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The nation's favourite celebrities...
I like that.
..paired up with an expert...
Oh, we've had some fun, haven't we?
..and a classic car.
It feels as if it could go quite fast.
Their mission? To scour Britain for antiques.
I'll do that in slow-mo.
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction.
Come on, boys.
But it's no easy ride.
Who will find a hidden gem?
Don't sell me!
Who will take the biggest risks?
Go away, darling.
Will anybody follow expert advice?
I'm trying to spend money here.
There will be worthy winners...
..and valiant losers.
Put your pedal to the metal.
This is the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
On today's show, we have a pair of sparkling, groovy singers
from the velvet bell-bottomed decade of the '70s.
Jimmy Osmond and Tony Christie.
So you've recorded a million things.
-Obviously Road To Amarillo is the big one, right?
I'm Long Haired Lover, I'd rather have yours.
Can we switch?
I mean, I enjoy singing Amarillo.
As soon as I start it, everyone starts singing with me.
-# Sha la la la la la la la... #
Today's, well, tuneful experts are auctioneer Catherine Southon
and dealer Margie Cooper.
# And sweet Marie who waits for me. #
Just so they don't sing Long Haired Lover From Liverpool,
we're all good.
# I'll be your long haired lover from Liverpool... #
# And I do anything you say... #
Oh, I like it, Margie!
Back in the '70s, Margie was a hot-to-trot model, you know.
And Catherine? Well, she was winning bonnie baby competitions.
Oh, what a cutie.
Jimmy and Tony have the very grand 1989 Bentley 8
to parade around the country.
-So how do you like this car, huh, Bentley?
It's great. Takes me back to the '70s when I used to have a Rolls.
Very nice, Tony.
MUSIC: (Is This The Way To) Amarillo by Tony Christie
Our cool crooner has been in the world of showbiz
for over half a century and is best known
for a certain 1971 sing-a-long ditty.
# Is this the way to Amarillo?
# Every night I've been hugging my pillow
# Dreaming dreams of Amarillo... #
Don't you love that song?
Lovable Jimmy hails from global phenomenon
and super successful pop dynasty The Osmonds.
As a little nipper,
he hit the big time by going straight to number one in 1972.
# I'll be your long-haired lover from Liverpool
# You'll be my sunshine daisy from LA... #
They each have a bag of money totalling £400,
and it looks like Jimmy wants to win.
We're not on a team, we're competitors.
-Yeah, we're enemies.
-But not yet.
-We're friendly enemies.
You'd better watch him, Jimmy.
Catherine and Margie are bobbing about town and dale
in the rare 1981 DeLorean,
best known as the time machine in the Back To The Future trilogy.
But we've got wings, haven't we? We could fly in this.
Er, I don't think so, Catherine.
Our trip begins in the Leicestershire town of Loughborough.
Moving northwards to the city of Nottingham,
charging west through Shropshire
and finally auctioning
in the Staffordshire city of Stoke-on-Trent.
Celebrities waiting, where are those girls?
There they are. About time too.
This should be fun. I like adventures like this, don't you?
Oh, look, there's a DeLorean! That's just like mine used to be.
-Oh, you're right.
-Wow, look at that.
See, I never should have sold it, man.
CLUTCH SCRAPES, LAUGHTER
-Hey, I should help you out. Hi, how are you?
-Hi, I'm Catherine.
Nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you, Tony, how are you doing?
Jimmy, how nice to meet you.
Oh, you're warm. It's freezing out here.
That's hard work.
-What do you think of our car?
-It's hard work.
-I know, it looks it.
-I used to have one!
Well, I would love to know how this car really goes,
-because Margie is pretty hopeless at driving.
-Give me the key.
Don't mince your words, then, Catherine.
The keys are in there.
So that's settled, then.
Catherine teams up with Jimmy and Margie has paired up with Tony.
It's kind of a generational thing.
Our raring-to-go road-trippers are all heading
to the town of Coalville in north-west Leicestershire,
and there's some real love in the DeLorean.
-Cos I used to sing in Japanese.
-Oh, my gosh. You are so talented.
-No, I'm not.
-You can do everything.
-I hope you can buy antiques.
I can't buy antiques.
I'm sure Jimmy will be just fine, Catherine.
What about Tony and Margie?
We go in the shop and then you sort of have a look around.
-Are they price tagged?
You look for dirty tickets, cos they've had it a long time.
Had it a long time. That's a good tip.
No flies on Margie.
Kat's Antique, Vintage & Collectables Centre
better watch out, because this bunch are ready to pile in.
Tony the tiger, he's ahead.
Let the dog see the rabbit, you lot.
-Hello, how are you?
Margie and Julie are going to have their hands full in here.
Go on, darling, you go upstairs. You go up.
Up, up and away.
-See you later.
An owl. My mum used to collect owls.
-Had this in your bedroom, this was all you had. Do you remember?
Look at the ways to grind stuff.
-Mincer. You'd put all your...
-Put your finger in there, mincemeat.
No, please don't do that.
-Glasses. Put your bins on.
-Put my bins on.
Let's have a look.
Margie is our resident silver expert,
and she's spied a rather delightful sugar shaker.
Early part of the 20th century.
It's a bit rubbed, which is not good news.
It depends how much money it is.
It is silver. It is silver. The fact it's boxed makes it quite nice.
Decorative pieces like this in solid silver
are usually popular in the saleroom.
-Ah! Got a better mark.
-Ah, you see?!
That's the sign of a good piece, every part of it is signed.
Yeah, so it's about 1920s.
-Do you like it?
It's nice, yeah.
Yeah, just be careful with that top,
-cos it's a bit wibbly wobbly, isn't it?
