Celebrities hunt for antiques across the UK. Chefs Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala do battle, with help from experts David Harper and Natasha Raskin.
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The nation's favourite celebrities...
Ooh, 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?
"Go on, 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 culinary masters of cuisine -
the red-hot and spicy chefs
and Cyrus Todiwala.
I want to find a Ming vase.
Oh, well, actually, I'm not really bothered,
as long as I don't drop a Ming vase or anything like that.
-That's it. I'm a bit clumsy, and that's the thing.
-A bit clumsy.
-Well, I've got butter-fingers too.
We'll need to keep an eye on you two, then.
has worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Scotland
and has been in the industry for over 20 years.
The award-winning chefs are firm friends.
They've appeared on many TV cooking shows -
even guest-presenting much-loved foodie hit...
-This is Saturday Kitchen Live.
Turmeric, salt, coconut milk...
Some spring onions. Turmeric.
bit of garam masala...
Cyrus moved from Mumbai to London over 20 years ago.
The critically acclaimed chef is an award-winning restaurateur
who has a respected following amongst royalty and celebrities.
The gourmet gastronomes have the unusual 1977 Aston Martin Lagonda
to zip around the countryside in.
I like this. I like the whole trim.
-The feel, yeah.
-It's the '70s, eh?
It's like a passion wagon.
The great chums each have a bag of money totalling £400...
..and Tony is serious about his antiques mission.
Well, we've always been on the same side.
-It's always been fun...
-..but now the gloves come off, I say.
Yeah, I'm not very happy with that.
Why? But it'll be fun.
I can promise you that.
Today's antiques experts are the beautiful Natasha Raskin
and the - mm - fragrant David Harbour.
I bet with your look, people often say, "Why do I know that guy?
"Is he a rock star? Is he a musician?"
-And then the...
-And then it dawns on them -
-"Oh, he's just that antiques guy!"
-You know, bizarrely,
they often think I'm a TV chef.
It's weird, isn't it?
Natasha and David have the rather grand 1977 Jaguar XJC.
Natasha is getting to grips with some tropical temperatures.
-It's hot in here.
-It is hot.
Are these 1970s cars always so warm?
The reason why is because most 1970s cars' electric windows don't work.
-Oh, right, OK.
-The electric windows don't work.
-That's true, yeah!
-As long as you can get us there and we don't cook.
I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine, Natasha.
Meanwhile, over in the big, manly Aston Martin...
I love the passion.
It's like the chefs that work for you -
-your specialists, the sous chef...
The passion they have rubs off on you
and it makes you want to see other things.
-That's what you're looking for.
-They're much keener.
I'll tell you what, we are excitable characters,
-so we get excited when we see things.
I hope they have the same kind of excitement and enthusiasm.
Don't worry, gents,
we have the finest of television professionals for you.
It just occurred to me as I told you that...
Oh, my gosh. You're meant to be good at this!
Our adventure begins in the city of Dundee,
moving south along the east coast,
taking in the Fife town of Anstruther
before finally landing at an auction
in the village of Rosewell in Midlothian...
..and it's time to meet up.
-Oh, my gosh, they're in an Aston Martin Lagonda!
Oh, they're nice and relaxed.
-Oh, my gosh, thank you very much.
-Look at you two!
-What do we have here?
-Do we refer to you as "Chef"?
-You can if you want shouted at, it's OK.
Do you need a hand out, Chef?
-How are you, sir?
-Great delight to meet too.
-Nice to meet you, Cyrus.
-How are you?
-How are you?
- Very good to meet you. - Nice to meet you.
-Hello, Tony. How are you?
-I love your shoes.
-Oh, thank you!
Look at this. Look at this.
-Oh, my God.
-Oh, how was that drive?
It's a tank, eh?
- It's a tank? - It is a tank.
-We can go right through them.
I think I've got a bit of competition
on the fashion stage here.
I was going to be the peacock - what's this?!
There does seem to be a bit of a red theme.
-Well, this is it.
What car are we going to have?
I'm very happy with it - you want to drive that one?
I would love to drive this one.
-OK, then. We'll go with that one.
-Are you sure? Are you sure?
-Thank God. Sounds good to me!
Come on, you lot, get a wriggle on.
Antiques won't buy themselves, you know.
-Ha-ha! See you later.
Wow, my gosh, lively.
-What's it got, lively?
Let's saddle up, then, with Tony and Natasha.
Antique shops, auctions, charity shops...
I just like... I'm a rummager.
This is not uncharted territory for you.
-You know exactly what you're doing...
I was just kidding on to Cyrus cos I want to beat him.
"I've never been to a charity shop in my life."
-You've been telling him you're a novice.
Yeah, it's terrible.
Meanwhile, Cyrus is giving David a lesson in the Indian haggle.
Indians will nod their head like that,
so you have to understand whether that's a yes or a no.
-But it's still a...a shake of the head.
-It's still a nod.
Because here you will have two nods.
-One is yes, or one is no.
The Indian will go like that and like that, you know?
And what does that mean?
So, this is no...
and that is OK, you know?
No! This is brilliant.
It's a little bit more crazy.
Our gang are all sharing the first shop.
Look out, Clepington Antiques.
Cyrus and David are first to arrive.
-Shall we cut in front of them?
-They must have known a short cut.
A very common Jaguar.
-Ah, Mr Singh is here.
Yes, yes, yes. We're in first.
Yes, David. Well done.
This looks big enough, though, for everyone.
Eee, look at that!
Right, OK, here we go.
-Are you ready?
-Let's do it.
But I'm liking the look of this.
Glad to hear it. It used to be a dairy farm, don't you know?
So you really do come from a real trading heritage, don't you?
-Very much so.
But you could buy a pin, and you could order a Wells Fargo truck
or a Rolls-Royce from my grandfather's shop.
I think Cyrus's trading experience
will prove to be invaluable on this trip, don't you?
So, you said you liked small things.
Yeah, smaller things, because they can fit more into a house.
Otherwise, bigger things do not have a place in a small house.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-That's why small.
But small things, also, for me, are a mark of craftsmanship.
-Yes, OK. OK.
-For instance, that one looks real class.
OK. That is a very stylish thing.
Very stylish. Date-wise, what are you thinking?
