Episode 7 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip


Episode 7

Thespians Hermione Norris and John Thomson join up with antiques experts Mark Stacey and Catherine Southon on a sun-drenched trip around Cornwall in a classic car.


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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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Oh, great.

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And one big challenge - who can seek out

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and buy the best antiques at the very best prices.

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Answers on a postcard.

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And auction for a big profit further down the road.

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I say. It's an absolute charm.

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Who will spot the good investment?

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Who will listen to advice? Do you like it?

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No, 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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Cornwall, famous for its pasties

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and rugged coastline, hosts today's Road Trip.

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Ready for battle are two telly pals -

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Hermione Norris and John Thomson.

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Roof down? Yes.

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But they're not off to the best start

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in their classic 1989 Jaguar XJS.

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It's unhooked, isn't it? Yes. Off. Off.

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He's broken the car. Oh, dear.

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Ever the dedicated actor, John will be employing the method technique

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today as he takes on the role of an antiques expert.

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I've got the subterfuge of tweed to suggest I'm an antiques expert.

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I thought he was an antiques man when I met him.

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She didn't recognise me.

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She thought I was a genuine antiques expert.

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Looking the part is half the battle, John.

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Yay.

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Lancastrian funnyman John started as a writer in '80s' satire

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Spitting Image before appearing onscreen in the likes

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of The Fast Show and Men Behaving Badly.

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So I think by wearing a little bit of tweed, I'll have the upper hand.

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Hermione's investigative skills should help her on this Road Trip.

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She's been in crime-solving dramas for over 20 years.

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Poirot, Wire In The Blood and as super spy Ros Myers in Spooks.

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There is of course one show that we remember them both from...

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There's such an affection for Cold Feet

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because I say it's before TV went bad.

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I hope present company is not included, John.

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He won our hearts as the hapless Pete Gifford

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and Hermione was posh totty Karen Marsden.

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Well, hello.

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What's your field of expertise in antiques?

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I don't have any. I am clueless.

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I really like to go into a shop that is an Aladdin's cave.

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I don't think you're going to find that.

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Are we not? I don't know.

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Well, to find an Aladdin's cave you'll need an antiques genie,

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or in this case two -

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Mark Stacey and Catherine Southon.

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They're driving another icon of British motoring -

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a 1960 Morris Minor.

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But Mark's thinking bigger.

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I want the Jaguar.

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You want?

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You mean, "I would like." Oh!

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SHE SCREAMS

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Stop! I was so excited.

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For god's sake.

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I was so excited.

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Carry on like this, Mark, and you won't be driving anything.

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Thank you.

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You almost killed me then, Mark.

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Whilst Catherine's weak with fear, Mark seizes the advantage.

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I'm having Hermione.

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Are you having her? Not literally.

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Catherine, I think you'll be much better with John.

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That's the teams decided then.

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Catherine began her career by cataloguing sales at Sotheby's.

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Working her way up to up to Head Of Scientific Instruments

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And Maritime Works Of Art.

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She's not afraid to flirt for a bargain.

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You've got lovely eyes.

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And her eye is pretty well trained too.

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Oh, the pressure! The pressure!

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Welsh wizard Mark's been in the business over 20 years

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as a dealer, valuer and auctioneer.

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Ever the optimist.

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Oh, it's going to be one of those days.

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He's known as Magpie Mark,

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always spotting shiny bargains.

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That's got to double its money, really.

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Our veterans are already getting into the spirit of the contest.

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You're not going to be all competitive, are you, Catherine?

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I'm not competitive!

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I'm not! Oh, my good Lord.

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I'm not. That's like saying,

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Attila the Hun works for the United Nations Peacekeeping force.

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The teams have two days of antiques shopping ahead

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with ?400 in their pockets.

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Their aim - to strike the kind of deals that will make them

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loads of dosh at auction.

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And so to battle at the Port of Charlestown.

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It's two days of finding antiques

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and doing deals around Cornwall before road tripping

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the 300 miles to that all-important auction in London.

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Kicking off in sunny Charlestown, Mark's already decided he's

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with Hermione and he's not giving up on the Jag either.

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Hello, Hermione.

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Hi, nice to meet you.

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Nice to meet you.

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HERMIONE: Which car are we going in?

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I think we should have this one.

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I think we definitely should have this one.

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We're having the Jag. Thanks, John, see you.

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Thank you, John. Wouldn't want to be you.

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Ha, that's not very sporting, you pair.

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You're driving.

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CATHERINE: Come on. Come on.

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HERMIONE: See you, Miss Marple. No racing.

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Catherine doesn't seem to mind though.

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I've got a feeling that you're going to be so cool throughout this.

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Look at you with your shades, hands in pockets.

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What sort of thing are you going to buy? What are you looking for?

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I like curious things.

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Something with a bit of interest as opposed to a silver salver.

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But you'd be surprised what a silver salver might make.

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What you like on salvers?

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I'm not bad on salvers, but I think you and I come from the same sort

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of thing cos I like something that's not just pretty,

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it's not just aesthetically pleasing, it does something else.

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You and I are going to get on famously. Great.

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Come on, John, let's get going.

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In the Jag, en route to their first shop,

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it's lesson one in antique hunting.

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If you put into an auction,

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you want to find something that is a little bit different,

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quirky and look as if it's just come from a house clearing

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or something like that.

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Sounds rather morbid, doesn't it?

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Something that's going to appeal to the mass-market.

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Thus our trip today.

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We want to find something that looks like

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it's literally just come out of somebody's house? Absolutely.

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Lesson one accomplished.

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I think we should buy that.

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Ah, maybe not then.

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A phone box/bath combo, I think

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she needs a few more lessons before Mark lets her loose with their ?400.

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I'm Mark, lovely to meet you.

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Neil Martin has run Eden Reclamation for ten years.

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It was his passion for reclaiming

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and reinstating period features that kicked it all off.

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You could say his hobby became his livelihood.

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Do you have just outside things or do you have antiques as well?

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Antiques as well. Great. Those are inside.

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Keen to learn, Hermione's quick to put Mark to the test.

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What's that china then?

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That's not terribly old.

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Blue and white, I love blue and white.

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Probably 1950s.

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Listen to that!

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Yeah, just amazing.

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These are rather sweet.

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I think that will probably be Masons Ironstone.

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No flies on him.

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I find that fascinating that he knew all that.

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I'd love to be able to know that.

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Do you know how clever that is?

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That's clever.

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Well, he is a clever boy.

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Whilst Hermione's learning the tricks of the trade,

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Catherine and John saunter to their first shop.

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Nice bunting.

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Lovely bunting.

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Makes me think it's going to be pricey.

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Time to put those bargaining skills to good use then.

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Photographer Mick and artist wife Sarah only recently opened

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the Sail Loft Emporium

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having refurbished this former gunpowder store.

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It now houses items from 40 traders specialising in arts and crafts.

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There are some really good prices here. Are there?

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If you know your stuff, John, you'll see.

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Yeah, you'll be fine.

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That's as long as you've got plenty of 17th-century silver.

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Very good, John, you're talking the antique talk.

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Let's see if you can walk the walk.

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I was immediately drawn to this jewellery box here.

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It comes in at a measly ?750.

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That's all very well, John,

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but if you're going to pull off this role,

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you'll have to hunt down those bargains.

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Tiffany cup and saucer.

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Tiffany? Yeah. OK.

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"Minton cup and sauce." I thought you said Tiffany?

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It is, "Marked Tiffany New York."

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The pattern's mismatched.

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Well spotted.

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It says that on the label as well.

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It's kind of like learning your lines, John.

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Of course I noticed that anyway.

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This, the antique rose gold horseshoe, it's a cigar cutter.

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That's quite nice.

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You've got quite expensive taste.

