Celebrities hunt for antiques across the UK. Hayley Mills accompanies Stephen Tompkinson on an amble around north east England in a vintage E Type Jag and Rolls Royce.
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The nation's favourite celebrities...
-Just want to touch "bass".
-..paired up with an expert...
..and a classic car.
Their mission? To scour Britain for antiques.
My office, now!
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction.
But it's no easy ride.
-Who will find a hidden gem?
I like that.
Who will take the biggest risk?
This could end in disaster.
Will anybody follow expert advice?
-But I love this.
-Why would you buy something you're not going to use?
There will be worthy winners, and valiant losers.
No, I don't want to shake hands.
Put your pedal to the metal.
Now, let me get out of first gear.
This is the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
Welcome to Northumbria, and a special safari edition entitled...
Mills and Tompkinson, The Further Adventures Of!
And our first in the northern hemisphere.
Today's celebrities are Hayley Mills and Stephen Tompkinson,
actors who became firm friends on a South African game reserve
in TV's Wild At Heart.
We never had much greenery to look at.
No. A lion or a giraffe isn't going to jump out from behind the hedge.
No. A different kind of wildlife in the north-east.
Despite the old showbiz adage,
both are actually very happy working with our four-legged friends.
Here's Hayley as a child star in the classic Whistle Down The Wind.
And no animals were harmed in the making of Stephen's big breakthrough,
Drop The Dead Donkey.
I watch a lot of these programmes.
Being a typical actor.
-I do watch them.
-Have you antiqued before?
Experts, people who really, really know what's what.
Well, I don't know about that, Hayley!
But we do have dealer David Harper and auctioneer Christina Trevanion
to provide some assistance.
You know who we've got today.
-Two massive names.
-She's screen royalty, isn't she?
-She truly is.
And I loved her in Wild At Heart.
And the lovely Stephen Tompkinson.
-I have so much to thank that man for.
Well, he played a character with the surname Trevanion.
-He made my name pronounceable for the world.
Is that right? OK.
Sounds like our pairings may be sorted out, then.
-What about the wheels?
-E-Type Jag, a V12, primrose yellow, manual.
-What does that even mean? Is this a Jaguar?
And our stars, with £400 each to spend,
are currently piloting a vintage Rolls-Royce.
Well, Hayley's dad, Sir John Mills, used to have one, so, why not?
So, have you got a strategy for the upcoming days?
My strategy is to find something for 5p that's worth £1,000.
Why didn't think I think of that?
-That's genius, Mills.
Yes, she sounds like a natural.
Now, they just need to meet up at some clearing or other,
and we can get this expedition started.
They're heading towards us, they're heading towards us!
Stop the car!
-Clinch your legs.
-It's all right, I do know where the brake is.
Oh, you do!
-Lovely to meet you.
-Lovely to meet you.
-Great to meet you.
-Hello, how are you?
-Who are we going to go with?
We think the Trevanion family should stay together.
-So you got the short straw.
Definitely not, come over here, come over here.
We're going to nab the Rolls.
-Are you happy with the Jag?
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
Today's journey will commence in the town of Powburn,
and take a tour of the north-east, before heading to West Yorkshire,
and an Ossett auction.
But what will they be looking for?
I love poking around...
-In the nicest possible way.
-Please don't poke around!
I'm fascinated by the journey that an object's taken.
If only they could talk, if only they could tell you where they've
-been and what they've done.
-Yeah. You want to know the stories,
and I'm in the business of storytelling.
This could be fun.
What would your dream purchase be?
Maybe an old dress that turned out to belong to Ellen Terry.
Or something that belonged to a great actor, that would be very,
-You're quite the romantic, aren't you?
-I think she is.
Stephen, too, by the sound of it.
What are you looking for?
Anything that reminds me of the film world.
-Of course, yeah.
-So, if we come across a Maltese Falcon,
-I might have that.
I quite like statues of famous people as well, busts.
So, we will be poking through the knick-knacks, trying to find a bust?
Yeah! What's wrong with that?
Nothing whatsoever. And, right now, on day one,
things look much more boom than bust.
So, £400 to spend.
Well, it sounds like a lot.
It does. Do you feel like you want to blow the lot?
It wouldn't make much sense to spend everything in one fell swoop because
then we'd have to go home.
Oh, no, please don't do that.
So, when you were in Africa, she kind of became your great mate,
-a really good friend.
-So, how are we going to beat her?
No, it's how we're going to beat Harper.
-Hayley's too lovely to beat.
We'll just do one over on David.
-Oh, I'd be up for that. I haven't actually really beaten him.
Well, one advantage, David, our north-eastern dealer might have,
is local knowledge.
-Are you ready, madam?
-Oh, yes, I am.
-..whetting my appetite.
He doesn't live very far from Powburn, after all.
-Oh, hello, David, nice to see you again.
Nice to see you again. This is lovely Hayley.
-Oh, hello, Hayley.
-Hello, Beryl. I've heard a lot about you. It's a great pleasure to meet you.
-I hope it's all good.
-No, it's all terrible, if I'm honest!
-So, this is Hayley's first very first shop on our journey.
-So, you don't have much money, then, if it's...?
-No, we've got 400 quid,
-400! That's lucky for me.
-You never know.
Beryl seems pleased. But then, who wouldn't love to have a movie legend
casing their cabinets?
We've got a little crystal vase there, it'll be Chinese.
It's very modern but it's painted from the inside out.
Oh, I thought there was something in the vase.
-Can we open this?
-I've never seen anything like that before.
Have you never seen that before? Well, they paint on the inside.
Literally, you will have an artist painting with his brush inside the pot.
-£18, no money. Where will you find another one?
Well, I've never seen anything like that before in my life.
Well, exactly. And you'll probably never see another one, Hayley.
-Is this one of these?
-Yeah. Wash your eyes out.
Ha-ha. You couldn't drink out of it, though, could you?
