Celebrities hunt for antiques across the UK. Jennifer Falconer and Angellica Bell shop around Surrey, Oxfordshire and Berkshire before heading to auction in Tonbridge, Kent.
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The nation's favourite celebrities...
Got some proper bling here.
..paired up with an expert...
..and a classic car.
Put your hands up, girls!
Their mission - to scour Britain for antiques.
All breakages must be paid for.
This is a good find, is it not?
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction.
But it's no easy ride.
Who will find a hidden gem?
Who will take the biggest risks?
Turn my antiques head on.
Will anybody follow expert advice?
I think it's horrible.
There will be worthy winners...
This is better than Christmas!
..and valiant losers.
Time to put your pedal to the metal.
This is Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
On this road trip, we're roaring along
with two lovely presenting stars of the small screen -
Jenni Falconer and Angellica Bell.
-I'm excited, are you excited?
-Yeah, I am excited.
This is the first time we've actually done something together,
and I've known you for so long.
Jenni Falconer's bright and bubbly style
has graced shows like The National Lottery and This Morning.
She's currently cheering up the early hours
on a daily radio breakfast show.
Hi there, good morning.
Jenni Falconer here with some early breakfast action for you.
Our Jenni might be all smiles, but is she competitive?
We've never worked together.
This is just a competition, so we're not really working together.
We'll just be having polite conversation in the car now,
and then it'll be war.
War, eh? Crikey.
While the charming Angellica Bell started her presenting career
delighting the young folks on CBBC.
-Don't worry, Jensen. I found it.
It was down the side of the sofa.
Since moving into prime-time, she is a regular presenter
on all sorts of shows, including BBC One's hit The One Show.
As you'd expect, she's a font of energy and vim.
Did you buy that hat yourself?
I feel free. My hat feels free.
-We feel free!
Indeed. Today our glamorous TV twosome
are driving an appropriately sleek 1989 Jaguar XJS.
And paired with these titans of television
are two stars of the saleroom.
Auctioneer Christina Trevanion and dealer David Harper.
What could be nicer?
Driving through a beautiful park in a beautiful car with...
Today, they're driving a 1969 Porsche 911T.
Each with £400 to spend,
our two teams will begin this trip in East Molesey, Surrey,
on the outer edges of London,
aiming for auction near the village of Beltring in Kent.
They're currently driving through Bushy Park,
en route to their rendezvous.
-This is nice. I do like it around here.
So I come running here sometimes.
I think I prefer driving through it.
It's a bit quicker.
-The London traffic's a nightmare, isn't it?
I mean, look at it. Whew! Total gridlock.
It's time for celebrities to meet experts.
Check those trousers out.
Good morning. Great hat.
Jenni will pair with Christina, and Angellica with David.
Right, good luck.
Both teams are sailing off.
Time to get acquainted.
So, from television, you went on to work in radio?
Yeah, so I kind of mix everything up a little bit now.
So I just started working in radio a couple of years ago,
-and I have an early breakfast show, which is quite nice.
So, yeah, I love it.
So this morning, as usual, my alarm went off just after two.
Oh, my goodness. You're a busy, busy bee.
She is indeed.
They'll need to keep their energy up today.
While in the other car, they're also playing the getting-to-know-you game.
So are you and Jenni friends then, Angellica?
Yeah, we're genuine friends.
So you haven't just met today?
It's not a showbiz friendship, it's a true, genuine friendship.
We go each other's houses.
And what about your house? How do you furnish it?
-Oh, we've got two Art Deco mirrors.
And even though I'm not keen on Art Deco,
-but they look really nice.
Some pointers there on Angellica's style then, David.
They're arriving in East Molesey, on the banks of old father Thames,
for the first shop of this trip - Bridge Road Antiques.
Go on, let's have a good old root.
They're meeting dealer Sue.
-Angellica, nice to meet you.
-Hi there. David.
-Hello, Sue. Lovely to see you.
And who's that?
Who's your friend?
Yeah, it's my new boyfriend.
Let me just plug him in.
'Make yourself at home.'
Thank you very much.
He's not for sale. Happily.
Can you unplug your mate?
I can, cos he drives you mad after a while.
I'm sure. There you go.
If only you could unplug certain people like that.
I know who I'd unplug.
Best get browsing, eh?
-Let's do this.
-So what kind of things do you really like?
I do like going to antique shops.
I like rummaging around and seeing what there is.
At the minute, I'm quite into furniture
-because my husband's just done an upholstery course.
And in our porch we're painting old chairs and redoing the seats.
So in our house there's a bit of old traditional stuff,
-as well as modern and sort of shabby chic.
-It's exciting though, isn't it?
Sounds like Angellica has an experienced eye for an item.
One to watch, perhaps.
See, I would love something like that in my house
because I just think it's old,
I can imagine someone using it, but it just looks funky and cool.
-It's a talking piece, isn't it?
It's a stylish early 20th-century calculating machine, actually.
Ticket price is £55.
-I mean, look at the colours.
-The colours are wonderful.
-It is beautiful.
I love that. See, I would have that in my house.
I like quirky things as well.
If you can buy that for 20 quid, I think that would be fantastic.
It's got a bit of an Art Deco... Ah.
Oh, I don't like Art Deco, do I?
It's got an Art Deco feel to it.
-Can I just take all that back, what I said?
-Go on, then. Take it back.
-Rewind. Cut that bit.
-I love Art Deco.
It seems so.
But what else, Angellica?
What about this?
My gosh, what on earth is that?
Is it a nutcracker?