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This horseshoe-shaped rose gold cigar cutter

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has an articulated hanging loop for hanging on a watch chain.

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Quite the accessory for a 19th-century gent about town.

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We've got this marked...

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..at 95.

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We'll do that one for 70, and that's it.

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If it weren't for the missing nail, I'd definitely go for it.

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But we are drawn to the...

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Something else. This.

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Good tactics, John, put together a job lot.

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Expertly done.

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I'd think that would look good on a Goth.

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On a what? A Goth.

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Why would it look nice on a Goth? They wear black and purple.

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I think a Goth could snap that up.

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You might try for a slightly wider audience.

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We don't have to decide now,

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we can have a walk around and then see what we think.

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Fine. We'll just leave that cabinet open.

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Come back to it later.

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That's two potential trinkets for John and Catherine.

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But have Hermione and Mark spotted anything at the reclamation yard?

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Oh, gosh, I like this.

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Do you really? I do.

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Whether we'll find anything for our challenge, I don't know.

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What's this?

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I don't know.

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I really think that's quite funky.

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In a kitchen, you could use that as a little reminder of

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what you need shopping.

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With a chalk pen you could write "eggs".

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It's just a little bit funky. Yeah, I like that.

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Shall we put that as a possibility? Yes.

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Let's put that down on the chair there.

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I thought that's really quite nice.

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With the plaque put aside, Hermione is still keen to learn as ever.

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Something there. What's that?

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It's upside down.

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It's Australian.

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Is it? No. It's upside down.

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Do try and keep up, Hermione.

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It was upside down.

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Antique experts are a funny lot, Hermione,

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but not as funny as they think they are.

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This might be worth examining.

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How much do you think this is worth?

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I don't know. I suspect it's quite a bit.

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This Edwardian oak and leather doctor's consulting couch

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was made by WH Bailey of London.

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Bailey and Sons specialised in medical items

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and had showrooms on Oxford Street and the Strand from 1894.

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Looks like it's a mahogany base

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with very simple turned layers, but I even like this old leather on it.

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Cos you wouldn't do anything with it, just polish it up.

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You could lie on it and be shrunk by somebody.

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Yes. You could.

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The good thing is we've got several options already brewing.

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And if we do buy any of those,

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we both might need to go to lie down in a darkened room and...

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Recover.

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Time for Hermione to try out her new antiquing skills on Neil.

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We're quite mad, you know, we really are.

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And this battered up piece of old nonsense.

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How much is that?

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?200.

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We are so close.

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?100.

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Don't leap in too early, dear.

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Hermione's right in there.

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Mark's teaching is rubbing off.

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?100 is a nice round figure, isn't it?

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What would be the very, very best on that?

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To give you room to make a bit of money, ?120.

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We couldn't get it down to 100?

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Go on, for me.

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Could we, do you think?

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Cos you don't really want it here.

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Go on, then. Are you sure? Yeah.

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You're an angel. Thank you.

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Oh, look at that.

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Are you happy with that? I am.

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I think that's absolutely fantastic.

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Shall I tell you something, if I had chosen an item,

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I would have gone for a consultant's chair.

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That's really good.

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Really?

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Who'd have thought.

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First deal done is ?100.

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That's half the ticket price.

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Impressive.

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Can Neil explain the postage item?

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Where did that come from?

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Originally it's a postage stamp machine. A what?

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Postage stamp machine.

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Oh, so you would have a box here?

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Ticket dispense would have gone in there.

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And then, they blank them off when they're not in use.

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I think that's rather fun.

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I thought it might go as a little lot with our little letter

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cos we're dealing with postage, aren't we? Yes.

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What have you got on those?

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?40 for the stamp machine.

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A tenner for the letters.

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What do you think?

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Just land you in it, I'm terrible at this.

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30? 25?

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Huh, you're just saying numbers now.

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20. 45.

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This is not my forte.

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Don't be so hard on yourself, girl, you're doing great.

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40 would be comfortable,

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and I feel like I'm giving you the letter box for nothing.

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35.

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30 would be lovely as a round figure, wouldn't it?

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It's round, we like round.

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30.

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And we might find something else. Go on.

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I'll leave you some room to make some profit.

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Thank you very much.

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Oh, that's lovely.

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Is there anything else that caught our eye?

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I think we're on a winning streak here.

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Yup, you're certainly on a roll, that's ?100 for the consulting chair

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and ?30 for the 19th-century stamp dispenser with letter box.

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And they're not the only ones who are getting deals done.

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Back at the Sail Loft Emporium, Catherine's got

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the owner of the brooch on the phone.

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Is there any way you could go down to about 60 on that?

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Is the cigar cutter yours as well?

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We do quite like that as well.

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OK. Thank you very much indeed.

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Thank you. Bye-bye.

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The pin, I think it was 70, but you might want to double-check on that.

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What she did say about the cigar cutter is that

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she would come down to 60 on that.

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Oh, hello.

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I've seen something that I really like round this corner.

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Hang on, we've lost John.

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The collapsible drinking cup.

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Oh, yes, I've seen those.

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That is nice, that's like Tiffany cups, that.

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Hang on, he's off again.

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He's interested in something else now.

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There's no stopping him. I'm on a roll now.

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Before I was mooching, now I'm having a proper full-on browse.

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If John can just keep still for a minute,

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they might actually buy something.

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No? Yeah, I quite like it.

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We could put it with our brooch.

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You mean, you take two items and you put them together?

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Yeah. And make one lot. Yeah.

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I'm going for very manly things, have you noticed? I have.

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I might have to camp up a bit

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and go for something a little bit more feminine.

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He's really getting into character now.

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Well done, John.

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You've got the antiques expert pose down to a T look.

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I'd like to get both and the deer, kind of Monarch Of The Glen brooch.

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If we could do a deal on these two,

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so 60 on that and what would you want to pay for that?

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120, 60 apiece.

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Go on.

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Time for John to take the stage.

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We've got a proposal for you.

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I don't like that look, John.

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We'd like to take both. We're going to say...

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What was it? 120 for the two.

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I think that's very fair.

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And if you give me that, I'll buy the Monarch of the Glen brooch

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for a tenner off you.

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I'll do that price if you do that at the marked price.

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Shall we say 130?

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OK. Are you happy with that?

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I'm cool with that.

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Take a bow, John.

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First deal done like a pro.

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Can you throw in this child's crash helmet.

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Suits you, John.

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After some intense negotiation,

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John and Catherine have bought a rose gold cigar cutter for ?60,

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a 1920s' silver pin brooch also for ?60

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and the stag's head brooch for a tenner.

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They're done here.

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Back at the reclamation yard, it's reached that time of day.

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Anyone for a cocktail? You could mix gin and tonic in that.

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Would you mix your gin and tonic in there?

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We'd have up to there with gin.

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And then one small drop of tonic.

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I'll have mine shaken thanks, not stirred.

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That's cocktail hour over. Back to work.

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This is really old-fashioned, isn't it?

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It's beautiful.

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It's a Victorian mahogany cot with turned spindles

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and original China castors.

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Drop-sided cots like this were actually banned in

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the USA for safety reasons.

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Ready? One, two, three.

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Throw baby in.

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And then guillotine it. That's it.

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Stay in there.

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Not allowed out.

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I reckon this is about 1860, 1870.

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Do you think we should buy it?

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I think it's great. Do you like it?

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It's a beautiful thing.

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It's a thing of beauty, isn't it?

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And I think it's very unusual.

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Neil.

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Can I just ask you...

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how much for this?

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200.

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?200.

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But what would you use it for?

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I'm struggling at the moment.

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I think there must be somebody out there

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who would think of a way of using this.

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No-one in here though.

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If you took that completely off...it's quite nice and comfy.