We could. Ha-ha.
A very small tot.
Getting along famously.
But the other two should have arrived at this nearby shop by now.
-Ah, poor car.
Sounds really sad.
Got a voice of its own.
It's like watching a really bad actor doing a dying scene, isn't it?
You are watching a really bad actor.
Welcome to the Road Trip, Stephen.
-We're going to, what, thumb a lift?
-Wait till we see a car.
I don't think it's far. Maybe ten, 15 miles...
-How is Hayley?
-I think it's silver.
Uh? And it's 48 quid?
-What does that say?
It's got all those stamps, there's silver marks on it.
They are called silver marks.
-But put a "faux" in front of them.
Faux silver marks.
Fake silver marks, not real silver marks.
Ah. I've been duped.
Sterling performance, though!
-A little doll's house.
Now, did you have a doll's house as a child?
-My doll's house was long and thin.
-This is a home-made one, isn't it?
This is something made, probably by Dad.
-For his daughter.
There doesn't seem to be a price label, though.
I think the sofa gives us a good idea as to when the house was
Look at the shape of that chair, that rolled arm.
-Such an Art-Deco-looking chair, isn't it?
-And there's the occupant.
-I just think it charming.
-I just think it's charming.
-The only thing is that the lady who owns the
house, she's got to come out through the front door to go to the
-Access issues aside, they do seem keen.
-Shall we get the price?
-Yeah, let's have a go.
OK, let's go and see Beryl.
-OK. And I'm going to leave all the negotiating to you.
-Are you sure?
-I'm absolutely sure.
-Are you quite sure?
-I think he is.
Beryl, we have found something we like.
-And we hope we like the price.
This little doll's house.
-How much do you want for it?
..£20 just for you?
-I can't go any lower than that.
Well, what do you think?
-What do you think?
-OK. Have we done the deal?
-I think so.
-We're going to have it, Beryl.
Oh, good. Good for you.
-Thank you, David.
-Great start, Hayley.
-She's on fire.
Luckily, there's room for a house in the back of their Roller.
Ah, the sumptuous leather seats.
It's like we're driving in a living room.
And it's ours.
It's been a nice stroll, anyway.
Now, better late than never.
I'm excited now.
This looks big. Are you getting excited?
Hop, skip and up!
Because there does seem to be a lot to get excited about.
Getting to handle my first bust.
Busts aside, what's going to appeal?
An old discus.
There's something you don't see every day.
-Are you a discus player?
-I mean, that is incredibly weighty, isn't it?
-It's also nice ornament.
-You wouldn't want to stand in its way,
-though, would you?
-A bit of a talking point.
-Very nice. One to bear in mind.
-Sure to have a story to tell.
-What do you think the plan should be?
-The plan is there is no plan.
-It's going to find us.
-Speak to us.
He looks terribly guilty. Like he's just been caught.
He seems in his element, doesn't he?
I don't want to come away empty-handed in here when there's
such a treasure trove. And I don't think we will.
Well, he is a former TV sleuth.
These are lovely.
They are so cool, aren't they?
-What, for the lot?
-Yeah, I'd say so.
-Oh, I'd have them.
I think they're really lovely.
I love the fact that you've got each one in a different colour.
-And, what's important is that every one has got its trio -
cup, saucer, side plate.
I like a lot.
-There's a little spark in your eye just arrived.
-I'd have those.
-Alfred Meakin. OK, yeah.
-Is he good?
Popular factory, certainly.
This typical 1950s Meakin production now has retro appeal.
At auction, I'd put them in at £20 to £30.
Yeah. So, knock that down.
-Right, walk towards...
-Now, what's Christina got up her sleeve?
And tell me whether you love it or hate it, OK?
I quite like it. It's a...
-It's a film poster.
It's How The West Was Won...
-Can you see, there's three different directors,
and it all told a different story of how the West came into being.
-Have you seen this film?
And you can see all the stars in it.
Jimmy Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb,
I mean, the list goes on. Henry...
Harry Morgan was Colonel Potter in MASH.
You know, silver hair, glasses?
You have a bit of an encyclopaedic knowledge of this.
It was shot using a technique where three cameras were used
rather than one, and they shot simultaneously,
and then spliced the images together so it could be the biggest cinema
screen size ever.
-He knows his stuff all right.
-It's quite cool, isn't it?
It is. It would be great for a man cave.
In Italy. But there's one big problem.
It says "half poster".
-If you look...
-There's a cut-off point.
You're missing... It's got a price tag of £150 on it.
-Are we thinking we might spend big?
It's probably worth a punt.
I would imagine even at an auction, it would be, like,
there'd be internet interest.
I wouldn't want to go over 100 if they do a deal.
-Very good find.
-Well done, you.
-Right, shall we keep wandering?
-See if we can find something else?
Happy trails, pardner.
-Now, what's he got?
-Come and have a look at these.
A collection of boxing magazines from 1951.
-They feature some of...
..the greats of heavyweight boxing.
My grandad was a fan of the heavyweight fights,
and I sat on his knee when Muhammed Ali beat George Foreman.
Ah. It's quite gruesome.
Well, yes. That's Jake LaMotta.
Jake LaMotta was played by Robert De Niro in the film Raging Bull,
and he had three encounters with Sugar Ray Robinson.
Yeah. Who won?
LaMotta won one, and Sugar Ray won two.
Ooh, you'd be a bit cross, wouldn't you?
Ha. That's Charlie Atlas, he was the first famous body-builder.
Oh, was he? He's got some very tight pants.
-Most people look at his muscles.
-Liar! What about the price?
Get them down to 50, maybe.
To a collector and a fan of boxing,
I think they're dynamite.
OK. Seconds out, then.
Time for a round with proprietor Mark.
We've found a couple of items we might be interested in.
-Just a couple.
-Are we playing hard-to-get?
-One of them is your wonderful western film poster.
