Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards Celebrity Antiques Road Trip


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Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards

Celebrities hunt for antiques across the UK. Athletes Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards tour Manchester, Cheshire and Nottinghamshire before heading for auction in Bedford.


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-The nation's favourite celebrities...

-Got some proper bling here.

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-..paired up with an expert...

-What? What?

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..and a classic car.

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Pick your legs up!

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Their mission, to scour Britain for antiques.

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All breakages must be paid for.

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This is a good find, is it not?

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The aim, to make the biggest profit at auction.

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But it's no easy ride.

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Who will find a hidden gem, who will take the biggest risks?

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Get my antiques head on.

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Will anybody follow expert advice?

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I think it's horrible!

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There will be worthy winners...

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This is better than Christmas!

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..and valiant losers.

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Time to put your pedal to the metal,

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this is Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

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Yeah!

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MUSIC: Jump by Van Halen

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Today's trip features two great British athletes who also

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happen to be great friends.

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-'88... '98-2008. That's 20...

-That's 20 years.

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-..7 years.

-27 years! That is kind of scary.

-It is!

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-I mean, I've known you nearly as long as I've known my wife.

-LAUGHTER

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Yes, hurdler Colin Jackson

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and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards are back in training.

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For a different sort of gold.

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We both like drinking coffee.

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-I wonder if we could get any antique coffee stuff?

-Yeah, or tea.

-Or tea.

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-A bit trendy as well, I guess.

-Yeah, I like a nice infuser.

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-I'll be honest, mine will be worth more.

-You think?

-Yeah, of course.

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There's no doubt about it. I don't do cheap.

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You're going to struggle to buy.

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No, because I can bargain.

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Welshman Colin hurdled his way to world records and multiple medals.

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And when he hung up his spikes, he became a TV commentator.

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Although, as Strictly Come Dancing proved,

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he can certainly still kick it.

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That's not bad.

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Jonathan was equally dominant in triple jumping,

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and in 1995, he set a world record that still stands today.

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Voted BBC Sports Personality that year, he too is now a presenter.

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-WHISTLE

-Aw!

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Not that all that will be much use

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when the chaps get inside an antique shop.

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So, you don't have any real prior, good knowledge?

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-No, I don't really know what I'm doing.

-OK!

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So exactly how sporty are the antiques experts

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they'll be teaming up with?

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Are you going to lie about how much you go to gym...?

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Yeah, I am going to lie. I'm going to say I do SO much.

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-I avoid the gym like the plague.

-Do you do any exercise at all?

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I think hanging paintings is the most exercise I get.

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Auctioneers Natasha Raskin and Catherine Southon

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might know their antiques stuff,

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but when it comes to track and field, they're more armchair aficionados.

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-I can't believe we're in this car.

-I'm really holding on here.

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My mum absolutely loves Colin Jackson.

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I remember her cheering him on when I was a kid.

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He just seemed like such a happy, nice guy.

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Aw, how can I take that away from you, Natasha?

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I shall wave my magic wand - ta-dah!

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I'm secretly very happy to be with Jonathan Edwards,

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because he's fabulous.

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So, with that sorted and £400 for each couple,

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it's about time the Morgan met up with the Elva Courier.

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-This feels very Thelma and Louise.

-OK!

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Come on, I'll drive us over the edge.

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Would that be Alderley Edge?

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Because we're starting out in Cheshire.

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-Help!

-Hello!

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-Hello, Colin!

-Thank you very much! Am I with you?

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-Bit of a squeeze, bit of a squeeze!

-Lovely to meet you!

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Look at this, this is a love-in.

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This is a natural pairing off.

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It's been decided!

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-Raskin and Jackson.

-Nice to meet you.

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-And you and me, Catherine.

-We're together.

-We've got it won already.

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-We're the A-Team.

-We're the A-Team.

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A stands for aged.

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-Aged...

-Oh!

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-..antiques.

-Ah!

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Let's get inside because we're getting soaked!

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Shopping sides scientifically selected, what are the tactics?

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I'm happy to buy things which are on the trend now,

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which means that we'll get a good price and we'll be able to

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off-load it, sell it quite quickly at a good price.

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-You talk a good game.

-Yeah, sounds like a keen viewer.

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Something I would buy for myself, something that I like the look of.

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And then I will look at you, and you will make a face at me

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and say, "That is tat. Don't buy it because you're going to lose money."

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Yeah, that happens a lot too.

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So, it's chocks away in Cheshire, at Knutsford,

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before cycling east towards Nottinghamshire

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and then heading south to an auction in Bedford.

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Looks quiet now, doesn't it?

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You should see it here

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when they host the slightly alarming Knutsford Penny Farthing Race.

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I'm sure that a cycling enthusiast like Jonathan would love it.

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-Hi, I'm Jonathan.

-Hi, Jonathan, I'm Lizzie.

-Pleased to meet you.

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-Hi, Lizzie, lovely to meet you. Catherine, hi.

-Nice to meet you.

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Wow, there's quite a lot to look at. Is this everything here?

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No, we have 13 rooms over three floors.

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-There's a medal!

-A medal?

-A medal!

-There is!

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-Oh, that's mine.

-Is that yours?!

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-I did the London Marathon.

-This year?

-Yes.

-Well done.

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-Ever done the marathon, Jonathan?

-No, and I never will.

-Really?

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I hate running.

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Well, you might need to do a bit here.

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-There's quite a lot of ground to cover.

-Come on, then.

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Sue Stirling, what does that stand for?

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-No, that's just whose cabinet it is.

-Oh, it's her stuff!

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Lordy. What about Colin and Natasha, also in Knutsford?

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Hello.

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-Hi, I'm Colin.

-Colin, hi, Colin. Natasha, hi.

-Hi! Lovely to meet you.

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-And to meet you as well.

-Where would you recommend that we start?

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-Upstairs or downstairs?

-I think you can start either.

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Here has got the smaller items, upstairs is furniture

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and some more pictures.

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Sounds like upstairs is a bit pricier,

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and that is exactly where they've made for. Ha!

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But despite what's on offer here,

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they're already wondering what the others are up to.

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So are they going to come back, Catherine and Jonathan,

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with £300 and change? Are they going to buy five things for nothing?

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-Possibly.

-Is he shrewd?

-He's shrewd.

-Oh, no.

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But don't worry about that.

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Well, he's already on the scent of something.

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-That is pretty.

-The scent bottle holder?

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I guess it's Continental, probably about 1850-1860.

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-Is it leather? Looks leather, doesn't it?

-Yeah, it does.

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Oh, no, Victorian.

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£95.

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Original bottles, do you think?

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This is the thing, are they the original?

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-They don't fit in very snug.

-No.

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Yeah, I mean, you took the bottles out,

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you'd halve the price, I'd have thought.

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Oh, I love your bargaining skills!

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He's SO shrewd!

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Over to Colin. What can he sniff out?

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Bizarrely enough, I kind of like that. It's a pair.

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"20th century, East Asian, painted on wood panel."

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-Let's have a look at the back.

-Good thinking.

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Definitely is a panel, eh?

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£145!

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Wonder if I can get it down to, like, 100 for the pair?

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Whether she'd allow me to buy it?

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Well, "she" is an art and picture specialist, Colin.

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Elsewhere, while dear Lizzie makes a call

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about the scent bottles and box...

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OK, so, leave it with me. OK.

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-..Jonathan wants more.

-I like these.

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-What?

-The candelabras.

-They're beautiful!

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I love the shape of those, they're really stylish.

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-I've got a big feeling they're going to be expensive.

-And they're heavy!

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Oh, look, and you can change it!

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-Oh, they're really stylish.

-It's got a mechanism.

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Oh, that's beautiful.

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So they're articulated, aren't they?

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-Yeah, I really like those.

-How much is on them?

-265 for the pair.

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-(That's a lot of money, Jonathan.)

-Is it?

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It's got to be way below 200, hasn't it? Don't you think?

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Well, it's what you think that matters.

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I've never been in an auction before!

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Better have a good think about those.

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Anything else a bit cheaper?

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I am so impressed with how much he's looking at.

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Because sometimes the celebrities just stand there and dither

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and think, "Oh, I don't know what to do."

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He looks sad.

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He's got a really, really good eye. Those candlesticks, for example,

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he's picked up, they're so stylish.