I think '50s, '60s, maybe.
Yeah. A definite nod towards Art Deco.
Now, where's dealer Jim to talk money?
OK, so do we...?
Can you do us a deal on the glass?
I don't know about that, er...
I can only try. Is it priced?
Well, let me just show you the one that we're looking at.
Right. Right. Oh, aye.
A piece of art glass, aye.
A piece of art glass.
See, there's nae price on that. I'd be lost.
I mean, there it could have 20 quid, I'd say, "Och, £2."
All right. OK, OK.
Shall we go with £2, then?
Well... I'm happy with £2.
-Are you happy? £2?
-Shall we go for £2?
-What do you think?
-Well, I think you couldn't get much cheaper than £2.
Too right, David.
Well, actually, here's me, you know, just agreeing.
Do you want to... Do you want to do your spice bartering?
Well, I'll tell you why, because, I mean,
somebody buying it back from us...
-..might look at the chip there and the little chip there
and might say, no, I'll drop the value down further.
So maybe if you get it slightly cheaper,
we might be able to sell it off at a...
So, hang on, slightly cheaper than £2?
-OK. OK, this is good.
-Which is £1.
-I bet you're pleased we've arrived(!)
Well, that's not my stuff, so I'm quite happy anyway.
£1, then. That's £1, anyway.
Have we gone down to £1 now?!
-Oh, aye. Aye, £1.
-Over to you, Cyrus.
So it's down to £1. Big spender.
-Have we done it?
-Yeah, I think we'll take it for £1.
Do we do a certain nod?
-We do a nod, yeah.
-Oh, marvellous, we've done it!
Marvellous. Thank you very much.
We've done it. £1. OK...
What's just happened there, then? Hah!
One solitary pound for the 1960s glass vase.
Well, I never did. Cyrus is one tough negotiator.
What about over in the other camp?
-So, these are slides, aren't they?
These are family photographs. Slides.
Oops-a-daisy. Dear, oh, dear.
Oh, my God.
Yes. Bulletproof ones.
They're still intact, which is amazing.
Yeah. Let's move away quickly from here, I think.
What's your method in the shop?
-Are you going to go...?
-I have never got a method.
I just rummage.
-I mean, is that something that you're into?
-Look at that. Wow.
Old-fashioned fire extinguisher.
-Now, that's quite cool.
-Is that...? Is that quite cool?
What is that for? Now, I have no idea what that's for.
That's... That's not...
-Is that a welding thing?
-Should we ask about it?
We should, actually. That's quite cool.
Because that's quite a cool bit of kit, too.
And it's different, yeah.
Time to call over proprietor Derek.
-We've got sprayer or extinguisher.
We thought it was a welder, but it's only one tank.
I personally think it's a sprayer.
It's got all those different nozzles.
Yeah, but it's army, so we think...
Oh, it is? OK. So, all right.
There's an arrow on there, showing it's...
-I couldn't see the arrow.
-Where's the arrow?
-We couldn't see it.
-We couldn't see the arrow.
-Oh, look, there it is there.
-See? We tried to find that.
So it's from 1960, and it's a Four Oaks spraying machine.
In fact, it's the Four Oaks Spraying Machine Company Limited.
Oh, yes, the Four Oaks Spraying Machine Company was founded in 1902,
based in the Midlands, they manufactured a range of products
that were originally used
for both agricultural and domestic purposes, don't you know?
And what would it be used to spray?
-I really do not know.
Maybe it was for fields.
What kind of money's in that?
I think he had 140 on it, but I could ask him.
-So this isn't your stock?
This isn't my stock. This is another...
I wouldn't buy at 140.
-What were you thinking?
-I'd say 90 quid.
90 quid not still a bit dangerous?
Tony and Natasha decide to offer £70...
and Derek has managed to get an answer.
Well, I was talking to the dealer.
He says, "I think you're being a bit cheeky on the 70."
-I see. I thought that.
-But he says he'll do it for £90.
-That could still be...
-It could still be a goer.
-I think that could be a goer.
-It could be a goer?
You'd have to get pumped up, though, wouldn't you?
While Tony and Natasha have a think,
someone's got a voice like a fog horn.
-So, hang on, a military garden-sprayer?
I don't know what they'd use it for.
I've never come across a military garden-sprayer.
-They're actually talking about the sprayer.
-Oh, come on.
That's David's voice.
He's so loud I can hear him talking about the sprayer.
Right, let's go. Go, go, go. Look.
- 'It's military...' - Aye, see?
-Did you see our sprayer?
Sorry to interrupt. Hello.
This sprayer we're going to buy.
You're not buying that, Chef.
You have no use for that.
I like the smell of the kerosene oil in there.
Is it kerosene? I was wondering what it is.
-What are you going to do with that?
-Have you bought it, Tash?
-Yes, we have.
-Oh. Oh, well.
There was a wink there. There was a wink there.
-I did notice that...
- Do it again. - What?
- The wink. - Yes, we've got that.
Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Are you the owner of the item?
-Sorry, we came first to the owner of the item.
-How much is it?
-No, it was another one...
I think we were first to...
Uh-oh, this could get messy.
Is this going to come down to who makes the best offer?
-Well, we were told it could actually be £90.
That's the wrong way. It doesn't work like that.
Yeah, well, hang on, you don't know Jim.
I know Jim. Right, Jim?
-Jim, shake on it.
-No, no, no...
What, what, what, what's all this going on here?
What are you thinking about?
It's chef wars!
And now Derek's joining in.
How can you buy that?
What about a fresh offer, then?
No, no, no, we were here first. £100.
-There you go.
-Well, that's it.
-£100. A C-note.
So that's your bid? £100?
Well, I could match that, but it depends what...
Only one way to settle it.
Heads I win, tails he loses.
Ah, we've fallen for that one before.
- All right, heads. - Heads.
- Ready? - Go.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Thank you, Chef.
Wow, that was tense.
There you go.
The Four Oaks spraying machine for £100, then,
for Tony and Natasha.
This doesn't faze Cyrus and David.
They've got their eye on something else.
I quite like that, actually. That's a bit of a novelty clock.
Made in England. And a light on the top.
It is quite cool. It's a bit twee, isn't it?