-If I could have picked out one thing in this shop that you would
have gone for, it would not have been that tea set.
There you go, you see, full of surprises.
-Yeah, exactly, I like people that surprise me.
OK, not that kind of surprise.
The ticket prices on those things add up to £240, by the way.
Mark, what would your best price be for the three items?
What about 150 for everything?
-Shall we go for it?
That's the poster for £100, the tea set for 20, and the mags for 30.
We boxed clever there.
-Did it live up to your expectations?
-Oh, surpassed them.
-So, while they look for a mechanic,
let's see what our Rolls-Roycers are up to.
Now, Hayley, I think I have a bit of a treat in store for you.
-Are you partial to a nice cup of tea?
Are you offering me a cup of tea?
-So, you like a good cup of tea?
-I love a good cup of tea.
-Do you enjoy gardening?
-I adore gardening.
Those two have just motored to the Northumberland village of Howick...
Oh, look at that.
..and Grade II listed Howick Hall.
Imagine arriving here in your carriage.
You just have. It's renowned for its gardens and arboretum.
The tea house, too.
Not surprising, since the hall's most famous former resident
is the second Earl Grey. I like milk with mine.
How long has this beautiful place been in your family?
It's been in the family for a long time, since the early 14th century.
Hayley and David are here to meet the great man's descendant, Lord Howick.
So, for a traditional country house English garden,
it does have a bit of an exotic feel as well.
Yes, it does, because we've always been interested in plants from
foreign places. They were helped a lot by the climate up here.
Our winter is relatively mild.
The second Earl Grey, in the early 19th century,
was quite a keen gardener, and he loved his trees.
My grandparents took it over in 1920.
They were keen, as you can see, on wild flower meadows which, again,
was fairly advanced in 1920.
The gardens are beautiful.
What about your wonderful tea, your famous tea?
The second Earl somehow or other met a Chinese Mandarin merchant,
complained about the quality of his tea up here,
and the Mandarin offered to blend one for him to suit the water,
and that's how they introduced a lot of bergamot to offset the taste of
the limestone. And it proved very popular.
But, sadly, from our point of view, they never registered the trademark.
Howick and the family have never received a penny of royalties.
That is incredible.
-It is, it is tragic.
It is. Are you sure it's not too late?!
Yes, I think so!
But as well as the tea and the gardens, the second Earl Grey,
who's buried here at the hall, has yet another claim to fame.
Because, as Prime Minister in 1832,
he presided over the passing of the Great Reform Act,
modernising and democratising our electoral system.
The great strength that Lord Grey had was that he was trusted by
all parties. And, in the end, after a hell of a battle,
he got the Reform Bill of 1832.
The great act made Parliament more representative,
doubling the number of voters,
and giving the new industrial towns more MPs.
So, what it demonstrated was that you could have constitutional change
without having a written constitution,
and without having rebellions and civil wars which all other countries
in Europe ended up by doing.
I'll drink to that. With Earl Grey, of course.
Lemon or milk?
Hayley, I did promise you a very good cup of tea.
Now, Lord Howick, I really do hope this is a very good cup of tea.
I would also hope so.
It would be very disappointing if it's not.
-Well, thank you very much. What a lovely visit.
It's very nice of you to come.
Yes. Do you like Earl Grey tea?
Yes. But, I shouldn't say this,
but I do in fact drink lapsang souchong.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Northumbria.
That yellow E-type is enjoying a new lease of life.
-Very, very gently.
They're nursing her towards the county town of Alnwick.
I'm glad we're back off and running because a lot of these lanes
-are very hard on the feet.
Up, up, up to the next shop.
-Bring it on.
That's Alnwick Castle, a popular movie location.
That's our antique shop.
Cue our popular actor.
Purring like a cheetah.
Well, he should know.
Now, that has got David Harper written all over it.
-Hello. I'm Christina.
Hi, Eileen. Nice to meet you.
Hi, Eileen. Stephen.
-Pleased to meet you.
-I'll lean on the bar and you buy the drinks.
-Eileen's emporium has a lot to like too.
But they have shopped well today.
What can you see, what can you see?
So the pressure is definitely off.
Bring me the antiques.
-It's a potato peeler...
..which I've never seen the like of.
So it would tumble one for you?
-What's in it?
I don't know. I'm not sure how it opens.
Maybe it had its chips.
What can Christina come up with?
-A scent bottle.
That's exactly what it is, yeah.
A little bohemian scent bottle.
Quite underrated, really.
If you think about the workmanship that has gone into this,
this is white glass or milk glass overlay.
And then you would slice back the milk glass to reveal the clear glass
underneath. Beautiful, isn't it?
-Bohemian glass is doing quite well at auction at the moment.
-What about the stopper? What do you think about the stopper?
-Is it the original?
-What is it made of?
-Is that porcelain as well?
That's porcelain and that's...
-Think they started life together?
I don't know!
So it's not.
So it's what we call a marriage.
But not a happy one.
-What about clothing?
-A novelty scarf.
-Are you a first aider?
-Well, I could be after this!
-That's all you need to know, isn't it?
-What is that?
-I guess if you've broken your jaw...
-Oh, my gosh, yeah.
-Yes. And for toothache.
I think that's quite cool. What's it got on it?
25 quid - vintage wartime sling bandage.
Just in case you didn't know where the end was...
-..it tells you.
For use by Girl Guides.
He looks a bit like Robbie Williams.
Eh, well if it ties around there and stops him singing, I'm all for it.
Take that! But are we moving in one direction?
-Who writes this stuff?
-That's slightly bothering me though.
You know you said to me this morning you wanted to know its history,
you want it to be able to tell a tale?
Without that, we wouldn't know that it was...
I mean, can you imagine all those little Girl Guides dib-dib-dobbing,
We could put "Provenance, Rosalyn Tait, 1st Wooler, Girl Guides".
-Are you haggling on this one?
-Have you given up on haggling?
