Rugby stars Phil Vickery and Martin Offiah take to the antiques trail around Bristol with the help of experts Margie Cooper and Christina Trevanion.
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The nation's favourite celebrities...
We are special then, are we?
Oh, that's excellent!
..paired up with an expert...
I'm getting stressed.
..and a classic car.
Their mission? To scour Britain for antiques...
I have no idea what it is.
Oh, I love it!
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction.
But it's no easy ride.
There's no accounting for taste.
Who will find a hidden gem?
Who will take the biggest risks? Will anybody follow expert advice?
-Do you like them?
There will be worthy winners, and valiant losers.
-Are you happy?
Time to put your pedal to the metal,
this is Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
On this Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
we're expecting a bit of a scrum...
Let's get the show on the road!
..between rugby stars Phil Vickery
and Martin Offiah.
Life on the open road!
I feel like I'm literally going to war!
And in a competition this intense,
they might as well be.
Now, Martin "Chariots" Offiah -
to give him his Sunday name -
is a legend of rugby league
and one of the greatest try scorers of all time,
most notably for teams Widnes and Wigan.
Since retiring from the game he's become a popular sports pundit
and has turned his talents to appearing on Strictly...
I used to watch you as a kid playing league,
because you were a proper superstar, weren't you?
Well, you're showing my age there!
I'm obviously a generation before you.
..while Phil Vickery's name is legend
in the world of rugby union.
Known as the Raging Bull,
this former England captain was part of the winning side
for 2003's glorious victory in the Rugby World Cup.
Since he left the game, he's also made a name for himself in the media
winning 2011's Celebrity MasterChef.
So, we can expect this to be a competitive event.
I feel like I'm on a roller coaster, right now.
It certainly is going to be a wild ride.
And today Martin and Phil are driving a sturdy Land Rover
dating from way back in 1952.
So, how did we end up in the middle of the West Country,
going uphill, in what I think is a 1950s...
I'm asking myself the same question -
why I'm letting YOU drive ME around in this vehicle.
Well, we're here in Gloucestershire on the Antiques Road Trip...
You are indeed!
The Land Rover was manufactured before seat belts were mandatory -
hence the boys aren't buckled up, but the car's 1950s transmission
seems to be giving them a bit gyp.
What gear's that?
You'll get used to it.
She's warming up now. She's happy. She's warming up.
What do you know about antiques?
-Seriously, you must know something.
-I know they're made out of wood.
Obviously, wood antiques are made out of wood.
But, fear not, guiding these two sporting heroes
are two grand dames of the antique world,
auctioneer Christina Trevanion
and silver expert Margie Cooper.
It's Thelma And Louise, this!
It IS like Thelma And Louise!
If you say so.
They're piloting a 1980 Corvette Stingray.
And is it good to drive?
It is very good to drive.
Each with £400 to spend,
our two pairs will journey from Stroud in Gloucestershire
around the winding byways
of the south-west
to end up in an auction
in the city of Bristol.
My agent didn't really explain this!
We get that a lot, Martin.
But, no matter, it's time for celebrities to meet experts.
Oops...! Martin seems to have lost this hat.
But he's keeping his head... (just about.)
Hey, look at this!
It's a Land Rover!
-Do you want me to give you a push?
-I can't believe it.
Oh, it's a Landie!
Oh, God! That's what happens
when you leave him in charge of anything.
That's what you call a road trip!
Very nice to meet you!
Not a problem.
And they've already decided Christina will pair with Martin
and Margie with Phil.
Now, have we decided...
who is going to go in... which vehicle?
Yeah, I've decided.
It took you all of a nanosecond.
Am I going to be pushing this?
We could be stranded.
-Yeah! Oh, well, I don't mind being stranded with you.
That's fine. It's all good.
You ARE getting on swimmingly.
It's time for the off.
-Have fun, guys.
-It's part of the excitement.
And the pretty Cotswold town of Stroud
makes for a delightful place for Martin and Christina
to start the day.
They're leaving the vehicle for the time being
and striding off towards the Antiques Emporium
where they're meeting dealer Jenny.
-Hi. What's your name?
-Hi, I'm Christina.
Time for a proper rummage in this centre's ample stock.
I love a good rummage.
Oh, good. So do I.
They're really casing the joint here.
So, what are we looking for, Martin? What do you like?
I am looking for a deal.
Phil has made it perfectly clear on day one that he wants to win this.
And I am in his own backyard, so...
-I'm a London boy.
-So, does he live around here?
-Yeah, he's from Gloucester -
from these parts, as they say.
And he's told me that,
there's no way that a city slicker is going to come
-to his neck of the woods and win.
-And make any money.
-Oh, that is fighting talk!
-We've gotta win!
This match is definitely on.
But does Martin have any form in the antiques game?
I've got a few antique-y pieces.
You know, ornate mirrors and... a few bits and pieces here and there,
stuff I've bought abroad,
and I've been to a few car-boot sales.
I love it that you've been to car-boot sales,
so get down, get rummaging.
I have bought something at a car-boot sale and sold it for a profit at auction.
I never do that. Well done.
Very impressive, Martin.
Who's the expert here, again?
So having a good old rummage here.
Soon, Martin spotted something hidden in a jumble of stock.