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Comfy? Yeah.

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Let's have a look.

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Maybe I'm just being stupid, but I love it.

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I would like to see the auctioneer

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having as much an imagination as me

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and saying it's worth maybe...

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200 to 300, 300 to 400.

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Hermione doesn't seem to be too sure about the cot-turned-couch idea.

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Maybe a good price would convince her.

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I'm having trouble convincing Hermione.

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I love it.

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What's your really, really, really best price.

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Two happy people...

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Please, to make two very happy people...

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Very, very, very, very happy people.

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Is that too much? No, it's very good.

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I'll do this for 120.

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Which then, we've spend 250.

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Is that good? Fantastic. Thank you.

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I can't thank you enough.

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Well done. A good deal all round.

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Thank you. You have really made us happy.

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You really have.

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Having spent the day in Charlestown,

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marine enthusiast Catherine has invited John to dive into

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the colourful and unexpected past of this historic port town.

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Pleased to meet you. John. Lovely to meet you.

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They're meeting Roy Rodriguez,

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from the Shipwreck And Heritage Centre,

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who starts by enlightening them on how the town got its name.

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It's all to do with a man named Charles Rashleigh, cos in 1790,

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there were nine fishermen here in the village

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and he could see a need for a harbour and by 1794,

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there were 300 people living here with cottages

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and they changed the name form West Porthmear to Charlestown.

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Even now the locals refer to it as Charlie's town.

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But it was a precious substance hidden deep in the granite rocks

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all around Devon and Cornwall

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that really made Charlestown name - china clay.

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I'm really interested to know about the Wedgewood connection,

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so he used to come here?

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Yeah, he was a frequent visitor to Charlestown

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cos he used to come here to select the different grades of china clay

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for his pottery.

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Charlestown is the oldest china clay port in the world

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and here carefully preserved are the tunnels through which the china clay

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from the clay pits of St Austell was transported to waiting ships.

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These tracks here are

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the tracks where the trolleys run along with the china clay.

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Oh, I like this.

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By the mid-19th century, workers were extracting

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and shipping 65,000 tons of clay per year.

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How many people would have been working down here?

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Oh, hundreds of people.

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Also working on the ships cos the ships were in and out all day.

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Why china clay?

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It is similar to a kind they get in China,

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or is that cos of the pottery it made?

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I think it's because of the pottery that it made.

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But it's used for everything.

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It's a bit creepy down here.

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Don't worry, Catherine, John and Roy will protect you.

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I must admit, I'm glad I'm with two big strong men

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cos I do feel a bit vulnerable down here.

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It's a bit scary.

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IN A CAMP VOICE: I'm terrified of spiders. OK.

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Roy will protect you.

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Come on, don't leave me alone.

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Catherine might be right to feel a chill as the centre also houses

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a collection dedicated to the darker side of seafaring life.

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All these artefacts here, they came from different shipwrecks.

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Catherine was Head Of Maritime at Sotheby's, so this treasure salvaged

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from shipwrecks is bound to float her boat.

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Wow, so we've got the Lusitania here.

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And the Medina.

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But the most famous one,

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which probably everyone knows, is the Titanic.

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And there is a letter in this cabinet

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which was from Fred Banfield.

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Banfield was on board?

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He was. A passenger?

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He was.

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And the letter is to his wife.

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Did he survive? He didn't.

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"Well, my darling, it is splendid weather today and mild as a pond.

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"But I expect we shall have it a little rougher

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"directly going across to France.

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"I believe we will call it Queenstown as well."

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It's really poignant, that's really sad.

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Yeah, sad, really.

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That's amazing.

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Do you know what I love seeing? The menus.

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What people had. We've got the menu just here.

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The first class menu.

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I love seeing...

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Is that the original? Yeah.

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Supper - gruel, cabin biscuits and cheese.

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And a squeeze of lime to keep the scurvy away.

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I sold one of those for ?17,500 once.

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A menu? Yep.

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Really. That size.

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Oh, my God. I'm in the wrong job. I know.

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Aye, me hearty.

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There's treasure to be found if you know where to look.

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Roy, thank you so much. That's all right, you're welcome.

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Really enjoyed it, thank you. Yeah, it's been wonderful.

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Thank you. Really enjoyed it.

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Bye. Bye.

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As you have been such a good boy today, John,

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I'm going to give you ?1

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and I'm going to let you have a go on the boats.

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I'm going to race you.

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I haven't done this for years.

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Here we go.

0:23:520:23:54

You're going to crash into me.

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It's like dodgems.

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While it's playtime for those two,

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Hermione's getting her half-term report.

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I'm not very good at my bargaining, am I?

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I don't think you've done too badly, actually.

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Considering you got...

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You started off offering them half, I mean,

0:24:130:24:17

I think that's really good, that's a good opening offer.

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Gold star and top of the class.

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Hermione and Mark have arrived at the Sail Loft Emporium

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just as the others have left with their booty.

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With a few choice buys under her belt,

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Hermione's considering the competition.

0:24:300:24:32

I bet Catherine and John have been really canny

0:24:320:24:34

and really quite serious in their endeavour to...

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Yes, canny and serious.

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That's them all right... Not.

0:24:410:24:43

I think in here we've got a maybe...look more on,

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"Can we make a profit on something?"

0:24:470:24:49

Rather than something that really hits us.

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Yes. We'd love if we can, but I think that little figure,

0:24:520:24:55

I don't know what it's made of, do you like it?

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No, I think it's horrible,

0:24:580:24:59

but I think if it's going to make a profit,

0:24:590:25:01

then that's a good thing. Can I just say one thing? I think

0:25:010:25:04

it's really important we understand each other,

0:25:040:25:06

please don't hold back, say what you feel. I will.

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It's important. OK.

0:25:080:25:10

I'll take that on board.

0:25:100:25:11

He's quite grumpy, isn't he?

0:25:130:25:15

Very competitive.

0:25:170:25:18

He doesn't want Catherine to win at all, does he?

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He certainly doesn't.

0:25:210:25:23

So, will this be the item

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which ladles out disaster to the opposition?

0:25:250:25:27

Well, it's actually a toddy ladle...

0:25:270:25:29

..for pouring out your hot toddies.

0:25:320:25:34

It's a nice thing.

0:25:350:25:37

It has quite a nice feel to it, it's got the right weight feel to it.

0:25:370:25:41

And this is probably horn...

0:25:410:25:44

Right. ..from a deer or something like that,

0:25:440:25:47

or from a cow.

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Which has been heated and spirally fluted,

0:25:490:25:52

with that little silver finial.

0:25:520:25:54

It's beautifully chased.

0:25:540:25:56

Hermione's certainly drinking up all this information.

0:25:560:25:58

(That's very interesting.)

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(I think you should purchase it.)

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(But not for ?70.) (No.)

0:26:030:26:05

(Watch out, Sarah's coming.)

0:26:050:26:07

Say something nice.

0:26:070:26:08

Sarah's got one of those lovely faces. Thank you.

0:26:080:26:11

How are you?

0:26:110:26:12

I'm very well.

0:26:120:26:14

You know me. And Hermione. Hello. You know our little challenge?

0:26:140:26:17

Yes, I do.

0:26:170:26:18

We've looked at this. What can you tell me about it?

0:26:180:26:21

I can tell you it's Georgian style, it's not hallmarked.

0:26:210:26:25

Well...

0:26:250:26:27

We quite like it.

0:26:270:26:29

Do you have an eye glass?

0:26:290:26:30

I do indeed.

0:26:300:26:32

You're going to use an eye glass? I am, I'm going to get technical.

0:26:320:26:35

Exciting!

0:26:350:26:36

Let's have a look. I'm going in now.

0:26:380:26:41

What is it telling you?

