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Norfolk 27

Teams from both sides of the Atlantic square up as Bargain Hunt visits Norfolk. By the end of the show, only a few pounds separate the teams - who will be victorious?


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Today, representatives of the United States of America

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meet a team from Great Britain.

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Two countries united by a common language and their love of...

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..antiques.

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Let's go bargain hunting. Gee whizz.

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That's right,

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old allies are combatants at the Norfolk Showground

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on the outskirts of Norwich.

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But which team will emerge victorious?

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'American Air Force wives Cheryl and Carol

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'hope James Braxton's nose can sniff out a winner.'

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Smells like it's silver.

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'Catherine Southan tries something fishy.'

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Big lips.

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'Which, hopefully, will guarantee a win for Brits Val and Kerry.

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'And I'll be finding out how this strange gift

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'from a Chinese Emperor to a Spanish King ended up in rural Suffolk.'

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-Here we all are. Hi, everyone.

-ALL: Hello.

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-Val, this isn't your first outing on television.

-No. It isn't.

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Because I've been on Generation Game with my son.

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-Have you?

-Yes.

-How did you get on?

-We came runners-up.

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We got some lovely leather jackets and I got to dance with the Gurkhas.

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In a lime green outfit with a kukri knife.

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-That'll be a riot.

-Dangerous. I've always admired the Gurkhas.

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-You love a bit of music, Val.

-I do. I also met Liberace.

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-Are you one of his fan club?

-I was one of his fan club.

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-What was he like?

-Delightful. I was friends with the president of his fan club.

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She asked would I want to come to his show on his last trip to London.

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I said I'd love to. She got me front row seats. A fantastic concert.

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I got invited to his 64th birthday party at Selfridges.

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-Kerry, you used to be a nurse.

-An auxiliary nurse for 12 years.

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-That's a long old stretch.

-I enjoyed it, though.

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-Any highlights?

-Probably the day I was working. I was only 18.

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We had footballers in, six from the same team with all broken legs.

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It had been very rainy, a very muddy pitch and, at 18, I had to give all of them a bed bath.

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-Gosh.

-I loved every second!

-One after another after another?

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-One after another.

-Apart from young lusty footballers, what else do you collect?

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I like to collect romantic postcards or First World War postcards.

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Who knows what you're going to find when you get out there.

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Very good luck, girls. Now, across the ocean we come.

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Cheryl, how did you and Carol meet?

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Actually, we work together at RAF Lakenheath.

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We had children in the same hospital. Our husbands are maintainers on the F-15s.

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They work together.

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-How many people are on the base here in Britain?

-About 10,000.

-Right.

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Now, you just love knocking around Britain for the antiques.

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Oh, yes. Love it.

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-Any antique auction we can get our hands on...

-We're there.

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Not only car boots and auctions. You like to go visiting.

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Oh, we LOVE the castles - Leeds Castle, Warwick Castle.

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Just love seeing how they used to live.

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-Carol, explain what an Air Force brat is all about.

-I was raised an Air Force brat.

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My dad used to crew heavy aircraft, so KC-135s.

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This is the only life that I've ever known, the military life.

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-All your life on bases?

-Yes.

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-You married a military man.

-Yes. I did.

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-Will your children be employed in the military?

-My sons will.

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-My daughters will not.

-It's all organised with you guys.

-Yes.

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How do you rate your chances, then?

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-Excellent.

-Full of confidence?

-We're in it to win it.

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-You're going to beat these girls?

-Yes!

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Competition across the Atlantic. I love it. Now, the money moment.

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£300 apiece. Which is nice, isn't it? You know the rules.

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Your experts await. And off you go! And very, very, very good luck.

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This is going to be fun, isn't it?

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-So, ladies, today is the day that we make our fortune.

-We do!

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-What do we want to buy?

-Costume jewellery. The bigger the better.

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-Lots of diamante?

-Yes.

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-Where do you want to go?

-That way?

-That way.

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Let's go for it.

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-No!

-Red team, this is the dress. This is for you.

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Lovely.

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-I like centre stage!

-Bright orange.

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My head's too big for it.

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Oh, definitely.

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-It would give me a headache.

-Gives me a headache as well.

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-BARKING

-'Quite right, little dog.

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'Tell them to get buying!'

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May we look in the cabinet?

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-That's sweet, isn't it?

-I like it.

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-Let's see if we can get it for 20, if you want to.

-Yeah. I like it.

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I shouldn't be so casual about it.

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The padlock is silver.