-Yeah, needs a bit of attention.
-The best, best offer on that, really, would be 35.
-We're not arguing, are we?
-No, I think that's good. That is good.
Crikey, that was quick.
We got the sugar shaker for £35.
-That's the first.
-That's not a bad choice, is it?
-I don't... Hopefully. Should be...
Should make a profit.
Here's hoping, Margie.
Now, what about our rascals upstairs?
Are they jimmying around?
Are you competitive?
Yeah, but I'm OK... I don't have to win, but I want to.
-Who doesn't want to win? Come on!
-Of course, of course.
-Yeah, this is a game.
-Do you think Tony is competitive?
-I don't know.
I think Tony has got a little tiger in him.
Now, what's this you've found, Catherine?
That's kind of cool, isn't it?
They're miniature ship lights, port and starboard.
-This all looks very modern.
Julie and Marie have moved upstairs to help this pair.
-Do they work?
-She said they worked.
I mean, what about that fan at the bottom? that lovely retro fan.
How much would that be?
-What, the fan?
-What's on the label?
-I can do that for 25 quid for you.
That's generous, but will the £15 discount sell it to them?
Look, if we pay 25, it needs to make £40, £50, really.
Yeah, so we really need to pay, like, 10.
What about the lamps?
-They're coloured, aren't they?
-Yeah, this is a green and a red one.
-You see? You can kind of see it's green and red.
-Port and starboard.
So what would...you do?
I could do 15 for the pair.
Can you throw in the fan?
He wants a lot, don't he?
Well, no, I don't want to be cheeky, but I want to win.
-Don't we all?!
So could we have these and the fan for a tenner?
Sounds cheeky to me.
What, you want to give me a tenner for the fan?
And the lamps!
Come on, can we push it a little bit? How about 12?
12, we can.
-What about 15?
-Meet in the middle, between 12 and 15, what's that?
Go on, then, 14.
Ah, I love you! All right, 14, and now we're your biggest fan.
Oh-ho-ho! Who writes this stuff?(!)
We need to shake your hand and say thank you very much.
I don't even know what we've paid, I don't know what we've bought.
-14. We paid 14.
-Yeah, you did.
After a bit of Jimmy schmoozing them, we have two lots.
£7 for the ship's lamps and £7 for the fan. That's ridiculous.
Ah, I spy the opposition.
Have you bought...? Have you spent quite a lot of money?
Catherine Southon, just mind your own business.
We're getting a little competitive, are we?
Competitive? You've just shown them what you bought, you ninnies.
Back to Tony, and his eyes are drawn to something.
Oh, that's interesting. What's that?
Yeah, look at the quality of that.
-Oh, that's beautiful, isn't it?
-Look at that.
Who would have thought Tony would find a lady's coat,
but he does love his threads, and this looks top quality.
-And it's hardly worn.
-Look at that lace.
I mean, who or when and where could you wear it?
Do you think that's a possibility or not?
-I can't believe the nick it's in.
-Julie is over there.
-Are you around? Sorry, Julie.
Do you know anything about the history of this?
-Wasn't that a marvellous...?
-Well, it's Victorian.
Yeah, I realised that. And it's an evening coat of some kind.
-Yeah, and it belonged to a lady's mother.
-I mean, I don't think she's hardly ever wore it.
So what sort of price is it?
I've got £50 on that.
Yeah, it's a real gamble for us. You know, we wouldn't be able to make...
-It is unusual, but that's too dear.
I think there's a little bit of movement on it, though.
I mean, what about £30?
-What are you thinking, then?
-Are we being really mean?
-Come on, you won't offend me.
-Well, that's nice.
-Well, let's go for 25.
-Yeah, go on, then.
-Yeah we'll do that.
-I think that's a good...
I don't want to go any lower, cos it's not fair.
-Thank you very much.
The intricate Victorian lady's coat for £25. Thanks, Julie!
Meanwhile, Catherine and Jimmy are back in the DeLorean.
# Show me the way to Amarillo
# Every night I've been hugging my pillow...
# La la la la la la la la
# And sweet Marie who waits for me. #
Yes, now, moving on...
Our happy duo are having a rest from shopping.
They're heading to Castle Donington in Leicestershire...
down an English country lane.
-Oh, it's so beautiful.
-Isn't it gorgeous?
-Oh, we're really lucky.
Petrolhead Jimmy may be American,
but he loves nothing more than British racing cars,
so as a treat, he's headed to the Donington Circuit...
..to uncover the history behind a British marque that defied all odds
to beat the rest of the world in the late 1950s.
Now, that's what you call an entrance.
If I can get out of this thing.
How are you, sir?
-Welcome to Donington Park.
-Thank you so much.
Nice sunny day for you.
Catherine and Jimmy are meeting with the park's managing director,
Christopher Tate, to find out more about this centre of excellence
for training and development in the world of motorcar racing.
-There was actually Grand Prix here in '36, '37, '38 and '39.
Then the war came and this whole estate was then turned into
-a huge military parking lot and an airfield...
-It's just so cool.
..which became a US and British Air Force field.
After four decades, the park returned to the world of motorsports
in 1971, and now houses the largest collection
of Grand Prix racing cars in the world.
-This is amazing!
You get to see really something
about the entire engineering of F1 cars, if you like,
Grand Prix cars from before the war right through to the 1970s.
Look at that.
It was all about learning lessons and how to build a Grand Prix car.
Look at the green. I love the British racing green.
This is immensely complicated - a V16 engine.
1.5 litres with a supercharger.
But, then, British racing green went on
to some of these other cars through the '50s and '60s.