I don't know.
It's a nutcracker.
-With the shape of the ship's wheel.
-It's quite funky, isn't it?
-It is funky.
Again, it's got that 20th-century...
-Would someone buy it?
Because it's an oddity.
-You don't want something that everyone else has got.
So they definitely like those two items.
Now, who's going to lead the haggle?
-You smile, flutter your eyelids...
-..I'll do the negotiating.
Quite right too. Combined ticket price on the two is £72.
Time to call Sue.
Watch out, Sue.
-Where are you, Sue?
-So how much would you want for that?
Well, if you did the two,
-then I'd do the two for, like, 50.
Help me to help you.
-£40 for the both.
This is all about compromise.
I'm the one that's compromising here.
I'd do 48. And that's as far as I'm going to go.
-Is that what we call, "The death?"
-That is definitely the death.
-That's the death?
-That is the death.
Blimey. Angellica even knows the antiques lingo.
You've spoken, we're going to go with it.
-Are we going to do it?
-Sue, thank you.
-Thank you. I'm happy.
Angellica's proving a haggling natural,
and this team are off to a storming start.
Now, Jenni and Christina are elsewhere in East Molesey.
Their first shop of the day is Hampton Court Emporium.
-Hello, how nice to meet you. I'm Leslie.
She's searching, but how will this team be approaching today's hunt?
We're looking for, basically,
things that will make us a profit at auction.
OK, so we've got to not necessarily think of something we like,
it's got to be something we think will be a profit.
Personally, I do like to buy things that I like,
but if we stand any chance of winning,
probably got to be a bit more commercial about it.
With that in mind, the search is on.
It's difficult because I don't really know what I'm looking for.
I'm just kind of like looking for things I quite like,
but I've got to stop thinking like that.
It's not for me, it's not going on display in my house,
whatever it is we buy.
I've got to get that, kind of, my antiques head on.
I don't know what it is. Not that.
She's an eager student, but Christina's spotted something.
What do you think of those?
Oh, nice. Are they...?
I don't want to assume...
Are the gravy jugs or hollandaise sauce jugs or something like that?
-Sauce boats, darling.
-That's exactly what they are.
-Look at that.
I do think they're quite stylish. What do you think?
-Yeah, they're quite nice.
-Would you use a sauce boat at home?
Obviously not, cos I didn't know the name for it.
"Anyone want gravy? There you go. Thank you."
-Saucepan, that'll do.
What do you think?
Yeah, no, they're nice. I mean, if you think they're...
This is the kind of thing my grandma would have had,
my mum would have had for Christmas Day.
Yeah. The sauce boats dates from 1912 and are ticketed at £48.
A possible first purchase.
-I'll put them with Leslie.
Here you go.
And Christina's also spotted something else outside.
-Right, OK, what is it?
-Is beautiful, isn't it?
-I love it. It's nice.
-Yeah. It's very tactile, isn't it?
-It's actually a propeller.
It would have been a propeller along time ago.
Obviously, you're not going to fly very far with the blades
clipped off like that. But I just think it's quite cool.
No, it is very cool.
Jenni's sounds keen on this clipped 1930s aeroplane propeller.
Ticket price is £75.
So, off to Leslie they fly.
-We've got something else.
-Here we are.
Ah, you've got the lovely propeller.
A very nice light piece of driftwood.
-Well, this is the gentleman here you need to speak to.
-My name's Tony.
-Lovely to meet you, Tony. I'm Christina.
So we've got £75 on it, Tony.
We could go to £60.
£60 on that one.
OK. So potentially that could be of interest.
And the Edwardian sauce boats?
I need to consult with Sally because those are hers.
If Sally could do those for 25, that would be brilliant.
-See what she says.
-Oh, Sally's hiding behind there.
-Sally, what's your thoughts?
-Is that all right?
-Is 25 OK, Sally?
-That'll do, yes.
-Oh, You're an angel.
-Thank you very much, Sally.
So, Sally-through-the-shelves has got a thumbs up,
so we're saying 25 on that, 60 on that.
So it's £85 for the lot.
-Are you happy with that, Leslie?
-I am completely happy with that.
-I'm glad I negotiated that so well.
-Thank you very much.
You'd better give a Jenni a chance to shine in the next shop,
or your wings may be clipped, too.
Now, Angellica and David are back in the car, and David's grilling
his new best friend on her job as roving reporter for The One Show.
-You're the longest-standing reporter?
I've been there since day dot.
-Have you really?
-Yeah. I love that show. I love...
What I love about The One Show is all my reports,
I go up and down the country and I meet normal people
with a fascinating story who are absolutely lovely.
And I go and I meet them and I feel I've come away
and I've learned something or they've inspired me.
As luck would have it, they're on their way to learn
the inspiring story of a local gentleman of the 18th century.
Their motoring on to the area around the village of Cobham in Surrey,
where they're taking a break from buying to visit Painshill Park,
a uniquely beautiful garden, created by a great English eccentric.
They're meeting the director of Painshill Restoration, Michael Gove.
-Welcome the Painshill.
-Thank you. I'm Angellica.
-Hello, Michael. I'm David.
-You picked a nice day for it, too.
-It's wonderful, yes.
Haven't they just?
Painshill Park is an 18th-century garden that's been restored
to its former glory by the charity Painshill Park Trust.
In the 1700s, garden design in Britain underwent a revolution,
transforming the grounds of the country's parks and stately homes,
from formal French-style gardens
into a new type of romantic landscape.
Painshill was at the forefront of this new picturesque style.