A slot machine.
I wonder if this works.
Is this something that I could potentially sell...
in an auction?
I mean, it's jolly quirky, isn't it?
It's a fruit machine, or one-armed bandit,
probably dating from the 1970s.
Would you have that in your house?
Yes, I used to have arcade games in my house
when I lived in Manchester.
-I used to charge people 20p to use them.
Hey, you're a shrewd customer, Martin. I like it.
Ticket price on the fruit machine is a substantial £140.
Time to speak to dealer Jenny.
How long has it been there?
-Deep in the back.
-Deep in the bowels. Yes.
-It weighs a ton.
It is full of old coins. So you're OK.
You've just got no key to get into it.
So it'll be a rank frustration. A bit like having a money box...
That you can't open!
But it does light up when you plug it in.
Does it work?
Yes, it works in as much as you would call it
a very sort of boys-toy lamp, I think,
rather than fruit machine.
It is being sold as a decorative item rather than a functional game.
So will that help them on the price?
Can we come under the hundred pounds? Is there any chance?
-We would want to be getting it for £60.
-You're going to take it away today?
-We're going to take it away...
So you're going to move everything, tidy up afterwards.
Cold, hard cash. And I've got a rugby player to help me lift it out.
Cool. 80 at the absolute death.
And it'll be just for the fun of watching you try and dig it out.
So, are we doing a deal?
-Yes, we'll do the deal for 80.
Deal done at £80.
Now, they just have to get it out of there.
Good thing Martin's here, eh?
Come on, Muscles!
That bold deal shows he's got the brawn and the brains.
-Keep going, keep going.
-Yeah, we've got a hill to climb yet.
Now, Phil and Margie are motoring on in the Corvette.
And Margie's quizzing Phil on his knowledge of the competition.
So, do you know Martin?
-I do know Martin, but we're a generation apart.
So I just crossed over with him at the end of his career,
but he's someone who I used to watch as a kid and be inspired by,
-particularly from his rugby league days.
He was tough, he was fast, try scorer,
just an unbelievable talent.
He could do things which...
..other guys just wouldn't even be able to comprehend, so...
So, he's not going to do that in the shops, is he?
I doubt there'll be room, Margie.
He's very competitive.
He likes a bit of fun.
But let me assure you, he won't want to lose.
So...it's going to be interesting.
And we cannot let Martin beat us.
Oh, no! You're putting pressure on me now.
You're really going to have to...
TRY, Margie! Ha!
They're heading for the town of Cirencester,
an ancient market town known as the Capital Of The Cotswolds,
where they're heading for Cirencester Antiques Centre,
and meeting dealer Brian.
-Hello, good morning. Welcome to Cirencester.
There's plenty to see in this shop, so best get stuck in.
Martin and Christina were pretty focused on their buying,
but these two seem happy, well, just to have a lark about.
HE BLOWS TUNELESSLY
Hey, I don't think that strikes the right note.
Can you see the resemblance?
You could be brothers.
Soon, Margie's quizzing Phil on his triumphant turn on TV's MasterChef.
Who was your judge?
-John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
-Oh, Gregg Wallace.
-Yeah. Well, Gregg's easy, just anything sweet.
-HE IMITATES GREGG:
Hey, an uncanny impression, Phil.
-That's modern, that's been tampered with.
-It has, yeah.
-Yeah, it has, yeah.
-I say, I watch these type of shows, you know.
Glad to hear it, Phil.
And his discerning eyes soon settled on something else.
-I like this.
It's a leather pouch,
designed to hold magazines for a sub-machine gun,
military in origin and dating from the mid-20th century -
ticket price is £45.
-Have you got the key, darling?
-Thank you very much indeed.
Just get this open.
Phil is smitten with this piece of vintage militaria.
I like it, because it looks used. I like it. I'd like to buy it.
-At the right price.
-I can try and do a bit for you.
-What's a bit?
-Cos it's 45...
-Yeah, but it's not worth 45, is it?
-That's the reality of it.
-£30? Got a deal. Nice doing business.
Blimey, Phil doesn't mess about, he's off like a shot.
And they've got their first item for £30.
Now, Margie's got her eye on something.
-Those little things at the back there.
-What have you spotted?
It's a pair of solid silver salts in the form of baskets
and they've really taken silver expert Margie's fancy.
Ticket price is £48.
And, you know, they're Victorian.
-I think they're quite sweet.
-Which gives me pressure.
You're the encyclopaedia of silverware extraordinaire.
-I just like those.
-If you like them, I like them. We like them.
-If they can be 30, I'll close the deal on those.
-How about 35?
Shall we split?
OK, then. Go on. Deal.
And with all the coordination of a professional athlete.
So we're going to what? £32.50?
But these two know what they want.
And they know how to get it -
a second sterling deal all wrapped up in record time.
-Right, that's lovely, thank you very much, Brian.
-It's a pleasure.
Martin and Christina, meanwhile, are still back in Stroud
and driving to their next shop.
The trusty old Land Rover seems to be back to full health.
-Best car ever for the Road Trip for me.
There is a lot to be said for good old-fashioned engineering, I think.
-I thought you were going to say, "They made things to last back then!"
So, let's hope they can find something as ancient and durable
in their next shop. They're heading for Armchair Antiques.