Here we have the only complete set of British-built
Vanwall F1 cars in the world.
For 30 years, continental teams were at the forefront
of car technology and beating Brits to the chequered flag.
But all that changed when British company Vanwall entered
the 1954 racing season.
Three years later,
Stirling Moss clinched victory at the British Grand Prix,
the first time ever a British-built car won a World Championship race.
Vanwall were only racing for four years.
Not only did they win races but they changed racing car design for ever.
-Lower and sleeker and faster.
-Look at that body style. It's so sleek.
This is Graham Hill's World Championship-winning car from 1962.
-Yeah, it's the proper thing.
MUSIC: Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
The 1930s race circuit here is a gem
in the heritage of British motor car racing.
Only fair that Jimmy gets a shot at burning some rubber.
-Here we go.
-Hang on to your hat, sir.
Here we go. We're ready.
I'm holding on now.
-This is so exciting.
I can't look.
That is scary.
That's so cool.
Oh, my God!
That was amazing.
I'm going to get out so quickly just in case you start driving again.
I won't take off.
That was fun.
Jimmy's driving is amazing, but I feel really quite queasy.
I loved it.
(Let's do it again.)
Were you both in the same car?
I just was a racing driver. What are you talking about?
Are you OK? Come on.
Aw! Still friends?
-That was great fun.
It was good, but...
I think Catherine could do with a cup of tea. How British!
From the heady days of pre-war daredevil motor racing
and the spectacular achievements of Vanwall,
Donington Park Circuit became a training ground
for developing British engineering to the highest of standards,
and helped to hone the talents
of some of the greatest British drivers of all time.
While cars were spinning around Donington racetrack in the 1950s,
Tony was a little 'un finding his voice.
My first memory is when I was about five years old,
my dad would stand me on a table.
He'd play the piano and I would sing.
My grandparents then would put their hands in their pockets
and give me money for singing.
I thought, "Hmm, that's a career."
Margie and Tony have made their way to the city of Nottingham.
Hopkinson Vintage Antiques & Arts Centre
is next on their road-tripping expedition.
Laser-sharp focus is needed, because there are four floors
and 200 dealers selling their wares in here, and that's a lot.
We've got to win. We've got to beat Jimmy.
Margie and Tony have £340 left to spend.
# La la la la la la
-# La la la la la la. #
Finally, Margie has sifted something out. What's this?
Are they copying Jimmy's ship lamp purchase from earlier?
Do you think that's a sellable thing? It's an original, isn't it?
-Do you like it? Shall I put it down here?
Once powered by kerosene,
this copper and brass ship's lamp from the late 19th century
has been electrified for use as an interior design piece.
That's been on a ship or something.
It looks very new, doesn't it?
-It's been cleaned.
-A marine lamp. Do you like it or not?
-You're not sure.
-I'm not sure.
-Anything that you've seen?
-But you're not happy with that?
-It's an antique, isn't it?
-Well, shall we just see how cheap it can be?
Liam is on hand to assist. The ticket price is £80.
Would that be a really good deal?
What are you wanting?
Obviously the cheapest price you can get.
Well, I was thinking about 50.
I don't think we can go to 50.
Hmm. What do you think?
If I had to apply a bit of a discount, I'd do £60.
As an in-between. I'd give you a chance to make some profit.
-I quite like that.
-Yeah, we'll take it.
Yeah. Fingers crossed.
-We have a deal.
I'm not sure if Tony actually really likes it.
Anyway, time for a rest before you do it all again tomorrow.
What a lovely morning.
Our musical maestros don't need a radio in this Bentley.
THEY HUM MELODY
It's party time with the fellas.
What about the girls?
We didn't spend much yesterday, but watch this space, Margie,
today is the day we will spend.
Well, me too.
I want to spend. Today, let's spend.
Yesterday, our perky pop legends
launched into the world of antiques full of gusto.
Margie and Tony bought three lots -
the silver sugar shaker,
the Victorian lady's evening coat, and the converted marine lamp,
meaning they have £280 to spend today.
Whilst Catherine and Jimmy bought two lots -
the two ship's lamps and the retro fan.
They still have £386 left to spend.
The troops are assembling in the town of Telford in Shropshire.
-Oh, there they are.
We're like teenagers.
Look at you two, you're back to the future.
-We are, we've come back.
-You're in charge of the Bentley, all right?
-Do you want...? Oh, go on, then.
Come on, let's go. Let's go shopping.
Tony wasn't always in showbiz. As a young man, he had a 9-5 and a boss.
He called me into the office and said,
"Look, you've got a choice to make.
"You either want to be an accountant like your father
"or do you want to be another Adam Faith?"
With his tongue in his cheek.
What did you say?
-"I want to be a singer."
He said, "Well, I'm sorry, but we're going to have to let you go."
Good thing your boss did, eh?
We'll join Margie and Tony later, but for now,
Catherine and Jimmy are powering
towards their next shopping destination,
the pretty town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire.
So what was life really like back then, on tour with The Osmonds?
I mean, what was going through your mind? Were you having fun?
It was so crazy back in the '70s.
It was kind of alarming, in a way.
I mean, I can remember not being able to get out of a hotel room,
and running into these bread trucks so that nobody knew
you were in them, and hiding under the tables of a Chinese restaurant.
-That's just another world, though, isn't it?
-It was just bizarre.
I mean, something you'd see in a movie. But that was my life.
Our Catherine will take very good care of you
in this lovely emporium called Memories.
Get spending! You've got over £380 to splash.
All right, I'm feeling good, feeling good. After you. Ladies first.
Yeah? You ready?
-Yeah, let's do it.
-Lots of cups. Lots of china.