The park boasts a collection of highly eccentric
decorative structures or follies, like this ruined abbey.
Like other features in the part, the abbey is essentially fake.
It was built just as a ruin, to prettify the landscape scenes.
As you'd expect, the man who created it was quite a character.
So, Michael, is this what makes Painshill so special?
Yes, it's one of the features which is within an 18th-century landscape,
and there's a series of these throughout the park.
It was created by The Honourable Charles Hamilton,
who was born in 1704 and, like all young gentleman of that time,
he went on two grand tours.
And it was in travelling through these grand tours throughout Europe
that he was inspired by the various things that he saw.
In 1738, when he came back, he bought land in this area
and he started to set about a new landscape.
Taking inspiration from the art and countryside he'd seen in Europe,
Hamilton set about creating an idealised romantic landscape,
enlivened by the follies he dotted about,
like the pre-ruined abbey, or his Gothic temple.
To create an artistic expression within the landscape,
just like an artist would do it on canvas.
There were many notable visitors.
George III visited the park.
So it was very well-known and very highly respected.
The park was very costly to create,
and despite his acclaim and aristocratic status,
Hamilton's project here often lacked for ready cash.
He was the 14th child of the Earl of Abercorn,
ninth son, so he didn't have any inheritance.
How did they fund it?
By borrowing money from his friends, mostly.
But he had good friends and they lent him...
-Always good to have friends in high places.
-I don't have any friends like that.
Of all the buildings at Painshill, there's ones that stands out
as an extraordinary example of Hamilton's work.
This is quite intricate.
Hamilton created this completely man-made grotto,
or cave system, as the masterpiece of his park,
with walls studded with reflective crystals.
-Every single crystal has been put on by hand.
-You lead the way, then. And you go second.
Man up, David.
Welcome to the main chamber.
As I said earlier, it is one of the centrepieces of the park,
and I think it's truly outstanding.
-It's quite mesmerising, isn't it?
-It is mesmerising.
The light reflecting, I must say, is amazing.
It's incredible, isn't it? It is truly breathtaking.
Michael and his team have laboured
to restore this grotto to its former glory,
after it suffered catastrophic damage in the 1940s,
when lead was apparently taken from the roof
to pay for a VE Day celebration.
They pinched the lead?
Well, that is the rumour. I believe so, yes.
They must have had a good time,
but in the end the whole ceiling collapsed,
and when we arrived here in the 1981,
in actual fact, the whole of the thing had collapsed,
so we had to do complete archaeology to find all the crystals.
-So is this how Hamilton originally built it?
The whole restoration has been based
upon 18th-century sketches and drawings,
and even when we were doing
the final piece of restoration a year ago,
we suddenly found an illustration in a magazine
which showed we had two or three too many stalactites in one area,
so we had to take those down
in order to try and be true to the restoration.
Oh, you're good, because I wouldn't have known otherwise.
-You could have just left it.
-I'd have let that go.
-Yeah, I would.
The restoration of Hamilton's wonderful park
has been that careful and exacting, from inside the grotto to outside,
amongst the beautiful vistas.
This view is spectacular.
I could just stand here all day. So what happened in the end?
He set up the park, put all these pieces of art in.
It took him until 1773, when he completed the park,
and at that time he decided to sell the park because he needed
to repay his friends that had lent him money to create the park.
After that, the park stayed in a number of separate ownerships
until around about just before or after the war,
when it became completely derelict.
And so it remained,
until Michael's team began their restoration in the 1980s.
And what do you think Hamilton would think today?
I think he'd be very proud.
I think, in actual fact, we've been able to restore his dream.
-Has it been saved forever now? Is that it?
-I very much hope so.
-Don't be stealing any of that lead.
Michael, it's been an absolute pleasure. Hasn't it?
Yeah, it's been really lovely.
It's been a great pleasure to show you.
Now, how are the team dynamics back on the road with Jenni and Christina?
Sometimes I'm just polite.
I might not necessarily always agree with what you want,
but I'm quite polite and I'll just smile.
Honestly, I probably, I'm going to try really hard to tell you
if I don't like something.
They're driving to Oatlands village, near Weybridge, Surrey,
and heading onto their second shop - Brocante Antiques...
-Here we are.
-Actually a house.
Yeah, it does look a bit like a house.
..where resides dealer Ray.
How are you? Are you well?
Yeah, nice to see you.
Now, what about this new Jenni-takes-charge tactic?
-What catches your eye, darling?
-Literally, this eye bath.
Sorry, I've been staring at that.
Come on, Jenni.
What DOES take your fancy in here?
-Those are beautiful.
-Are those wine glasses?
They probably would have been, yes.
Whether they'd sell for a profit at auction, probably not,
to be perfectly honest.
-But certainly one to consider.
-What do you think?
-I have to think, what would Angellica do?
She'd say no. She'd go for something that's probably going to beat us.
-Are we being decisive?
-Well, maybe. Maybe on this occasion.
-I'm maybe being decisive.
-Maybe yes, maybe no.
-Let's come back to it.
Ah, definite progress there.
What else will she unearth?
Here's something I don't like.
Would that be something to go for?
It's an early 20th century German footed bowl,
known as a tazza, or comport.
Jenni's selected it because she DOESN'T like it,
but is it a contender?
I think that was good choice. I think that's fab.
Would people want this in their home or is this...?
See, look. Right.
In the right house...
Oh, my goodness. Right, OK.
-But you don't like it?
-No, I hate it. It's disgusting.
-But you think it's a good buy.
-Maybe let's put it back.