-I'm not good at it.
-All right, leave it me.
Come on, Eileen!
We think this scarf is quite fun, Eileen.
Would a tenner be able to secure it for us?
How much is on it? 25?
-How much did you say?
-Yes! You're an angel.
-Now you can buy the drinks.
No, no. Still not.
Still keep trying.
That's it for today.
But there's just enough time for a game drive before sundown.
Next day, Hayley is in the mood for shopping.
Yesterday just whetted my appetite for today.
-And I've washed my hair.
-And I had a good night's sleep.
-So I'm ready.
-That's good to know,
because that doll's house barely dented her funds.
-Have we done the deal?
-I think so.
So she still has £380 available for today's purchases.
While Stephen was very busy picking up a movie poster,
some boxing magazines, a sling and some crockery...
I'd have them.
..leaving him with £240 and much to reflect on.
-We got four items yesterday.
-Some of them were in my field of expertise.
I don't want to give too much away, Hayley.
As long as we can keep both cars on the road we will be all right.
What on earth were you doing to it?
Well, you know, I wasn't really looking at the dial.
Apparently you are supposed to look at the dials while driving.
She jests. It could happen to anyone.
Nice and easy does it though.
-Here we go again.
-Day two, round two.
-Bring it on.
-You have the E-type.
-Good to see you.
You look fantastic.
-Would you like to drive?
-Let's do it.
-Have a good day.
Later, they will be going south to that auction in Ossett.
But our first stop today is in Barnard Castle.
Christina always wants to be the first to get away in that car.
-She is so competitive.
-She is so competitive.
And you know, on these celebrity road trips,
Christina and I have done loads and she has never won.
Yes, the other lot do seem a tad more motivated.
-Shall we do some stretching?
Limbering up for the day.
And a left, and a right.
-Was that good?
-No, I'm raring to go now!
Now Hayley, you have played a number of characters over the years.
Which character should you take on right now, today,
to really nail this competition?
There were two characters that I played in The Parent Trap.
The twins were separated at birth.
One of them went off to Boston and the other one was brought up
in California. She was much more assertive.
-That's who I'll have to embody, is Susan.
Or was her name Sharon?
Yes, it was a bit confusing.
I'm going to haggle the hell out of it today.
Well, there should be plenty of opportunities, Hayley,
beginning with Barnard Castle.
So this is it. This is my home town.
-Yeah, I live a few miles away.
-It's a beautiful old market town.
It's a lovely old market town.
-I'm going to show you some beautiful old things.
-In you go.
-This is Dave. Hailey, this is Dave.
-Good to see you.
I was going to put some bright trousers on but I changed my mind.
Yup, I'm sure the goods here can sell themselves, Dave.
Our job is to find something that can...
-What about her?
-Do you like her?
Well, she's lovely but she's £490.
-Made by Derby.
-I've got very expensive taste.
You do. You do.
What about these two little silver owls?
Look at them, they're gorgeous.
Now, they're not expensive, they're only £895.
-It's getting worse.
This corner looks a bit more affordable.
Clothing. Are you into clothing?
What's that all about?
Oh, it's a health and safety poster.
The kind of thing you'd see in a workplace.
-Isn't that fantastic?
The target for 1968 is...
Now, hang on then... So, 1968.
-What was Hayley Mills doing in 1968?
Oh, don't ask me! I was living on the Kings Road.
-How old were you?
Who did you know? Did you know the Beatles?
Yeah, I met the Beatles, yes.
-Come on, we need more information.
No, it was a great time.
So this is...
You don't want to give away any information, do you...
No! Come on, I think we ought to think about this.
-They were throwaway items.
-Exactly, that's why it's amazing...
-..that these two still exist.
I love them, I absolutely love them.
I do. I think they are...
-That's art, now, isn't it?
-That's exactly what it is.
They are valued as a pair, aren't they?
I think a pair... I mean, are they 28 each or are they 28 for the pair?
It can't be asking 28 each.
-Are you practising your negotiating?
-But don't try and negotiate with me.
I'm on your side.
OK, action, Hayley.
Dave, we're interested in these two posters.
-Right, the... Yeah.
-First of all,
we'd like to know what your best price is.
Right. They are marked at, what, 28 each?
-For the two.
-For the two.
-28 for the two.
-For the two.
-Oh, no, no, each.
-28 each, yeah.
-Oh! Good luck with this one.
Well, supposing we give you 28 for the two.
No, I couldn't do that. How about 35 for the two?
How about 25?
No, I can't.
You've gone down!
Yup, wrong way.
-Aren't you supposed to go up?
-You're going to get confused any minute.
Go on, continue, you're doing brilliantly.
-Best offer, £30. For the two.
-Will we go for it?
Will we shake on it? £30.
-Yes. Thank you.
-How does that feel? Does that feel good?
-Excellent. Dave, well done.
-We'll pay right now.
-Off to a brisk start.
Now, that's familiar.
-It's a discus, isn't it?
-That's a cool thing.
-I don't think I've ever seen one.
-Neither have I, actually.
-Well, Stephen did, just yesterday.
Do we want to buy this?
Well, let's have a look at what the markings say.
That's Helsinki, Finland, isn't it?
Do you speak Finnish?
-I've forgotten all my Finnish.
-Really? Have you really?
Mine's only conversational.
That says Sparticles Company Ltd.
-That's in Finnish.
I think it's SportArticles.
-Well, that's a wood, isn't it? That's a hardwood.
-Can you tell what kind of wood that is?
I'm going to guess it's an oak.
No, don't be throwing it. No, don't!
What's your instinct as to its date?
-Oh, my word.
-Go with your instinct.
-I would say bang on 1920.
Really? I think that's fantastic.
Time for a discus-ion.
What is the battle plan? What would you like to get it for?
Well... It's for sale for 40.
-20 quid would be good.
Is that the ultimate aim? Will you pay more?
