
-That's up your street.
-I agree. That's good.
-It's quite smart, that.
-How much did you pay for that?
-Both of them, one lot...
-That's a good buy.
-For both of them.
-£28 for the both of them.
-I have to give you a point for that.
'That's more like it. And with a flourish...'
I remember seeing that. I thought you were going to buy that.
ROSEMARY: All beautifully done. We've got a whole kitchen.
One of these pans is incredibly valuable.
I used to work for a while in a place where everything was copper.
Believe me...this is not very valuable.
At all. In fact, you cannot even cook with that.
'Don't mince your words, Jean Christophe.
'Anyway, everyone's ready for auction.'
Well done, Margie. Well done.
Thank you, darling! Thank you.
And I'm looking forward to the day.
'They're frank enough in the flesh. What will they say behind closed doors?'
The horse is awful! It'll go one of two ways.
They'll either be lucky and people will be charmed by its eccentricity,
or they'll laugh at it and it'll bomb.
Honestly, she was on and on and on in the car.
She's trying to wind you up and she's done it.
They could do well on a couple of things,
then crash with the kitchenette.
Do you know what? Bring it on. PAUL LAUGHS
'And so to battle!
'On this Road Trip, they began in Gomersal, West Yorkshire,
'and will face the saleroom in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
'In its steel-skied industrial past,
'Sheffield was known as a dirty picture in a golden frame.
'But today, signs of its civic regeneration abound.
'Jean Christophe and Rosemary are on their way,
'and Rosemary's still fixated on her kitchen cabinet.'
I haven't got a clue how my wonderful kitchen's going to go.
It is a kitchen in one piece of furniture.
Well, I think if there's an interest it has to be like a fireman
or someone who has a wood fireplace.
-Somebody who need wood!
'That burning issue aside, how are they feeling in the other car?'
Paul, shall we bother turning up with these two?
When these two get cracking, we might as well slip off somewhere.
Is there a bar? Is there a cafeteria we can retreat to?
They're both very excitable, aren't they?
'That's saying something, but it's all part of their charm.
'Everyone's arrived at the saleroom, Sheffield Auction Gallery,
'which was established in 1840.'
How are we all feeling?
-Absolutely ready for it.
-It's going to be magic!
-Good luck, Rosemary.
'Today's auctioneer is Robert Lea.
'Before he raises the gavel aloft, what does he think of our team's lots?'
I like your kitchen cabinet. It depends what somebody paid for it.
The horse is certainly different. One thing against it is it's not useable.
Very solid. You can fit a whole family on that, never mind a kiddy.
'On this trip, Jean Christophe and Margie spent £180 on five lots.
'While Rosemary and Paul splashed out £255
'and also have five lots in today's sale.
'With all profits going to Children In Need,
'it's time for their items to meet the discerning Sheffield crowd.
'First up is Jean Christophe and Margie's job lot of mincer, scales
'and an Edwardian edition of Mrs Beeton.'
£28. 30, I'm looking for...
-Can I bid?
..Fair warning. Hammer's going to drop at £35.
'That weighs in with a profit, but they will pay auction costs.'
-It made five quid.
-Charges to come off that.
'Now it's Rosemary and Paul's lanterns from rail and roads past.'
30. 32. 35. 38. 40. 42, it needs to be to carry on.
42. 45. 48, sir?
I'm out. Anybody else? It's going to sell.
They're going to sell at £48. Fair warning at 48...
'That's a bright outcome for them.'
I was expecting a lot more.
'Jean Christophe and Margie are up now with the carousel horse
'which divided their opinions.
'Who'll get bragging rights out of this?'
£50 for it?
Let's go down to 20. LAUGHTER
£10. 12. 15?
18. 20. 22.
25. 28. 30. 32.
35. 38? 35 only.
All done at £35?
That's good enough.
'Mm, you do know you made a £5 loss before costs, Jean Christophe?
'Now it's Rosemary and Paul's turn,
'as their regulator clock meets the room.'
On commission, I start at 30. 32. 35.
Need 38 elsewhere. Anybody else want to join in?
Hammer's going to drop, reluctantly, at 35...
JEAN CHRISTOPHE LAUGHS
'A small profit, but a profit, indeed.'
No, we're closing.
'Let's hope Jean Christophe and Margie can gallop to a profit
'on the next one, their 19th-century opera glasses.'