No, but I think what I've realised
is the things that might sell are things I really don't like.
I know you don't like it, but I think, commercially, that...
-I can retrain my brain to believe it's beautiful.
It's very easy. Yeah, I can. But I want you to believe in it.
-Look at that! It's gorgeous.
So pragmatism wins out. And they're going to have a punt on that.
Ticket price is £40. Ray!
Ray, what can we do on your Eichwald?
I've got £40 on it.
Do you love that, Ray?
We love that period, which is Jugendstil. The Art Nouveau period.
You don't like that either, do you?
You either like it or you hate it.
He's like that, "Buy it, buy it. Get it out the shop."
-30. That could be a potential.
-Can we put that to one side just for a minute?
-We can indeed, yes.
Thank you. We have to find something that you love.
-OK, all right. OK.
-Find something you love.
So upstairs our girls go.
You off on safari, my dear?
-I love it.
They're getting on splendidly well.
You looking? Have a good look?
Yeah, I'm looking, I'm looking.
Is your taste more, sort of, modern?
I think I'm more contemporary.
I think that's why I come in to somewhere like this and I find
it quite difficult to find anything that would be of any value.
But here's something.
Look at that, it's quite nice.
What's that got on it?
-It says, "Minton..."
-Is that nice?
Mintons is a very good firm.
-What's that got on it?
-£65. Jug and...
-What do you think of that?
-Yeah, I quite like that.
It's a jug and bowl set,
decorated in the Japanese-style,
dating from around 1875.
It is quite contemporary, isn't it?
It is quite contemporary, Jenni.
-Is this good?
-I think maybe that's why I like it.
If you like it, then I love it.
Oh, right. OK.
-OK, well, this is a good'un then.
But it's 65, so what do you...? Cos I've noticed that what you do
-is you say to me...
Don't break it! It's the only thing I've liked.
Do be careful, Christina. At least they've found something Jenni loves.
Now, how about some haggling?
-It's quite awkward, isn't it?
-Do you not think it's quite awkward?
Cos you're like, "You're a really nice man..."
-You're not a natural haggler, are you?
Yes, he's lovely, but you're going to have to man up.
Come on, harden up. Where's haggler Jenni?
-You need to reach deep inside and get her.
Time for Jenni's first tough deal. Ticket price is £65.
-We've found something.
-You've found something.
Will you help us make some money cos I'd like us to buy something here?
-Come on, Ray of sunshine.
-OK. In that case...
Well, I was going to say 40.
-So what if we...? Sorry.
-No, go on. You can't help yourself, can you?
No, I can't. I'm sorry.
So what if we had the comport and the jug and bowl?
40... That's 70...
Ray, would 50 be massively out of the ballpark?
It is, really. We try to work on quite small margins here.
-So then 55?
In the middle.
That would be nice. That would be lovely.
OK, Jenni. OK.
Watch out! He'll drop it!
I'm so proud.
Well done, Jenni. You're getting the hang of this lark after all.
Don't drop it. Don't drop it.
Yay! Well done. Put it there.
That's a great deal on the jug and bowl set and the tazza.
Christina will have you apprenticed in no time, Jenni.
And with that it's the end of a rollicking first day
of the road trip.
The morning sun greets celebrities and experts
back in their cars and exchanging notes.
How did it go yesterday?
Yesterday was fun. I love David.
He's really energetic and chatty.
-I love his trousers.
-His trousers are phenomenal.
And he taught me a lot.
I felt I learnt a lot about antiques yesterday, did you?
Um...yeah. I learnt that I don't know much about them.
And in the other car...
Angellica really does want to win.
-But they're great friends, aren't they?
But we're great friends, but come on,
we want to win, don't we? Don't you want to win?
I'd love to kick your butt.
And one day I will.
So the gloves are off. It's time to get these teams on the road.
Good morning. Hello. Are you OK?
-I'll put you in here.
-See you later.
So far, Angellica and David have spent £48 on two lots -
the colourful calculating machine
and the nutcracker shaped as a ship's wheel.
While Jenni and Christina have spent £140 on four lots -
the pair of sauce boats, the plane's propeller, the tazza
and the jug and bowl set.
David and Angellica are motoring onwards and hopefully upwards.
-I had a fantastic day with you yesterday.
And I think you're absolutely lovely.
I don't think people tell people enough how they feel about people.
I quite agree. How sweet, Angellica.
This happy pair are driving to the town of Henley-on-Thames
an ancient and very well-appointed place to kick off the day's buying.
Tudor House Antiques is their first stop today.
-You all right?
-I'm Dave. Pleased to meet you.
Hello, there, Dave.
Right, shall we split up? You do your thing, I'll do mine.
OK. That's fine.
That's not tight enough.
Angellica's led their buying so far,
but soon enough David spots something.
I like things like this. Tell me what you think?
-Well, he's smiling.
-He's smiling. He's happy.
Is it a little Buddha?
Ah, well, people often think that is Buddha,
but that is not Buddha as in the enlightened one,
the founder of Buddhism. That is a Buddhist monk called Budai.
He's the laughing Buddha that travels around the world,
spreading joy and peace and happiness, just like you.
The bamboo Budai looks brand-new to me.
£15 on the ticket.
He's a good luck symbol. He's good luck.
But why is this valuable?
Because it's a sort of thing... It's just an object. It's a touch piece.
It's something that somebody would have in their modern home,
-in actual fact.
-He's an acquired taste.
Angellica doesn't seem keen.
Er... Let's move on.