0:26:410:26:43

I was trying to see whether looking at it close up

0:26:430:26:47

would tell me if it was any better quality

0:26:470:26:51

than I thought at the beginning,

0:26:510:26:52

but it's not, to be honest with you.

0:26:520:26:54

I'm just not sure, Hermione.

0:26:540:26:55

Would you like my best price on it?

0:26:550:26:57

I would love your very best price.

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My very, very, very best price would be ?52.

0:27:000:27:03

?52!

0:27:030:27:05

It's not round, is it? No.

0:27:050:27:07

That's a bit more than I was hoping for.

0:27:070:27:10

Do you want me to have a look through that eye glass?

0:27:100:27:13

Could you give me your valid opinion?

0:27:130:27:15

I'll give you my valid opinion.

0:27:150:27:16

Hermione's graduated to the eye glass.

0:27:160:27:19

Our little girl is all grown up. How close do you have to get?

0:27:190:27:22

Sorry, I think I've got something in my eye.

0:27:220:27:24

Oh, you are looking through the glass bit, aren't you?

0:27:240:27:26

It's quite, crude, isn't it?

0:27:260:27:28

Which suggests it might be provincial. Yes.

0:27:280:27:31

You're getting the hang of this.

0:27:310:27:33

Rookie to expert in less than a day.

0:27:330:27:36

Hermione and I would love to purchase something here today.

0:27:360:27:40

We really would.

0:27:400:27:42

Would say what a lovely place Charlestown is.

0:27:420:27:45

And we love round numbers.

0:27:450:27:47

We love round numbers.

0:27:470:27:48

We would love to say around 40.

0:27:480:27:51

I was going to say 35. Were you?

0:27:530:27:55

But I'm odd.

0:27:560:27:57

Should we split in the middle and say 38? 38?

0:27:570:28:01

It would help us a lot.

0:28:010:28:05

Yes, it really would.

0:28:050:28:06

Yes, I will go to 40, but no lower.

0:28:060:28:09

Now Hermione's found her feet, there's no stopping this team.

0:28:090:28:13

That's a silver punch ladle with an embossed bowl

0:28:130:28:16

and horn handle for ?40.

0:28:160:28:18

What a day, eh?

0:28:180:28:20

Hermione's such a good student she's really getting the hang of this.

0:28:200:28:23

Tweed man John certainly looks the part and he seems to know his stuff.

0:28:230:28:27

Both teams finding treasures, striking deals.

0:28:270:28:30

Oh, exhausting though.

0:28:300:28:32

Big day tomorrow.

0:28:320:28:33

Early to bed, you lot. Night-night.

0:28:330:28:35

It's the dawn of a new day.

0:28:390:28:40

John and Hermione have both done a cracking job of

0:28:400:28:43

navigating their way through the world of antiques

0:28:430:28:45

and they're both eager to find out how the other has done.

0:28:450:28:48

The things that I were personally drawn to

0:28:480:28:50

were just things that I were drawn to,

0:28:500:28:52

that wouldn't necessarily make any money, and I went,

0:28:520:28:55

"I like this, but I know...that it wouldn't make back

0:28:550:28:59

"the same money that we bought it for."

0:28:590:29:01

She went, "You're right." So we put it back.

0:29:010:29:04

What about you?

0:29:040:29:06

Mark's amazing.

0:29:060:29:07

He honestly picks up everything and just knows

0:29:070:29:10

if it's an engraving, who's made it,

0:29:100:29:13

what date things are. It's really impressive.

0:29:130:29:17

The experts are also assessing their eager acolytes.

0:29:170:29:20

How was your day yesterday?

0:29:200:29:22

Hermione was a bit challenging to begin with, I think.

0:29:220:29:25

She was a bit unsure of what she was doing.

0:29:250:29:29

But actually... You warmed her up, did you?

0:29:290:29:32

Well, I hope so. And she certainly warmed me up.

0:29:320:29:34

Oh, did she? Yeah, she did.

0:29:340:29:37

Warmed up and ready to go, we're restarting proceedings

0:29:370:29:40

in Cornwall's historic town of Lostwithiel.

0:29:400:29:44

And what a setting.

0:29:440:29:46

A 12th-century bridge, the River Fowey

0:29:460:29:48

and four very competitive road trippers.

0:29:480:29:51

You've got a lot of shopping to do.

0:29:510:29:52

We've got a lot of shopping. You haven't bought very much.

0:29:520:29:55

Just go. Let's go this way. Come on.

0:29:550:29:58

Good luck. They're going to need it.

0:29:580:30:00

Oh! Fighting talk, eh?

0:30:000:30:03

Yesterday, our teams stormed out of the blocks.

0:30:050:30:08

John and Catherine spent ?130 of their ?400

0:30:080:30:11

on two brooches and a cigar cutter.

0:30:110:30:13

Hermione and Mark topped that, spending a whopping ?290 on a

0:30:130:30:17

stamp dispenser, a consulting couch, a punch label and a cot.

0:30:170:30:21

Hello. Hello. Good morning, welcome.

0:30:240:30:28

Opened ten years ago, Uzella Court Antiques has cabinets

0:30:280:30:32

housing items from over a dozen dealers.

0:30:320:30:34

If Hermione and Mark want to go on a spending spree, this is the place.

0:30:340:30:38

How much have we got left, Hermione? 110. 110.

0:30:380:30:42

Do we want to try and blow the budget? Yes, shall we?

0:30:420:30:45

We might as well. Yes.

0:30:450:30:46

We only get one chance.

0:30:460:30:48

After first day at school nerves yesterday,

0:30:480:30:51

Hermione graduated into a confident antiques hunter.

0:30:510:30:54

Now could be the moment for her to go it alone.

0:30:540:30:57

What's that?

0:30:570:30:58

"A coloured pen and ink of a musical pair...

0:31:000:31:04

"by painter, watercolourist and illustrator Edmund Joseph Sullivan.

0:31:040:31:08

"RWS."

0:31:080:31:10

Edmund Joseph Sullivan was a prolific illustrator

0:31:100:31:14

between 1890 and 1920.

0:31:140:31:16

In 1900, he illustrated Tennyson's A Dream Of Fair Women.

0:31:160:31:20

I think what we'll have to do is ask the lady to get it down for us...

0:31:200:31:25

Yes. ..and have a proper look.

0:31:250:31:26

Shall I go and get her? Do you mind, Hermione?

0:31:260:31:28

Hermione seems really taken.

0:31:280:31:30

She said, "I really like that." So I think if we can get it

0:31:300:31:34

within our remaining budget, we should go for it, really.

0:31:340:31:38

The Edwardian watercolour is ticketed at ?175.

0:31:380:31:41

They only have ?110 left.

0:31:410:31:45

We've only got a certain amount of money left.

0:31:450:31:47

Yes, cos we...cos Mark made me buy all these things yesterday.

0:31:470:31:50

HE GASPS

0:31:500:31:52

And this is...I've been left with a meagre budget.

0:31:520:31:56

OK. You tell me what you've got.

0:31:560:31:58

I'm afraid, literally the top -

0:31:580:32:00

literally, literally, every single penny is 110.

0:32:000:32:04

That's what we've got left. That is all we have.

0:32:040:32:07

And this is the thing that lit up in the room,

0:32:070:32:10

as soon as you saw this. Yes.

0:32:100:32:11

It is beautiful. It's very different. I don't know the artist,

0:32:110:32:14

it's a very eclectic taste, it's not...

0:32:140:32:16

It is, it's rough and ready...

0:32:160:32:18

It's not something everybody's going to want. No.

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But I really like it as well.

0:32:200:32:22

I love the colours.

0:32:220:32:24

I love the earthiness of it. I say yes.

0:32:240:32:28

Yes to 110 if you'd really like it. Vicky, thank you very much.