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That's good.

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But when is somebody actually going to buy something?

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I love, love a good blazer.

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OK, so 1935-1936, you've got a very early 20th-century blazer

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from the University College of North Wales!

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What price is it? It's £95.

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That could just be worn today and look awesome.

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I think that's a great thing. I'm going to take that to Colin,

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-because how could he resist this?

-We'll see.

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It seems our other pair are about to take the plunge.

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Lizzie's best price on the box and bottles is £50.

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We love these,

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-we like the way they're really beautifully made, don't we?

-Yep.

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However, to be perfectly honest with you, I think

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if these were in auction, they'd be more sort of 100-150.

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We usually say 10%, the rule of thumb.

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So that's £26 off that, so that would be 240.

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-But we could round it off to 200 for the pair.

-For the two.

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Generous.

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You said 50, didn't you, for this?

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Is 30 a very cheeky offer?

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Well, it's £95, so...

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-Yes!

-It is cheeky.

-Cheeky!

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I could knock another £10 off.

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-90 for the pair.

-Getting better.

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Time for Jonathan to leap in...

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So, 230?

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That's going to fall and break.

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-OK, go for that.

-Are we?

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-Are we the maddest people on the Road Trip?

-Is it mad?

-Yes!

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-We're it going to go... Shall we go for it?

-Let's go for it.

-OK.

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-Thank you very much.

-That is a bold move.

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-These are YOUR candlesticks.

-My candlesticks, are they?

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-OK, I will take...

-No, no, I shall take one.

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-Half the blame!

-Come on, then.

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Meanwhile, back at Digby Antiques -

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named after the dog, not Graham the proprietor -

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Colin is showing his.

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They're quite quirky.

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Oh, right, OK. They're really decorative, aren't they?

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-I'm thinking so.

-What do you reckon, age-wise?

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-They can't be a huge amount of age, can they?

-20th-century, it says.

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Oh, right, OK.

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First of all, what I know about this kind of stuff is

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they're in the style of what is knowing as Indian Mughal painting,

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which is usually on a very nice parchment paper,

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and it's usually in almost this exact style of decoration

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but very small. Very small scale. They are very modern.

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When they say 20th century, I think we could look at the back...

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-It could be 1980.

-Exactly!

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I think they're very vague with the 20th century.

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But they are, I think, entirely hand-painted.

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They probably are, I would imagine - although they're Tibetan

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in their subject matter - they're probably Chinese.

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Right, now it's Natasha's time.

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A University College North Wales varsity jacket for

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not only just going to the college, but for football achievement.

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-So it's a sporting, Welsh blazer!

-It's a sporting one!

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-It's super-chic.

-It is very rare.

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Does that make you feel far from home right now?

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-It makes me want to be home, yeah!

-Oh, my goodness!

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-But it looks good, right?

-Absolutely.

-Is that in Welsh?

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-Yes, it is.

-And what does it mean?

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I should really know what that means, but unfortunately I don't.

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"Knowledge is the best gift." I looked it up.

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Let's go for the panels and the blazer.

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So, what's the retail price? 145, plus 95.

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-It's 200 and...

-40.

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So I want to walk out with both items at...

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150.

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-Max, max.

-Oh, at the very max.

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Oh, I was thinking cheaper.

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I'm naughty! I was thinking 120.

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-Are you leading the way?

-Yeah.

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My goodness, I'm going to watch a man in action.

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Gird your loins, then.

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-Hello, hi!

-Hi there.

-Natasha found this thing and brought it up to me

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and I absolutely do adore it. It's a lovely little fashion piece as well.

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Do you want to try it on for us?

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Absolutely, I thought you would never ask! I'm itching!

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I'm itching to try on the itchy jacket.

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What do you guys think? I don't have a mirror,

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-but you're nodding and smiling politely.

-No, I can see, yeah.

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-It looks quite cool?

-I think it does look really cool.

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This may be something we're really,

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-seriously interested in purchasing from you.

-OK.

-But!

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Before you say anything...

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We also have these two wonderful pictures here,

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so I'm hoping you would be happy to be relieved of them.

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-I'm going to make you an offer that I'm hoping you will take.

-OK.

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I'm not expecting you to, but I'm hoping that you will.

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-Let's see if it's a major hurdle.

-Boom-boom!

-Oh, come on!

-I like that.

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I'm hoping that I can get these two items...

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Since my event was 110, I'd like to start at 110.

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Oh, come on.

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That's a good pitch! That's a good pitch!

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It is a good pitch, but I want you to get past the finishing line

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-and not...

-I'm not quite on there, OK.

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Well, you know what? My coach always told me

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to run at least five metres past the line. Always think about that.

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So that takes us to 115.

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Digby's staying out of it.

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I was thinking more 150.

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-Ooh!

-I think that's a good price.

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If we can do 135, 140, I'd be really happy.

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I'll do it 135 for both of them.

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-And we've got a deal.

-Oh!

-That sounds very good.

-It's a deal!

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Thank you very much, that's very kind of you. Thank you.

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Well done. I don't know about you but I'm perspiring,

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and we're not even on the track!

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Yep, spending money is an excellent way to keep fit.

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Meanwhile, taking a brief break from all that

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tricky bargain-hunting, are Catherine and her world-record holder.

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-And nobody's beat that?

-No, still no. 20 years this year.

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I mean, if it gets broken, it gets broken.

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You wouldn't want somebody to break your record.

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Oh, that's amazing, though.

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That would be like me winning the Road Trip by thousands and

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thousands and thousands of pounds - which is never going to happen!

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Their next stop is just up the road in the fair city of Manchester,

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at a sporting venue that cycling fan

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and now commentator Jonathan is very familiar with.

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-Home of British Cycling!

-And welcome.

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-Bob Howden, president of British Cycling.

-Nice to see you again.

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-Good to see you again.

-All right?

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-Welcome, indeed. Please, come in.

-Old friends?

-Old friends, indeed.

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The National Cycling Centre, and its pacey boards,

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where several world records have ready been set...

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-Look at the speed! It's incredible!

-Aren't they just phenomenal?

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..became Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track

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when it was opened in 1994.

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So, what exactly have we got here?

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This is our velodrome. Next door we have the BMX track as well.

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Basically, it's where British cycling's world domination

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has been created.

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How many medals did they get in the last Olympics?

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For the last two Olympics, we've had eight gold medals.

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But the other success that we've got is that we've gone from a membership

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where we had 12,000 members - we've now got 108,000 members.

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So, really very successful, not just in competition

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but really across the whole leisure spectrum.

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People wanting to ride bikes.

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But the recent achievements of the likes of Boardman, Hoy,

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Obree, Pendleton and Wiggins can sometimes obscure

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the fact that the British have always been pretty good at cycling.

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Take Beryl Burton, the Yorkshire lass who, during the '60s and '70s,

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was one of the giants of the sport.

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Beryl was a fantastic bike rider, true Yorkshire grit,

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which obviously, as a Yorkshireman, I empathise with.

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She was seven times world champion, both on the track and on the road,

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but she also amassed nearly 100 national titles in her career.

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Bob, a former champion himself,

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even has Beryl to thank for his involvement in cycling.

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Beryl caught me one day riding home from playing football

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-and as a 14-year-old, you...

-You started racing her!

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You started racing her.

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And we got into Wakefield and got stopped by the traffic.

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And her encouragement to me was,

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"Well, if you think you're that good, you should join a cycling club,"

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and the rest is history, really.

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An all-rounder of enormous stamina,

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Beryl once set a time trial world record which not only exceeded

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the men's, but remains unbeaten by any other woman to this day.

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Beautiful jersey, Bob. She got more than one though, didn't she?

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Yes, she had seven of those -

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two for the road and then five for the track.

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In addition to that, she had British national titles

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going across a whole range of disciplines.

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But in time trialling, ranging from ten miles right up to 12 hours,

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so she was phenomenal.

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Although she'd been a somewhat sickly child, Beryl was

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coached by her husband Charlie to become an all-conquering champion,

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whilst also working full time.

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-What was her job?

-She worked in the rhubarb sheds.

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-Rhubarb sheds?

-Rhubarb sheds.

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And work would be hard.

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It was 12-hour shifts.

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One of the benefits with rhubarb is it's a spring crop.