So that idea's been shelved and they're browsing on.
David, shall I look for anything specific?
I want you to look for something that you...
-Hello. I'm down here. Hello.
-I want you to look for things that you love.
I know David said find something that I like,
but I want to impress him with my find.
I'm sure you will.
-I just spotted that. Can we bring it over?
-What is it?
-Oh, my gosh!
-This thing weighs a ton.
-Don't give yourself a hernia, David.
-Do you want some help?
I'm not helping him.
What a gentleman(!)
Let's put it down here.
Cos obviously Angellica Bell, bell. So I always look at bells.
-You don't! Seriously?
-Do you really?
-But this looks like it's got a bit of history to it.
Shall we go down and have a look cos we can't lift it up?
It's a ship's bell dating from the 1950s.
It's heavy in weight and its price is £200 on the ticket.
That's bronze. That is bronze.
Which is a very beautiful material and very expensive.
-I think we're going to have to ring it.
-I'm going to lift it once only.
-We have to work together.
-Put it down.
-That is a sound.
-What do you think?
-I love it.
-I absolutely adore it.
-Is it a risk?
-Depends how much it is.
-What could you do, David?
-We've built up a relationship here.
-Oh, here we go. Here we go.
Oh, no, no!
Your reputation as a haggler precedes you, Angellica.
-We don't want to insult you, obviously,
-cos I know this is your business and stuff.
-Do that wink again.
It's yours. It's yours. Take it. Take it.
-There you go.
A generous discount at £100 and a wink.
But will they go for it?
-I'm going to do a deal with you.
That's a risk, but it's fantastic.
We do work as a partnership.
I will happily agree with you to purchase that bell at £100
if you would agree with me...
to purchase Budai at £5.
-You're definitely having the bell.
-If we can have Budai...
OK, you got the Budai if you're buying the bell.
-Just give me a minute.
You get a bell...
I get a Budai.
-I trust you.
-I trust you.
-It's a deal.
-We've done a deal.
Let's get David in. Thank you, David.
Now that is team-work,
picking up the bell and the Budai for £105 all-in.
Now, Jenni and Christina are back in the car.
-How you finding the Porsche?
-Yeah, I love it. It's nice.
-Yeah, really like it.
Whilst enjoying the German vehicle, they're on their way to visit
the home of one of the British car industry's greatest characters.
They're motoring on to the village of Nuffield in Oxfordshire.
They're taking a short break from shopping to visit Nuffield Place,
the home of one of Britain's greatest motoring entrepreneurs.
They're meeting house steward Joanna Gamester.
-Hello. Welcome to Nuffield Place.
Jenni. Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you. Would you like to come inside?
-Yeah, love to.
-Oh, a lovely, sunny room.
-Yeah, this is the sitting room.
-In the house of William Morris, Lord Nuffield.
-Famed for being William Morris of Morris Motors.
A very hardworking man who started the business and became one of
the biggest motorcar manufacturers in the country.
Ending up with 45% of the market at one point.
45% of the motoring industry?!
Yes. So then what he decided to do with his money was to give it away.
He was one of the biggest philanthropists
that we've ever had in this country.
Morris had a profound effect on early 20th century Britain.
Gaining truly enormous wealth and becoming one of the most
successful British industrialists of his age.
Of course, he also founded the company
that created the Morris Minor, one of the country's most iconic cars,
but Morris originally came from very humble beginnings in Oxford.
He wasn't particularly well educated.
He had to leave school at the age of 14 to support his family.
But William was a natural at mending and making.
He was just fascinated by mechanical objects
and it was just something he played with them and learned.
-So just by experimentation, he learnt all about it?
It was that talent and curiosity that led Morris to start
his own bicycle manufacturing firm in his parents' house.
They had a small terraced house in Oxford,
and he had the front room as a showroom,
the shed in the back yard was his workshop and the front garden
was where bicycles were placed to be collected.
How did he go from bicycles to then developing Morris Motors?
The motorcars, well, he made them one at a time to start with.
And the First World War came along shortly afterwards,
so he just kept his business going by taking orders for munitions.
And then, after the war, he built it up again
and he'd been to America to see assembly line production with Ford
and he brought that idea over to this country
and, of course, he could manufacture more and more cars.
And his brilliant idea was to bring motoring to the masses,
and therefore to sell his cars, to make them simple
and sell them at a reasonable price so that built it up.
So not just to the elite?
Morris' business boomed in the interwar years
as his dream of bringing motoring within the reach
of the ordinary working Britons was realised.
But his enormous success
never altered his humble and generous nature.
Can I just say, for someone that had such a successful business,
-his home is not very ostentatious.
-It's very modest.
Well, he was a modest person.
He and his wife were used to habits of frugality.
Given his enormous wealth, Morris did live fairly humbly.
-We're going to Lord Nuffield's own bedroom.
-So come in, see this room.
This bedroom really shows you the modesty of the man.
I find it really interesting as well.
This is so clearly a man's room.
It certainly is.
Morris never lost his love of making and mending machinery,
as one eccentric addition to this room shows.
This will be a bit of a surprise in a bedroom.
I really didn't expect that.
Oh, my goodness!
I truly expected it to be a sink or something like that.
-So he had a workshop in his bedroom?
He was obsessed.
-That is the ultimate boys' toys, isn't it?
The story goes that Lady Nuffield was fed up of his bedroom
being full of tools laid around and when she was away he had this built
-in the cupboard in the corner.
-At least it's all tidy.
He sounds like the perfect man to be married to.
-He could fix anything.