How much more?
-Not a lot.
-Not a lot.
So that's the plan. Dave?
You've got it down for £40, so...
-Shall I sit down?
-What were you thinking?
-Well, cash, no questions asked, £20.
Oh. Half-price, no, we can't go...
No, I can't do half.
How about 30?
-Yeah, go on, 29.
-Oh, you're a star.
-You've done it.
-And I didn't say a word. Well done, well done.
-Thank you very much.
£1 change, please. They still haven't spent much.
Now, this is one room owned by one dealer.
I think I'm right, is the Macmillan tartan...
-..which is my mum's tartan.
-Oh, how lovely.
-That suits you, actually.
-Look at this.
That is a Funkmeister, isn't it?
-A funk what?
-1950s flight case.
-That won't come cheap.
And it smells, it's still got...
-It's old socks and mothballs.
Mothballs, that's what I get from that.
-That's very, very on-trend.
-I love it.
-I think it's been restored massively.
-No, no, don't go, "Oh".
Because I think that's good.
I think in ropey condition, who would want it?
-But it's in absolutely...
-Ready to go, isn't it?
-Would you use that as a sofa, what's wrong with you?
-Could it be a coffee table?
It reminds me of the film stars of yore.
That. It's kind of glamorous.
It is glamorous, but it's all the money.
£280 to be precise.
We'll get a good bit knocked off, won't we?
Probably not a great deal, you'll be very lucky if you get it down to 200.
-I would say.
-But really, the quality is fantastic.
That's basically handmade.
-To create that new today,
something like that would be a couple of thousand pounds.
-There's no doubt about it.
-Shall we have a go?
-Come on, be brave.
-Good, good, good.
Remember, think Parent Trap.
Sharon, not Susan.
Can you give us a really good price on that?
-What's it got on the ticket price?
I mean, normally you'll do 10%.
-That's like 250.
-How about 220?
Well... I think that's very decent, don't you?
Well, I do. Were you thinking any less or not?
She's hard, isn't she? She's learned very quick.
-All right, we'll go 210.
-Oh, you're such a hero.
-You too, Hayley.
-I'm sorry, we've got to do a high-five.
-Don't forget Dave.
-Well done you. You are remarkable.
Now, let's grab the discus. Plus the rest.
-Are you all right? Cos these prints are quite heavy.
Such a gent, eh?
Elsewhere in County Durham, they're on the subject of the beautiful game.
Well, Stephen is.
Yes, lifelong Middlesbrough fan.
Are they football or...?
-What do they do?
-Yes, Christina, they are football.
-Because the family all being from Stockton on Tees,
Middlesbrough was the nearest town that had a big football side.
-Are they any good?
-To me, yes, of course they are.
-Do they win much?
..take you through
all the emotions.
I'm very proud to support Middlesbrough Football Club.
Up the Boro!
The E-types are on their way to the tale of West Auckland,
home of the miners' side that won football's first World Cup.
Yup, you heard right - the World Cup.
And they did it twice.
Not many seats, are there?
No. You stand.
-That's why they're called stands.
-Not called "sits".
Stephen and Christina are here to learn about the men
who took the trophy in Turin from chairman Jim Palfreyman.
Hello, Mr Chairman. Stephen. Hiya, Jim.
-Hi, Jim, Christina.
-Hiya, Christina. Would you like to come down?
-Jim, West Auckland have one of the most fascinating
histories in all of world football. How did that come about?
Thomas Lipton, the entrepreneur, the tea man, he liked football.
In 1909, he wanted to have a football competition involving teams
from various countries.
And he wanted a team from England to represent England but the FA were
not interested at all because it wasn't an official cup
and there's a big mystery as to why West Auckland got chosen.
There is a rumour that we got mistaken with Woolwich Arsenal.
-Because of the initials?
But there is a big mystery surrounding why West Auckland.
So they were chosen to represent England?
-The other sides were all professional?
The other sides were all professional, you've got Stuttgart
from Germany, you've got Winterhausen from Switzerland.
-It must've been terrifying.
-I think it was the miners' spirit that it
-was just an adventure.
-Did Thomas Lipton fund them to go over?
He didn't. He didn't, no, they...
The players that were going and the village as a whole just sold
anything valuable - furniture, jewellery, to gather the money
together to pay for the fare to get them across there.
So this little team, the fact that they even got to the competition
is quite amazing, isn't it?
It is and the fact that they won the competition with no goals being
scored against, they beat Stuttgart 2-0 and then they beat Winterhausen,
which were the Swiss champions, 2-0 in the final to win the cup.
And then two years later they won the cup again but they beat
the mighty Juventus 6-1.
After that triumph, West Auckland were allowed to keep Lipton's cup.
It's such a great story, isn't it?
-This little team from the middle of nowhere went out and won.
This was really the first World Cup, wasn't it?
-But it's not the World Cup that we know it as now.
It's not. That started in 1930.
And it's every four years since then.
These were sort of club sides, really.
-Rather than national sides.
This is a replica trophy.
It is. The original,
that's stood for many years in the local pub and was then put into the
working men's club and unfortunately it got stolen in 1994.
Oh, gosh, quite recently, really.
So from the insurance and pictures we had this one made.
Gosh, well done you. I mean, that is beautiful.
That, however, is the real thing.
-Can I pick the medal up?
-Would you like to try it on?
Ah! Would I ever?!
A World Cup winner's medal.
It's beautiful. Would you like me to crown you?
-Are you ready?
Stephen Tompkinson, World Cup winner.
Right, I'm out of here.
So, 57 years before Bobby Moore got his hands on the second trophy,
West Auckland did it first.
Meanwhile, what news of our other actor and expert pairing?
Dad, Sir John Mills, I mean, that is quite a beginning.
Do you think you were destined to be an actor?
Probably. I used to go to the studios with my dad when I was little.
-And so then when it was me in front of the camera,
I just loved it.