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So you get the crop out of the way in March...

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And then you can concentrate on your cycling?

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You can concentrate on your cycling.

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Although Beryl's achievements are now often overlooked,

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back in the '60s, she was much more of a household name.

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"Daily Express National Sportswoman Of The Year."

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In the same year she was runner-up in the Sports Personality to

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Henry Cooper. So she was very iconic.

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But she never raced in the Olympics, is that right?

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Back then, we really only had the World Championships for women

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to showcase. So had there been the Olympics, who knows...

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What she would have achieved.

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Sadly, there were no women's cycling events at the Olympics

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until 1984 - well after Beryl's era.

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She passed away in 1996, but her legacy lives on.

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So, what's this award here?

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That's the Freedom Of The City of Leeds, which really goes

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to recognise the impact that Beryl's had

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on cycling in Yorkshire as a whole, but recently brought to light

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with the coming of the Tour de France to Yorkshire.

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What strikes me, Bob, is that she'd have been a superstar today.

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I mean, such was her talent - we've got Sir Brad, Lady Beryl.

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Absolutely.

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Meanwhile, back on four wheels, our other sporting celebrity

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and his slightly sporty expert -

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came third in the 200m Scottish Schools, no less -

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are making for the Manchester suburb of Levenshulme

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and what was once the town hall.

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Oh, look at the mosaic floor! Is this not gorgeous?

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Oh, we're truly in Victorian England now, aren't we?

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Antiques Village, don't you know? So, a huge choice.

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But should they find something they like,

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then there may well be a phone call involved.

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-Oh, it's a bit more retro here, isn't it?

-It is very retro indeed.

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-Tell me about these two chairs.

-Well, they're cool.

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They certainly look like ercol.

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Well, that one's marked as ercol on the label.

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What ercol is, it's an English brand of furniture that still exists,

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and so popular in the 1950s and '60s

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because it's really got a sort of Scandinavian look, doesn't it?

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It's very design-led, very minimalist

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and very, very, very cheap at the time.

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But ercol furniture at auction,

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that's from the original period, has become awfully trendy.

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So, sometimes it's cheap and sometimes it goes for lots of money.

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But what's nice about this is it's a rocker.

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Is that a child's chair? Is it a lady's chair?

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-Or is it a chair just to look at?

-Not a rocking chair, surely.

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You've got to get in a rocking chair!

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-I've two rocking chairs at home that I never go in.

-Really?

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That's odd.

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You are dealing with me.

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(60 quid!)

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If we got this for something like 20, would it be worth it?

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-He's not going to give it to us for £20.

-Why not?

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-Because it's marked at 60!

-And?!

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It's marked at 60, that doesn't say anything.

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Nothing is impossible, right? Well, nothing is.

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-If man can walk on the moon...

-Exactly.

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One giant leap, eh?

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-Let's mark it as a possible.

-A possible? OK.

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-Our Col is definitely enjoying this.

-How about this?

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How about something like this little...?

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What is it? That's like a medal.

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-It does look like a medal.

-That is like a medal.

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It's difficult to tell you without holding it, but it cannot be gold,

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although it has the appearance of gold, because it is 27 quid, OK?

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So we cannot say it's gold.

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What's fine about this is the fact that it's really nicely enamelled,

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so we've got a kind of embossed element, it's raised.

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And then the enamel has been poured in around the letters,

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around the crest, so it fills in that void

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and just creates that beautiful ground.

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So we have these lovely pastelly colours,

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a raspberry and a lovely duck-egg blue.

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So, actually, visually...

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-It's quite attractive.

-Appealing, yeah.

0:21:070:21:09

Now, what's interesting about it is this is a badge of the steward

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for the Royal Masonic Institution.

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I think that is an excellent spot, genuinely.

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Because that is already quite a good price, by the bye,

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so if we can knock off something we're onto a winner.

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What do you think I could knock him down? Give me a price.

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Oh, I'm thinking sort of 15, 18?

0:21:270:21:29

-I'm thinking 12.

-OK. Of course you are!

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Well, let's take a closer look first.

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Lovely, thank you.

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Really nice enamel. That's, for me, the key.

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So if we flip it over, we have a maker - G Kenning & Son -

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and what we don't have is a hallmark.

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What we DO have is a few nicks out of the border,

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which means people have been testing this to see if it is gold.

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So it's gilt metal, is how we have to describe it.

0:21:550:21:58

It just all looks good.

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Underneath the glass it looked nice,

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but in the flesh it's good!

0:22:020:22:04

Time to see if you can MEDAL, Colin.

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My event was the 110m hurdles

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and I ran at 12-point-something seconds for it,

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so I'm going to offer £12 for it

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because I'm that type of guy.

0:22:160:22:18

Well, let me try and chase up the fellow that does own it

0:22:180:22:21

-and I will get back to you in two seconds.

-OK.

-You're mad.

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You're so bold, I like it.

0:22:250:22:27

That was quick, Ronnie.

0:22:270:22:29

Yeah, I've got good news. He said yes to the 12 quid.

0:22:290:22:32

Perfect. Absolutely.

0:22:320:22:33

-Are you happy with that?

-SHE BURSTS OUT LAUGHING

0:22:330:22:36

That is the best sales pitch... I am dumbstruck.

0:22:360:22:39

Ronnie, between the two of you, you're geniuses.

0:22:390:22:42

That's amazing. Well, there's 20 quid.

0:22:420:22:44

If you wouldn't mind terribly grabbing us some change,

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-then I will stand here with my jaw hitting the floor.

-Thank you.

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And that is the end of a long and busy day.

0:22:500:22:54

-They are so infectious with their company, are they not?

-Yep.

0:22:540:22:57

-All I've done is laugh.

-Absolutely.

0:22:570:22:59

It has been a ball. Bring on Day Two.

0:22:590:23:01

Look at those beautiful rape fields.

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I could go running through there, naked.

0:23:030:23:05

-There's a thought!

-COLIN LAUGHS

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Night-night.

0:23:080:23:09

Next morning, the Olympian mind games have already begun.

0:23:110:23:15

Have you still got a lot to spend?

0:23:150:23:17

We've got a lot to spend.

0:23:170:23:19

We haven't got so much!

0:23:190:23:21

Well, if you need a loan, you know where I'll be.

0:23:210:23:24

With cunning like that, Colin is already a hurdle ahead.

0:23:250:23:29

We've bought quality, though - with a "K"!

0:23:290:23:32

COLIN LAUGHS

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Yesterday Jonathan and Catherine parted with £230

0:23:340:23:38

for a pair of candelabra and a case and some bottles.

0:23:380:23:42

-Are we the maddest people on the Road Trip?

-Is it mad?

0:23:420:23:44

Yes!

0:23:440:23:45

So they still have £170 left to spend today,

0:23:450:23:49

while Colin and Natasha picked up a Masonic medal, some painted panels

0:23:490:23:54

and a blazer.

0:23:540:23:55

I think it does look really cool.

0:23:550:23:57

These cost £147,

0:23:570:23:59

leaving them with over 250 for today's purchases.

0:23:590:24:02

Colin drives a hard bargain.

0:24:040:24:06

-No...

-Come on, I mean, "£100? I'll offer you five."

0:24:060:24:10

-One of the things, I got over 50% off.

-That's not bad.

0:24:110:24:15

-The other one was like 35% off.

-That's not bad.

0:24:150:24:17

-It's not terrible, when I think about it.

-No, that's not too bad.

0:24:170:24:20

I'd have been bitterly disappointed myself, only getting 50% off,

0:24:200:24:23

but that's each to their own, isn't it?

0:24:230:24:25

Well, I think they all did awfully well!

0:24:250:24:28

And they'll soon be heading for an auction

0:24:280:24:30

in the county town of Bedfordshire.

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But their next stop is in Newark-on-Trent.

0:24:320:24:34

You won't be clapping when you see my parking!

0:24:370:24:40

We're just glad that you're here! Hey, that's not bad.

0:24:400:24:43

Our foursome are here to share a shop in the marketplace

0:24:430:24:46

where King John of Magna Carta fame

0:24:460:24:49

passed away back in 1216.

0:24:490:24:51

THEY ALL EXCHANGE GREETINGS

0:24:510:24:54

Yes, I'm Vicky.

0:24:540:24:55

Hello, Jonathan.