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The actual bracelet itself?

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It may not be marked.

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It's rare that individual links are marked.

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Smells like silver.

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'Really?'

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It's got a silver clasp. It's got a silver mark there.

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-So you would think...?

-It would be rather cheating if it wasn't.

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But silver's... That's maybe a couple of ounces.

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See if he'll do 20, 25.

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-You've got your charm bracelet.

-At 35.

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This would make a lovely piece for us. If I gave you 20?

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Would you do it for 25?

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< No. I'll do it for 30. That's the bottom line.

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-Do you think we can make a profit?

-Yeah. I think you can.

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-30.

-Yeah.

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-30?

-Yeah.

-30, then. It's a deal.

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Thank you. That's really kind.

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'Dirty 30. One down. How's it going, James?'

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A purchase after eight minutes and I think it's a winner at £30.

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I think it's very nice.

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Whether my sense of smell is going to serve me well, I do not know.

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'Well, if anyone can sniff out a bargain, it's you, James.

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'Let's see where Catherine's got to.'

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Move on! What about that?

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-That's quite impressive.

-Very unusual.

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-Yes. I like that.

-Can we have a look at that, Mrs Stallholder, please?

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Looks a bit battered around the edges.

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-What metal is it?

-Brass.

-Brass? Can we take it out into the light?

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What do you think?

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It looks good but where your hand is, it's slightly bent.

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It is a bit bashed about, but do you think somebody would buy this

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as a sort of interior piece? The peacock is quite striking.

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It's got to go in the right place.

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It would look fantastic over a huge fireplace. In the right setting.

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If you've got a couple of people interested,

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you could make a profit.

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-It's just, it's not quality.

-No.

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It is unusual. We wanted to find something unusual.

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-If you were going to pay £20, £30.

-Do you think we can sweet-talk her?

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-I'll try, shall I?

-Go on, then.

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-You said 40. Is there any way you can bring it down a bit more?

-No.

-Shall we go in?

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I haven't got any room to manoeuvre.

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-I want to make a profit.

-Fair enough.

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We do like it, but I think... Shall we wait and maybe come back?

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-I think we should.

-Cos we're not...

-We're not 100% certain.

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-If I said 38, would that help?

-Oooh.

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Does that tempt you a bit more?

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Would you take 37? I can't say no for £1!

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Ah. Thank you. Shall we? Are you in agreement, Catherine?

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< A bird in the hand. LAUGHTER

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-We've just got to get it now.

-I think we have. 37. It's sold.

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Fantastic team. They've got excellent negotiation skills, especially the mum. She's feisty.

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She wants a bargain so she's not going to give in easily.

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I think we're doing all right. We're gonna do well.

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'Nothing like confidence, Catherine. We shall see.'

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-What about these?

-Are they napkin rings?

-Yes.

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-They're quite fun.

-This one's got your suit on.

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It's got my figure as well.

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-It's hard, isn't it?

-It is hard.

-Thank you very much.

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What is it called?

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-The accordion?

-Yeah.

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-Does anybody play?

-No.

-No.

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It makes great television if you can play. Not so good if you can't.

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Big lips.

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That is weighty.

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-God!

-Don't drop it!

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-Oh! The price makes me drop it!

-What is it?

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-175.

-That is a lot of money.

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STALLHOLDER: It's not a cheap thing.

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It's beautiful quality.

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I mean, value wise...

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Does somebody else want to hold it?

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I'll hold it. I'll hug the fish.

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< I can do 125 on that.

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That is the best. Shall we think about it?

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-Would you do it for 100?

-No.

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-You do try hard.

-We do.

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Let's think about it.

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-Can I give it back to you? It's extremely heavy.

-We may return.

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Thank you very much.

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'Will that little fishy be the catch of the day or the one that got away?

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'Right. What have the blues hooked?'

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-Quite quirky.

-The spirit level.

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They say at auction they sell quite well.

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Shall I find out? Excuse me? How much for the level?

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-25. 25.

-I think...

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Ten?

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STALLHOLDER: It can be 18.

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How about 15? Go on, then. >

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I enjoy this because my father made things.

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This is something that I could see him using.

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And we've got military.

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We've got a military arrow.

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It's really nice, I think.

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-Buy!

-Buy?

-Buy.

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-All right. Deal.

-You can't ignore a really kind offer like that.

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That's really nice. Thank you very much indeed.

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'The blues are doing their level best!

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'Meanwhile, I found something that's not quite what it first appears.

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'If you see what I mean.'