-Hi. Hi, Christina, how are you?
-Hi, very well, thank you.
-Pleased to meet you.
-What's your name?
-My name's James.
-James. Hi, James.
-Hi, James, Martin.
-Martin, pleased to meet you, how are you doing?
-This is... This is...
all looking very clocky.
This shop indeed specialises
in selling and restoring antique clocks...
..though there are some other items dotted about, as well.
Dartboard, yeah, that's my recreation. That's not for sale.
So how much money would you want for said comics in a box?
They'll be £100.
Holy baloney, Robin!
-Holy baloney, Robin!
Whilst Martin had his pick this morning,
this afternoon Christina's taking the lead.
-Oh, that one, yeah. That's quite nice.
-Oh, here we go.
So this is, obviously, a canteen of cutlery.
It is, indeed - an Edwardian, silver-plated canteen of cutlery,
presented rather cunningly in a mahogany table.
Well, we've got fish knives and forks there, jam spoons,
sauce ladle, we've got, obviously, a carving set.
Something missing there.
-Well, it looks like a nice piece.
-I haven't seen anything like this before.
-That's rather attractive.
-What have you got on that, James?
-I've got 100 on it at the minute.
-I like it...
-Can be negotiable...
-..but don't like it that much.
What's the best we could do with this, do you think?
What sort of price were you thinking of, then? Don't say 30.
-I was thinking, if...
Crumbs, Martin, you're getting the hang of the hard haggle.
-£40 then and, yeah, we'll shake on that.
-Oh, blimey! Oh!
OK! Thank you.
Run, run, run!
What a deal! Talk about tackling them low.
They get the table and all the cutlery inside for a bargain £40.
But they're still scouring the shop for more items.
This is a bit random. Why have you got a Canterbury underneath here?
Oh, we collect so many things over the years.
It's got quite a lot of dust on it, James.
-That's been there for a while.
-Is that for sale?
It can be, yeah. Don't know why I put it there, to be honest.
That's all right. Oh, blimey, I've just managed to pull it to pieces.
It's a bit...
-Oh, blimey! I really have managed to pull it to pieces, look.
Is that to try and get the price down?!
I wouldn't put it past her, James.
-It looks like a magazine rack.
-Yeah, it's a Canterbury, exactly.
It is, indeed, a Victorian Canterbury,
used for storing magazines or sheet music.
What would you like for it?
I'm open to offers, really,
-because I actually didn't know I had it, so...
Pretty embarrassed, really.
I do think it needs a lot of TLC.
-I mean, it's a project piece, isn't it?
-It is, yeah.
I mean, this...
Well, it is now.
Would you kill me if I said a fiver?
It saves it getting any more dusty. Yeah, go on, then, we'll do a fiver.
It's an antique and it's a fiver, so...
-hopefully we can't lose.
Another bargain on the rack James didn't even know he had.
Thank you very much. James, you're a star.
Right, have you got a duster and some glue?
We'll sell it like that - we'll still make money.
Over in Cirencester, Phil and Margie are back in the car
and country boy Phil is filling Margie in on some of his interests.
Myself and my wife at home have got a few horses,
but I'm actually more interested in what it brings to the countryside,
with the farriers and the shops.
-It's part of our heritage, isn't it?
-No, it is. It is.
I think it's an important part of our heritage.
With horses and heritage high on their agenda,
they really are in for a treat today.
They're heading for the outskirts of town to spend
the afternoon at Cirencester Park Polo Club...
..where they're meeting executive polo manager Tim
and assistant polo manager Kim.
-Welcome to Cirencester Park Polo Club.
-Nice to have you here.
This polo club, which bills itself as Britain's most historic,
certainly has an illustrious past.
With strong ties to the royal family,
the club was inaugurated under the seventh Earl Bathurst
in the grounds of his own estate, here in 1894.
We're celebrating our 120th anniversary this year -
120 years of history at Cirencester, that's quite a lot.
Which is a history full of stories.
But the game of polo has been around just a little longer than that.
Where did it come from and how long has it been a sport?
What's the history of it?
It originated in Persia, I think, going back before,
-I don't know, 600 BC, somewhere like that.
And then when the British Army was in India,
they saw it as a sport and brought it back and then
they were the ones that pretty much moved it round the world,
was the Army.
Polo came to British shores during the Victorian period
and was embraced most firmly by the highest echelons in society.
It's been played and loved
by several generations of our royal family
and it was the Queen's cousin, Lord Mountbatten,
who arguably gave us the game as it's played today.
Until about 1938, there wasn't too many rules at all and then I think
it was Lord Mountbatten,
who was a lover of the sport and played it a lot,
he formalised the rules in 1938.
And pretty much the same or very similar to what we use now.
Tim and Kim are taking our polo novices to see
one of the club's most prized possessions.
-Here it is, the Warwickshire Cup.
-Wow! What a trophy.
-Wow, that is a trophy.
The Warwickshire Cup is the oldest polo trophy in the country
and one of the most illustrious.
It's one of the sort of top three tournaments in the country.
So you've got the Gold Cup,
the Queen's Cup and the Warwickshire Cup.
Can you go to dinners off the back of winning this or not?
I'm sure they could, yeah.
Just like you, Margie, stunning.