0:24:550:24:57

Is there scope for us to split up? Is there plenty of space

0:24:570:25:00

for Colin and I go one way and these guys to go another?

0:25:000:25:03

Yes, there's upstairs and downstairs.

0:25:030:25:04

As always, I think we should start...upstairs.

0:25:040:25:07

You know, when you start at the top, there's only one way...

0:25:070:25:10

-ALL: Down!

-Aw, that's fighting talk!

0:25:100:25:13

Let's hope Vicky and Savvas have taken a shine to our lot,

0:25:130:25:17

because they'll soon be asking

0:25:170:25:19

some of the several dealers in here for their very, very best.

0:25:190:25:23

Hi!

0:25:230:25:24

Hello, bonjour!

0:25:240:25:25

It's plain to see which of our celebrities is feeling

0:25:250:25:28

the more confident this morning.

0:25:280:25:30

I think we don't need to be safe

0:25:300:25:32

-because I think we can kind of...

-Why do you say that?

0:25:320:25:35

-Some of our purchases are already quite safe.

-You reckon?

-Mm!

0:25:350:25:38

-Wow. I don't know if I agree with you.

-Good.

0:25:380:25:42

THEY LAUGH

0:25:420:25:43

Blimey. I wonder if Colin's bluffing has backfired a bit.

0:25:430:25:47

He's loosening his purse strings yet further!

0:25:470:25:50

I like this big old vase here.

0:25:500:25:52

-Oh, you do want to splash the cash today. It's the biggest one.

-I do.

0:25:520:25:55

It's the biggest and the most expensive in the cabinet.

0:25:550:25:58

It does have a price tag on it of £210!

0:25:580:26:00

On the bottom of Moorcroft you can sort of age it

0:26:000:26:04

if we look at the base, which we can do, because this is handy.

0:26:040:26:07

-Oh!

-Oh! They've got "trial".

0:26:070:26:09

Yes, so it's not actually signed,

0:26:090:26:11

so this is a trial piece. OK, that's quite cool.

0:26:110:26:13

What this is, is painted by the decorator

0:26:130:26:16

as a trial to take to the sort of higher echelons

0:26:160:26:19

in Moorcroft to say, you know, we've trialled this design...

0:26:190:26:22

BOTH: What do you think?

0:26:220:26:23

Vicky, Colin is quite attracted to the Moorcroft.

0:26:230:26:26

Yes. No problem.

0:26:260:26:28

Right, OK.

0:26:280:26:30

-Looks pretty good to me.

-Looks pretty good.

0:26:300:26:32

It's got a real touch of Vienna about it, or something.

0:26:320:26:35

It's so continental Art Nouveau, which is called Jugendstil.

0:26:350:26:37

-The Jugendstil.

-Jugendstil.

-It's just really good.

0:26:370:26:40

But do you like it, now it's in your hands?

0:26:400:26:42

Really do.

0:26:420:26:43

Now, what will inspire Colin's opening gambit this time?

0:26:430:26:47

My favourite distance in training to run

0:26:470:26:50

was about 150m.

0:26:500:26:52

-So I'm looking at perhaps £150.

-£150. Right.

0:26:520:26:56

-He's so good. I mean, that's just so good.

-The logic to it!

0:26:560:26:59

THEY LAUGH

0:26:590:27:01

Time for an anxious wait while Vicky finds out if the dealer concurs.

0:27:010:27:05

Meanwhile, Jonathan's going all misty-eyed.

0:27:050:27:08

Oh, I remember this!

0:27:080:27:10

-Oh, bagatelle.

-Oh, I love this.

-Aw...

0:27:100:27:14

Do you have to do it like this?

0:27:140:27:16

Hang on... That's not how you play it.

0:27:160:27:19

-Oh, the concentration!

-Oh, 50!

0:27:190:27:21

-Will you have a go?

-That's not bad.

-SHE CLAPS

0:27:210:27:24

No, because I'll get ten.

0:27:240:27:25

And here you go, "As supplied to His Majesty the King,

0:27:250:27:28

"His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

0:27:280:27:30

"and many members of the Royal Family."

0:27:300:27:32

I like this old box.

0:27:320:27:34

£7. Oh, £7, I mean...

0:27:350:27:37

-Is it 7 or 17?

-17.

0:27:370:27:38

-You like this, don't you?

-Yeah.

0:27:380:27:40

-Well, we've got to have it.

-Got no money, but we've got to have it.

0:27:400:27:43

-It's all about timing.

-This is a great toy.

0:27:430:27:47

JONATHAN LAUGHS

0:27:480:27:50

-I'm just the champion!

-You are the champion.

0:27:500:27:53

There's just no getting away from it.

0:27:530:27:55

I've never ever been good

0:27:550:27:56

at anything like that in my life, and now...

0:27:560:27:58

-But it's beautiful, isn't it?

-Is there a gold medal for bagatelle?

0:27:580:28:02

No. I'm not sure it will make the games any time soon, anyway.

0:28:020:28:06

But that one's looks to be in the bag.

0:28:060:28:08

Hey up! Vicky's back.

0:28:080:28:09

What's the verdict?

0:28:090:28:11

I've had a word, she's looked at the price and she's said

0:28:110:28:14

-she could do it for 160.

-160?

0:28:140:28:17

So that's not quite what you'd...

0:28:170:28:19

How often did you run 160m?

0:28:190:28:22

-Never.

-Never?

0:28:220:28:24

Oh, well, there's a first time.

0:28:240:28:26

I've got my arms folded, you see? Which is not a good sign.

0:28:260:28:29

Will you meet halfway?

0:28:290:28:30

What about yes?

0:28:300:28:32

155. How about that?

0:28:320:28:34

If I got it for 155...

0:28:340:28:36

I'll go for 155. 160, no.

0:28:360:28:39

All right, 155, then.

0:28:390:28:41

How's that? Deal?

0:28:410:28:42

-Deal.

-Are you quite happy to do it?

-Yes, yes. All right.

0:28:420:28:45

-155.

-155. Thank you very much.

0:28:450:28:47

Huge reduction, but still a big spend.

0:28:470:28:51

At the other end of the scale, can Savvas spring a deal?

0:28:510:28:54

This is from my childhood.

0:28:540:28:57

Oh, not only yours.

0:28:570:28:59

-Yours too?

-Yeah.

0:28:590:29:00

And these are all plates, aren't they? They're not actually stickers.

0:29:000:29:03

-No.

-And this lovely thing here.

0:29:030:29:06

-But you see them all the time, Jonathan.

-Do you?

-Yeah.

0:29:060:29:08

-Yeah. You do, don't you?

-Yeah.

0:29:100:29:12

-You like it.

-I like it.

0:29:150:29:18

-So then we have to have it.

-Yes.

0:29:180:29:20

-It's all about price.

-Ten.

0:29:200:29:23

Eight.

0:29:230:29:24

Well, don't look at me.

0:29:250:29:27

Go nine?

0:29:270:29:28

Nine.

0:29:280:29:29

Yeah.

0:29:290:29:31

-Deal.

-Deal.

0:29:310:29:33

-Thank you very much.

-Pleasure.

-You've made him very happy.

0:29:330:29:35

-I'm very pleased with that.

-I am happy with happy.

0:29:350:29:38

Well, we're all happy.

0:29:380:29:40

Meanwhile, Colin and Natasha have discovered the jewellery section.

0:29:400:29:43

Look out!

0:29:430:29:44

That's quite nice, actually.

0:29:440:29:46

That brooch there is Victorian. It's SO fashionable,

0:29:460:29:50

and I think that is a real joy.

0:29:500:29:52

It's an amethyst.

0:29:520:29:53

I think that's my birthstone.

0:29:530:29:56

-Really?

-Aquarian - I think it is.

0:29:560:29:58

-So what month is that?

-February.

0:29:580:30:01

I'm quite keen on that. 11 quid!

0:30:010:30:03

-Yeah.

-It's pretty cool.

0:30:030:30:05

And my birthstone's on it.

0:30:050:30:07

And I see a price tag of three quid coming.

0:30:070:30:10

Oh, my...!

0:30:100:30:11

Any particular reason, Colin?

0:30:110:30:14

It's the 0.3 of my existing world indoor record,

0:30:140:30:18

so I'm thinking...