It's getting into another persona, another life.
And that's what's fascinating about antiques -
you pick up an object and you reveal this object's other life.
There is not a single boring thing in an antiques shop when I'm with you.
Oh, you're very sweet.
Still hitting it off, then,
and en route to the Tees Valley and Darlington,
where in 1825, between here and Stephen's hometown
of Stockton on Tees,
they launched the world's first steam-powered public railway.
This shop is a former railway workers' cottage,
with coal-themed artwork by the shopkeeper.
Oh, right, OK.
Amazing. Interesting paintings.
-Was he a miner? He's been down the pit.
-He's certainly been down the pit, hasn't he?
-He certainly has.
We've got paintings, we've got a bicycle.
These beer bottles are interesting.
Quite like them. I started my interest in antiques by collecting
things in old bottle dumps.
If you could find a Victorian bottle dump,
you could root around and under about four inches of soil
you would find wonderful 18th and 19th-century bottles...
-..that were thrown away 100 years ago.
These are the kind of things that take me back, little medicine bottles.
Fantastic. Look at the iridescence there.
Almost like it's just washed in petrol.
-That's rather beautiful, that one.
-Look at that.
-There's something in there that's sort of...
Do you want to have a drink of it?
You never know what might happen.
What's it smell of?
-Is that an old...?
-Oh, no, that's Bovril.
-Oh, isn't that charming?
Yes. Even that, actually, now...
Yeah. It's a classic thing, isn't it?
Is a bit of a rarity, isn't it?
What would a collection of bottles like this make at an auction?
In an auction, you know, I think £10 or £20, maybe, if you were lucky.
Because they are the kind of things that people like to find, I think,
more than like to buy.
I think we could use that as a backup. We need to buy something.
-We could put a bit of a fun bottle lot in.
Now, this could be interesting.
-Luckily, there's a choice of floors, though.
There is an awful lot of doorknobs.
I don't think I've ever seen so many doorknobs in one place.
Still, when in Rome.
-How are you?
Have you had a busy day?
Oh, yes, we've had a very busy day, have you?
-Have you been buying lots of things? Cos you've got quite a lot of work to do.
Hey, listen, Hayley has been on fire.
On fire. Have you ruined any cars today, you two?
-We have tried.
-Well, you continue looking at your knobs and we'll have
-a look down here.
-All right then. That's fine.
Now, time to have a word about those bottles with proprietor Tony.
-What sort of money for the lot?
Every last thing in the box of bottles upstairs.
It's got to be £80.
-There's some very, very unusual bottles that will not have been made
after the Second World War and, indeed,
even after the First World War.
I thought 20 or 30 quid for the box, didn't I?
-David, I've got to say, whenever I see you,
the word constriction comes to mind.
Oh, really? Is that a medical condition?
Yes. Particularly in this area.
One final offer - £50.
If you work out the number of bottles,
it probably works out at £1 each.
What are your thoughts?
-Well, you never know.
-You never know.
-You never know.
Do you like the bottles?
-Can we work it just a bit harder on the 50 quid, Tony?
For you and Hayley, I'll do £45.
-OK, Hayley, so...
-That's really good.
-Are you happy, then?
-I think we should accept that.
-I think we should accept it.
-Thank you very, very much.
Hayley, thank you. David, thank you.
Thank you. I was worried about what you were going to say there!
Quite. Now, left a bit, Hayley.
Right a bit. Down a bit.
Back inside, the others are rummaging with some gusto.
So what is our box?
I mean, it's just an empty box.
No, it isn't. The equipment that goes inside it
is there and it's for assessing the levels.
Oh, wow! So I bow to your better judgment on this, Tony.
-What is this?
-In its simplest form, a plumb line.
I can see you when I look down there!
-Oh, my word.
-It is still working.
That's amazing. Look down there.
Hey, yeah. You're upside down but looking good.
That's probably better!
There's a fair bit more in those cabinets, though.
Tony, what can you tell me about this wagon plate?
That is a wagon plate and it's 60 years old.
-I just feel that there is quite a healthy collectors market.
It's £28 and I think if we could secure that for £20,
I think it's...
-..fab. Would you accept £20 for it, Tony?
-Thank you, Tony.
I've got to say, you've both been quite decisive.
Makes a change, doesn't it, Tony?
Now time to shunt off.
THEY DO TRAIN IMPRESSIONS
Because with our shopping complete, let's take a peek...
One, two, three.
-Don't worry, I don't think we'll affect any value.
Oh, look what they've got!
-What you think?
-They've got a discus.
Yes! Very tactile and so remarkably heavy.
-What this brown edifice here?
What do you mean edifice?
-Well, what is it?
-Didn't you have a doll's house as a child?
-How much did you pay for that?
-We paid £20.
Oh, that's not bad. Does it have accessories?
It does have accessories.
-Oh, that's dinky.
-It's got a little...
-And it has an occupant.
I don't think you need to talk me through the posters because they
look like something that you would normally wear.
Yes! Or possibly paint, in those colours.
-And you certainly wouldn't miss that piece of luggage on the
-carousel at Heathrow.
It's a big risky one.
-Well, it's cool.
-It's very cool.
And then, what a lot of bottle.
Please tell me you paid £2.20 for those.
Oh, my gosh. We did get a free drawer.
Would you like to reveal yours?
-I think we should.
-Shall we start at the front?
-Is it original?
-But it's Italian and it's...
Translated into English, it was How The West Was Won.
I really like that.
-I do too.
-We have to be delicate here.
Quite delicate. So...
-Got a bit of 1950s glam going on there.
We have, absolutely.
-It's a railway...
Yeah. Wagon train plate.
And that tells you the tonnage that it was allowed to take.
-What do you fancy?
Take your pick. Take your pick.
-Well, it's obviously a set.
-Yes, very much so.
Little trios. Alfred Meakin.
-Really sweet. They're all in good condition. And they've all
-got their little set to them as well.