-It's like the Mad Hatter lives here.
MUSIC: Freak Out by Chic
Catherine and Jimmy have a language all of their own.
-That weird little box?
-Yeah. This is a sample box that people...
Huntley & Palmers, the people who produce the biscuit,
they would have gone round with this little sample...
-Oh, really, so it's a tester.
-..to show the biscuits that they made.
Let's get a better look. Owner Mary is being very helpful.
Is it tin?
-Have a look, Jimmy.
-Is there anything in it?
-Jimmy wants it to be full of biscuits.
That's got to be a discount. There's nothing in it.
-Oh, I'm sure we can arrange that.
-What am I going to do with a tin?
What's on it? How much?
Unfortunately it's in at 40.
Because I want to buy other stuff from you,
I kind of need it really good.
20. Half price.
Yeah? OK, I was going to say 10, and you said 20,
how about we meet in the middle?
Would that be all right?
-I would do 18. That's the best.
-The very best.
Well, what if we hold off on this for a minute
and then see what else we do?
Cor, Jimmy is confident when holding the reins of sharp negotiation.
But what's next for our road trip buddies?
Everybody is collecting vinyls again, you know?
Hang on in there, Catherine.
Cor, you're strong.
Take your time.
-I love album covers.
-Take your time, Jimmy.
We've got all the time in the world.
-Are you having a struggle?
-Top Of The Pops.
-Oh, yeah. Crazy... That's yours!
-It's at the top, Crazy Horses.
Oh, that's brilliant.
Is that cool or what?
Super cool. Jimmy has a light bulb moment.
Do you have any record players?
Yes, there should be two around that area somewhere.
Wouldn't this be cool - if we had a record player, a record rack,
like this guy right here?
You've got Long Haired Lover From Liverpool on here as well.
-Are you serious?
-You've got two songs.
-I've got two songs on there.
See, I know your songs better than you do.
So what if we did a record player,
a record rack and a record with two of our songs on it?
What's the good guy price?
Normally, it would be about £40 for the record player, £10 for the rack.
-What do you think?
Best price. Well, I don't want to push... Can I ask this?
If we do this, can we have the tin for 15?
-I love ya. Let's do it.
Crikey, Moses, poor Catherine didn't get a word in there.
Two lots bought, and Jimmy is on the prowl for more.
Look at this, this is cool.
What about this?
-That is amazing.
-Look at those baby drawers.
What do you put in there? Tooth picks.
I mean, what do you do? There's like nothing to put in there.
-It's a toolmaker's chest.
-Is it? You're such a nice lady.
He's gone platinum with the charm.
So what would you do? What would be the best price?
189. The very best would be 125.
Can that possibly go down to about 100?
I could probably do 100 on that, actually.
-What do you think?
-How much for the phone and that?
-There's no stopping you, is there?
No, I just like how it looks. It's like...
Look at that together, it's awesome.
Yeah, it does look good.
125 with the phone.
Sounds fair, Mary. But I suspect Jimmy is up to something.
What we'd really like to trade you are these mariner lamps.
-It's like port and starboard.
-Do you want me to go get them?
-I could certainly have a look, yes.
-I'll go and get them.
-Don't buy anything else.
Thank you so much. I love that. That is...
Jimmy is hoping to throw Margie and Tony off the scent,
and he's being super canny. He only paid £7 for those lamps.
They are fairly modern. There's some marking on the top.
-What are you hoping to get for them?
-Where are we at on this one?
We're at 125.
If there's any way we could get that lot for 100
and we could give you these, two of these, remember,
for 25, that would be really good.
Yeah, I'd rather do just 20 on these.
You're so nice. Let's do it. Thank you for doing that.
You rock, eh? Well played.
Trading in the ship's lamps means the engineer's drawers
and the Bakelite phone cost £112.
The '70s records lot for 25 and the biscuit sampler tin for 15.
Hello, somebody's nicked the engine.
Let's return to Margie and Tony.
They're having a breather and travelling
to the Museum of Iron in the village of Coalbrookdale in Shropshire.
Tony is telling Margie about his days
before a glittering career in showbiz.
-When I left school, I went to work in an office.
In a steelworks. I used to walk round and go and visit the...
Times of when they were emptying the furnaces into...
-Oh, so dangerous.
Oh, it was absolutely fascinating.
This area is responsible for the Industrial Revolution,
all thanks to Abraham Darby's revolutionary techniques
in iron making in the early 18th century.
He developed the coke-burning blast furnace,
which made it possible to produce commercial iron cheaply.
Once sleepy, Coalbrookdale became a powerhouse
of pioneering excellence at the dawning of the industrial world.
Margie and Tony are meeting with David to find out more.
This was the derelict old furnace that Abraham Darby took over.
Refurbished it, got new bellows, and in January 1709,
he started drawing off the new metal.
-Yeah? What sort of things did they make?
It all started with the three-legged pot.
The success of manufacturing this little pot sparked
the beginning of mass production of cast iron.
This is an example of the ones he made?
Absolutely, this is an early Coalbrookdale pot.
I say early, they were actually then made for many centuries,
well into the 20th century,
when they were still exported to other countries.
Is it heavy?
-It's not too heavy, you see?
-It's not too bad.
He cut down on the amount of metal he was using,
so, in other words, the amount of metal he was producing,
which was about 5-10 tonnes a week, went further.
He was producing about 150 of these, apparently, by 1713, a week.
By the mid-19th century, the world was reliant on cast iron,
heavily used for both domestic and industrial purposes.
Cast iron was also used for some of the early steam engines,
the cylinders of some of the very earliest steam engines.
So basically, this innovation fuelled the Industrial Revolution.