0:30:180:30:19

The world record is 7.30, so I'm thinking,

0:30:190:30:23

forget the seven because that's way too much.

0:30:230:30:25

I want to go for the three.

0:30:250:30:26

Do you know what that could potentially be?

0:30:260:30:28

Our most antique item yet.

0:30:280:30:30

Aye aye!

0:30:300:30:31

It's quite difficult to tell if it's rolled gold or not.

0:30:310:30:33

I think it probably is actually brass or something.

0:30:330:30:36

-You like?

-What are you doing?

0:30:380:30:41

What is wrong with you?!

0:30:410:30:42

I just thought it would go with the brooch.

0:30:420:30:45

Very tasteful, I'm sure.

0:30:450:30:47

Now, what does Vicky make of it all?

0:30:470:30:48

I absolutely adore this.

0:30:480:30:50

-It's Victorian, as we know.

-Yep.

0:30:500:30:52

I love the stone.

0:30:520:30:54

The problem is, it's got a little bit of a...

0:30:540:30:57

-Well, it's quite a big chunk that's taken out of it.

-OK.

0:30:570:31:00

But I do like it, so I'm happy to offer three quid for that.

0:31:000:31:06

-If you give me a few minutes, I'll go and see what I can do.

-Thank you.

0:31:060:31:10

While Vicky heads off to find out, the others are a bit stuck.

0:31:100:31:14

It would be really good to find something Olympic-related.

0:31:140:31:17

It would be. A medal, maybe.

0:31:170:31:20

-Possibly.

-If we get desperate, can we sell yours?

0:31:210:31:25

Steady on!

0:31:250:31:26

What about Colin's latest cheeky bid?

0:31:260:31:29

-£3.

-£3! It's your lucky day.

0:31:290:31:32

It is very much my lucky day. That is fantastic.

0:31:320:31:34

My goodness, Vicky!

0:31:340:31:36

So, £158 for two items,

0:31:360:31:38

one risky and one cheap.

0:31:380:31:40

But at least with their shopping done, these two can now relax.

0:31:400:31:44

Let's get out of here. This is my first time driving this Morgan.

0:31:440:31:48

You'll enjoy this.

0:31:480:31:50

Whoo!

0:31:500:31:52

Back inside, Catherine has made a find.

0:31:530:31:56

-This is lovely.

-What is it?

0:31:560:31:58

This is really nice. It's actually a sewing accessory.

0:31:580:32:01

You put this on your table, clamp it up here.

0:32:010:32:05

-You put your pins in there.

-You put your little pins in there.

0:32:050:32:08

People collect sewing accessories but the thing is about this,

0:32:080:32:10

this is ivory but we don't need to worry because it's pre-1947.

0:32:100:32:15

Date-wise, we're looking at about 1860, 1870. This is Cantonese.

0:32:150:32:20

Look how well that is carved there on the top.

0:32:200:32:23

I think that might be a potential.

0:32:230:32:25

The ticket price, however, is £68,

0:32:250:32:28

while Jonathan has designs on this tie press for a mere £8.

0:32:280:32:33

-Do you wear ties?

-Sometimes, yeah.

0:32:330:32:35

And they do get crushed, especially when you travel.

0:32:350:32:38

-Yes, so every man needs a tie press.

-Look at the mechanical thing.

0:32:380:32:43

That is a definite possibility.

0:32:430:32:45

It's certainly a lot cheaper.

0:32:450:32:47

Hello!

0:32:470:32:48

-Hello.

-We are calling on you again.

-Yes?

0:32:480:32:51

-The tie press?

-Smile sweetly. Best price for this?

0:32:520:32:57

I really like it.

0:32:570:32:59

-It's good, it's functional.

-It's functional.

0:32:590:33:01

£1 for you, Jonathan.

0:33:020:33:05

-Quick work!

-Oh! OK, that's done.

-That's done!

-That's done.

0:33:050:33:09

-Let's try and see if we could do this one.

-He's in a good mood.

0:33:090:33:13

-If you could do that for £1...

-No, unfortunately.

0:33:130:33:17

Price-wise, for you guys, 28.

0:33:170:33:20

My hand is there. Sorry.

0:33:230:33:25

You just did a deal, so I'm just doing a deal.

0:33:250:33:27

-I'm happy.

-Partner.

0:33:270:33:29

Phew!

0:33:290:33:31

With Savvas' help, they've really reined things in.

0:33:310:33:34

Now, elsewhere in Nottinghamshire, Natasha is at the wheel.

0:33:360:33:39

I'm dressed to drive you today. I've sort of put on a bit of a...

0:33:390:33:42

This is the equivalent of a clip-on bow tie.

0:33:420:33:45

Well, it's very effective.

0:33:450:33:46

It does the trick and it's actually improved your driving.

0:33:460:33:49

-Do you reckon?

-Yes.

0:33:490:33:51

I feel like I'm driving Miss Daisy. Slow and steady here.

0:33:510:33:54

You're trying to say I'm Daisy?

0:33:540:33:56

They have successfully tootled the short distance to Upton

0:33:580:34:02

where our watch collector, Colin, is keen to visit this fine mansion.

0:34:020:34:07

Neoclassical, beautiful.

0:34:070:34:09

Also the home of good timekeeping.

0:34:090:34:11

-Hello! Hi, there, you must be Robert.

-Hi, how do you do?

0:34:110:34:15

-I'm Natasha, nice to meet you.

-Hi, Colin, pleased to meet you.

0:34:150:34:18

Colin, hi, how do you do?

0:34:180:34:19

Welcome to Upton Hall, the home of the British Horological Institute.

0:34:190:34:22

-Thank you for having us.

-Do come in.

-Thank you.

0:34:220:34:25

The Institute and its unique collection has been based

0:34:250:34:29

at the hall since 1972, although its founding dates back

0:34:290:34:32

to the Industrial Revolution.

0:34:320:34:35

The Institute started in the 1850s because most British clock

0:34:350:34:40

and watchmakers perceived the Swiss and American attempts

0:34:400:34:44

at mass manufacturing were lowering standards.

0:34:440:34:47

So those indignant craftsmen at the Institute set about keeping

0:34:470:34:51

British standards high and the companies small, with some success.

0:34:510:34:56

To such an extent that when one big company was halfway through

0:34:560:35:00

being set up, it acquired something like £20,000, £30,000

0:35:000:35:04

worth of capital for investment.

0:35:040:35:06

The BHI deliberately put their broomstick in the spokes

0:35:060:35:11

of the bicycle and wrecked the company rather than allow it

0:35:110:35:15

to set up mass-producing what they saw as inferior goods.

0:35:150:35:19

-There was that much snobbery?

-Yes.

0:35:190:35:21

So at the time of its foundation, who would have had access to these

0:35:210:35:23

fabulous clocks that were being produced?

0:35:230:35:26

Frankly, it was only for the very wealthy.

0:35:260:35:28

Clocks had traditionally been the toys of princes,

0:35:280:35:31

noblemen and wealthy merchants.

0:35:310:35:33

Ordinary people couldn't possibly afford to have a clock.

0:35:330:35:36

They would know the time perhaps from a sundial,

0:35:360:35:39

perhaps from a church clock.

0:35:390:35:41

They might be able to see or hear a clock but other than that,

0:35:410:35:44

the regulation of their lives was - is it day, is it night?

0:35:440:35:48

But beside their attempts to suppress the sort of mass-manufacturing

0:35:480:35:52

techniques that would one day enable us all to own a watch or clock,

0:35:520:35:56

the Institute's dedication to accuracy

0:35:560:35:58

produced several innovations.

0:35:580:36:00

This was the design for the mechanism for the clock

0:36:000:36:04

in the Palace of Westminster,

0:36:040:36:06

the great clock which we probably know as Big Ben.

0:36:060:36:09

This was the most accurate public clock in the world.

0:36:100:36:13

The inventor was Edmund Beckett Denison,

0:36:130:36:16

the Institute's second president, also a barrister and an architect.

0:36:160:36:20

What was it with this mechanism that made it so accurate?

0:36:200:36:24

The difference is - and it's quite fun when you watch it -

0:36:240:36:27

is that the wheels and the pendulum are separated

0:36:270:36:30

by these two little legs either side.