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Always nice to see a few sticks of furniture in these fairs.

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What more appropriate object can you have on a leather-topped desk

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than a lovely antique leather volume? Look at that!

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That's called a whole calf covered volume.

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The calf of leather goes around the spine

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and entirely over the boards.

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If we look on the spine it says, Comment Sur La Bible.

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A comment on the Bible.

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While it's got what they call a distressed spine,

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it adds to the volume's old world charm.

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You can see it's got nicely marbled inside boards.

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The title page gives you the title and also the date.

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Decode that.

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That's 1724.

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Apart from the spine, it seems to be in pretty good condition.

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Are you really going to want to read a volume in French,

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a comment on the Bible?

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Actually, this is a surprising book because it contains a big secret.

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# Ta-da! #

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It's a book box. Some time in the 19th century,

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or maybe the early 20th century,

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a book binder bought this good, genuine, early 18th-century book

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and he destroyed it

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by cutting all the pages out and putting more of the marble paper in,

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so that you've got a secret place.

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When this is sitting on a desk

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or in a library,

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a burglar would have no idea that this is not a real book.

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You could hide things.

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At the time of Prohibition

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in America, you might want to hide a nip of Scotch.

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Look how beautifully the book binder has cut the pages,

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so that they do look like real pieces of paper.

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Which is one of the things that makes it so realistic.

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So, what do you have to pay for an 18th-century relic

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that's been transformed into a security device?

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This thing would cost you a cool £30.

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'Right, back to the shopping. What's your plan, Catherine?'

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-I think we pretty much exhausted outside.

-I think we have.

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-Do you want to have a little look inside?

-That's a good idea.

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We've had 25 minutes.

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What's in here?

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-It's like a treasure trove!

-It is!

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'Ah! But treasure, dear Catherine, costs!'

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-Is it silver?

-Silver plate. >

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-750. >

-Have we got that sort of money?

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£265.

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-No. It's £350.

-Is it? I didn't hear you say that bit.

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That's really nice, that hatpin.

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It's Georgian. So that's about 1810 or something.

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This is tortoiseshell.

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Look how fragile that is. To be intact is probably quite rare.

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What's the price? < The very best is £60.

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< I think it's an unusual item.

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It's very unusual. Very fragile.

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-That says, "I want it."

-Does it?

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Good points. Bad points.

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It's in beautiful condition. Lovely tortoiseshell.

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Intact, so quite rare. Nice and early, about 1810.

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Bad points. It's quite flimsy.

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-Who's going to buy this?

-I just love it.

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-Do you love it?

-I do.

-Good.

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-We will have it. It's sold.

-Sold to the ladies in red!

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Thank you.

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-I like that.

-That does look quite nice.

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That is large and magnificent.

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'Bit like yourself, James.'

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What on earth was it used for?

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Laundry.

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Laundry. So you throw sheets in there and everything.

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Let's have a quick look for damage.

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It's quite crucial. There's a bit there.

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-And here.

-It's worn on the ground. Amazing that it's lasted.

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This would be a Victorian, Edwardian laundry basket.

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-It's beautiful.

-It's still sound. Norfolk is famous for basketwork.

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-Do you think it came from Norfolk?

-It probably has.

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-It's priced at £45.

-I think we can get it a lot better than that.

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-I hope we can.

-I think we should try.

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-Pardon me?

-Would you take 30 on this?

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-No.

-No?

-No.

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You're a hard man. 32, then?

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No. 35 and that's definitely the lowest.

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-Cheryl, you're an unbeliever, aren't you?

-I'm very sceptical.

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-Sceptical?

-Very.

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-Yeah?

-It's up to you, Carol.

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-It's in your ball.

-It's a deal.

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I think we'll be pleasantly surprised.

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I like it, Carol. I like your optimism. It's infectious.

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'Blues, you are done.

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'Reds, you need your third item.'

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-Ten minutes left.

-What happens if we don't get the third item?

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We will get our third item! Have faith.

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If we are going for the fish, we've got to run.

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-MAN: 1820?

-Probably Georgian.

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What do you think about that?

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A hand-painted spectacle case.

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-Very unusual.

-This is leather. This is board.

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-It's been hand-painted.

-How much is that?

-That's beautiful.

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-How much do you want?

-I can't come down on 140.

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It's really my bottom price.

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I don't think I've ever seen a spectacle case like that.

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No. It's very unusual.

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Two minutes left. A bit of damage.

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-This is decision time. We go for the fish...

-Or for this.

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I prefer that.