0:32:280:32:32

Yes, it is lovely. We'll shake hands.

0:32:320:32:34

Do you think? I think so. You really like it.

0:32:340:32:37

We haven't looked at anything else.

0:32:370:32:39

I'm with you, honestly.

0:32:390:32:41

Honestly? Promise.

0:32:410:32:42

I think that might be a disaster.

0:32:460:32:47

Courage, Hermione.

0:32:490:32:51

You've come so far, don't lose your nerve now, girl.

0:32:510:32:54

With Mark and Hermione all bought up,

0:32:550:32:58

Catherine and John have got some catching up to do.

0:32:580:33:00

Good morning! Hi, nice to meet you. Hello, I'm Catherine.

0:33:000:33:02

Nice to meet you.

0:33:020:33:04

Mark Royle Antiques has been trading for nine years,

0:33:040:33:06

since the man himself left the London advertising scene

0:33:060:33:09

for something more tranquil.

0:33:090:33:11

He specialises in individual decorative interior items.

0:33:110:33:15

It's a lot of interior pieces, is that what you...?

0:33:150:33:17

It is, I'm not traditional antiques,

0:33:170:33:19

I am more interior dressing pieces, really, one-off pieces.

0:33:190:33:23

Lovely. Well, your wife's an interior designer.

0:33:230:33:25

She is. So you must have an eye. I do have an eye.

0:33:250:33:28

Yeah? I do, yeah.

0:33:280:33:29

Cos she used to go propping quite a lot, so I do know a little bit.

0:33:290:33:33

I've inherited a bit of an eye.

0:33:330:33:35

I've got a good eye for colour, apparently.

0:33:350:33:38

But what you need now, John, is an eye for a bargain.

0:33:380:33:41

Oh, we could spend a fortune in here.

0:33:410:33:43

You've only got ?270 left, remember.

0:33:430:33:46

I like your horse.

0:33:460:33:47

The horse is lovely, isn't it? A fairground horse.

0:33:470:33:50

2,225. How's that in your budget?

0:33:500:33:54

Definitely more than ?270, eh?

0:33:540:33:57

I can imagine you doing a bit of morris dancing.

0:33:580:34:01

I'm a professional drummer.

0:34:010:34:02

Oh, are you? Yes. Are you? Yeah. I didn't know that. Mm. I am.

0:34:020:34:06

Ooh! So, you know I do jazz club on Fast Show. "Great."

0:34:060:34:10

I actually love jazz, genuinely. Right.

0:34:100:34:13

People are really shocked that I'm actually into jazz. Yeah.

0:34:130:34:16

But jazz-funk and jazz fusion's really my kind of music. Right.

0:34:160:34:20

Yeah, I bet your neighbours love you.

0:34:200:34:22

Time to see if John's wife's talents really have rubbed off on him.

0:34:220:34:26

Is decoupage where they cut it out and paste it? Yes.

0:34:260:34:29

Ah, she will be proud.

0:34:290:34:31

Why, what are you thinking?

0:34:310:34:33

Is that...is that that? Yeah. It is, isn't it?

0:34:330:34:36

So, is the decoupage screen cut out to make a profit?

0:34:360:34:39

No, I don't like that, obviously. It looks late Victorian, doesn't it?

0:34:390:34:42

Looks a bit... Maybe a bit too much.

0:34:420:34:45

Hang on...

0:34:450:34:46

Is that a crazed kitten dismembering a doll?

0:34:460:34:49

It looks like the work of a madman.

0:34:490:34:51

Maybe something more traditional is closer to his taste.

0:34:510:34:55

Shaped basket? Is it... What?

0:34:550:34:57

A cobbler's last made out of a 17th-century carved oak bedpost.

0:34:570:35:03

Looks like Frankenstein, kind of stitched together, doesn't it?

0:35:030:35:06

Yes, that's very you, isn't it?

0:35:060:35:08

Catherine, I'm not sure that's a compliment.

0:35:080:35:10

So what is it? A cobbler's last?

0:35:100:35:12

Can you tell us about this?

0:35:120:35:14

A last is a foot-shaped brace used by cobblers

0:35:140:35:17

and cordwainers to repair or make shoes.

0:35:170:35:20

This one's made of cast iron

0:35:200:35:22

and fixed to a piece of 17th-century carved oak bedpost.

0:35:220:35:25

As you do.

0:35:250:35:27

I just like it cos it's odd.

0:35:270:35:28

I don't know. It's just weird, isn't it? It's just weird, isn't it?

0:35:280:35:31

But is it TOO weird?

0:35:310:35:34

We've gone... I don't know anyone with a collection of these.

0:35:340:35:36

So we think this would be good at the right price.

0:35:390:35:42

Yeah.

0:35:420:35:43

Possibly. It's a bit of fun. It's a bit of fun, isn't it?

0:35:430:35:45

I can't guarantee that's going to raise...

0:35:450:35:47

It won't raise a lot of money,

0:35:470:35:49

but it'll certainly raise an eyebrow.

0:35:490:35:51

Yeah, it will. And a few legs, probably. Probably.

0:35:510:35:54

SHE LAUGHS

0:35:540:35:55

What have you got on it, Mark? 55.

0:35:550:35:57

Right.

0:35:570:35:59

OK. And what could you do on that?

0:36:000:36:02

I could let you have it for 30,

0:36:030:36:05

and I think it'd do well at auction for that.

0:36:050:36:07

Could you pinch it a little bit more, Mark?

0:36:070:36:10

How much more? 25?

0:36:100:36:12

Ooh, John.

0:36:120:36:14

Go on.

0:36:140:36:15

Nicely played, eh?

0:36:150:36:16

Thank you. It's OK.

0:36:160:36:17

Thank you so much. A pleasure. I think it's lovely, I really do.

0:36:170:36:20

There we go, one, two, three.

0:36:200:36:22

Super.

0:36:220:36:23

There we are. It's a deal.

0:36:230:36:24

Thank you very much. Thank you very much indeed.

0:36:240:36:27

Antiques apprentice John earning his wings, there. Great work.

0:36:270:36:31

But when it comes to flying high,

0:36:310:36:33

Hermione's on her way to see

0:36:330:36:35

a collection that just might take her breath away.

0:36:350:36:39

MUSIC: "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin

0:36:390:36:41

# Take my breath away... #

0:36:480:36:52

OK, well, welcome to the hangar of the Classic Air Force.

0:36:530:36:57

Wow!

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These are the ones in the post-Second World War, Cold War era,

0:36:580:37:02

the ones that really set the scene

0:37:020:37:05

and helped to develop aviation as it is today.

0:37:050:37:07

Hermione and Mark are with Trevor Bailey at Classic Air

0:37:070:37:11

in Newquay, which houses Europe's largest collection

0:37:110:37:14

of post-war classic aircraft.

0:37:140:37:16

# Take my breath away... #

0:37:170:37:20

Classic Air have over 40 British-built aircraft,

0:37:200:37:22

transporting visitors back to the '40s, '50s and '60s,

0:37:220:37:26

when flying was all about glamour and romance.

0:37:260:37:29

They are very evocative, aren't they?

0:37:290:37:31

Of that sort of more gentler age of flying,

0:37:310:37:33

without all the security measures we have today.

0:37:330:37:36

Well, it's become much more less romantic than it was,

0:37:360:37:39

and we're trying to get a bit of the romanticism back into it,

0:37:390:37:42

if you like. Or at least give you the experience.

0:37:420:37:44

Trevor, how rare is something like this biplane now?

0:37:440:37:47

You'd be stretching it, probably, to take it to double figures.

0:37:470:37:50

Yes, so it's a rare item, isn't it? Mm.

0:37:500:37:53

But it looks... Beautiful. ..it looks so wonderful, doesn't it?