0:36:300:36:33

That just allows a little bit less interference with the pendulum

0:36:330:36:37

than on a traditional clock.

0:36:370:36:40

It works outstandingly well for a public clock to keep time

0:36:400:36:44

to better than a second a day.

0:36:440:36:45

Denison's design was soon adopted by other public buildings,

0:36:450:36:49

enabling everyone to keep better time.

0:36:490:36:51

You find this mechanism being used in some of the biggest town hall

0:36:510:36:55

clocks across the country.

0:36:550:36:56

So this really was the very first mechanism for the masses.

0:36:560:37:00

In a sense, yes.

0:37:000:37:01

But it wasn't until the 20th century that time was truly

0:37:010:37:05

democratised and this incredible-looking machine,

0:37:050:37:08

the Speaking Clock, played its historic part.

0:37:080:37:11

This is early 1930s in design.

0:37:110:37:15

It was first put into use in 1936 and essentially

0:37:150:37:19

it was a means of being able to put all the recordings you needed

0:37:190:37:23

on a series of four glass discs, just like modern CDs, and then

0:37:230:37:27

a series of regulators to broadcast only the relevant clips

0:37:270:37:32

of "the time is 3:30."

0:37:320:37:35

It all came about because the London Telephone Exchange

0:37:350:37:38

was becoming overwhelmed by calls from the public

0:37:380:37:40

asking for time checks to see if their mass-produced

0:37:400:37:43

watches and clocks were correct.

0:37:430:37:45

So a 1920s improvement on Denison's design

0:37:450:37:48

called the Shortt Free Pendulum Clock

0:37:480:37:51

was combined with the all-important human touch.

0:37:510:37:53

The London Telephone Exchange

0:37:530:37:55

employed thousands of charming young women

0:37:550:37:59

to work as exchange operators.

0:37:590:38:02

It was announced as a competition inside the exchange

0:38:020:38:06

-and I believe there were 15,000 applicants.

-Wow!

0:38:060:38:09

Like a modern-day talent contest?

0:38:090:38:10

Like a modern-day talent contest.

0:38:100:38:12

The lucky winner was Ethel Cain

0:38:120:38:15

and pretty soon millions were dialling 846,

0:38:150:38:18

spelling out the letters T-I-M to hear the girl with the golden voice.

0:38:180:38:25

Not accurate now, obviously, but it was then - very.

0:38:250:38:29

Astonishingly, in the first year, they received 20 million

0:38:290:38:34

telephone calls to the Speaking Clock.

0:38:340:38:37

And technology in those days was good enough?

0:38:370:38:39

They could manage all those calls?

0:38:390:38:41

Yes, this machine will cope with pretty much

0:38:410:38:43

anything you throw at it.

0:38:430:38:45

The demand, funnily enough, is probably not dissimilar to today.

0:38:450:38:48

SPEAKING CLOCK: At the third stroke, it will be 8:34 precisely.

0:38:480:38:53

Oh, 8:34 precisely.

0:38:530:38:55

-Absolutely. And that means one thing.

-What does that mean?

0:38:550:38:58

It means that we're late to meet Catherine and Jonathan.

0:38:580:39:01

Yes, we are, we'd better go.

0:39:010:39:03

In the meantime... Is that bargain meantime?

0:39:060:39:10

Anyway, these two want to win...

0:39:110:39:13

Colin always talks a good game,

0:39:130:39:15

but sometimes he just doesn't back it up.

0:39:150:39:18

I think they've spent about £100 in total.

0:39:180:39:22

They haven't gone risky, like us.

0:39:220:39:24

..while Jonathan and Catherine still have one shop left,

0:39:280:39:31

in Southwell, home of a very fine minster.

0:39:310:39:34

Since 1884, it's been a cathedral too, although, interestingly,

0:39:340:39:39

that hasn't turned the town into a city.

0:39:390:39:42

-Hello. Jonathan.

-Hello, Jonathan.

-Pleased to meet you.

-Hiya.

-Hello.

0:39:440:39:50

-And you are?

-Terry.

-So, what's it to be,

0:39:500:39:52

a canny Catherine-inspired purchase or something Jonathan

0:39:520:39:56

-would plump for?

-Well, I like clocks. What do clocks do?

0:39:560:39:59

Well, at the risk of stating the blinking obvious...

0:39:590:40:03

Good 18th-century clocks can do extremely well,

0:40:030:40:06

but these are like Vienna wall clocks

0:40:060:40:09

and they are not the easiest to sell, I have to be honest with you.

0:40:090:40:13

-You can buy these all day long for 50 quid.

-Really?

-Yes.

0:40:130:40:17

Timely advice. Anything else?

0:40:170:40:20

It's a Tonka toy.

0:40:200:40:22

Now, it's seen better days...

0:40:240:40:26

-Oh, my goodness, it has seen better days.

-I think it is fair to say.

0:40:260:40:29

-But you had one?

-Yeah, I had a few. I had...

0:40:290:40:33

Not this very one, but this very model.

0:40:330:40:36

Quite nice. But it's not that nice.

0:40:360:40:39

And there's no interest there, at all.

0:40:400:40:43

Not a fan. Him, that is!

0:40:430:40:46

Now, what is Terry about to show them?

0:40:460:40:49

It's a little piece of Worcester. I can do you a price on those.

0:40:490:40:52

-Does this float your boat?

-I mean, I don't like this stuff at all.

-No.

0:40:520:40:56

But if you tell me I'm going to double our money...

0:40:560:40:59

Well, what's the ticket price?

0:40:590:41:01

So, this is 70 for this one and 75 for this one.

0:41:010:41:04

-Yeah, but don't worry about the prices.

-Oh, OK.

0:41:040:41:08

-Don't worry about the prices.

-Don't worry about them. Free.

0:41:080:41:11

-Worry a little bit.

-Worry a little bit!

0:41:110:41:14

Terry has got them interested.

0:41:140:41:16

That's 65. Just pluck me a figure out of nowhere.

0:41:160:41:19

-What would that be?

-25.

0:41:190:41:21

-Oh, gosh, that is a bit of a jump, isn't it?

-That's a big jump,

0:41:210:41:24

-it's a good jump.

-Not as good a jump as your jump.

0:41:240:41:27

-Oh, thank you, darling.

-Catherine is on top form today.

0:41:270:41:29

-I should get about 40 for that.

-I should've thought so.

0:41:290:41:33

-A profit is a profit.

-You like it now, don't you?

0:41:330:41:35

I think it's beautiful.

0:41:350:41:36

Shall we go and have a little chat? We need to rethink.

0:41:360:41:39

-Fine, let's do that, then.

-Excuse us while we have a little confab.

0:41:390:41:43

You are excused.

0:41:430:41:44

OK, team, time-out. What's the game plan, then?

0:41:440:41:48

We trade one of our items.

0:41:480:41:50

So we'd do a deal with Terry for one of our items

0:41:520:41:55

and hope he would give us whatever?

0:41:550:41:58

Yep, and maybe, sort of, swap it for what we've got.

0:41:580:42:00

-Make an early profit.

-Make an early profit.

-Does that count?

-Yeah.

0:42:000:42:05

-That's like an extra deal.

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:42:050:42:08

She is thinking outside the box.

0:42:080:42:09

So, it's got to be the tie press, which, actually, got a great deal.

0:42:090:42:14

What? To swap it? Do you think he might be interested in swapping it?

0:42:140:42:17

Give it a try.

0:42:170:42:18

Well, I've got it in my bag. I'll go and fetch it.

0:42:180:42:21

Let's go and have a word.

0:42:210:42:23

Back in play.

0:42:230:42:24

-Terry...

-Yes.

-We have a proposition for you.

0:42:240:42:28

-I like propositions.

-OK.

-So, maybe a trade.

0:42:280:42:32

-What is your offer to me?

-It's a tie press.

0:42:320:42:35

-The tie press of all tie presses.

-It's a beautiful piece.

0:42:350:42:38

It's just the design which drew us because tie presses are...

0:42:380:42:42

-Tie presses aren't overly used now, though.

-No.

0:42:420:42:45

Or obsolete.

0:42:450:42:47

-It's quite a pretty thing.

-It's an unusual piece.

0:42:470:42:50

For the man who has everything.

0:42:500:42:52

-Yes.

-We did wonder whether it might be a straight swap.