-And it's Bakelite.
Which is sort of stylish.
And knowing Jimmy, it's going to be so cheap it's unbelievable.
Yeah, I think he's in a good, good mood today.
So, I mean, Bakelite is actually a very sought-after material,
because it has its own unique look.
Yeah, it's had its day...
Yeah, it's dirty.
Not very many of these clocks were made
for the simple reason they weren't terribly popular.
What sort of money is it, Jim?
I don't... What's the price on the bottom?
The price on the bottom says £20, but the zero's been rubbed off.
-Are you sure?
-So shall we take it as £2?
-A fiver, a fiver.
Four quid. Four.
-What do you think?
-I don't know, but he just keeps coming down.
-Eventually he'll get down to one.
-That's £16 off. Good trade price.
Give... Give him ten seconds, he'll go down another pound.
-What, something that...
-Three quid, that's it.
-See? I told you.
-Three quid, that's it.
-That's five seconds.
No, wait, wait, wait... That was five seconds.
Give him another five seconds. Just look at him. Jim...
What did I say, three quid?
It's brilliant! It's brilliant.
I don't know whether I have the heart to do it again.
No, you can't do it again.
No? OK. Jim, thank you very much.
-That's all right.
-Thank you, sir.
You're brilliant. I love you. You're fantastic.
Gosh, this is unusual -
and Cyrus is proving to be the negotiator of the year.
£2 - cor - for the Art Deco Bakelite lamp-cum-clock.
Over now to Tony and Natasha.
Now... Can you play that?
Er, no, but I'll give it a bash. Can I play it?
HE PLAYS TUNELESSLY
I need a basket.
That's good. Good. That's good.
Hold on, that's terrible.
Where's the snake?
Now, back to business. What's this?
I've never seen one like that.
So it works to warm your brandy...
You literally put the brandy in it, and - do you know what it does?
It also stops you from drinking too much at a time,
because you have to have it at an angle.
-Too much, it would just flip out.
-Fall out, catch fire.
So, one measure, you lay it over the flame,
-which is light, some oil in there...
-And it just gently heats the brandy.
But see that aroma when it comes out, it's just...
So, it's so much fun,
because it's almost as if, if this were to start evaporating,
it would be like the steam coming out of the train.
-That's a quirky little thing.
I think... I think people would go wild for that.
I think we'll get a deal on it.
Only one way to find out.
-You've got your lines.
-Right, we'd like to buy the get-rich express
-that you've got in the room next door.
The choo-choo train with the brandy-warming cup.
That's the technical term.
The ticket price is £10. Stand by.
All right. Once... Once only, £5.
We're thinking £4 or £3.
He's like Cyrus.
How long have you had it for there, Derek?
About three weeks.
See, it's not going to go anywhere, eh?
-It's stuck on the tracks.
It's stuck on the tracks.
You know what I mean? If it was a fast-mover, now it would be gone.
-You know what I mean? Gone.
-OK, you can have it for £4.
Right, done. Excellent.
-It's a deal.
-It's a deal.
Derek, thank you so much.
That's the novelty brandy-warmer for £4.
But Tony's not finished yet.
Is that the Catering Corps?
-I thought it was!
-Is that what that is?
-Yeah, just caught the corner of my eye.
OK. So, are these little shoulder badges, these wee epaulettes?
Well, might be this one's a cap badge, eh?
Yeah, they're cap badges.
Oh, they're super cute.
British Army Catering Corps.
It's just... I don't have a clue.
Are these wheat sheaves on the top?
Well, that's flames and that's the pot Mark 1 stove.
But that's the thing, eh - an army marches on its stomach,
so we are the most important people in the army, are the chefs.
Oh, of course!
Yup, easy mistake, Tony.
This is actually the Royal Artillery emblem, and is a bomb with flames,
rather than the Catering Corps' pot.
Still, it's a collectable, nevertheless.
-I'll make it easy for you - £2 for the pair.
-I don't know.
It's up to you. I mean, we're not playing much of a risky game.
We've got one for four and then another for two.
Yeah, go on, then. Two quid, there you go.
-Did that just happen?
-Yeah, it's just happened.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-I'm going to need your advice
when it comes to cataloguing these, because...
-Yeah, I'm going to have to check up.
-You're going to have to educate me.
And in case I was completely wrong...
It only cost us two quid!
-There you go.
-So that's OK.
It's a winner. Silver linings and all that.
Thank goodness for that.
That makes a grand total of three items for £106.
Back to Cyrus and David.
Can they splash a bit more of their cash?
They've spent £3 on two items so far.
So, what do you have here, sir, that could be interesting?
A nice little Mouseman stool.
-I like that, actually.
-Do you like that?
Tell me why you like that, Cyrus.
I like that. I like that for a couple of reasons.
One, there is... The finish is good.
-And I like the mouse.
I like the mouse. Let's...
That reminds me of school.
Oh, does it? Tell me why.
Yeah, because, you know,
you had stuff like that,
and we always ended up breaking them.
And do you know who made it?
No, I wouldn't have a clue.
OK. But you spotted it from feet away,
because it was great quality and you like the mouse.
-And the mouse...
-Yeah, because, see the grain on the wood?
Once you touch it, it talks a language.
This was made by a company very close to where I live
-called Robert Thompson of Kilburn.
He is famous worldwide.
They are known for their exquisite pieces of basic furniture,
each carved with a unique individual mouse.
-Hello, Chef - sir.
What do you think? Five bucks, four bucks, three bucks, two bucks?
-It's one of the other traders'...
It's one of the other traders' stools.
I think he's got 110 on it.
-I think so.
It needs to be 80 quid.
-I... I feel.
To buy from Mr Jim?
-It depends if there's anything else you're interested in...
-We could do a package, a package.
What is it? Like a buy one get one free, Jim, is it?
Listen, don't push your luck, David.
But, encouraged by a combo deal...
-That looked interesting.
-OK. Tell me why.
Now, I mean, old-fashioned...
Well, you've hit the nail on the head right there.
Birmingham - and we have the letter E,
which gives us the date of...
I don't know, the '20s is some...
Look at how beautifully it is made.
Salt, because it's got a glass bowl inside.
-I think that's pepper.
-That's mustard, I think.