One of the interesting things in here... Quite a surprise this.
On the back shelf, that is his appendix.
-Pickled in a jar.
Now I've changed my mind. He is disgusting.
Apparently, they offered them to you at one time
-when you had the operation.
-Why would you keep it?
It links quite well with his interest in medicine.
He was always very concerned about his health,
about other people's health and he gave a lot of money to medicine.
As Morris' business and wealth grew, so did his charitable giving.
He donated his enormous fortune to good causes,
notably in education and medicine.
This is the room they called the sun room.
Oh, look at the view!
Lots of his gifts were to do with health and medicine.
Amongst many other causes, Morris endowed an Oxford college,
funded the development of anaesthetics
and donated a huge amount of money to medical care and research.
It truly sounds like there was a huge amount of philanthropy here.
I mean, what kind of figures are we talking?
One researcher reckoned that if you looked at it over time
and took all that into account that he was giving from the '20s
right through to the late '50s and early '60s
it would come to, he thought, 11 billion.
So he really was one of the greatest philanthropists
there's ever been.
Morris compares even to the billionaire philanthropists of today
like Bill Gates.
His money is working in so many ways still today.
There's a Nuffield Foundation
still gives a huge amount of money every year to education.
And you'll hear the name Nuffield in so many different places.
There'll be a Nuffield hospital here
or a Nuffield ward in another hospital somewhere else.
Most people's lives will have been touched by him in some way.
£11 billion. Wow!
I think we've really got a sense of what a modest, humble man he is.
I think that's fantastic.
Yeah. He would definitely be a good friend to have.
-Thank you for showing us.
Meanwhile, Angellica and David are back in their car
and driving towards their next shop.
I think the tactic is we find something that we like
and we pass the negotiating to you.
Cos I think you are very good at it.
-Happy with that?
-Yes, I'll do anything you say.
Good. Just keep smiling and we will win this trip.
They might just.
And they still have £247 left to spend.
Jenni and Christina aren't far behind them.
So we've only really got one more thing left to buy.
OK. Do we have a price limit?
Well, our budget is £400.
-We don't have to spend it all.
And we've only spent so far, up to this point, £140.
-You're like my husband. "You DO NOT have to spend it all."
Personally, I'd love to find something that you absolutely love.
So with these tactics in mind,
both teams are driving to Reading in Berkshire.
And look who it is!
-Quick! Let's go! Let's go!
-Come on, David!
Come on, we can do this!
Competition is heating up here.
I hope dealers Tom and Will are ready for them.
-Christina. Nice to meet you.
Each team will claim a dealer.
-Will, you've got me and Angellica. You thought
-I'm the sweetener.
I think I've got the best pair.
-Come on, Will, let's go.
I beg your pardon?
It's the final stretch for our teams. Best get to it.
So let's recap. What are we ideally looking for?
What would you love to buy?
Something...with a bit of history, British, a bit antiquey.
-I like anything with Harrods.
-What's in here?
-Don't know. No idea.
-A badminton set.
It's a mid-20th century badminton set
manufactured by the century-old London games company Jaques,
and bearing a Harrods retailer stamp.
We were hoping our final object, we were talking,
was going to be a true traditional British antique...
-..piece of furniture, but really...
-I can't see any of those.
-Yet. Can we just hold this, maybe?
-Put it to one side, cos we don't want the opposition
to cast their beady eyes on it.
I mean... Well, I'm not going to get involved in a fight with you.
You won't have to fight, Will, don't worry.
There's one to come back to. But will anything else catch their eye?
What about...this? I'm loving this.
Tell me about that.
-A hall chair.
-Perfect. Well done.
-Wahey, you are getting so good.
It's kind of 1860.
-I'm going to bring this over to you.
-It looks nice.
-What do you think of it as a piece?
-I think it's really sweet.
So that's a definite possibility.
But, meanwhile, back downstairs...
Oh, it's Jaques. I know his grandson.
I've met the grandson who now runs the business.
They're still going. They make games.
They make family compendiums and different things like that.
I'm quite excited about this.
I don't think I've seen your face light up quite so much...
It's quite interesting.
Uh-oh! Perhaps Will should have put that one to one side after all.
War it may be.
I really like this. I think this is a really good choice.
-I like it as well.
Good call, Jenni, I like it.
-No, I like it. This is...
-Are we thinking...?
-Gosh, this is my favourite thing I've seen.
Jenni finally finds something she really loves.
But, of course, their dealer, Tom, doesn't know the other team
has already reserved it.
Or think they have.
Come hither! Light of my life.
-Here we go.
-I found him.
-Over to you.
-See, we've found this.
-It's quite interesting.
What kind of price could you offer this to us for?
I was thinking about 35. Is that any good?
We could come down a little more, couldn't we? Like, to 15.
20. Come on. You'll make money on 20.
This is a £20 handshake. Thank you very much.
-Brilliant. OK. That's exciting.
-Put it there.
-Good. We've got something. Yes.
Blimey! Jenni's haggling really has come on leaps and bounds. Bravo.
-There you go.
They steal the badminton set
right out from under the other team's noses,
Back upstairs and completely oblivious,
Angellica and David have uncovered a hall chair,
so cross words might yet be avoided.
Ticket price on the chair is £48.
I know which I'd prefer.
This has caught our eye.
Will, how shall we do this?
Shall I offer you a price and you come back with another offer?
-Go on. What is your offer?
-I think 15 would be fair.
No, 15. It will give you a good profit.
Look into her eyes.
I don't want to, cos she's going to hypnotise me and I might say yes.