Well said, Phil, you're a gent.
But, of course, they can't come here without having a go themselves.
Anyone for a chukka?
-So, jump up.
-And I'll help you.
No, you... Yeah.
First on these wooden steeds...
-This one's called Volcano.
That's good, that's good.
Look at that!
I thought you'd do that!
I tell you what, this polo lark's easy.
Don't speak too soon, Phil!
Do you think we're ready for the real thing?
It's years since I've done this!
That's enough horsing about, you two.
Look at that - perfect!
Bang on, Phil.
Perfect. A little bit of tuition, they'd be right up there
and ready to start their new career as polo players.
Thank you very much, everybody. You've been very patient with us.
No, it's been great having you here. It really has.
Thank you very much.
At that final chukka,
it's the end of a terribly sporting first day on the road trip.
But nothing will keep this lot off the road for long
when a game is afoot.
The morning sun greets them back in the car and they are raring to go.
Martin and Phil are together in the Land Rover
and comparing notes on each of their team's dynamics.
I think we've established our relationship quite well -
ie, she drives, she's in charge, and I just sort of follow along!
I think there was a common theme there.
While Christine is in charge of your team,
I can assure you Margie's in charge of mine.
Although the chaps have each chosen an item so far.
I always think that a successful team
happens when everyone knows their role, you know what I mean?
If you're meant to be kicking the ball, you kick the ball.
If you're a grafter, you graft.
If you're a big money star, you've got to come up with some big plays.
So it will be interesting to see what roles these two big money stars
take on today.
Meanwhile, in the other car,
Margie and Christina are also comparing notes.
Well, I am enjoying Phil's company.
-My guy's an MBE.
I shall ask mine when I see him.
Phil's an MBE too. Yes. Now, don't let's squabble, girls.
Look, he's been captain of England, and they won the World Cup.
Yeah, yeah... Martin's muscley-er than Phil.
In we go.
They're all planning to meet up at the local rugby club.
But the boys seem to be a little lost.
Come on, guys - for ever waiting.
It wouldn't be a road trip without getting lost, would it?
Can't not get lost on a road trip.
It wouldn't be the Antiques Road Trip, I assure you!
MARGIE AND CHRISTINA CHEER
Here we are! We made it.
-We got lost.
-Where have you been?
MARGIE AND CHRISTINA: How'd you get lost?!
It's a rugby pitch.
-Surely, you would know where every rugby pitch in the UK is.
Come on, then. Let's head off.
So far, Martin and Christina have spent £125 on three lots...
..the one-armed bandit, the Victorian Canterbury,
and the canteen of cutlery presented in a table.
That gives them £275 left to spend today...
-Pleasure doing business with you, James.
-Thank you, sir.
..while Phil and Margie have spent a slight £62.50 on two lots...
..the pouch for a gun's magazine,
and the set of silver salt dishes.
So that leaves them with a generous £337.50 in their coffers.
-Do you carry a purse, Phil?
-I don't carry a purse, actually.
I don't, no.
Martin and Christina are on the road remembering Martin's playing days.
It must be amazing to walk out onto a rugby pitch
packed full of thousands and thousands of people
all cheering you on.
I must admit, on days like this, when it's sunny days,
it does sort of bring back memories of playing rugby,
especially seeing a rugby pitch like that.
This morning they're kicking off the day's shopping
in the fine city of Bristol
and the vehicle, thankfully,
has made it all the way there.
-We've made it! Well done!
-Oh, my good lord!
That deserves a round of applause.
And now it doesn't stall!
Come on, that's worth a hug. Well done.
How sweet! They're heading into Rachel's Antiques,
where the owner, oddly enough, is called Rachel.
-Hi. I'm Rachel.
I'm Christina, lovely to meet you.
Is Rachel ready for this hard-haggling pair?
There's a bit of jewellery there which is mainly silver.
If there's things you're interested in, I'm always ready to do a deal.
-A flexible lady?
-I'm very flexible.
Did a lot of karate for a long time. 20 years I did karate for.
Blimey, Rachel I'm not sure if that's a threat or a promise.
So, they'd better get on the hunt for a bargain.
Brilliant, brilliant. Right.
What money would you have on that?
What do you think of that?
Next door is a shop belonging to Rachel's dad Michael.
Leaving no stone unturned, they're searching there, too.
OK, this is Mike's Antiques.
That's very lovely.
It's a French moulded glass bowl in the Art Deco style
dating from the 1920s or '30s, maybe,
and Christina is taking the lead again this morning.
These mermaids are really beautiful, aren't they?
The weight of that...! It's phenomenal.
Don't let me drop it - oh!
Don't do that...!
Don't drop the ball.
You'd never live that down, would you?
It's nice that. Lovely. I like that.
Yeah? How much have you got on that?
I've got 45 on it, but I'm willing to negotiate.
If you wanted a couple of things, we can see what we can do.
I think we'd want to be securing it in the region of £15-£20, really.
I'll arm-wrestle you for it.
I don't think we need to resort to that just yet.
They like that, and will look for something else
they could strike a bigger deal on.
OK, well, let's take this with us.
Very disappointed I haven't seen any karate moves at all.
Well, this is action-packed.
I felt it, though, like...
I looking at this stand.