-So it's a cruet set.
It is - in its own original presentation box.
The original ticket price on the Mouseman stool is £110,
and the silver cruet set is priced at 80, totalling £190 for both.
-For me, that needs to be...
-We are hoping
that you'll do us a fabulous deal on this one.
I think, with Cyrus's permission, the bid is 120.
Do you want to speak to the owner?
That goes over above...
A little over budget.
I'll have a word. Just give us a minute.
So, Jim goes to have a quick chat with the dealer
on the combo deal for the two items.
-You're all right.
-So, we are all right? Sir?
-It's all in your hands.
It's all or nothing. We walk out with this.
I'm on for it, myself.
-All right, then.
-You've got it.
-If you're on for it, then...
-Thank you very much.
-..I'm up for it.
-I'm on for it.
Well, this is certainly a day for unique haggling -
a bumper haul of four lots for £138.
Meanwhile, it's hotting up in the Jag.
It's boiling. It's boiling!
You must be boiling in your denim kilt.
It's got its built-in ventilation, it's OK.
Thank you - that's enough information. Thank you, Chef.
Tony and Natasha are heading from Dundee's rural suburbs
into the city centre.
Towards the end of the Victorian era,
Scotland was a powerhouse of production,
but it was right here in Dundee
that the phenomenal boom of the natural fibre from India
would prove to be so versatile it would become a global essential.
When the first bales of jute were unloaded at Dundee's docks in 1820,
nobody could predict the magnitude of its success.
Tony and Natasha have an appointment at Verdant Works,
one of the 150 mills once involved in jute production,
and which helped to change the city's destiny forever.
Tony is passionate about his Indian heritage,
and wants to find out more about the plant grown
in the Indian subcontinent that in the 19th century
made Dundee the jute capital of the world.
Education officer Brian Kelly is the man with the answers.
Lots of things sort of came together at that time.
First of all, Dundee was already producing linen from flax...
-..at that time, so they had the mills and they had the workers.
Dundee was also a whaling port,
and it turned out that whale oil was really good for softening jute.
-That was really the breakthrough
that allowed the jute to be produced on a large scale in Dundee.
Jute is one of the most versatile fibres known to man,
and can be spun into coarse, strong threads
to make a multitude of products cheaply,
including durable and strong sacking.
You can see how far it travels, from Dundee all around the world.
-So it was everything...
Yup. You'd have, sort of, wool from Australia,
you'd have spices from the Far East,
grain from South America, cotton from the US.
All these things were transported in jute bags
that were sent out from Dundee.
Dundee cornered the jute market, and in the 19th century,
the city had more millionaires than anywhere in Britain -
if not the whole of Europe.
But with huge riches, there was also a high degree of poverty.
A huge population rise during the 19th century,
at the beginning of the jute boom, round about the 1850s,
the population of Dundee was maybe round about 60,000 to 70,000.
By the start of the 20th century, that was up to almost 170,000.
-So you had all these people moving into the city and...
-The living conditions were very, very cramped.
-A small number of rooms per family, so...
It was a high population centre, but...
but not a great place to live.
The recently restored High Mill was built in 1833.
Tony and Natasha are getting a bird's eye view
of what it would once have looked like.
This is amazing.
It's massive. It's a grand hall.
But was this the main production area or...?
Yeah, this... The High Mill here
is where the machinery was in Verdant Works
when it was a working factory.
-So there were three floors of machines in here.
So it was a very, very bustling factory.
There were 500 people worked here at its height.
Conditions improved for workers,
but the mill owners looked for a cheaper labour market,
and eventually managers and machinery moved to India itself.
Even by 1900, for example,
Calcutta was overtaking Dundee in the production of jute.
As the 20th century went on, it just continued to decline,
and then, by the 1970s, practically everything was gone in Dundee.
Time now to walk in the footsteps of the Dundonians who once worked here.
Right, so this is it.
This is where you would have started your day in the jute house.
-All right, Tash, clock in.
-"When I was a lad..."
-Oh, look at that!
-"This is what I did."
So I'm in. Thank you.
-Right. I'm following you, Chef.
-Let's go. Chop chop.
In the 1950s,
Lily Thomson was clocking in to this very factory
when she was just a young girl.
I left school on a Friday, and I went into that on the Monday.
I didn't have a clue what we were going to be.
-Were you nervous?
-Yes, cos we were only 15.
-You heard the mills and you talked about the mills,
-but you never saw what they looked like inside.
But you didn't wait long to get wakened up.
The loud, clattering machines made it very difficult to hear.
Workers developed their own way of communicating.
Can you give us a little bit of sign language, then?
What did things mean? A man in the brown coat came in...
Uh-huh, so that'd be a foreman, yeah?
Or you would just go...
-A beard man.
-It wouldn't be Beardy...!
Man in white coat, the manager, the same thing.
That is fascinating - your own language.
We are standing in front of the machine
that you worked since you were 15,
so, Tony, we've got to see the lady in action.
I can't wait to see the skill. I want to see the action.
In the early days, women outnumbered men three to one,
and earned Dundee the nickname of the She Town.
After six weeks of training,
Lily would have eventually looked after as many as six machines.
Now, that's loud!
-That is loud, eh?
-That is so noisy.
See, the string came off and she just nipped it straight away there?
I knew how to get the shuttle to stop there every time.
The once jute capital of the world
employed over 50,000 people during its peak,
and saw a triple-fold rise in the population.
The industry may be long gone,
but this hard-wearing thread
provided the solid foundations of success
and ensured Dundee became a giant of industry on an international scale.
Meanwhile, Cyrus and David are musing over their shopping thus far.
Now, any regrets on the coin toss?
Yeah, 100%, because Tony is always lucky.
-He gets it every single time.
Maybe he spins some kind of power, you know?
Maybe he does.
Cyrus and David have travelled west to the city of Perth
in central Scotland.
Fair City Antiques is next
on the fellas' hit list for hunting down
some antiques and plunder.
OK... Ooh, I say. Hello.
Hello, hello. Hello, hello.
-Hi, I'm Karen.
-Karen, hi there.
-Hi, I'm Cyrus.
-Nice meeting you.
- I'm Max. - Hi, Max.
OK, shall we just dive in?