-This is Stephen's purchase, I assume.
-Is it all boxing?
-Yeah, they're all boxing magazines, The Ring.
-They are fascinating.
-And they've got everyone from Rocky Marciano,
Ray Robinson, before he was Sugar.
For pugilist fans, I'm hoping.
-What is that?
-It's a hoot.
-It's a hoot?
-This, it's a bandage in itself...
-How you're supposed to tie the bandage.
-How you tie the bandage.
-It's cool, isn't it?
-I quite like that.
-Shall we see you at the auction?
-Very best of luck.
-We'll see you then.
-Au revoir. Come on, madam.
So, any regrets?
I think they've got some very, very interesting things.
-But so have we.
-That flight case!
It's a bobby-dazzler, but it's a lot of money.
-I like the poster.
-I'm trying not to like it.
-I do like that.
Are you feeling confident?
Erm... I don't know till I get there.
After getting started at Powburn in the north-east,
our celebrities and experts are about to get auctioning in Ossett.
I must say, I'm quite excited.
-About the auction.
I haven't been to an auction for years.
No, I've never been to an auction.
This is it, this is the day of reckoning.
-Don't throw the gauntlet down on me, Millsy.
This is Ossett, an Anglo-Saxon name which translates as
"fold frequented by blackbirds".
Handy. This is the CWH sale room,
a family-run business dating back as far as 1880.
Although internet bidding is a much more recent innovation.
-How are you?
-Good to see you.
You're looking beautiful.
-Come on, this is the exciting bit.
-Look, she's dragging him in already.
The auction has started.
-Go, go, go.
-Are you excited?
Stephen and Christina parted with a mere £180 for five auction lots.
We've boxed clever there.
While Hayley and David spent a bit more - 334 for their five lots.
You're such a hero!
But what does auctioneer Dion Harrison think
might wow the West Riding?
The big flight case is by far the best item.
I would think there will be a lot of interest in that and I would have
thought probably £90 to £120.
The collection of boxing magazines were very interesting.
There's some fighters mentioned there, like Jack Dempsey,
should be of interest. The discus is unusual and it is inscribed with the
Finnish word for bear, which is virtually unpronounceable.
Well, you learn something every day.
Are we ready?
-Hayley, do you think we're going to make any money?
-I think we have a very, very good chance.
First, we have a small selection
of those bottles Hayley and David plumped for.
£45 for the contents of somebody's recycling bin?
-Don't rub it in.
-Well, a Victorian bottled dump.
£20 to start them off.
You've got ten.
Ten?! It's a start.
-It's a start.
-There's a tumbleweed.
Oh, now. We've got another one.
-Chappie in the room.
At 15... 15.
I'll take five more.
-15. I have 20. At 20.
-Oh, he's working the room for you, guys.
-Yeah, well done.
25 on the right-hand side.
It's a slow burner. It started slowly but...
-25's not so bad.
It's not so bad. We've only lost 20 quid,
-I think we've done remarkably well.
About what David thought they might fetch when he first saw them.
I don't feel bad about that, do you feel bad about that, Hayley?
-It's a preview...
-I would like it to have been a bit more than that.
Stephen's turn. He spotted this sling, remember.
Her mother has one in the downstairs excuse me.
Yeah, she does.
-Aw! Happy memories.
-Yeah, so let's blame mother.
-If it all goes wrong.
-£10 for him.
10 on the internet now, at 10.
-And 15 in the room.
-Oh, look at that.
At 15. I have 20 on the internet.
At 20. At 20. And 5.
This is actually how you're supposed to do it.
Yes, it's supposed to go up and up and up.
I have £25 on the bid for him.
-And I'm selling in the room.
Yeah, well done. Well done.
-Yes, take a Girl Guide badge for profit-making.
-I was still hoping it would make a little bit more.
-Oh, stop moaning.
Well, it's cheaper than...
..getting a first aid kit, isn't it?
Any doting grandparents here for Hayley's doll's house?
And a very sweet occupant.
-She's like Little Miss Havisham.
Yes. I hope she doesn't set fire to our house.
-So how much can we say for this one?
£30 to start him.
Oh, there you go.
20. 20 on the left-hand side.
-Now we're looking for profit...
-Yeah, come on.
30, gentleman sitting down.
-30, keep going.
-Yes. Good show.
35? Well done, guys.
I have 35. I have 40.
At 40. At 40.
-Called double bubble in the trade.
-Double your money.
I'll take it to 5, then, now.
-And the bid's in the room.
-That's all right.
-Double bubble. Happy with that?
-Yeah, well done.
Now they've both had a good lot.
Let's hope this one doesn't hit the buffers.
Oh, she's been thinking about that for days!
Yes, it's Stephen's bit of railway-ana.
What do we know about it?
-Do you know anything else about it?
-It's worth a fortune.
You never told us that before.
£20 for him.
I have 20 bid now, at 20.
At 20, at 20, at 20.
I'll take fives. Oh, it's worth it now.
Oh, 25, there you go.
At 30. At 30, at 30, at 30.
At £30 on the bid for it now.
The bid's in the room, at £30.
Are you all quiet?
-Good. Well done.
Not a fortune exactly but not to be sniffed at either.
I'm not comfortable.
-You're not comfortable?
-And it's not that I'm pessimistic,
-as you well know...
-It's just, you just feel anxious.
It's like sending your lovely children out into the world
and hoping they to go to a nice home.
-But I don't... As long as I get cash for it, I don't care.
Now, I'm fairly sure that Hayley's health and safety posters failed to
have much effect on the seismic events of 1968.
-They match your trousers.
-Do they? I thought they were green.
-What colour is that?
-Well, they're kind of yellowy green.
Yellowy green? Well, I'm colour-blind, so I wouldn't know.
Are you colour-blind?
-Slightly colour-blind, yeah.
-That explains so much.
-That explains so much!