0:42:520:42:58

TERRY CLEARS HIS THROAT

0:42:580:43:00

Sharp intake.

0:43:000:43:01

-For easy, sort of, sake.

-For easy sake.

0:43:010:43:04

We don't have to dirty our hands with money.

0:43:040:43:06

TERRY CHUCKLES

0:43:060:43:08

-No cash either way?

-No cash either way.

0:43:080:43:10

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

-Yes. Hmm.

0:43:120:43:14

-Go on, then. Why not?

-Oh!

0:43:150:43:17

Touchdown!

0:43:170:43:19

One Worcester spill jar for, effectively, £1.

0:43:190:43:22

-I've never had a tie press in before.

-Never had one before?

0:43:220:43:25

Never had a tie press, no.

0:43:250:43:26

-May it bring you so much luck and happiness.

-Thank you very much.

0:43:260:43:31

I hope so too.

0:43:310:43:32

After that bit of excitement, let's get them

0:43:320:43:35

-back together to see what's been acquired.

-Are you ready?

0:43:350:43:39

Let's do this together, let's do this. Are you ready?

0:43:390:43:42

-Whose idea was this?

-This was my idea.

0:43:450:43:47

I had one when I was a child and I saw it

0:43:470:43:50

and just immediately fell in love with it.

0:43:500:43:52

I mean, the balls are a bit ropey at the bottom

0:43:520:43:54

but it just evokes my childhood. It was an emotional purchase.

0:43:540:43:58

£9. I quite like that.

0:43:580:44:01

-I don't.

-'Yes, moving on.'

0:44:010:44:04

The candlesticks. Let's have a look at those.

0:44:040:44:06

These are more interesting for me because I do like those.

0:44:060:44:09

-They were just a huge purchase.

-Were they pricey?

0:44:090:44:12

-We paid a lot of money.

-It hurts me to...

-190.

-Wow! OK.

0:44:120:44:16

-But I love them.

-I do like that.

0:44:160:44:18

I think I would've got that for about 120,

0:44:180:44:20

-though, but it doesn't matter.

-You wouldn't have.

0:44:200:44:23

You wouldn't have bought those,

0:44:230:44:25

but the cheapest of the cheap is a Worcester vase.

0:44:250:44:29

-Hand-painted Worcester.

-And how much do you think that is worth, Natasha,

0:44:290:44:33

-if you are putting that in auction?

-£30-£50.

0:44:330:44:36

We paid... £1.

0:44:360:44:38

-One of your pounds?

-Wow!

-Who made a good deal here, then, Colin?

0:44:380:44:42

-What would you have got that for, Mr Jackson?

-50p.

0:44:420:44:45

-That's pure profit, right there.

-That is pure profit.

0:44:450:44:48

-Look how smug you are!

-And furious.

0:44:480:44:51

Don't worry, don't let it worry you.

0:44:510:44:53

-Go on.

-It's only one item.

0:44:530:44:55

-'Time for Colin's little pile.'

-Right, shall we do this together?

0:44:550:44:58

-Three, two, one.

-OK.

0:44:580:45:01

-What catches your eye first?

-The jacket.

-The blazer!

0:45:020:45:05

THEY LAUGH

0:45:050:45:07

-Clock the Welsh vibe.

-Yes.

-University College North Wales.

0:45:070:45:11

Oh, I see.

0:45:110:45:13

Bangor tailor and it's a footballing blazer. It's a varsity blazer.

0:45:130:45:17

So we bought this blazer along with our two pictures here.

0:45:170:45:21

Yeah, pretty scary. Here we are. What do you think about these?

0:45:210:45:25

That's when you look repulsed.

0:45:250:45:27

'Catherine?'

0:45:270:45:29

No, you're speechless.

0:45:290:45:30

You're allowed to say you don't like them because I said...

0:45:300:45:33

I don't like them.

0:45:330:45:34

-You're fine.

-I've seen this look over the last two days. Trust me.

0:45:340:45:38

Moving swiftly on, you've got a nice little pot

0:45:400:45:43

and we've got a nice big vase - a lovely bit of Moorcroft.

0:45:430:45:45

It's so gorgeous and on the bottom it says "trial",

0:45:450:45:49

so it's a trial piece,

0:45:490:45:51

and I just think it is really heady and delicious.

0:45:510:45:54

-I like that.

-Yes.

-No, that is lovely.

0:45:540:45:57

-Yeah, so, it was our most expensive purchase.

-Really?

0:45:570:46:02

-Really?

-We spent quite a lot of money on it.

0:46:020:46:04

All I can say is good luck.

0:46:040:46:05

It's going to be an interesting fight.

0:46:050:46:07

-See you at auction.

-We will.

0:46:070:46:09

-See you at auction. Best of luck.

-Catherine.

0:46:090:46:11

-We should shake hands.

-We should. All is fair in love and war.

0:46:110:46:14

-Thank you very much.

-See you at the auction.

-Good luck.

0:46:140:46:18

Now, let's be even more brutally honest.

0:46:180:46:21

I think they quite liked our table and what we had on it.

0:46:210:46:24

They were very shocked by that £1...

0:46:240:46:26

-Worcester vase.

-That Worcester vase.

-It's got to be the Worcester vase.

0:46:260:46:29

£1? It is possibly the deal of the century.

0:46:290:46:33

Those paintings I thought were hideous.

0:46:330:46:37

-It just didn't look like Colin.

-So no style there.

-Exactly.

0:46:370:46:40

I cannot tell you, Colin, how many bagatelle boards

0:46:400:46:43

I have sold for a fiver.

0:46:430:46:45

I can't.

0:46:450:46:46

Nostalgia doesn't pay bills.

0:46:460:46:48

-Gold medal?

-Yeah.

-Gold medal.

0:46:480:46:51

-Your second gold medal.

-My second gold medal.

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After setting off from Knutsford in Cheshire, our celebrities

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and experts are now heading for Bedford in Bedfordshire

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for the auction that will decide both winners and losers.

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Are you going to play the blame game?

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That was your purchase as opposed to our purchase.

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No, there's no blame there. Me and Natasha are a team, man.

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There's no blame anywhere. How about you and Catherine?

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Well, Catherine has always said to me, the candelabra,

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if it does well, it's our candelabra.

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If it does badly, it is my candelabra.

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Bedford was the hometown of the Chariots Of Fire sprinter

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Harold Abrahams.

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He was born here in 1899, just a couple of years before auctioneers

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W&H Peacock were established.

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-They look nervous. Hello. Hello, again.

-Welcome.

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-Are you ready for this?

-Thank you, of course.

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I have to say hello to our rivals quickly. I really don't mean it.

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-Hello.

-Air kisses, air kisses. Hello.

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Exciting, very exciting.

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-We're going to get the gold medal.

-Oh, she said it first.

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-I was going to say that.

-We've got it in the bag.

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Are you going to buy this thing?

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Because you're not going to earn it today, that's for sure.

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Fighting talk, hey?

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So, what does auctioneer Matt Baker think might pick up the laurels?

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The Moorcroft vase. Moorcroft is really popular at the minute

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and selling well.

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The painted panels, they're decorative,

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but there's not much else I could tell you about them, really.

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The candelabra. Fantastic. They're probably my favourite lot.

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I think they're functional, quite stylish.

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The Steward's jewel. Probably one of the things I wouldn't have bought.

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We've just put £5-£10 on that one.

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After a bold start, Jonathan and Catherine ended up parting

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with the least, with 268 spent on five auction lots.

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Colin and Natasha, meanwhile, splashed out £305 on their five lots.

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Now, get set...

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-It's all very exciting. Are you nervous?

-Yes.

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You've gone a bit introverted. You've gone awfully shy.

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It's nearly his race face, isn't it?

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First off is Colin's amethyst brooch - their cheapest buy.

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As long as we make something, I'm happy.

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-Cos we've got plenty to lose after that.

-We sure have.

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-About £30.

-That'd be nice.

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£20 to get on. £20. Who is five, then?

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He's looking for five.

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He's only looking for five.

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We'll take six. Six, we've got. And eight.

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-Take it at ten. Thank you.

-OK, that's all right.

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14, 16, 18, 20.

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Don't get too used to this feeling. Don't get too used to it.

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At 24, 26.

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£26. Looking for an eight. The bid is at 26. We'll sell at £26.