-You certainly can.
-Shall we go diving?
This isn't a swimming pool, David.
Thank you. Very interesting.
Oh, plenty of potential booty in here, though.
And like a hunter with its prey, Cyrus has pounced on something.
That one's got a royal feel to it, doesn't it?
Yeah, that is a royal feel.
-That is the...
-That's like a crest, isn't it?
-A royal crest?
-It's the royal coat of arms, isn't it?
It's the royal coat of arms, yeah.
-What's it made out of?
-There's a crown there.
-Alabaster, is it?
So, hand-cut perhaps?
Absolutely. Absolutely hand-cut.
But alabaster's a soft stone, so it's quite easy to carve.
It's almost like soapstone, isn't it?
Have you never seen this before?
-So, that is quite a grand thing, isn't it?
OK, look at the carving. Look at the detail.
-So, we have the lion...
-..to the left-hand side.
Then we have the unicorn...
The royal arms of Scotland have their origins in the 12th century,
and are still used widely today as a symbol of Scotland.
Now, look at the face itself.
Now, this is an indication as to its age,
because the alabaster itself is millions of years old.
When it was carved, we're not sure,
but I think that sort of style of decoration...
-Was Art Deco style maybe?
-Almost Art Deco-y, yeah.
-I think it's Art Deco-y.
-Yeah? Art Deco-y again?
-It's Art Deco-y.
-I do, I do.
-Because it is very fancy, isn't it?
Yeah. It's a really interesting thing.
I think that's 1950s.
It's a real celebration of royalty, isn't it?
Could be from the coronation time?
It could be 1953.
I... I'm intrigued by that.
I've never seen that before.
Could be mocked at, at the same time, it could be appreciated.
You're so right.
It sports a price tag of £120.
Manager Max has called the vendor, who is willing to knock £20 off.
It's 100 quid or nothing.
What's your gut feeling?
He'll want it for a fiver.
My gut feel probably says it might go.
You, I know, Cyrus, after knowing you only for a few short hours,
are a real risk taker.
You really are.
You know that could make 20 quid.
But it could make 200.
Yeah, well, that's the fear, isn't it?
-That's the fear.
-But doesn't fear make you feel alive, Cyrus?
Well, it does. You're drawing me into this, yeah?
You're drawing me into this.
Come on, make your minds up.
Are we going to do it? Cyrus!
-What do you think?
-Let's take a chance.
-All right, then, let's do it.
Well, Cyrus seems to have calmed down on the tough negotiation front.
But for how long, I wonder.
The alabaster mantel clock for £100, then.
For better or for worse.
It's pretty good going, that, Cyrus.
-You think so?
-Very well done.
But nevertheless, amazing.
I think you should call it a day.
What's on the menu today, then, for our excitable chefs?
I think I might get something frivolous.
Yeah, suits your nature, Chef, go for it.
A mink-trimmed toilet holder or something.
That's what we'll go for. If I can get one, I'm having one of them.
Hm, not so sure, Tony.
Our experts are swapping notes on yesterday.
I can't really vocabularise how the negotiating went yesterday.
But it worked.
Is it sort of loud and brash and just kind of throws fire?
No, I don't know, it was out of control, but I loved it.
Yeah, so did we.
Yesterday, our bold and super-confident chefs
took to the world of antiques like ducks to water.
Cyrus and David bought like there was no tomorrow.
They've got the 1960s vase,
the Bakelite mantel clock-cum-lamp combo,
the Mouseman stool,
the silver cruet set,
and the alabaster mantel clock.
They have £162 left in their wallet.
Tony and Natasha, with the flip of a coin,
bought the Four Oaks sprayer,
the novelty choo-choo brandy warmer,
and the pair of Royal Artillery badges,
leaving them with a mighty £294 to splash today.
Right, then, chaps, time for everybody to catch up.
-How's it going?
-How are you this morning, are you well?
-Nice to see you.
-How are you doing?
Very well, nice to see you.
We've been tootling around the countryside.
I know why you don't want me to drive that car.
-That thing is great, man.
-Have you been driving it?
-I love it.
No wonder you won't let me touch it.
-Am I driving?
-No, no, no!
While Cyrus and David sort themselves out,
let's follow Tony and Natasha.
They're making their way
to the town of South Queensferry in West Lothian.
Tony, we do not need to be tight with purse strings today.
I say let's go for it.
-But we can haggle?
-I'm not going to stop you from haggling.
Tony loves a bargain.
Did you know, a "sea kist" was a chest
which held all things dear to a seafarer on his travels?
Hopefully this pair can find a precious and nautical antique here.
The shop's called Sea Kist - get it?
Tony, you're already straight in - what have you got?
Half a ship, ship's plan.
The plans look quite cool, that's a bit different.
They do look quite cool.
What have we got? It's for the...
Oh, it's for the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Funnily enough, I was the first civilian chef
-on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
-So you were!
-I think we should have a look at that.
-OK, let's have a look.
Amazing. But it's priced at £500.
And even with Tony's magical haggling,
I think it's best if we maybe move on.
Oh, here we go.
-Come and have a look at this, I think I've got something.
-What have you got?
-It's a quacker.
Ha-ha! A pair of novelty bookends.
-Oh, I like that.
-I tell you what, Tony, you and I get along -
I have a serious penchant for ducks.
-Yeah, ducks are good.
-Especially a mallard.
They're quite nicely done, they come as a pair.
-It says 28 quid.
-We'll have to get a deal on that.
We'll get a deal on that.
That's one possible, and Natasha has rooted something else out.
-Here we have a wee Viking ship.
And we really want this to be Scandinavian silver.
What we've got is an enamel brooch here.
I love wee brooches, Tony, I can't deny it.
See, that looks quite cool.
Everything about this smacks of quality.
-So, Tony, £55.
We'll get a deal.
Righty-ho, let's get owner Jenny in to talk cash.
These, I could let you have 18, how does that sound?
Sounds pretty tasty.
-I mean, 15 sounds nicer, that's all I'm saying.
-Just round numbers, yeah.
-Round numbers, right,
yeah, that's easier, right, OK.
-15 on the ducks.
-OK, that's very generous.
Your Viking brooch, that could be 40.
If we say £50 for both of them?