I've got an idea. Let me mediate.
Both agree to this.
-On the spin of a coin. £12.50 or £15.
-Heads. I always go heads.
-You're heads, then.
-Sorry, darling, it's tails.
-No, all's fair.
-15, well done.
-And so you have been! No, no...
THEY ALL LAUGH
Witty banter and a great deal from Will.
They got the chair, so they don't need the badminton set.
HE WHISTLES WITH RELIEF
With all the items in the bag,
it's time to reveal their purchases to each other. Let's go outside.
-It's nice to be all together.
It's a bit nerve-racking, though, let's be honest.
I think I'm more intrigued to see what you've got.
I think actually I like everything that we've got apart from one item.
Let's try and work that one out.
Here we go.
I recognise that box!
Oh, come on. You...
-Have you seen this before?
-Did you see this?
-Now it all becomes clear.
But we didn't want it.
Well, you did at one point.
-We got it for 20.
-That will make you some money.
-I think that was a good buy.
You did love that.
That one I did like.
OK, so we haven't found yet the object that you hate?
You have not.
Can I say, the one I think you won't like is the red one.
-You know me well.
-Well done. Why do you say that?
It's just knowing Jenni and knowing her house and her style,
-it's too busy.
-It's just too garish.
Yeah, you really didn't like that.
That's exactly what I feel.
-But there is money to be made. It was 25 quid.
-Jolly good. OK.
-You bought a range.
-Exactly, a bit of everything.
-It's nice seeing everything together.
Suddenly I'm like, actually, with the exception of one item,
I'm really, really proud of what we've got.
Wonderful. Now for Angellica and David.
-Jenni, there is one thing here that I don't like.
Oh, right. OK, find that one.
-What do you think?
-Oh, wow, I love your bell.
I love the bell.
Bell for Angellica Bell.
-I like it.
-Is this a calculator?
-Yes. It's an Art Deco...
-Look at that Bakelite, it's amazing.
Bakelite - isn't it gorgeous?
Can Jenni spot the odd one out in this haul?
There's one object that kind of stands out for me, but I'm...
Do you have any idea which one she might not like?
I don't think you like the Buddha.
That's exactly what I was going to say.
I hate the Buddha.
Why would you buy the Buddha?
Can I just make something clear. That is not Buddha.
Quite right, David.
Budai. Hand-carved out of bamboo and it cost a £5 note.
He's got to be lucky for that, hasn't he?
-We're going to get loads of money at auction.
-I think so. Well, we'll see you at auction, you two.
Best of luck.
But, before that, how do they really rate their rivals' lot?
Out of their items and our items, would you swap?
-No, I like ours more.
-I do, too.
And would Angellica swap any of their haul?
No, because you love Budai and we're a team.
-We ARE a team.
-Remember, that's what we said.
You know what? We are a team.
-I love you.
-Oh, thank you. I love you, too.
So it's lurve and joy as they head to auction.
On this trip they've motored all the way from East Molesey in Surrey
to auction near the village of Beltring in Kent.
That sounds BELTERING.
Jenni and Angellica are driving to the sale.
I'm excited about today, too.
-It's going to be amazing.
-How about David?
What colour trouser will he be wearing today?
I think he might be wearing green.
Whatever he wears, they'll be tight.
While David and Christina await them at Hop Farm Auction House...
Well, the girls were almost right.
-You look very glamorous, you two.
-Super duper glam.
-Oh, thank you very much.
-How are you, my love?
Nice to see you.
Hmm. Formation kissing, look.
To the saleroom, teams.
Our auctioneer today is Alex Jenkins.
Before the off, what does he think of our teams' lots?
The Harrods badminton set - nice lot, like it.
That kind of thing's really popular at the moment.
The Bakelite calculator - nice Art Deco piece, lovely colours.
Green, chocolate lime almost. Nice thing.
Both teams started with £400.
Angellica and David spent £168 exactly
and have five lots to show for it.
While Jenni and Christina spent £160
and also have five lots in today's sale.
The auction is about to begin.
- We're off. Good luck, you two. - Is this it?
First up is Jenni and Christina's... opinion-dividing tazza.
At £20. Straight in. £20. 26. Straight in.
They're loving it online.
£26 there. £28, if you will.
28. Thank you.
28's in the room. 30 has been bid.
It's very rare.
Just telling you.
36. £38. 40.
42 is there.
44 in the room.
46 next. 46. 48.
£48 in the room. 50 has been bid.
It's doing well.
£55, if you want.
Look how nice it is. Look how nice it is.
It's a good start.
It is. Jenni hated it, but that pragmatic buy has paid of splendidly.
Now it's the first lot for Angellica and David.
-Are you nervous?
-Have you been to an auction before?
-No, it's my first time.
Their maiden lot is their very first buy.
The Art Deco calculating machine.
Oh, my goodness gracious me!
What a beauty!
And I'm not talking about me!
Start them off now. Should be £50 for this one easily.
£40. Only £40. Got to be. Come along. £40.
-30, you're saying?
-No, you've got internet.
I'm concentrating on him so much.
Trying to tease him. £40 is there.
£42. Let's get excited.
£40 is online.
£42 is next.
Come along now. You look pretty. Show us your money.
-No, I've got 42 there.
44's there. 46.
Oh, do behave, David.
-More like an argument than an auction, isn't it?
They're falling out over this.
£50 there. 55 is next.
55 is bid. 60.
Well done, though, sir. £60 next. At £55.
55 it is. At 55.
That all adds up to a terrific start for them.