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-Well done.

-I was going to high five you!

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'A fine profit to start with. Now what?'

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What is up next? The bagatelle.

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Why are you laughing? Why are you laughing?

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It's nostalgic and wonderful.

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I think the auctioneer will just take it and drop it in the bin.

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'Despite Colin's cheek,

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'it didn't cost much and Jonathan is very fond of it.'

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-It's his childhood.

-It's my childhood.

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If they trample on my childhood here, I'm going

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to have to storm out in tears.

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Where do we see that? £30 for it.

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-20.

-Oh, no!

-£20 we've got. £20, thank you.

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20 bid. £20. I'll take two. At £20.

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At two, four, 26, 28.

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-The bid is online at 28.

-Are you listening?

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The bagatelle board, I'm going to sell. 28.

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-Well done.

-Good work.

-Do you feel smug?

-I think we'll leave.

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'Jonathan's nostalgia paid off. Bagatelle is back.

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'Now for Colin's almost-as-cheap Masonic medal.'

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£10.

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£5 to start me off, then.

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5 I'm bid. Thank you. 5 in the room. I'll take 6.

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-I'm looking for...

-6, 8...

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10. £10 bid standing. 10 bid. I'm looking at 12.

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12 online.

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-14 I've got.

-Washed its face. Wiped its face.

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14. Bid at the back at 14.

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-You've done well.

-Oh, good!

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-14...

-We'll take it.

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'A tiny profit for those two.

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'But what can Catherine's little sewing clamp make?'

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Where do we see this one, about £40?

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-CATHERINE:

-Oh... Come on!

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Bid me 20 to get going. Thank you, 20 we're bid.

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In the room at 20.

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Oh, come on! Internet.

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24.

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26. 28.

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-30. 35.

-Well done!

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40. 45.

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50.

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55. 55 bid now. 55. Quite sure, then?

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£55...

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-That's brilliant!

-Well done!

-That was...

-That's brilliant!

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'Yup, well done. They're off to a good start.

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'Time for Colin and Natasha's first big buy, the Moorcroft.'

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This is the big one. Once this is done and dusted I'll calm down.

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Where do we see this? About 150 to start me. 150.

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£100 to get on.

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Start me at 100.

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Who's 80 to start, then? Thank you. At 80 bid.

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We've got 80. 80 bid.

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The Moorcroft vase. 85 online.

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And 90.

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90 against you out there. At 90. 95.

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100. 110.

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-Well done!

-120.

-That's sounding better.

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120. At 120.

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-Keep going, keep going!

-120.

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120 bid. We all done? 130.

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-Oh!

-130 online. 140.

-One more!

-140.

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-At 140.

-Come on, online!

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Well done!

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140.

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-No! So close.

-Yeah, but that's really good!

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-That's good.

-140. It's all right, it's OK.

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'Yeah, that could have been a lot, lot worse.'

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We just had our most risky item

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and here comes the world's least risky item.

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£1.

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'Quite! I don't think they'll be too worried about their Worcester

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'making a profit, do you?'

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Where do we see that? About 40?

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20 to start me.

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Someone's got to give £20 for it.

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£20? 20?

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-20.

-Just like that!

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Who's next at 20? 20 bid over here. Who's going to make it 22?

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Come on!

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22. 24. 24 bid now. 24 in the room.

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Great! I was looking for 40.

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Oh, come on, that's a huge profit!

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£24.

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-Bit disappointing.

-Listen to these guys!

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Only you two would be disappointed.

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-It was worth more than that, wasn't it?

-That's £23!

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-It was worth more than that.

-It wasn't.

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'The profits keep rolling in.'

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191. Driftwood Central.

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'Yes, it's Colin's other slightly worrying purchase,

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'from the 20th century.'

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They did a dance and I was mesmerised.

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40. I'll take 50.

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Bid me 50.

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-20 to get me started.

-Let's get 20 going.

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Answer came there none? 20 we've got. Thank you. £20.

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-At 20. 20 bid.

-Someone's got to give you 20!

-Don't laugh.

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At 20. 20 bid. The two panels at 20. 20 bid on these. 20.

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-£20 bid.

-He's really trying!

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Quite sure at 20?

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He's gutted. Not half as much as us.

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Look at this guy!

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You OK there?

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'Jonathan can't believe his luck. That might just have sealed it.

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'Next, the bottles in the box,

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'a makeweight in Jonathan's candelabra deal.'

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I've got plenty of commission bids. I'll start at 40. 40 bid.

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45 online.

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50 with me. 50 bid. 55.

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AUCTIONEER DROWNS JONATHAN

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No, you didn't!

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£60. At 60. 65. 70.

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-70 bid.

-Yes!

-70.

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£70. Bid here at 70. 70 bid.

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75 at the back. At 75.

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-75 in the room!

-75.

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£75...

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-Excellent!

-Well done!

-You're a star!

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'Another sweet-smelling profit for those two.'

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-It has gone well so far.

-Yeah.

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But we got the big-risk candelabra and candlesticks.

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They're beautiful but we paid £190 for them.

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-Yeah, but the momentum seems to be with you guys.

-It's rolling well.

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It's looking strong for you. I think you may do all right with them.

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-Mind you, don't take what I think to be gospel.

-I won't, actually!

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'No, a pinch of salt, more like. How will Natasha's blazer fare?'

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About £40 for it?

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20 to start me off, then?

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Thank you. At 20 bid.

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-It's sold.

-That's a good thing.

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20. £20.

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-Is 20 our unlucky number?

-I know, we seem to just...

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No! That's too cheap!

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20. 20 bid. Nobody else in? 20. £20...

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We made two profits out of five! Colin!

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We're rubbish!

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Don't rub it in.

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'That may well be true, but it's not over yet.'

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Listen, my event was hurdles. You could be in sixth place.

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The leader's away in front of you.

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If they collapse by hitting two, three, hurdles on the trot,

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you beautifully drift through with a flawless finish and take the title.

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-We may have finished...

-It's not going to be flawless.

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It may not be flawless but their big item is right at the end.

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'It certainly is. A staggering loss here and it could be tight.'

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Fingers crossed, because I like these.

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£100?

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100?

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80 to start, then?

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Oh, no, Jonathan. This is awful.

0:56:370:56:39

50 to get me going?

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-50 bid. We've got £50.

-Yes, we've got 50. We're starting.

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60. 65. 70.

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75. 80. 85.

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85. Bid's online at 85.

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Someone's going to pick them up. Someone's going to pick them up.

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-At 85.

-We need so much more.

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Looking for 90. 90 in the room.

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New bidder!

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-100. 110.

-You're in. New bidders. Good.

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110. Bid at 110. 110 now.

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110. Quite sure? 110.

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110. 110...

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£110...

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-Oh, no!

-110!

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Hammer's gone down at 110.

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There's silence! Silence!

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-What can you say?

-I think we're hurt!

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'Well, it's bad. But it might just be enough to get them over the line.'

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-I need a drink.

-Go think about what we've done.

-Come on, then.

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Colin and Natasha started out with £400.

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They made, after paying auction costs,

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a loss of £124.60.

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Jonathan and Catherine also began with £400,

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but after auction costs they made a much smaller loss of £28.56.

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So, podium, please!

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-Have you done the maths? I've done the maths.

-I think it was close.

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How close?

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-A fiver in it.

-You reckon it was a fiver in it?

-Yes.

-It was 100 quid.

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-No!

-What?!

-Yes.

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Congratulations!

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100 quid?!

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Fantastic. It was all you, expert.

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-We did so well.

-We had such good fun. It was so good.

-Come on, CJ.

0:58:050:58:10

-Goodbye!

-Au revoir!

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-We enjoyed it!

-Goodbye!

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-And I'm with the winner, so I haven't lost!

-LAUGHTER

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-JONATHAN:

-It's been great fun. Beautiful sunny day.

0:58:180:58:21

-Beautiful car.

-Absolutely.

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And I've learnt a lot.

0:58:240:58:26

-Really?

-Yeah, I have.

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See, I don't think I've learnt anything.

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LAUGHTER

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Two Olympic and world champion athletes go head to head in a quest for antiques glory as hurdler Colin Jackson and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards hit the road.

They shop through Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Nottinghamshire before heading for auction in Bedford.