It made possible all those engineering innovations in textiles,
with power looms, steam engines,
-steamships all stemming from this.
The pioneering inventor was something that pumped through
the veins of the Darby lineage.
In 1779, Darby's grandson, Abraham Darby III, constructed the world's
first industrial iron bridge, over the River Severn, in Coalbrookdale.
A stone's throw from the factory,
this bridge showcased the versatility of iron to the world.
Here we are, this is the bridge, the famous iron bridge,
made at the Coalbrookdale Foundry by the Darby family,
and this really took ironwork into this new area
of constructional ironwork, architectural ironwork.
And it is also beautiful.
-The bridge is still here, it survives as a monument...
..to the thriving industry that was along the banks
-of the River Severn here.
Generations of Darbys continued the scientific and industrial
advances of Abraham Darby I.
The changes affected how we live on a global scale
and enabled Britain to become the world's most dominant industrial,
colonial and military power in the 18th and 19th centuries.
-David, thanks for looking after us.
-It's been a pleasure.
Catherine and Jimmy
have zoomed northwest,
to the town of Shrewsbury,
-So this is Shrewsbury.
Yes, Shrosbury, Shroosbury.
-Is it tomay-to, toma-to? One of those things.
SHE MAKES WHOOSHING NOISE
-I feel like I'm getting out of a spaceship.
And you're the pilot.
Ooh, look at that, bit awkward.
Memory Lane is owned by the lovely Holly.
If you find anything, come to us.
-Can we wheel and deal with you?
-You can try.
Ah, look at her!
GIGGLING: You might have met your match, Jimbo.
Hey, Catherine, check this out. This is cool.
Wouldn't that be neat, like, on a shelf? What is it?
-Oh, it's a coffee grinder.
# Do the hustle... #
-This looks like a particularly good example.
-And it's worth a second look.
-It's kind of cool, look at that.
Wouldn't that be good in a really cool, like, trendy...
-I think it'd be amazing.
-Yeah, just up on a high shelf or something, you know?
So you'd get beans and put them in there,
and you're turning the handle.
-Shall we get it?
-Cor, he's quick off the mark.
-Let's put ourselves out of pain.
Ooh. Ah, that never stopped me, did it? Come on.
Is this guy for real?
He sure is.
Back inside, Holly makes a call to the dealer,
but young Jimmy wants to take control...again.
It's John? Hey, John, how are you, sir?
And how much is that coffee grinder in the window?
HOLLY AND CATHERINE LAUGH
The one with the waggly tail. No. Um...
Is it American? No wonder I was drawn to it.
He said 120 is all.
But we could only do half price,
which, I hope that didn't offend you.
Can we meet in the middle?
115. Hold on, can I just talk to my partner here...
Partner in crime.
..and ask her what she thinks, is that all right?
While Jimmy and Catherine have a ponder...
..Margie and Tony are making
their way north-east
to the Shropshire town
SONG: Whole Lotta Love
-Are you going to sing to me before we finish?
That would be a no, then.
-Time's running out for our time together, Tony.
-Oh, I know.
Well, make the most of it, then.
TwoJays Corner is the last shop of the day,
and this is Tony's last chance to find some more goodies.
-Come on, let's get in there.
-Let's do it, let's see what we've got.
Let's do it.
That Margie can be a bit of a nosy parker.
-What do you have at home?
-We go for dark wood.
Mm. What, old?
-Some of it is, yeah.
-Bit of antique?
-Bit of it.
-Yeah? Bit of modern?
-Mind your own business.
-Quite right, Tony.
We're talking antiques here.
How are Jimmy and Catherine getting on with making that deal?
So, we know that our friend on the phone will go for 115 for this.
-Let's do it, shall we?
-I need to pay you.
-Are you happy?
-I'm happy. I'm skint, but I'm happy.
Jimmy really likes to take control.
Could this be an expensive gamble or a clued-up, profit-making success?
Meanwhile, back in the camp of Tony and Margie...
Is that a clocking-in clock? Look at that. Love those, don't you?
-Used to have that at the steelworks where I worked.
-For the workmen, yeah, they used to clock in.
-I think they're fantastic.
After a trip down memory lane, what's next for this twosome?
-Shall we go outside? Do you want to go outside?
Sorry, I'll do it again.
Sounds like a pick-up line.
-OK, let's go.
-And the helpful Jackie will accompany them to talk prices.
Right, now, we've got to look at everything, haven't we?
Are you looking?
-All right, Mrs Bossy Boots!
-Ooh, quite like that.
-That's interesting. Is it stone?
-It's got style, that, hasn't it?
-1819, this one.
-That's the stock number!
JACKIE AND MARGIE LAUGH
How was Tony meant to know that?
The ticket price is £67.50.
-And the old boxer there. People like dogs.
-It's a bulldog.
-Oh, is it a bulldog?
-Just don't know what's going on here.
-That's his leg!
Oh, it's his leg?
-Have you had him a while? Cos the sign's washed out.
Two cats in the planters. Oh, look at that. Hello!
-Those are two bulb planters?
-I'd say they are, yep.
-So what sort of price are they?
One has gone.
-What sort of money are they?
-Can they be a good price?
I could do those for you for... Let me have a think.
Cos you're pausing, I'm going to come in with 65.
-I was thinking more like 75.
Now we have three lots rooted out,
it's time for Tony to take control of the dealing reins.
-I'm moving towards this, Jackie.
What I want to know is, what's your best price?
I could do him for...35.
-And we were thinking of...
Of the bulldog.
I can do the bulldog for 15.
And then we've got to consider the planters with the cats in.
Yeah, I'll do 65 for the planters.