A few commissions on them. Start the bidding at ten, 12, 15, 18, 20.
22 I'm looking for in the room to carry on. 22 with the lady.
25. 28. 30. 32?
30. Lady, central. £30...
'A small profit, and not quite the pearl they'd been hoping for.'
I'm very sorry.
'Of course you are, Rosemary.
'One more for team Rosemary and Paul,
'the 1940s toy oven and miniature utensils.
'Might this give them something to play with?'
Commissions force me to start the bidding at 18, 20, 22, 25, £28.
-Worth more than that.
-30. 32 with me.
35? I'm out. Young lady on the front at £35...
ROSEMARY: It's beautiful! It's beautiful!
..Anybody else want to join in? It's going to go at £35...
'Another small profit for the miniature items.'
We just need one item.
'Now, it's Jean Christophe and Margie's French fireman's helmet.
'Will it save the day?'
Commissions force me to start it at 22, 25, 28, 30, 32, 35.
38 I need elsewhere.
-I'm going to bid it.
-'That's not allowed.'
Anybody else for £38?
No, you can't do that! 40, sir. 42. 45? >
-42, gentleman standing on my left. Fair warning at £42...
-Oh, la la!
'Sadly, the bidders aren't as keen on it as Jean Christophe was.
'Oh, la la, indeed.'
Jean Christophe, how good was that helmet again?
'Now it's Rosemary and Paul's much beloved Maidsaver kitchen cabinet
'and accompanying copper pans and kitchenalia.
'They've thrown everything but the kitchen sink at it. Will it pay off?
Few commissions on this. Must start them at 48, 50, 55, 60,
75? 80 I'll accept elsewhere...
Seems cheap but it's got to go. £75 for the utility stuff.
Fair warning at 75...
No, no, no! Mama mia!
..80, new bid. 85. 90. Must be 90.
Hey, sit down. Don't take your clothes off.
..95 I need elsewhere. All done, are we, at £90?
Hammer's going to drop. Shout at me if I've missed you.
And you've been doing my head all the time for 90 quid?
'Hard cheese, you two. It's going to be tough to recover from that.'
I could have used it for my wood fire!
'Jean Christophe and Margie are currently in the lead.
'Their fate hangs in the balance on their last lot,
'the scientific scales.'
Commissions force me to start them, ten, 12, 15, 18,
-22 I need. > What did you pay?
22 with the lady. Anybody else for 25? It's in the balance...
-I'll give you my cooking book!
-I'll do the washing up for one year!
-'No, you jolly well won't!'
Oh! The pain in my heart!
'What a pity, a small loss.'
'So, Rosemary and Paul have one last chance
'to make up the lost ground and claw back the lead.
'Will their militaria themed lot of binoculars and pipe win the war?'
Commissions force me to start them at ten, 12, 15, 18,
I need to carry on. 22. 25. 28? I'm out.
-Who's going to win? £28.
-No, no, no, no.
Needs to be 30 elsewhere. All done? Hammer's going to drop, reluctantly.
It won't drop. > No! No! No!
Thank you, everybody! We love you! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
'Paul was right, the militaria did make a profit,
'but not enough to win the day.
'The teams did make small profits throughout,
'but the items that Rosemary and Jean Christophe bought blinded by love rather sank them.
'Jean Christophe thinks they won. Is he right?
'Rosemary and Paul started with £400.
'After paying auction costs, they made a not very toothsome loss
'and end this Road Trip with £338.52p.
'While Jean Christophe and Margie also started with £400,
'after costs, they lost a slightly more palatable £45.52p
'and so end today with £354.48p.
'And Jean Christophe seems to have won dishwashing duties from the opposition.'
Congratulations. Well done.
I've got a new kitchen porter now! That's good.
In the car, kitchen porter!
'I think you'll be hearing about this for some time, Rosemary.'
Oh, I can't believe this!
Thank you, my friends.
'Goodbye, chefs. You've been sweet.'
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It's a culinary stand off as Rosemary Shrager and Jean-Christophe Novelli take to the road in a classic Ford Mustang to see who can buy antiques that will cook up profits at auction. With £400 each to spend, experts Margie Cooper and Paul Laidlaw help the chefs sift through the bargains as they road trip through Yorkshire, stopping on the way for Jean-Christophe to discover a menu fit for a king. But will both the chefs' passion for cookery themed items land them in hot water at the auction in Sheffield?