He was retailing that at 85, because it's just a particularly nice one.
But I'll see if there's any movement in what he can do on it.
It's a Victorian brass umbrella stand
and another possible buy.
Do you like the look of that lamp?
That's a very nice Art Deco lamp.
It would go very well with that bowl.
I like it! Look at you - tactics!
Creating a whole section of our sales in the auction.
I know. He is good, isn't he?
Can you reach over and get it?
She's moulded glass,
very Art Deco in style, especially with that chrome combination.
It's a decorative lamp from around the same inter-war period
as the glass bowl they also like.
So, normally that would retail at about 85, as well.
But obviously I can do better than that
because I know you've got to make a profit.
That's really kind, Rachel. Thank you.
The best I can do on that,
if you're interested in the umbrella stand, as well,
I can do them for 100 for the two - making that 55, and that 45.
OK. What about 100 for the bowl, the lamp and the umbrella stand?
You drive a hard bargain.
Buy two, get one free. Martin, what's your thoughts?
You know, it's...it is all about the business for us,
for us to make a profit, we really do need it at 100, I think.
He's worse than you!
He is, you know.
Look, I need to put you out of your misery -
-I'll do it for 100.
-But that's it.
-Shake on it?
Deal done for all three at a nice round £100.
Could you do it for 90?
I should think so, love.
-That's really kind.
-I think that's enough to take to auction.
-I think that's plenty.
Bring it on!
Meanwhile, Phil and Margie are in the car.
And Phil's reminiscing about how he got his start in rugby.
I can honestly say I fell in love with rugby as a young lad.
Well, team sports.
I just loved being involved in a team.
I was very lucky. I played for England Under-16s.
I just fell into rugby which then became a career.
Even at the age of 19, when I moved up to Gloucester...
You know, I didn't want to leave home.
Growing up at home in Cornwall - it was a beautiful part of the world,
all your family, all your friends.
I genuinely loved it there.
But I remember Mum saying to me,
with me not wanting to leave,
she said home will be always be here for you.
-And that kind of... I'll never forget that.
They're driving to the village of
Kington St Michael in Wiltshire...
..a calm and pretty little place to start their own day's buying.
Here they're aiming for Kington Antiques And Interiors...
-We have arrived!
In the boiling heat.
..where they're meeting dealer Richard. Hi, Richard.
Phil's feeling the heat this morning.
-Nice fan. Nice if it's warm.
-Suits you, Phil.
Oh, that's nice, isn't it? Lovely.
Soon enough something's caught his eye.
-Can I have an orange?
-Yes, you help yourself.
They're fresh out of the fridge this morning.
See anything you fancy?
Apart from the orange?
While team player Martin's mainly following his expert's lead today,
former England captain Phil seems keen to take the reins from Margie.
What's the scales worth?
I love it more than anything because it's got that Post Office.
I would buy that. If I was looking and saw that I would buy that.
It's a set of mid-20th century Post Office scales.
There's no ticket price on them.
The reason for that is I use them, but I guess I could sell them.
I just have to try to find some more.
But they took months for me to track those down.
Have you got any tissues? I've got a few tears.
And Phil's certainly got the sportsmanlike
scent of competition in his nostrils this morning.
So how much are they for sale? It's in the shop. I can see it.
It must be for sale.
I need to lie down. I'm getting stressed.
It is stressful trying to buy these things.
I'll let you take them for £15.
I think you'd make a good margin on that.
-Because they're not available.
They obviously are, because you've got one.
He's getting a bit smart there.
You drive a hard bargain.
-Thank you very much.
They had the scales for a very reasonable £12.50
and they're wandering onwards.
Come on. Come on.
Martin and Christina are still in Bristol.
Having had a very successful morning shopping,
they're heading for Cameron Balloons where they're going to
learn about some extraordinary sporting achievements.
They're meeting company director Craig and John,
the archivist of the British Balloon Museum and Library.
-Hello. Nice to meet you.
-I'm Craig, nice to meet you.
Welcome to Cameron Balloons,
the largest manufacturer of hot air balloons in the world.
Cameron is indeed the world's pre-eminent maker of
The company's founder, Don Cameron,
is the godfather of UK hot air ballooning in the modern era
and this Bristol institution really helped the pursuit take off.
As well as bringing ballooning to the people, this factory also
manufactured the balloon which completed the first non-stop
But hot-air ballooning has been around for much longer than
you might think and John is taking Martin and Christina to see a museum
display at Cameron's which sketches
the early history of balloon flight -
the very beginnings of mankind's ascent into the skies.
-When does it date back to?
-Right, so ballooning started in 1783,
with the Montgolfier brothers in Annonay in France.
They were paper manufacturers.
The Montgolfier brothers noticed that the smoke
rising from a chimney would cause a small paper bag to float upwards.
Smoke lifted the bags up the chimney.
-So they made bigger and bigger bags until...
-Out of paper?
-Out of paper.
That's correct because they were paper manufacturers.
So they thought they'd make bigger and bigger and bigger ones
and we can then get people in them.
When was the first balloon flight?
The first manned hot-air balloon flight was 21st November,
1783 in France, in Paris.
-Here's a picture here of the balloon.
They took off and flew five or so miles.