-Well, I think that's fair, thank you.
-Hopefully they'll do well.
-Shake on it.
-Thanks very much, Jackie.
-And good luck.
Yeah, I think we might need it.
What a whirlwind buy...of three items costing a grand total of £115.
And - can you believe it? -
we've reached the end of our shopping spectacular.
And Catherine and Jimmy are in high spirits.
-I like Neil Diamond. Do you?
-# Sweet Caroline... #
# Good times never seemed so good... #
He always said these weird little things, like,
"Do it! Yeah!" You know?
Now for the big peek at one another's buys.
Wow, how did it go? Did you enjoy yourselves?
-Yeah, course we did.
-Did you have a good time?
-I had a great time.
-I learnt a lot.
-Did you buy some cool things?
TONY AND MARGIE LAUGH
-Very cool things.
-It depends what you mean by "cool".
Come on, we got to see 'em, I'm excited to see 'em.
Hang on, hang on, we don't want to spoil anything.
-JIMMY AND CATHERINE:
There we go.
Hey, Crazy Horses!
# Crazy hors... #
# Crazy horses... #
-I think this bunch have had too much sugar.
-That is great.
-I love your dog.
-Look at the dog.
-Is it old?
-No, not very.
-What is that?
-That is... Oh, we can't touch it.
-You do it.
-Yeah, we can.
-I picked that. - Did you?
It's a Victorian evening coat. - Amazing.
-You picked that at the first shop.
CATHERINE AND JIMMY: Ahhh.
-Very clever. What's this?
This is a marine lamp. - Yes, cos you saw our little lamps. Right, OK.
We got to shake them off our tails, haven't we?
OK, so you thought you would copy us.
And in there is a silver sugar shaker.
-I want to see.
-You want to see?
-Oh, don't touch it. It's all right.
-Can you see?
-There we go.
-And it is...?
-Get out of town.
-She's the queen of silver.
-She knocked it down.
-- OK, would you like to see ours?
-You do this.
-I'll do this.
-On your marks, get set, go!
Whoa! Oh, that's great!
-An old coffee grinder.
-Yeah, that's a coffee grinder.
-It's like toleware.
-No, that's a hot chocolate grinder.
-Are you a hot chocolate man?
-Yeah, I'm a hot chocolate man.
And then this, I love that vintage. We got that at the first place.
-Oh, God, that's good, I like that.
-This is what's really cool.
-Yeah, I love these little chests.
-So that's one lot there.
To go with the telephone?
Well, we thought it looked quite good together, it was on it,
-but we just...
-And how much did you pay for that?
-We paid 105.
-I love that. That's really nice.
-- Have you noticed anything missing?
-Anything missing? Yes!
-Your two lamps.
-We traded and got a better deal on that.
Jimmy and Catherine are sharpshooters, Margie.
-I've got to show you this.
-He's up for it, is old Jimmy.
Look what we found.
-Top Of The Pops.
-Top Of The Pops. Crazy Horse.
Long Haired Lover From Liverpool. No kidding!
Who sang that? Who sang that?
But that's either a really bad thing that nobody wanted it...
The Jacksons. I love The Jacksons.
-Oh, yeah, right.
-Oh, Tony, you joker.
-That's very good.
Yeah, it's a record player with the records in the little display thing.
-And our music.
-And Jimmy's autograph.
-Isn't that hilarious?
That is hilarious.
I signed it, which is really going to take the value down, you see.
No, you're going to do OK with that.
-Margie, can I show you one last thing?
-This is cool, I like this.
-Yes, go on.
-I have to tell you, this one last thing
is a little miniature Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin.
-Oh, how cute.
-So I think we have bought completely different things.
-No kidding, Sherlock.
-It's going to be an amazing auction.
And all I can do is wish you the very best, Catherine Southon.
-It's going to be great.
-May the best team win.
- Yes, well, thank you!
Yes, we will, right?
What a bunch, eh? But what do they really think?
I like the horse, that was kind of cool,
but I don't know if anybody's...
You know what? Those things are modern, though. They're modern.
I'm surprised he's in the position where he has to go and buy a fan.
-I don't... The dress?
-So, fingers crossed.
I think we did well. Good job, buddy.
-Good job, buddy.
It's auction time.
We're off to Stoke-on-Trent
in Staffordshire - stand by.
Jimmy and Tony are anticipating the final chapter
of their Road Trip adventure.
-This is my first auction, so this will be fun.
This will be cool.
-I've never been to an auction in my life.
We're going to find out pretty quick which one of us is rubbish, right?
It's tipping it down as the girls await our celebrities' arrival.
-Welcome to Stoke!
-Quick, quick, quick, we're getting wet!
-Shut the door.
-Oh, thank you for the brolly, but...
-Let's go inside.
Let's do this. This will be fun.
This will be fun, come on.
Get in, before you catch a cold.
Today, we're at ASH Auctions,
and the man in command is auctioneer Lee Sherratt.
What do you think of their offerings, then, Lee?
When I saw the record player and the records,
I just realised that I used to have one of those.
Exactly the same model, back in the day, nineteen seventy...
two, I think it was.
The silver sugar shaker in its original box,
I've had a lot of people having a look at that today,
people who've come into the saleroom,
so I'm sure that'll do well.
Excellent. Jimmy and Catherine were today's biggest spenders.
Jimmy proved to be a sweet-talking guy with a sharp business acumen.
They spent £274 on five different lots.
Tony and Margie were a little more laid-back, but dapper gent Tony
knew what he wanted and persuaded Margie to buy into vintage clothing.
They spent £235, also on five lots.
It's a packed house as our glittering stars arrive.