Oh, I think that's fine, I'm happy with that if you're happy with that.
£50 the two, so 35 on the brooch.
35 on the brooch and 15 on the bookends.
-You're quite relaxed.
Yes. OK, £50, Jenny, thank you very much, that's a good deal.
There we go, then, another two items to add to their haul of goodies.
Let's leave them to it for the moment.
Now, how about Cyrus and David?
Being your partner,
I want you to win.
I think we are going to win.
I feel pretty confident, I don't know what they've bought, but...
Something is telling me we will win.
-OK, we will win, because I think we've got some unique pieces,
and we haven't squandered our money.
Loving your confidence there, Cyrus.
The gents have travelled along the east coast
to the town of St Andrews in Fife.
They already have five lots from yesterday's mammoth shopping haul,
but they still have £162 in their road-tripping purse.
Immediately I see cooking utensils.
-A fantastic Victorian jelly mould. That is fun, isn't it?
-Look at that.
-Isn't it gorgeous?
-Imagine making jellies in that.
And the professional chefs still like to use copper.
-Do they? Why?
-And when they can get the tinning done,
they love using copper.
Because copper is always cold.
It has an amazing way of working with cold things,
so setting a jelly.
This will chill faster than aluminium or a coated steel dish.
Imagine that coming on a big plate on the table, and your mum shook it,
-like that, and lifted it.
-MAKES SLURPING NOISE
-And the jelly came out, what a sound.
Good clotted cream, or just fresh cream on the top.
There's nothing quite like a good jelly sometimes.
I agree, Cyrus.
But after a good mooch about,
the boys decide they don't want to add
to their already full bag of five lots.
Meanwhile, Tony and Natasha are still in South Queensferry.
How much for your destroyer?
The plastic model?
That's what I mean, it just doesn't fit with all this great stuff
-that you've got.
-I'll take it off your hands.
You could do, I could make that £8.
-I'll take it.
-Tony, Tony! £8?
-But it's plastic, that's literally...
But how will they put it on the block, when they talk about it?
They will say, this is a plastic toy.
Don't do it, don't do it, Tony.
-Don't do it, don't do it.
Go on! OK.
-So, you're saying no?
-I'm saying, do what you feel is right.
Yeah, we'll take that.
OK. Really, actually?
Yeah, we'll take that.
Sure, Jenny, that's another sale.
Tash, you get the boat, I'll get the quackers, how much are we due you?
That makes £58 altogether.
Tony, this doesn't bear close inspection.
It's just a bit...
It's got a helicopter...
it's got two helicopters on it, we've won a watch.
If you say so, Tony.
The mixed bag of the bookends, the brooch
and the plastic battleship, and Tony's happy.
We're going to destroy them with that,
look at it in the daylight!
-Oh, my God.
-It looks even worse in the daylight.
-It's definitely plastic, Tony.
-I know it's plastic.
Let's catch up with the other bunch.
In the pursuit of food, man has created and man has achieved.
A sideboard is a beautiful piece of furniture,
it's made for serving food.
A dining table for eating.
-My gosh, it's something I'd never really thought about.
Blimey! David's really on the ball today.
Cyrus and David have travelled to the Fife town of Anstruther,
or "Ainster", as the locals pronounce it.
For thousands of years,
Scotland's east coast has had a long association
with the fishing industry.
Located in the East Neuk of Fife, Anstruther was one of the busiest
fishing harbours of the 19th century.
During this time, as many as 30,000 boats would be fishing for herring
along the east coast,
making the Scottish fishing industry the biggest in Europe.
The beating heart of the fishing trade,
this town became a leader in innovations in boat design.
So what is it - Ainstruther?
Cyrus and David are meeting with former fisherman Davy Todd,
who is a trustee of the Scottish Fisheries Museum based here.
Fantastic, you're going to teach us all about the Fife fishing industry?
-A little bit more.
This is the type of fishing boat they used 100 years ago.
-Can we get on it?
-Do they still use it?
-Let's do it.
This is the Reaper.
At 115 years old, it is a wonderful example of the Fifie boat design
that, as the name suggests,
was developed right here in the Kingdom of Fife.
Right, fellas, let's clamber aboard for a better look.
You can fall on somebody's head, isn't it?
Well, exactly, we don't want to be doing that, do we?
Watch you don't get your lemon trousers all mucky, ducky.
Fishing boats were constantly being improved in the 19th century,
and after a treacherous storm of 1841, when many lives were lost,
the government placed a ban on all open-deck boats.
Locals developed their own vessel,
a revolutionary boat that has many unique features.
So, what was so good then about the design of the Fifie?
It was wide of beam
and it had a deep keel, it was very stable.
The east coast of Scotland mostly was Fifies.
Herring was a delicacy on the Continent
and could be easily caught along the east coast of Scotland.
At the peak of the herring boom in 1907,
two and a half million barrels of fish were cured and exported
to Germany, Eastern Europe and Russia. Wow!
Every boat, when it came in and landed, they would take...
..a scoop full of herring up to the sale ring,
and that was sold as the quality of the sample.
And if they were of good quality,
these barrels had a brand on them with a crown on it,
and these were the quality fish that were exported.
The fishing industry supported the whole community
with women helping to gut the huge loads of herring
that would arrive at the harbour, hence the term, I guess, fishwives.
I saw a picture where women have got bandages on their fingers
-and they're cleaning herring.
What are the those bandages?
To protect their fingers from being cut.
Ah, by the...?
-By the knife.
-By the knife?
By the knife, yeah. They can gut about 30 herring a minute.
-30 herring a minute?!
-That's one every two seconds.
-My goodness, two seconds a fish.
Their hands flew.
As the 20th century developed,
the herring industry gradually disappeared
and so, too, did the fleets of fishing boats.
Anstruther may no longer be the busy port it once was,
but the history of the Anstruther seafarers,
and their key role in boat development,
certainly helped the revolution of the fishing industry of today.
And just before we pack up and leave...
Are these good fish and chips or what?
I love the fish, I think it's pretty good.
Not only that, it's fresh as fresh can be.
You can taste that, you can taste the fish, there's no smell
-in the fish.
-Which is when you know the fish is very fresh.
-It doesn't have any smell in it.