0:37:530:37:55

Beautiful. So, when you're sat inside that,

0:37:550:37:58

and you're flying along the beaches of Cornwall,

0:37:580:38:00

every seat has a panoramic window, and you're looking out

0:38:000:38:03

through those wings, those long, tapering, elliptical wings.

0:38:030:38:07

It really is quite unique. Yes. And memorable. It just looks wonderful.

0:38:070:38:12

You'll see people come off the aircraft today, perhaps,

0:38:120:38:14

while you're here, and you don't see many broader grins.

0:38:140:38:16

No, I bet.

0:38:160:38:18

So taking to the air is the way to see these fantastic flying machines

0:38:180:38:23

at their best. And guess what - Hermione and Mark

0:38:230:38:26

are about to get the chance to find out for themselves.

0:38:260:38:29

Lucky dogs.

0:38:290:38:30

How about flying in one of our planes this afternoon?

0:38:300:38:34

Ooh, I'd love to.

0:38:340:38:35

Wouldn't you? Is it safe?

0:38:350:38:37

Of course it's safe! Trevor's maintained it. Is it, Trevor?

0:38:370:38:42

What sort of plane, Trevor?

0:38:420:38:44

Well, how about one like this one here,

0:38:440:38:46

that you enjoyed looking at earlier? MARK GASPS

0:38:460:38:49

Well, it's very... Oh, yes, come on!

0:38:490:38:52

Come on. Are you serious? Really?

0:38:520:38:55

Oh, come on, we must.

0:38:550:38:57

Don't worry, Hermione, these planes are lovingly restored

0:38:570:39:01

and maintained in tiptop condition.

0:39:010:39:03

There's nothing to fear.

0:39:030:39:04

We hope.

0:39:040:39:05

They're taking to the air in this classic de Havilland Dragon Rapide.

0:39:050:39:10

These World War II eight-seater RAF biplanes

0:39:100:39:13

became one of the first commercial airliners after the war.

0:39:130:39:16

And there's less than ten flying today. Safety first, eh?

0:39:160:39:21

Oh, there we are, look.

0:39:220:39:24

And I've just noticed our escape hatch as well.

0:39:240:39:26

And Hermione looks as though she's about to climb through it.

0:39:260:39:29

Ohh... Oh, God!

0:39:290:39:31

Are we good to go, then, Trevor? When you're ready, John. OK.

0:39:310:39:35

Look at the propeller!

0:39:360:39:38

Oh, my God! We are going up!

0:39:490:39:51

Well, that's what planes do, guys.

0:39:510:39:53

The sound of a twin-prop de Havilland Rapide

0:39:560:39:59

takes some time to get used to.

0:39:590:40:01

Feels like it's struggling a bit.

0:40:010:40:03

Does it feel like it's struggling to you? No.

0:40:030:40:06

No? No, we're fine.

0:40:060:40:08

Should we get out and push?

0:40:080:40:09

Don't worry, Hermione, in a minute it will all be worth it.

0:40:090:40:12

Passing over Watergate Bay...

0:40:160:40:17

Oh, my... Oh, that's amazing.

0:40:170:40:20

Next stop, west. New York.

0:40:200:40:23

It's all so rugged, the coastline.

0:40:230:40:26

The Cornish coastline. Spectacular.

0:40:260:40:29

And Hermione's finally enjoying herself.

0:40:300:40:33

That is amazing.

0:40:330:40:35

Oh-ho!

0:40:480:40:50

Touchdown!

0:40:500:40:51

Thank the Lord.

0:40:510:40:52

That was amazing. We made it.

0:40:520:40:54

That was so smooth.

0:40:540:40:56

Wonderful. This little black one here's the one to go in next.

0:40:580:41:01

MARK GASPS

0:41:010:41:02

Go in that one and we'll take you up and loop the loop.

0:41:020:41:05

Oh, yes, please! HERMIONE LAUGHS

0:41:050:41:07

Wouldn't you love to do that?

0:41:070:41:08

Keeping their feet firmly on the ground,

0:41:120:41:15

this is John and Catherine's last chance to buy,

0:41:150:41:18

and John's feeling quite at home.

0:41:180:41:20

I like it here. Do you?

0:41:200:41:21

Yeah, it's got a bit of an old curiosity shop kind of... Ooh.

0:41:210:41:25

I like... Yeah, I can have a good mooch.

0:41:250:41:27

Can you? Yes. Yeah, he's comfortable. I'm very comfortable here.

0:41:270:41:32

This is going to take hours.

0:41:320:41:34

Yeah, this is an Aladdin's cave, proper.

0:41:340:41:36

All this Road Trip,

0:41:360:41:38

John's been turning his considerable acting skills

0:41:380:41:41

to playing the antiques expert.

0:41:410:41:43

I can feel you're getting into this.

0:41:430:41:45

So, now for some improvisation.

0:41:450:41:47

I know who that's made by. Go on, then. Wade.

0:41:470:41:49

Not quite.

0:41:490:41:51

It's Withernsea Eastgate Pottery, but it looks like...

0:41:510:41:54

It looks like Wade, doesn't it?

0:41:540:41:56

Very convincing performance, though.

0:41:560:41:58

What John needs are a few tricks up his sleeve.

0:41:580:42:01

What you look for are the tickets that are faded,

0:42:010:42:04

and have been here a long time.

0:42:040:42:06

So they want to just get rid of it.

0:42:060:42:08

Catherine, you'll have him passing for an expert in no time.

0:42:080:42:11

Snuffbox.

0:42:110:42:13

That monkey, has it got a little scent bottle inside it?

0:42:180:42:22

I know that look. Catherine's onto something.

0:42:220:42:25

Yes, I've seen the teddy bears of these, with the scent bottles in.

0:42:250:42:29

But I haven't seen a monkey, I must admit.

0:42:290:42:31

Well, let me just show it to my friend.

0:42:310:42:33

Cos he likes toys.

0:42:330:42:34

John? Yes?

0:42:340:42:36

Travelling companion. Let's have a see.

0:42:360:42:38

What do you think of this little man?

0:42:380:42:41

Oh, I love him.

0:42:410:42:42

When I was a kid, my favourite soft toys were monkeys

0:42:420:42:46

and it sort of stayed.

0:42:460:42:48

Really? Well, yeah. Take the top off.

0:42:480:42:50

Oh, wow!

0:42:530:42:55

This is a little scent bottle.

0:42:550:42:56

I've never seen anything like that before.

0:42:580:43:00

German toymaker Schuco was founded in 1912,

0:43:000:43:04

and is best known for its bears,

0:43:040:43:05

some of which concealed perfume bottles.

0:43:050:43:08

This Schuco monkey is brown mohair on a tin body.

0:43:080:43:11

Sweet.

0:43:110:43:12

It's been through it. It's been through the mill.

0:43:120:43:14

He has, hasn't he? Yeah, I think... He's only got one ear.

0:43:140:43:17

Yeah.

0:43:170:43:18

It's kind of like...the Van Gogh of the monkey world.

0:43:180:43:23

Be great if you made Van Gogh money on it.

0:43:230:43:27

Could I possibly ask you if you could have a word with the owner,

0:43:270:43:30

perhaps call them up, and see what we could get on that?

0:43:300:43:33

I'll try and see if I can catch her straight away.

0:43:330:43:36

That's great, thank you.

0:43:360:43:38

Have you seen anything else? What's that? Little snuffbox.

0:43:380:43:41

It's a snuffbox, but it's the detail on it that I absolutely love.

0:43:410:43:46

This is a bust of the gentleman here, who was called Charles JA Fox.

0:43:460:43:52

Could be James, could be sort of short for James.