Get ready, the auction is about to begin.
-This is it.
-This is it, this is the moment.
-Are you ready?
-Are you ready?
-Put 'em up.
-Right, are we ready?
- Do you think we're going to make some profits?
There's confidence for you.
First up, it's Jimmy's retro fan.
I mean, it's a piece of art, it's of an era, isn't it?
Come on, what am I selling myself for?
£30, 25, come on, where are we?
£20, £10 to start me, maybe £10?
-10 bid on my left.
-We have profit.
..more than this, surely? At £10, 12? 10 on the left-hand side.
-Eh? In profit.
Maiden bid of only £10. 12. At 12 now, is it 14?
Feel like I'm riding a horse here.
-Any more, then, at £14?
-You've doubled your money.
Doubled your money.
-£14. It's good, isn't it?
Doubled your money. Splendid result, Jimmy.
-Yes, we're doing famously, aren't we?
Actually, you are, Jimmy.
It's your turn now, Tony. The sugar shaker is up next.
-Hey, shake your sugar.
-# Shake it... #
-# Shake your sugar, baby... #
-Loads of commission bids left on this.
-Loads of commission bids!
£40, straight in at 40, I'll take 45.
You made a profit! Well done.
50, now 5? On commission at £50. Carry on.
-55, and 60.
-We're up to £60.
-60? Well done.
65, going to sell it, no mistake, then, at £60...
Way to go. All right, now it's on, buddy.
I'm going now, I'm going now.
Uh-oh, the buddies might be at war, but it's sweet success for Tony.
-It's a coat.
-It's a coat.
-It's a dress, OK?
Tony's Victorian evening coat is next.
Lot 37 is a satin and lace handmade Victorian evening coat...
And we've made a new friend to model the garment.
Modelled, of course, by our, uh, modeller, Ros.
Give a little twirl, there you go.
-Look at this.
-£20. Bid straight in at 20...
25, 30... 30 bid, now 5?
-We're in profit!
-Come on, it's worth more, surely.
-Give a twirl!
40, 42, I've got you, 44.
-44, 44, 46?
46. 48. Well done. Top it up to 50 now, come on. 49, then...
For a dress? Give me a break.
-50, there we go.
He's definitely out at £50, stuck to his task.
-It's you. You've done it. The model's done it.
-CATHERINE AND JIMMY: Aww. CATHERINE:
-I stand corrected.
-How did you do that?
I'll let you do the shopping from now on, all right?
How did you do that?
Tony's got taste. Another sizeable profit for Margie's team.
You are on fire. Tony the Tiger, see, what did I tell you?
I can't believe it. I can't believe it.
Back to Jimmy now. The engineer's drawers and Bakelite phone are next.
-Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
-This is us, this is us.
-We've got new porters.
-Right, here we go.
-Any time you want a job, mate, come and see me.
-All right, yeah!
£30 the lot, get me £20 at the start of the bidding.
-£20. All over the place.
-Oh, everyone, everyone.
Like a Mexican wave at the Vale there.
£20 I'm bid now. 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30. 2, 4, 6, 8.
40, 2, 4, 6, 8. 50, 2, 4, 6, 8.
-Ooh, getting there.
-Keep going, keep going.
Where's 4? Come on. At £62, the hammer's up. Being sold at £62.
No, come on!
-Well, you did all right.
-Where do we go?
Well, you did everything you could to try and wow the crowd,
but it's a hefty loss.
So what did we lose?
-Let's not talk about it.
Tony's mariner's lamp is next. Well, we know it works.
-We paid too much money.
-Oh, what did you pay for that?
-Sorry, didn't hear that?
-£20, somebody. I've got you, 20 bid. At 20 bid now...
At £20, and 2. We're off now, 24, and 6, now 8, 28, now 30...
-Oh, you're going.
-32 now. 4.
At 32 to your left-hand side. Any more now?
At £32 now. The hammer's up. All done now at three-two.
-Could have been worse.
-I'm happy with that.
And so you should be, Tony, you're still in the lead.
I think that's the end of our problems.
If that was your only problem, that's good,
-we've got a lot of problems.
-We've got a lot of problems.
Let's hope you don't. It's Jimmy's biscuit sampler tin next.
And it's got "Osborne" on the side.
Aww. But you're not called Osborne.
Not, it's another family, but it's close.
-But it has "Marie" on the backside of it.
Yeah, so Marie Osborne.
Put that in the bank and draw that interest, right?
-£15 for it, where are we?
Give me a 5. 5 I'm bid. 6? 6 I'm bid. 7 I'm bid.
-8. Now 9.
-Come on, come on!
-It's going, it's going.
12. 14. 14, 16.
Commission buyer comes in.
-No, come on!
-No, no, no, no!
At £14, keep going.
-£14. Commission at £14. £14.
Hang on, hang on! 16.
-I'm in pain.
-Still on commission. 18.
-19, then. £18, still commission.
-£18, are we all done?
-He's got a big commission.
Are you having a good time?
-Having a good time.
-All done. Sold on commission.
We did it.
Yeah, but it's, like, minute.
I don't care. I just don't want to lose any more money!
I hear you, Jimmy. It's still a profit.
Way to go, partner.
-You did it.
-It's hard to get a pound, isn't it?
We're sticking with Jimmy now.
The '70s record combo lot is next.
-Come on, let's get ready.
-There we go.
Oh, here they go again.
Hold on a minute, dear.
Oh, dear, oh, dear.
Lot 72A is the Marconiphone record player,
together with six LPs from the 1970s,
including a signed Top Of The Pops LP
-featuring Jimmy Osmond's Long Haired...
That's not my picture.