-How much can we say?
-£30 for them.
Should be that all day long.
20 on the internet now...
£20 for them.
And 5 in the room.
-25 in the room.
At 30, and 5.
At £35 bid for it now.
I'd give you more than that.
At £35, is everybody quiet?
-A tiny, tiny profit after we've paid...
-We've got to pay a bit of commission.
-I was surprised by that.
I know, commission. Haven't we told you about that?
Sorry, Hayley, take a few pounds off.
See, now that makes me worried for our big poster now,
cos I thought they had man cave...
If people don't even remember Del West
-and what a marvellous cowboy he was.
Well, they may have the other half.
Or maybe speak Italian.
So you know the theme tune to this movie. Give us the theme tune.
HE HUMS TUNE
Well, he was in Brassed Off.
How much can we say for it?
-£20 bid for it now.
More than that, come on.
20 and 5. I've 20, I've 30.
Oh, she's bidding, guys.
Many famous names on there.
I've 35 bid now.
At 40 now. At 40.
At £40 I'm bid for it.
5 sitting down, and 50.
Oh, he's keen. Someone is keen, yes.
At £50 on the bid for him now.
-Oh, come on, more.
-The bid still in the room.
Read some of the names out.
£50. Is everybody quiet?
I suppose it's half the money for half the poster, isn't it?
That's rather a brutal way of putting things.
Hayley Mills, get me out me funk.
It was a good choice.
-It was...it was well worth the gamble.
See, now I'm happy again.
From Italy to Finland, how far can Hayley's discus go?
-We paid 29.
-Oh, I did, I got £1 off, didn't I?
Yeah, you did. She got £1 off.
You are a fierce haggler.
The only thing we can tell you about this,
it's engraved with the Finnish word for bear, isn't it, Fran?
It means bear? It must be the model.
I have no idea what type of bear it was but how much can we say?
£20 for the discus.
Up, up, up, up.
-Thank you, at 20.
-Are you bidding?
-25, come on.
I've 25 bid now. I've 30.
-Are you bidding, sir?
-Go on, sir.
-40 in the high chairs.
Oh, that's better.
And 5. At 45.
This cannot make more than our film poster.
-Come on, one more.
-The bid's on the right-hand side.
-It's exciting this.
-We made money on it.
Do you know, those two have recovered from their shaky start.
You've not lost it, Mills.
I don't care what they say.
You're worth a pound of anyone's discus.
And in the brown corner, Stephen's magazine collection.
£20 to start them off.
I've 10 in the room then now.
At 10. At 15, at 15, at £15 this lot.
Gentleman standing up at £15.
I'll take another 5, they should be worth far more.
I've 20 then now. At £20, I'm bid for this lot.
I'll take another 5 then now.
I think there's Jack Dempsey there and all sorts. At 25, at 25.
All it's worth to you now.
An internet bid at £25, all quiet.
-But it was looking really bad about
ten seconds ago.
Positive thinking, David.
We're not any of us doing really amazingly well, are we?
-And now we've got...
Well, yeah, watch out, here comes the trunk.
Yes, very nice, but very pricey.
Hayley's big buy.
-What's it like on the inside?
-Oh, it's beautiful.
-It's lined with material, it's got two lovely pockets.
It's got a lovely smell to it.
Oh, yeah, yeah, a bit like the roller.
It has distinct smell.
-It's got a lovely smell to it. Mothballs.
-I like mothball smell.
-He was raised by moths.
-£100 can we say for it?
£50 I'm bid. At £50 I'm bid.
A bit more than that.
At 70. At £70 I'm bid for it.
-There's a long way to go here, Hayley.
-Come on, we've got all day.
-At 90 on the right-hand side.
At £90 bid for it.
100, thank you.
At 100. At £100 bid for him.
£100 all quiet?
Oh. Is that it? Is that it?
That's a whacking loss, isn't it?
But you were expecting it.
You went into it with your eyes open.
And your intentions were nothing but honourable.
Agreed. It's a very good thing.
I'm still proud of it, I still love it.
-Would you have bought it again?
-I think we know the answer to that.
Finally, at the opposite end of the spectrum,
we present Stephen's favourite buy.
I'm rather partial to them, Hayley Mills.
Like I am of you.
Aw! Because they're old and a bit cracked.
I have 20 on the internet now.
And 5 and 5 and 5.
-This is it.
I think we've still got a chance of winning here, so don't worry.
And 5 and 5. At 35.
Well done, good spot.
Very good spot.
-At 40 behind us.
-So when people say tea services don't sell,
we've proved them wrong.
At £40, are you quiet at £40, all sure?
Well done. Well done. Double bubble.
Yes, a happy ending.
Let's go and do some calculation, shall we?
All right, in the sun, let's go.
Hayley and David started out with £400 and after auction costs,
they made a loss of £133.10, so they end up
While Stephen and Christina who began with the same sum made a much
smaller loss after costs of £40.60, meaning that with a final total of
£359.40, they are our winners.
Well done. Well done.
-Yes, well done.
-You've broken your Harper duck.
I know. Thank you.
After 45 years it's taken...
-Oh, David, it's my fault.
-I know, but it's been worth it.
-It's been worth it, honestly.
-I suppose we'd better go now.
You'd better drive off in the Rolls-Royce into the distance.
Put your foot down, Mills, let's see how far we go.
-Thanks for the education.
Off they go, but they might very well be back.
Can we make a date to go antiquing together, just us?
-And then show off.
Silver screen legend Hayley Mills accompanies friend and fellow actor Stephen Tompkinson on an amble around north east England in a vintage E Type Jag and Rolls Royce. The Wild at Heart co-stars seek expert guidance from Christina Trevanion and David Harper as they visit antique shops and emporiums, all before an exciting West Yorkshire auction.
Hayley detours to hear the little known story behind Earl Grey tea and Stephen visits the amateur football team who won the World Cup... twice!