The flight was particularly hazardous as, in the days
before gas burners, the heat needed to lift the hot-air balloon
was provided by an open fire.
The fire was suspended in the middle at the bottom there.
-And they would throw straw onto it...
-Oh, my good lord.
And they also had long sticks with sponges on
and water to put the flames out that were coming onto the paper balloon.
No, you're kidding!
-That's unbelievably brave.
-They would throw straw and cow dung onto it...
-Yes. Because they thought it was smoke which made it fly.
They didn't realise it was just hot air.
So they wanted something to generate lots of smoke.
The early balloonists were very smelly.
Must have smelled really nice.
Smelly they might have been, but this was the birth of human flight.
So you've told us a little bit about the history of ballooning.
What about ballooning today?
Modern ballooning started in this country in the 1960s.
In 1967 or 1966, there was a group formed, the Hot Air Group,
including Don Cameron, the owner of this factory. They built a balloon
made of Ripstop nylon and carrying propane gas in cylinders.
It just caught on as a sport then.
And modern balloonists were keen to push the frontiers of the sport.
What's the furthest distance anyone's travelled in a balloon?
Furthest is around the world.
That was done by Breitling Orbiter 3 which was made in this factory.
In 1999, a two-man team completed
the first nonstop round-the-world balloon trip in just under 20 days,
ensuring a place in history for themselves and their balloon.
-That was made here?
-That was made here. Just upstairs here.
Oh, my goodness. That's amazing.
Having learned a bit about the history of ballooning, I think
it's time for Martin and Christina to get in a balloon, don't you?
-Fantastic. Oh, wow!
A starter balloon might set you back around £13,000
so they might not pick one up on this trip
but Cameron's has made around 8,000 balloons like this one
in its more than four decades of history
and continues to help the world take to the skies.
-That is amazing.
-It is, isn't it?
So I know we haven't got you in a hot-air balloon per se
-but we have got you in a hot-air balloon.
Now you can tell people that you've been in a hot-air balloon.
But I'm not going up
-in a hot-air balloon.
-All right. Fair enough.
Well, I'll be blowed.
Phil and Margie, meanwhile, are driving to their last shop
and chewing over Phil's competitive sportsmanlike nature.
My nickname the Raging Bull. Because I am a bit of a raging bull.
-I'm sure you are. You're not really, are you?
-You're a big teddy bear.
-I am a big cuddly bear.
-But I used to say all the time...
-You have to be.
-.."When you cross a whitewash, that's it."
-I'm going to have you.
Because I tell you what, I'm going to go for you
because I know you want to go for me.
-So the best form of defence is attack.
And with that bullish attitude they're driving to Bristol...
..where they're sauntering off into Odds & Todds,
and meeting dealer Les.
This shop is a maze of a place -
absolutely stuffed with items
so they'll have to really dig deep to find their last buys.
Oh, Phil. You big softie.
Yes! A giant dart.
Phil Taylor could have used that.
I love this place.
There's just so many random things.
Look at that.
Don't laugh, because this has got to be serious now.
Come on, you two, enough larking about. There's shopping to be done.
She's spotted something.
What is that down there?
You can't see half of it.
I need a man. I need a man. Phil! Are you coming?
No, not that.
There you go. That's good, isn't it?
-That is wicked.
-Isn't that wicked.
It's a very heavy Victorian cast iron oven door,
probably from a bakery.
What happened there? You've got it upside down.
I just wanted to check to make sure it's all in working order.
Ticket price is a fittingly hefty £125.
Time to speak to Les.
-I was thinking 50 quid.
-That's far too cheap.
-Go on, then.
-What's your next shot over the bows?
-I'll do £80 and that's it.
They're going to think on that and browse on.
How do you think that would go?
You might clean up.
Some yeti hair in it, as well.
-I quite like that bamboo table.
-Bamboo table's good.
Not keen, Phil? It's a Victorian bamboo occasional table,
which in a later decade has been recovered with tiles -
on the ticket is £22.
-It's got a real chance, honestly.
-I've heard that before.
-It has for five quid.
-I can't do it for five quid.
-How long has this been here for?
-I'll do 15.
I'll get shot if I do any less.
I'm not worried about what's going to happen to you after.
Phil's continuing to flaunt his haggling chops.
If that's 10 quid, then I'll take that right now.
-12 quid you've got a deal.
-Thank you, Les.
-I feel sorry for him now.
And a hug, Les?
Can we see those?
Those look quite nice. What are those?
They are brass lamps.
Now, how about those, Phil?
-What do you think?
-I tell you what, I like those.
I think they're beautiful.
It's an assortment of solid brass lamps dating from the 1960s.
The smaller ones they're interested in are at £20 each.
But the ticket price won't stand when Phil has victory in his sights.
Rough, this chap, isn't he?
Nice of you to notice, Les.
We've just had a busy day, really.
I'm thinking 35 quid for three.
£36 for three. £12 each.
I don't care what they say about you, son, I think you're all right.
Another hug. They're getting on very well.
Thank you very much.
Whoa, whoa! Whoa!
-Don't drop it on your foot.
-This infernal oven door.
I can't leave without it.
And what Phil wants...
I can't leave without it.
Me being the antiques expert I'm going to say I would like it
but we need...