I don't know if we're meant to heckle him.
That's not really done.
Now it's Jenni and Christina's jug and bowl set.
It was the first thing Jenni picked herself.
Oh, look at that!
Sorry, what have you seen?
Can I just say, this is beautiful.
£15. £15 I've got.
18. 20. 22. 22 anywhere?
22 is there. 24.
26. 28. 30.
Come on, sir, it's £2.
32. 34 next.
-It's got so much history.
"It's got so much history," she says.
People used to pour water out of that jug.
-Did they really?
-I'm not even making that up.
It's £32 in the room. And selling at 32.
Some charm from Jenni,
and Alex our auctioneer pulls that into the black before costs.
The lovely nutcracker which captures Angellica's quirky classic style
is the next lot to meet the room.
£10 for it.
£10. Novelty item. There he is. £12 there.
-There we are.
-16. £18 next anywhere.
Tell 'em how rare it is, Angellica.
£16 in the room.
18 is bid. 20. Don't make me work for it.
20 is in the room.
22 is there. 24. We're getting there.
Go for it. £24 is bid in the room.
Oh, go on.
They're going quiet. There's some dancing going on.
26... You get the dance for free.
£26 next, if you will.
24 it is. And selling at 24.
-That's all right.
They danced their way to a nice little profit.
Should we be more in competition? Are we being too nice?
Should we be more aggressively against them?
Well, do you want to do that?
Up next, it's Jenni and Christina's early aeroplane propeller.
It was Christina's pick, but they both liked it.
Let's hope some bidders agree.
£40 starts it. £40. It's got to be worth £40.
£30 in the room. £32 next.
32's there. 34. 36.
Come along. Come on. 36 there. 38.
42. At 42. And selling at 42.
Unlucky, girls. First loss of the day.
Now, the lot that divided rock-solid team Angellica and David.
Will luck shine on the bamboo Budai?
Any Bid-dais out there?
He's on fire, isn't he?
Let's see. Starts here with me at, I'll go the top end, £36 starts in.
£38, if you want it.
£36 is with me.
-£38 there. 40 with me.
42 next. 42 is there.
I love Budai!
Would you like to buy one?
-£44. £44 next.
-You already did.
-And selling at 42.
Did that just happen?
Even Angellica's won round to its charms.
What did it make?
-I'm in indebted to you forever.
He does know what he's talking about after all.
Jenni wasn't sure what these sauce boats were,
but she put her faith in Christina. Will it pay off?
Let's just go with your fiver, Roy.
Come on, then. £5 is there. £6 is online.
7. £8 next.
£8 there. £9 is in the room.
Ooh, going in ones. It's painful going up in ones.
But it's climbing.
£20 is there.
22 next. In 22.
£24 there. £24 is bid.
Ooh, you're getting there.
£28, if you want. 28 is online.
30 to you. 30 is in the room.
It really is climbing.
-Well done. You're a good man.
-38 is in the room. 40 next.
42. 42 is in the room.
44 next. At 42.
Is that a bid? No. 42.
What did they start at, a fiver?
That's really good.
Patience wins out and that's another great profit for Jenni and Christina.
Angellica wanted a traditional antique
and she got one in the form of this hall chair.
£20. Do I see 22?
Got to be more in this. £22.
£22 anywhere? 22 is bid. 24 next.
24 is there.
£26. Got to be.
There it is. 28. 30 next.
30 is there. 32.
-Double bubble, baby.
32 wanted. At £30 and selling. At 30.
Double bubble. Brilliant.
Double bubble, indeed.
And this game is looking close.
Now the Jaques badminton set that both teams liked,
but only Jenni and Christina picked up.
£40 is there. £42 next.
I only want £2. There it is.
42 is there. 44 next.
£44 is all I want.
At £42, I'm selling.
Oh, no. More than that.
Oh, that's a shame.
What a shame.
Lots of people haven't even bid. There he is.
44 is there.
£46 next. 46.
£46 I'm selling. Last chance. At 46.
That scores a nice profit for them.
Could that have won the day?
It's Angellica's bell now. Can her namesake win them this game?
£80 I'm bid. £90. Well done.
95 next. Back in. 100. 110, if you will.
110 is there. 120 is in the room.
120. I'm finding it hard to see you.
130 is there. 140. 140's in.
150, if you will.
150 is there. 160.
I'll offer it up, 155, to make it cheeky.
155, if you will. Go on, sir.
155, he's back in.
160 it is.
At £160. It's going. It's gone.
This is better than Christmas!
Maybe someone just bought you a bell. You never know.
The bell's a big winner on their very last lot.
We need now to go and do some numbers and find out who's won.
-Yeah, let's go.
-I think we can work it out.
Just ignore him.
Both teams started this trip with £400.
After auction costs, Jenny and Christina made a profit of £13.84.
Giving them £413.84.
Well done, girls.
But Angellica and David romped home with a profit of £87.02.
Giving them, oddly enough, £487.02
and bragging rights forever more.
It was good. Really good.
It was fantastic.
What a trip, eh?
Thank you, Jenni. Thank you so much.
Thanks for being a brilliant partner.
-You've been brilliant.
Thank you, girls, for the laughs, the profits and all the horsing about.
-I've enjoyed doing this show.
All profits from this series go to Children In Need.
Popular presenters and best friends Jennifer Falconer and Angellica Bell get competitive in this Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. With the help of antiques experts David Harper and Christina Trevanion, they shop around Surrey, Oxfordshire and Berkshire before heading to auction in Tonbridge, Kent.