Right, who's going to bid me £50 for the lot? £50.
# I'll be your long-haired lover from Liverpool
-# And... #
-This is great!
You know this.
# I'll be your clown or your puppet or your April Fool
# If you'll be my sunshine daisy from LA
# I'll be your leprechaun and sit upon... #
Here comes the chorus.
Blimey, feel the love in the room.
# Till I'm old and grey... # Your turn!
-# I'll be your...
-# Long-haired lover from Liverpool
# You'll be my sunshine daisy from LA. #
It's a bargain! It's a bargain!
-Right, come on, let's start it at 50.
-It's got to be worth that, just for the LPs.
50! £50 is bid. 52? 52?
-Jimmy's just sang! 56.
Don't let that ruin it! Right?
Are you sure this time? At £56, then.
-All done and finished at £56.
-56, do we hear 57?
Sold at £56, number 45.
Thank you very much. That was cool.
What a brilliant singalong, and a lovely profit. Well done.
I don't know where we are. I've completely lost it.
-All I know is I shut my finger in that record player!
Back to Tony. The weighty planters are next.
Several commission bids left on this next item.
-Several commission bids.
You have the magic!
I've got £50 bid straight in for the two. 55.
You got them cheap.
No, we're not, carry on.
55, 60, 5, 70, 5.
80, 5, 90, 5.
Now we're up to £95 on commission.
-They are good.
-Get out of town!
-Close your mouth!
-At £95, let's start...
-For kitty boxes?
-I can't believe it.
I shouldn't have told Tony Christie to shut his mouth!
-I can't believe it.
£95 on commission and all done.
-Are you serious?
Well done, Tony!
Well, I am gobsmacked.
I think Tony likes this auction lark.
Yet another chunky profit.
We've got high hopes for the horse's head now.
-We have. The pub.
Tony's great haggle got these for a great price,
but can they turn a great profit?
£30 the lot. Got to be worth that.
-Give me £20.
-Oh, no! Oh, no!
10, 12, 14. 14, 16.
-Oh, it's moving.
-20, 22, 24.
24, 26. 26. 28, 28.
28. 30. Bid. 2?
-30 bid now. 2? He says no.
-Oh, come on, this is cheap.
Now we go. Here we go.
Hang on! 32, 34, 36?
-Come on, got to get me up to 50.
46, 48, 50, 5, 60.
Right-hand side at £55. Where's £60?
-The hand's up, then, at 55. Any more?
-That's cheap, though.
You guys... Can I touch you?
Right-hand side, being sold at £60.
-Sold at £60.
Tony, you're coming up with the profits today, man.
Another good sale.
-That was quite cheap.
-Can I touch you?
You are gold!
It's the final lot of the day - Jimmy's big gamble,
the American coffee grinder, is next.
This is the decider, cos you've got something really good here.
-A large coffee grinder...
Another song, Jimmy?
12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26... And 4, and 6, and 8, and 30...
-It's very rare.
-And 4, 6, 8, 40, 2...
-He's bidding at the back.
-..and 8 and 50.
And 2 and 4 and 6 and 8.
And 60 and 2. Out.
In the room at £60. Take 2 more.
2, fresh money. 62. 64 now?
At 62. 64, you've been with me all the way.
-No, no, you're doing a great job!
-Well, been with me all the way through.
Thanks for your bids, then, at £68.
-Being sold, no mistake, then, at 68.
-Well, it's all right.
-Oh, that is a rare thing.
-That is a really good item.
-Yeah, I'm still proud of it.
-Still proud of it.
Someone's got an excellent deal, there.
Have you enjoyed your first auction, chaps?
Well, it's the first one for me ever, and I'll tell you what,
-it's been brilliant. I'd like to do another one.
-That's good. Now you know the ropes.
-You guys are winners.
Now you know what to buy - dresses - and you'll be fine!
You'll have a whole wardrobe full of dresses!
But I had the best time.
-Shall we get out of here?
-Yeah, let's go.
That was exciting. Let's tot up the scores.
Who will be today's winner?
Jimmy and Catherine started out with £400.
After all auction costs,
they made a small loss of £95.24.
Their takings are £304.76.
Tony and Margie also began with £400,
and after all saleroom costs,
they made a profit of £8.54.
Their final earnings are £408.54,
making this pair of luvvies the winners.
All profits to Children in Need.
-Whoo, that was fun!
-Well, that was...
-Was that crazy or what?
-That was different!
-I loved it, I loved it.
-Do you want the good news or the bad news?
-The good news.
-The good news is that you have won.
-Very well-deserved, I must admit.
But only by... - By a huge amount.
You have won...
-All that hard work.
-And the bad news is that we lost.
-We lost how much?
It doesn't matter.
-A lot! A lot!
-It doesn't matter.
But we tried, and I still love what we did.
But it's been the best. It's been the best, buddy, congratulations.
Margie! - Fan-dabby-dozy.
It was a close one, and we'll miss you, fellas.
-I'd do it again, wouldn't you?
We might just do it on our own without all those TV people!
Don't blame you.
Bye-bye, Jimmy and Tony.
Two stars of the seventies, cool crooner Tony Christie and pop royalty Jimmy Osmond, are accompanied by experts Catherine Southon and Margie Cooper.
Blasting off from the Leicestershire town of Loughborough, they head for an auction in the Staffordshire city of Stoke-on-Trent. Tony squeezes in a visit to Coalbrookdale, the place where groundbreaking techniques were developed that kick-started the Industrial Revolution. Petrolhead Jimmy gets to whizz round the historical race circuit at Donington.
The big auction finale includes a sing-along like no other, but which musical maestro will clinch victory?