And thanks for bringing me here,
because now I can prove that Scottish produce is fabulous.
It is fabulous.
With all the shopping done and dusted,
it's time to give one another's buys a good once over.
How was it, guys?
I can see, Cyrus, you've adopted a uniform since we last met.
Are you now a full, bona-fide antique dealer
-with your hat and everything?
-What do you think?
-You look the part.
It's definitely the Del Boy look, don't you agree?
So, you're walking the walk, but we want to find out if you talk the talk.
-Shall we show you?
-Are you ready for battle?
- Are you confident, though, Tony? - Of course!
- Smash it. - Go on, then, smash it.
-I'm going to show you this beautiful piece first.
Yeah, we all remember him.
-I'll get rid of this.
-Come and have a look.
I mean, quality is not really the key word here, is it?
Oh, no, it is! Quality is in the eye of the beholder.
-Who put these on their side?
-Because they are suicide ducks.
What are they? Oh, they're ducks.
- Ah! - They're suicide ducks.
-That's what I thought, why were they upside down?
Maybe it's ominous that they're taking a nosedive, I'm not sure.
And this is the piece de resistance.
Oh, this is it, is it? Is this the big one?
This will blow yous out of the water.
It comes back to profit, eh?
- You're right. - There you go.
Quality means nothing.
It's HMS Blow Yourself Out Of The Water.
Yeah, it's a steal, it's a deal.
What about the, ahem, choo-choo?
The Get-Rich Express.
Well, if you light this, does the glass move forward?
-It explodes, actually.
-What, what...? It's a brandy warmer.
Right, very sophisticated, I've got to say.
Sorry, is this quality?
Don't you damage...
Lordy! Dramatic jump from David there.
Cyrus! Is this your game plan?
-Listen, he's just added value, all right?
That's the most expensive thing.
That's Baccarat crystal.
Tony jests. It was a cheap brandy glass only for show.
And will be replaced at no extra cost for auction.
Moving quickly on.
Very gentle, because there's lots of valuable objects here.
OK. Feast your eyes.
-Quite traditional, let's go have a gander.
Try not to touch anything.
-It's a unicorn and a lion.
-This is quite cool, isn't it?
-And what does that tell you?
-Royal Scottish, er...stag...
-No, it's the union, yeah.
-The best thing was the clock works perfectly.
-I can hear it ticking.
-It is? Yeah, it works perfectly.
Not at the back of the hall when they're bidding.
And just like our brandy glass, is it going to self-destruct?
It will if Cyrus picks it up.
-But where did you get that and for how much?
-Is that a Mouseman?
That is a Mouseman. That is Robert Thompson of Kilburn, Mouseman special.
This is a three-legged stool.
I like the mouse. What a finish on the mouse, you know?
And that's what I saw the value to it.
Oh, yeah, great spot, Cyrus...
Tony. Thank you.
You can tell me what you really think.
I won't tell anyone.
-See you there.
How do you feel about their diabolical collection?
I feel a lot more confident.
-I think their Mouseman will do well.
-The Mouseman will fly, yes.
Would you swap any of their objects for any of ours?
-Good! Neither would I.
-No, I wouldn't.
-I think we're on a winner.
We'll see them at the auction and we'll see what we can do.
-Do you reckon it's going to be OK?
-Of course, the battleship.
-I like your attitude.
Off to auction we jolly well will go.
The mining village of Rosewell in Midlothian
is where the cars are all pointed.
-None of this skulduggery, OK?
Smashed my glass and everything - I need all the help I can get.
Listen, Chef, I gave you a better glass.
-That glass wasn't that good, you know?
With glass replaced, Tony, you've every chance of a profit at auction.
Now, buck up.
Natasha and David are keen to get on.
Oh, hold on, wait a minute.
-The auction is on, gentlemen.
-You got the memo to wear red, Cyrus,
you got the memo, we got the memo.
Memo? It's a Thursday, it's red.
-Right, come on, let's get in there.
-Very good to see you.
Don't think I've seen so much red before.
Bold rascal Tony and Natasha spent £164 on five lots.
Cyrus, king of negotiating, and David, king of the trousers,
spent £238 on five lots.
Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions is the venue for today,
and Sybil Thomson is the lady in charge.
What do you think of our roadtrippers' wares, then, love?
An interesting battleship, I wasn't sure whose son had made it.
Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how it goes today.
The Mouseman of Kilburn stool, very nice indeed, lots of interest in it.
Already we've lots of commissions in it
and it will probably be the highlight of the day.
Oh, that's what we like to hear.
Told you it had started.
Oh, it's a tight squeeze for the Scarlet Bunch.
Hoo-hoo-hoo! Oh, dear!
I'll remove this, it might help.
Yeah, great help, David.
First up is Cyrus's bargain glass vase.
That's where you start, with your £1 item?
I've got two commissions, and we'll start at ten bid, ten bid.
-Oh, come on.
-Ten bid, ten bid. Anyone else? Ten, 15, 20.
-Come on, come on.
Anyone else going on at 25?
That's amazing! That's a 25% profit, no, 250!
More like 42,000,000%.
Er, slight exaggeration, David,
but a tidy profit nevertheless from the get-go.
Well, I tell you, if we can keep in that theme,
we'll be all millionaires by the end of the day.
-Well, you might be.
-You might be.
I doubt it.
Now, Cyrus again, this time with the silver cruet set.
Straight in at 35 bid.
35, 40, five, 50, five, 60.
-Long way to go.
At 60. Anyone else going on, at 60, you're all out online.
Come on, folks, bit more, bit more.
With the lady at £60.
He's very cool, isn't he? I've got to say, he's very cool.
Cyrus is super cool, and he's just banked another profit.
Well done. Happy?
Right, Tony, it's your turn now with the novelty brandy warmer
and the replacement glass.
You forgot gravity works, you do that and it falls off.
It's a universal law.
Straight in at £10.
-Ten bid, ten bid, ten bid, ten bid, 15 online.
-There we go.
20, 20. Best do another train impression.
-20, 20, £20.
In the front row at 20.
Anyone else going on?
At 25. 30.
- Five. - Somebody likes Tony very much.
40. Five. 45.
Anyone else on at 45?
Lady in the front row, at 45.