0:43:520:43:55

And then it says, "This illustrious patriot departed this life

0:43:550:44:00

"September the 13th AD 1806," right?

0:44:000:44:05

And then on the base, it says... Hang on.

0:44:050:44:09

"Intrepid champion of freedom, enlightened advocate of peace.

0:44:090:44:14

"Not born for himself but for the universe."

0:44:140:44:18

So he must have been quite a significant character in his time.

0:44:180:44:21

Like some social reformer...

0:44:210:44:22

Let me help you out here.

0:44:220:44:24

Charles James Fox, born in 1749, was Britain's first Foreign Secretary,

0:44:240:44:29

noted for his support of the American and French revolutions.

0:44:290:44:33

These commemorative bronze snuffboxes were produced

0:44:330:44:36

after his death in 1806, but some of the boxes are later reproductions.

0:44:360:44:41

You know when you retire and they give you a carriage clock?

0:44:410:44:44

Did they give you one? I haven't retired yet, love.

0:44:440:44:47

Someone said to me, "Do you think you'll ever retire?"

0:44:470:44:51

I said, "No, I'll die on stage." Right.

0:44:510:44:53

"And it won't be the first time."

0:44:530:44:54

I love that.

0:44:550:44:57

Vicky's got news on the Schuco monkey.

0:44:570:45:00

Good news. Oh!

0:45:000:45:01

And bad news. Oh.

0:45:010:45:02

Um, she would like to try and get 110 for it.

0:45:020:45:08

I think that's too much.

0:45:080:45:09

Ticket price is ?165, remember.

0:45:090:45:12

The good news is that she has said if, you know,

0:45:120:45:15

that she would go to 100. Right.

0:45:150:45:18

But we've got a bit of a proposition for you,

0:45:180:45:21

cos John's now found this little snuffbox.

0:45:210:45:25

I could do them both for 150.

0:45:250:45:29

115? No, 150.

0:45:290:45:32

So, will she do the pair for 125? Or so, we'll say.

0:45:320:45:35

What they would like to do is do a deal and have them both for 125.

0:45:350:45:40

Not possible. No.

0:45:410:45:44

I'm sure she wants to... 140 for them both.

0:45:440:45:46

140? Final offer.

0:45:460:45:49

Time to ask the question that we all ask

0:45:490:45:51

when faced with a difficult decision.

0:45:510:45:53

If Mark Stacey was here, what would he do?

0:45:530:45:55

Come on, give me your Mark Stacey impression.

0:45:550:45:57

IMITATES MARK: Well, you see, I don't know, darling.

0:45:570:46:00

I really don't know.

0:46:000:46:01

I wouldn't know what to say.

0:46:010:46:03

Well, he couldn't do me!

0:46:030:46:05

Can you do Tim?

0:46:050:46:06

IMITATES TIM: Oh, I say, it's an absolute shower.

0:46:060:46:09

Let's go over here and see if we can negotiate down to about 135.

0:46:090:46:13

Let's go!

0:46:130:46:15

Great! He sounds more like me than I do.

0:46:160:46:18

Come on, 135 for both of them. No, can't do it.

0:46:180:46:21

That's it, Vicky. You hold your ground, girl.

0:46:210:46:24

Go on, just... No! No, 140. Absolutely... Final offer?

0:46:240:46:28

Final offer. And it's two magnificently wonderful pieces.

0:46:280:46:34

I think our master hagglers have met their match here.

0:46:340:46:37

It's a deal. There we go.

0:46:370:46:38

Thank you very much. We have one monkey and snuffbox.

0:46:380:46:41

Thank you very much. Thank you very much.

0:46:410:46:43

I'm going. OK. I'm going before I change my mind about that monkey.

0:46:430:46:46

Right. Well, I've done it now.

0:46:460:46:47

You certainly have. No going back.

0:46:470:46:49

That's a commemorative Charles Fox box for ?45,

0:46:490:46:53

and a Schuco monkey perfume bottle for ?95.

0:46:530:46:57

Time for our teams to get together and reveal their hauls.

0:46:570:47:00

Shall we have a look? Because we're desperate.

0:47:000:47:02

I'm not going to do a whip, I'm going to slowly shimmy off. Yes.

0:47:020:47:04

This is it? Mm?

0:47:040:47:07

What do you mean? We've been working hard!

0:47:070:47:09

I like the box. Do you like the box? Yeah, I do, I like the box.

0:47:090:47:12

HERMIONE: I'm afraid that monkey looks dreadful!

0:47:120:47:14

It's ghastly, isn't it? JOHN: It's more than a monkey.

0:47:140:47:17

It's a scent bottle. He's right.

0:47:170:47:19

HERMIONE: Oh, you see? This is what I've had.

0:47:190:47:22

JOHN: That is a cigar cutter. Oh, no, that's lovely.

0:47:220:47:24

It's a rose gold cigar cutter.

0:47:240:47:26

A lucky horseshoe. Lucky monkey, lucky horseshoe.

0:47:260:47:28

Do you like the leg, by the way? No.

0:47:280:47:30

Say what you mean, Mark.

0:47:300:47:32

This is our lucky leg. You've got an awful lot of luckies.

0:47:320:47:35

Sorry. Come on, then. Show us yours.

0:47:350:47:37

Ready? Yes.

0:47:370:47:38

So, that's our first little collection.

0:47:400:47:43

Our "first" collection?!

0:47:430:47:44

And then we've also got this.

0:47:440:47:47

Which I absolutely love.

0:47:470:47:49

Now, that I like.

0:47:500:47:52

I think that's amazing. Yeah, it reminds me of Rosemary's Baby.

0:47:520:47:55

Not a fan, then, John?

0:47:550:47:57

Nice. This is nothing but a wonderful quality drawing.

0:47:570:48:03

Did you pay lots for it?

0:48:030:48:04

She's just trying to wind you up, H, honestly.

0:48:050:48:08

No, that's real.

0:48:080:48:09

JOHN: I'm loving the cot, I think that's my favourite thing.

0:48:090:48:12

This is completely down to Hermione.

0:48:120:48:14

You can't sell second-hand cots for love nor money.

0:48:140:48:16

That's the problem. That IS the problem, Catherine,

0:48:160:48:18

you're quite right. Um...

0:48:180:48:20

And everybody's going to want a lump of old wood with an iron foot on it.

0:48:200:48:23

Aren't they? I mean, let's be honest.

0:48:230:48:26

Everyone's certainly being honest, Mark.

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This is our fifth item. Piece de la resistance.

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Which is a lovely turn-of-the-century consulting room table...

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Er, bench. I like that. With the maker's mark on it.

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Oh, I really like that.

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Wow, some praise. Finally.

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What do we think, then? Not sure!

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I'm kind of a bit speechless, really. I think the letter... Yeah.

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I mean, it might sell, but I just saw it and thought,

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what a bit of junk, really.

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I told you they'd go safe, didn't I? Little things.

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I don't know how safe that was. I don't think it is.

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I mean, they didn't say, actually,

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what they paid for the little monkey thing.

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That monkey was dreadful, Mark. I hate it.

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I love the cot, but like you say, I don't know how saleable it is.

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I don't know how saleable that is. I think that might struggle.

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HERMIONE: My picture.

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I watched Catherine's face, and she was horrified.

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But can I just say one thing to you, H? Yes.

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Look at what she bought.

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Could that judge a picture? No.

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Whatever happens, it's been an experience.

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It's been an adventure. I've loved it. Give us a hug.

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Ooh! Romantic.

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Time for our Road-Trippers to hit the tarmac again,

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bid farewell to Cornwall and hello to our nation's capital, London.

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It's the all-important auction showdown in Wandsworth.

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Criterion auction house is the venue for our final battle, specialising

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in everything from interesting furniture to collectibles.

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This should be the place to shift our eclectic mix of items.