-I can't do better than 80. That is it. Honestly.
And I'll take it out that door and carry it myself.
Sweat, tears, blood.
-You're making me cry.
How's that for an offer?
At the last gasp they get the oven door as well.
And they're all bought up. Well done.
Which means it's time for both teams to unveil their buys.
Phil and Margie are up first.
Well, that's a special reaction.
Once you've quite composed yourselves.
The brass lamps.
Margie saw these and thought, "They could do."
And I can see that being polished up and going in somewhere.
-So how much did you pay for those?
-We paid £36.
-That's not too bad. £12 each.
And then you've got some sort of leather battered man bag.
It's a military magazine holder for a sub-machine gun.
So it's military, it's old, it's real. I thought a nice little piece.
How much did you pay for that?
Paid 30 quid for that.
-And what on earth is that?
-This was the little daring one.
-Is that a bread oven?
-It's a bread oven. Cast iron about 1880.
-With somebody from Bristol.
-So we thought, "We're in Bristol."
We thought we'd go for that.
Might be somebody who'd want to do an architectural sort of...
-How much was that?
-That was 75 quid.
-It's a really nice feature, isn't it?
Especially as you're selling in Bristol as well. Like that a lot.
So, their lots aren't so laughable after all.
Now for Martin and Christina.
That's nice. Glass!
-What do you think?
-So, what input did you have on any of this, Martin?
I chose that.
-Nice umbrella stand.
-So, we paid £100 for that, that and that.
-That is beautiful. I love that.
This is the bargain of the day even though it is slightly banjaxed.
-And then I'm going to give you a lamp, Margie.
Don't drop it.
-Any marks on that?
But this may look like a normal tea table. No, my friends.
-Oh, my goodness.
-It's rather lovely, isn't it? With its original key.
How much did we get that for?
-Who sold you that?
-We also got something else as well.
-You bought that, didn't you?
-1970s fruit machine.
-It's got money inside it as well.
-How much was it?
Which is a bit of a risk. It was our first thing.
Certainly a bit of a wacky bunch. Very much like ourselves.
Come on, let's go off to the auction.
But before that, what do they have to say
when the other team's back is turned?
-If I hadn't seen their stuff, I was still confident...
-..about what we managed to achieve as a team.
I'd rather have their lots than ours.
That hurts me.
-But the fruit machine...
-I think it's an issue.
-What do you think of their stuff?
They're laughing at us. They're still laughing at us.
But that spurs me on.
-Is there anything you like?
-I like the oven door. That is an X factor.
It could be their secret weapon.
I think the baker's door for us will make or break our auction.
I do believe we couldn't have done any better than we did
so got to be happy with that.
On this road trip, our teams have journeyed all
the way from sunny Stroud in Gloucestershire to end up
here at auction in the south-western city of Bristol.
Christina and Margie are driving to the auction house.
-Have you found that Phil is quite competitive?
If you're not competitive you can't be a sportsman, can you?
Meanwhile, in the other car...
You were the one who was getting bolshie.
Don't tell me when I was getting bolshie. You're getting bolshie.
I'm not bolshie.
Not competitive, at all.
Celebrities and experts are all about to
arrive at East Bristol Auctions.
Morning, my friend.
How are you this morning? Are you ready for the fray?
Enough of the schmoozing, you lot. To the battlefield.
Auctioneer Evan Mcpherson will be holding the gavel today
but before the off what does he make of our teams' lots?
The fruit machine is a lovely thing. Real '70s kitsch.
The oven door is a nice thing. Bristol interest.
Silver salt is nice.
We do have a good following of silver
so hopefully we can do well with that.
We'll see who comes out on top.
Right, I think we're a team.
Martin and Christina started this trip with £400.
They spent £225 on six auction lots.
-What do you think? Nice hat?
Phil and Margie also started with £400.
They spent £197 and also have six lots in today's sale.
It's time for kick-off.
Here we go. Good luck.
First, it's the Victorian Canterbury for Martin and Christina.
Start me at 30 quid, then. A Vicky Canterbury for £30. 30.
Someone be brave £30.
With a hand at 30. Thank you. £30 seated.
Someone breathing a sigh of relief. At £30 with the lady seated.
Do I see any advance?
-That's nothing. Selling at £30.
-That's £25 profit.
A lovely profit on an item that was just gathering dust.
-Should have done better than that.
-You know what?
Seriously, that's fine by me.
Now one of Phil's picks - the military pouch for a gun's magazine.
It's a lovely thing. Dual form. It's a good handbag as well. If you want.
Loads of interest there. 24 on my screen there. Any advance on 24?
Do I see 26 anywhere?
26 in the room. Do I see 28? 30, sir?
30 in the middle of the room. Do I see any advance on 30? 32 anywhere?
Selling at 30.
That's not bad. Could have been worse.
It breaks even before costs.
But it's still early days.
Going down, man.
Next, it's Martin
and Christina's table containing a canteen of cutlery.
Start me at a oner.
100. 100 on my screen already. We're going to go past this. 110.
100 my screen. Any advance on £100? That's still nothing.
£100, the service is probably worth that.
100, are we done?
Good profit. Cheap but good profit.
A tasty profit on that and Martin and Christina are leading.
We are currently £85 up,
less commission, but, yeah.