-Yes! Sorry, I've got to give you a round of applause for that,
because that's ridiculous.
Blimey! Tony's a bit hot to trot too - great profit.
-My glass did it, I told you.
-Do you reckon?
- Yeah. - Thank you.
It's Tony again, with the big-money buy of the military sprayer.
And I've interest in it.
And I'm starting at £45.
Oh, we need more, we need more.
-Oh, it's going.
-100. On commission at 100.
-We need more!
100, anyone else going on at 100?
-If only we'd paid £90 for it!
That will teach you to haggle a price upwards, Tony.
What a shame, after commission, we've just made a wee loss.
-What a shame.
-I can't believe it made that £100.
-You made a loss.
On to the mantel clock that Cyrus loved the look of.
Is this your taste, Cyrus, the clock?
-Yeah, you'd like it, you'd have it?
-Well, I'd have it.
-I like it, we both...
The thing is, we went with our heart on this one.
-We didn't go with our heads, we knew...
-Didn't use our heads at all.
But we loved it.
Straight in at 50 bid.
Oh, come on.
-50 bid, 50 bid.
-It's going to climb.
-No, it's not.
Five. 70, five.
- It's really nice. - 90, five.
-That's it, that's it!
-On commission, you're all out in the room at 120?
120, at £120.
Pays to go with your heart sometimes.
-See, sometimes passion works, doesn't it?
-Yeah, passion works.
-The person who bought it had passion.
And a passionate person needs to buy this lot.
It's Tony's battleship, and the Royal Artillery badges.
£20 for it. 20 bid, 20 bid.
20 bid, 20 bid.
-That's Auntie Bess!
-20 bid, 25, 30.
£40 in the second row.
Anyone else going on at 40?
Well done, Tony. Whether the bidder bought it
for the boat or the badges, that's a neat profit.
Sticking with Tony, his novelty duck bookends are next.
£20 for them.
-Ten bid, ten bid, ten bid.
Anyone else going on?
Ten, 15. 20, £20, in the front row at 20.
-Anyone else want in?
You're all out at 20.
It's a close one, but Tony's just creeping ahead.
-It's very level pegging.
-I know, it is, isn't it?
Tony's rather lovely Scandinavian brooch is next.
It's Tiffany, you know, you're going to...
# Sail away, sail away, sail away... #
That's going to be stuck in my head all day long.
I think you've got auction fever.
Going to start straight in at 40 bid, 40 bid.
40 bid, 40 bid.
45, 50. 50, still on commission,
-you're all out in the room at 50.
-And online. At 50,
at £50. 55, new bidder.
I'm out on commission now, at 55.
Gentleman in the front row, at 55.
He's going to have a happy wife.
And we have a happy Tony.
That result pushes you further into the lead.
-It's all down to your last two.
-You two can sit back and relax now.
We'll do all the performing. Ready, Cyrus?
-What have we got left?
-# Sail away, sail away... #
-Oh, my Lord.
The Bakelite lamp clock is next.
So, it's an oddity, it's a real oddity.
- It's an oddity. - It's a real oddity.
- So it could go...? - Yeah.
£10 for the clock.
£10, anyone for 10?
Ten bid, ten bid, ten bid, ten bid, ten bid.
-That's quite a big profit.
-Anyone else going on at ten?
15, 15? 15, 15?
-20. 25, 25.
Oh, they're hovering online.
-Go on, online!
-Hovering at 25.
-I have to say congratulations.
-Thank you very much.
Love it or loathe it,
this clock definitely helps you to climb closer to Tony.
Right, it all comes down to the final item of the day,
the Mouseman stool that Cyrus absolutely adores.
This is our last one, the Mouseman.
Yeah, but this is the one that I learnt about, the Mouseman.
-And I have six bids on it.
-And I'll start straight in at 150.
Er, you're not meant to shout, Natasha!
-It's not even hers!
- 160, 170, 180, 190. - It's beautiful,
it's just gorgeous.
200, 210, 210, on commission at 210.
220, new bidder.
220, 220, selling in the room at 220.
Selling it to the gentleman at the back.
What a way to do it, well done!
Good buy, sir, whoever bought it, good buy.
Couldn't work out which hand to use.
Never mind about that, well done.
Another purchase guided by the heart has earned big money.
You guys are amazing, that was the way to finish it.
-Right, shall we go and do some numbers?
I don't think we have a lot of maths to do, but well done.
-Come on, then.
-Thanks for teaching me that much.
Thank you very much.
I think Cyrus has enjoyed his road trip.
Now, time to tot up the numbers.
Tony and Natasha began with £400.
After all sale room costs, they made a profit of £49.20.
Their final takings are £449.20.
Cyrus and David also kicked off with £400 and after all auction costs,
they have made an excellent profit of £131 exactly.
Their final earnings are £531,
making them clinch today's Road Trip crown.
All profits go to Children In Need.
Doesn't take a genius to figure it out, but I tell you what,
-we've all done well.
Well, I have figured it out,
and I refer to myself as a genius, actually.
You'd be modest, then, too.
-Scores on the doors.
you two are coming out with a profit of £49.
-Is that all?
-That's all right.
You and I, Cyrus, how much do you think we've made?
I think we've made 100 bucks.
We've made more, we've made £131.
-Oh, very good.
-Oh, well done.
-His job is secure.
-# Sail away, sail away, sail away. #
-Tony, well done.
-# Sail away... #
-I think it's time for you to sail off into the sunset.
-Are you driving?
It's been a delight, gents.
Goodbye, we love you! See you soon!
-Bye, bye, ciao!
We'll miss you! Goodbye!
-I'd do that again.
-I would do it any time.
-Maybe get more bold next time.
-A little bit more gutsy.
I think you did a sterling job.
Bye-bye, we'll miss you.
Gourmet gastronomes Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala do battle, with help from experts David Harper and Natasha Raskin. Setting off from Dundee, they snake down the east coast of Scotland to the village of Rosewell in Midlothian for an auction. Cyrus proves to have a flair for negotiating and Tony is not shy at naming his price.
Tony discovers why one Scottish city was home to many millionaires, and Cyrus finds his sea legs as he learns why Anstruther was a pivotal fishing port in the 19th century.