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So, time for a hearty hello and a pep talk.

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Hello. Hello! Nice to see you. Are you all right? Yes.

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Ready for today? I think so. Ready for some action? Yeah, absolutely.

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I'm not nervous, are you nervous? No! You're biting your nails!

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You are! I am! MARK CHUCKLES

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Now, let's get the lowdown on what the man with the gavel,

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auctioneer Daniel Webster, thinks of our team's buys.

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There's a pretty little gold cigar cutter, horseshoe shaped,

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that's a nice popular shape people usually go for, so, again,

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hopefully that's going to appeal to somebody out there.

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The Schuco monkey, that's quite an interesting thing.

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In good condition, they can make a few hundred pounds.

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That one's not great condition, unfortunately.

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Overall, it's sort of a good eclectic mix.

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They've bought quite wisely overall,

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with maybe a couple of errors here and there.

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Well, that sounds promising.

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Both teams started this Road Trip with ?400.

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Joan and Catherine bought five items and came in under budget,

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spending ?295.

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Hermione and Mark also picked up five items,

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but they managed to blow the whole ?400.

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Let's see who can pump the profits,

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and who will be left weeping over their wares.

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Now, before proceedings start, there's some unfortunate news.

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John and Catherine's two silver brooches were sadly lost

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just before the auction, but to put things right,

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Team Thomson will get an insurance payout on both.

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Yes, I've looked at the photos,

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and we'll give an insurance valuation of ?100.

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So, with ?100 in the bag for Team Thomson

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and internet bidding in the offing, let's get this auction under way.

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This is you. This is it.

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First up, can Hermione

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and Mark post a profit on with their stamp machine and letter box?

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There you go, neat little things just over there,

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good and collectible for ?20.

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20. Come on.

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Ten. Ten, surely?

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Five if you like. No money at five, surely?

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Five is bid.

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?5 now, at five, are we all done?

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At five, eight just behind, sir. Eight now.

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At ?8, are we all done, then? At ?8, are we all sure for eight?

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Not a great start.

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But there's still plenty to play for.

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That is terrible.

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True.

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The auctioneer loved this lot, though.

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So can John and Catherine's horseshoe cigar cutter

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make a slice of profit?

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Interest ten, 15 got.

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At ?15, the money's here at 15, 20 if you like.

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20 in the room.

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At ?20, are we done?

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At 20, we're in the room. Yes or no, internet?

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Come on, internet. 22 front row.

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25.

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27 and creeping along.

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30. At ?30 now.

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At ?30, we left at 30. Are we all done?

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Looks like the bidders are sitting on their hands.

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Is that a profit? No.

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What did you pay for it? 60.

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Oh!

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Up next is Hermione's beloved watercolour.

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Will it be music to our ears?

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Good artist and good thing, and with interest.

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45, 50 is bid.

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?50, the money's here with me at 50, are we sure?

0:53:160:53:19

At ?50, are we all done? 55. Ooh!

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55, internet, now, at 55.

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At ?55, are we done at 55?

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Oh, bad luck.

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There was internet interest, but it just wasn't enough.

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It's just not our day. It's just not our day.

0:53:350:53:38

It's a bit shabby,

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but can the bidders see the chic in Team Thomson's Schuco monkey?

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30 in the room. Five if you like, internet.

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35. 40.

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At 40, are we done? Don't stop.

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At ?40, are we all sure at 40?

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Come on!

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At 40, we're in the room at 40...

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Oh, dear. Well, at least the poor thing's got a home to go to.

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Well, the internet is relieved that when he gets that in the post,

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anyway. He'll be... HE GASPS

0:54:050:54:09

So, will Hermione

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and Mark's consulting couch be just what the doctor ordered?

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I mean, it's just silly.

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It could have the potential to make a couple of hundred pounds.

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That's one just down now there, there now, there you go, adjustable

0:54:180:54:21

and all sorts, what more could you want?

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?50 for it. 30.

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Obviously more. A tenner. Ten is bid. Oh, come on.

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At ?10 now, at ten, are we done?

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I don't want to smile, cos it looks like I'm gloating.

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For ten.

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Oh, crikey Moses. Someone's got a real bargain, there.

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On the right auction day, that should have made a lot more.

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I don't know what to say, I'm sorry.

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That was the piece de resistance. I mean, ?10.

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But, Mark, hope springs eternal.

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And with more bidders filing in, can the ladle serve up some good news?

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And it's with interest at 35, 40 got.

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At ?40, the money's here with me at 40, are we done?

0:54:590:55:03

At ?40, commissions money at 40, are we sure now?

0:55:030:55:07

Cheer up, kids. The punch ladle breaks even.

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Could our teams fortunes be about to turn?

0:55:130:55:15

John and Catherine's commemorative box is next.

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Neat little thing for ?20.

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20's bid. 25.

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30. Five.

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(Come on. Come on.)

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?35, and in the room. Are we done?

0:55:300:55:32

At 35, in the room and selling in the room, then.

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That's a shame.

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But, thankfully, not a devastating loss.

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Next, Mark and Hermione's Victorian cot.

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This will be interesting.

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Good, collectible and smart for ?100 and bid.

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At 100, 110. (Well done, well done!)

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110. 120.

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For 120, are we sure now at 120?

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Well, it's a small loss after auction costs,

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but I daresay that's a good result considering everything.

0:56:050:56:09

Finally, John and Catherine's cobbler's last is last. Hah!

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There you go, unusual indeed. And ?30. 20.

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Ten. Ten is bid. At ?10 now, at ten. 15. 20.

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Five. At 25 away right.

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You have. At ?25 right and away, then.

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At the front!

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Oh, well done, madam. There's bidding at the front.

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30. New place now at 30.

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And 30, are we all done? For ?30, then.

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I think our leg was just bought by Dr Legg.

0:56:430:56:45

From EastEnders.

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The leg just managed to get into its stride.

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Well done for effort, boys and girls.

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It's been good fun, though, hasn't it? Yeah.

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That's the main thing. It has, actually.

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Have we enjoyed ourselves? We have. Yes. We've had a great time.

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It's not the losing, it's the taking part. Absolutely, John.

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That's my motto.

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Well, sadly the bidders just weren't there to today,

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so forget winning,

0:57:070:57:08

this auction's been more about who's made the least losses.

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So, let's get the headlines.

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Hermione and Mark thought they'd shopped smart,

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but when it came down to brass task, they made a loss of ?208.94

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after auction costs, giving them ?191.06 at the finishing line.

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However, John and Catherine pipped them to the post.

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Despite auction costs,

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the insurance valuation on the brooches cut their losses

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to a more conservative ?102.30,

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leaving them with a respectable ?297.70.

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That's not so bad, then.

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I feel a bit sad! Oh, do you?

0:57:440:57:46

I do. I won't shed a tear on national television.

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Anyway, it's been lovely. What can I say?

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Really enjoyed it. I've had a lovely time.

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I've had a fantastic time. Thank you so much.

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Thank you. Thank you.

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Go on, jump in, lady.

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They can't wait to get away, look! I know.

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Take care. Bye! Bye! Bye.

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Any profits made from across the Road Trip

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will go to Children In Need.

0:58:070:58:09

CAR BACKFIRES

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What's happened to your hair? It's blowing in the wind.

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I hope it doesn't come off! Yes!

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I know a little bit about toys. Early Victorian automatons.

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No, no, you're talking out of your...

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Thespians Hermione Norris and John Thomson join up with antiques experts Mark Stacey and Catherine Southon on a sun-drenched trip around Cornwall in a classic car with £400 in their pocket. The aim - to buy antiques to sell for a profit at auction in Wandsworth, London. On the way, John gets a lesson in the region's nautical history while Hermione goes sky high.


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