Now it's Phil and Margie's Victorian bamboo table with later tiled top.
Someone start me £20 for it. 20, 20, 20.
Someone give me a tenner.
10 with a hand. Thank you. Any advance on 10?
£10, they've gone quiet. Typical, eh?
Are we all done at £10? Sorry.
Not a great loss so there's everything to play for.
An item Martin chose now -
the brass umbrella stand is next to meet the crowd.
60 quid get me going. 60, 60, 60.
£60 with a hand, 60, seated. That's no money. £60 for that.
Surely it's got to go on from there?
At £60 are we selling? 65. 70, sir?
With a hand. 75. 85. 90.
No, shakes his head.
85 with you, madam. Anybody else want to play? 85 middle of the room.
Are we done?
Blimey, where there's brass, there's brass. Well done, Martin.
There's a lot of heavy breathing going on on this front row.
Phil thought their own brass items, the '60s lamps, were beautiful.
Will the buyers agree?
Bit of interest. I've got 22, 24 in my book. Do I see 26?
24 with me, do I see 26?
Industrial style lamp shades, all the rage at the moment.
24 with me. Do I see 26? 26, new bidder. 28. 30, yours.
30 thank you. Anybody else want to play? At £30 seated.
Selling at 30.
We're not losing a lot.
Unlucky - someone took a shine to them but it wasn't quite enough.
Next to meet the room, it's the first piece of Martin
and Christina's Art Deco glass, the lamp.
Someone give me 60 quid for it. 60 straight in on my screen.
Do I see an advance on £60? 65.
No, shakes the head. My screen 80. At £80.
Good. Doubled your money. Well done.
Another winner for them.
I'll see you later.
It's Phil and Margie's silver salts now. The auctioneer liked them.
Will the crowd?
Give me £50 for them.
£50. 40 start me. 30 back of the room. I've got 30. 2, 4, now.
36 on the screen. 38. 40 with a nod.
42 on my screen. 42 on my screen.
-We're in the black.
-At 46 standing.
Any advance on 46? Make somebody happy. Are we done?
Our first profit.
A profit! Finally. And that sets them in high spirits.
Up next, it's the Art Deco glass bowl for Martin and Christina.
Will it fare as well as the lamp?
60 straight in. Thank you. No messing around. 70. 80, got 5? No.
80 with you, sir. 85 back in. Go on,
don't lose now. 90. £90. Do 92?
Go on. Make a fight of it.
With the hand 95. Don't be shy.
Go on, it's beautiful. It's really beautiful.
95. Well done, sir. 100, sir. No. Shakes his head. Are we done?
Another clear winner.
Right, the weighing scales.
It's Phil's pick next.
The Post Office scales he nearly had to prise from the shopkeeper's hands.
20. Straight in on the screen. Do I see any advance on £20?
Good for you, sir. 22. He'll sign your shirt for that.
22. 22. 22.
Come on, someone else surely.
24 good for you. Don't let them go. 25.
eBay, postage, this is where it's at. 25 with you, sir. 26, madam.
Don't miss out. No.
25 then. Are we done at £25?
You've doubled your money, you little darling.
I was about to say that.
Good job, Phil.
Martin made the bold choice on their expensive '70s fruit machine.
Will the bet pay off?
-This is it.
-Start me at 100. 110 on my screen.
110 on my screen.
110. 120. 120 in the room. 120. 130 anywhere else?
-120 then, selling 120.
He's your best customer.
And they made good on that gamble.
Just got a gut feeling in my stomach that that oven door's going to go.
So everything indeed hinges on Phil and Margie's cast iron oven door.
Phil couldn't leave the shop without it but will it turn a profit?
Local interest. Lovely thing.
Upcycle it, do what you will. Put it in a wall in your garden.
Pizza oven. It's lovely. Good industrial.
Do whatever you want with it.
There you go.
I've got 60 on my commissions. I will start there.
I thought he said 160.
65. 70. 75. Got 5. I'm out. 75, 75.
Do I see 80? Come on.
£80. Think of doing the garden in the summer.
I'll take 76 if someone's prepared to put their hand up.
75 with you, sir. Are we done at 75?
It breaks even.
-You've done brilliantly. You've done well.
-We've done well.
We haven't disgraced ourselves.
These guys picked some beautiful pieces.
I think it's time for a celebratory cup of tea.
I might need something a bit stronger.
Martin and Christina romped away to be crowned today's victors.
Phil and Margie started this trip with £400,
after paying auction costs they made a small loss of £19.88,
and so end up with...
While Martin and Christina also began with £400,
after costs they made an absolutely incredible profit of £190.20
and finish up with...
Go team. All profits go to Children in Need.
It's over. It's over.
There we go. Nearly there.
-This is it. Thank you.
-It's been a pleasure.
-Come on, Margie. Let's go.
-Give you a lift home.
-Are you driving?
It's been a very sporting trip.
Been a pleasure anyway, mate.
Thank you very much.
I'm certainly going to miss them. They've been an absolute joy.
Rugby stars Phil Vickery and Martin Offiah take to the antiques trail around Bristol with the help of experts Margie Cooper and Christina Trevanion. Phil swaps a rugby ball for a polo stick and Martin finds out about man's first ascent into the skies.