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-Can you just come down a little bit more?

-Only £10. 130.

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Your decision, ladies.

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As they say, in for a penny, in for a pound.

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This is 1820s. Tiny bit of damage.

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Quite rare, a painted spectacle case on both sides, in lovely condition.

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-I'd rather have that than the fish.

-This is better.

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-Yeah?

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you very much.

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That's it. Time's up.

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The experts get the leftover lolly to go and find that vital bonus buy.

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How much cash will they have to flash?

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Let's keep our eye out for what the red team bought.

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'Val and Kerry's first buy was an engraved brass charger.

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'They were then charmed by a Georgian butterfly hairpin.

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'And their eyes were finally drawn to the hand-painted spectacle case.'

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-Begging for a bit of naughtiness.

-I beg your pardon!

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-Did you say she's begging for it?

-We did.

-Did you, Valerie?

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-I'm sorry. I did.

-How much did you pay for that?

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130.

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-That's your big buy.

-We battered her down from 140. Him, actually.

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Well, you used your charms.

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How much did you spend overall?

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-227.

-227.

-227.

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-Is Kerry in charge of the money?

-I am.

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227. That's three off 30. I want £173.

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-73, actually.

-Oh, yes. Even 73.

-She's good at maths.

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That's why she's in charge of the money!

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-73 smackers going to you.

-Lovely.

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-Now, you've got a lovely grey matching outfit.

-Thank you.

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Is that indicative of what you might be going for?

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-Something...

-Stylish?

-Of course.

-Fashionable?

-Of course.

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-Young?

-Of course.

-Fun?

-Of course.

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-Like you, then.

-Absolutely.

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Good luck, girls. Why don't we check out what the blues bought?

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'James's nose led Cheryl and Carol to a silver charm bracelet.

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'Keeping on an even keel, they bagged the spirit level.

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'Their final buy was a large laundry basket.

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'Weird.'

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This is magnificent. Hands across the ocean and all that.

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-Was it lovely?

-Had an excellent time.

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-Was it heaven?

-Fabulous.

-Gee whizz.

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-It was golly George.

-Golly George!

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Listen, how much did you spend? 300?

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-No.

-200?

-No.

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-100?

-No.

-How much?

-80.

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-On three?

-Yes.

-I thought you Yankee girls were big spenders.

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-Oh, no. We're bargain hunters.

-Well, I'm proud of you kids.

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-As long as you turn in big money.

-Oh, yes.

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-Who's got the £220?

-I do.

-Carol has.

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220. Lovely. That would be it.

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Which is your fave so far?

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-Laundry basket, must be!

-Yeah.

-No.

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-No?

-The level.

-We say the laundry basket.

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-You're two very practical girls.

-Very practical.

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Don't know where you've been all my life! £220 is loads of dough.

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-It is.

-What are you going to do with it?

-We were slightly scuppered.

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We spent our time outside and the girls wanted a bit of jewellery.

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-I'll try and find a bit of jewellery.

-Bling-y?

-Paste-y.

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-Paste-y bling-y?

-Yes.

-Do you want a pin? A necklace? A brooch?

0:22:380:22:42

-I want something in-your-face, that gets your attention.

-Yes?

-Yes.

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No-one better qualified to find something in-your-face than Jimmy!

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We're heading off somewhere marvellous, to Melford Hall, where I feel something naval coming on.

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Oops.

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'Melford Hall is a Tudor mansion filled with treasures.

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'Many collected by the distinguished naval family, the Hyde Parkers,

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'who lived here for over 300 years.'

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The naval presence that dominates this house is this geezer,

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Vice-Admiral Sir Hyde Parker.

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We see him in this magnificent portrait by Romney

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in 1781, just after the battle of Dogger Bank.

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Apart from being an extremely successful naval strategist

0:23:330:23:38

and operator,

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Hyde Parker, like so many of those naval people in the 18th century,

0:23:400:23:46

was inspired also by something called booty.

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'In 1762,

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'the then Captain Hyde Parker commanded HMS Panther

0:23:530:23:58

'against the Spanish colony of Manila.

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'He engaged the Santissima Trinidad, a huge galleon laden with treasure.'

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A two-hour battle ensued,

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after which Santissima Trinidad surrendered

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and the ship and cargo were in British hands.

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That ship and cargo ultimately turned out to be worth some £600,000.

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Part of Hyde Parker's share we can see today.

0:24:260:24:30

Including this magnificent pair of Chinese Kutani vases.

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I like the thought that those vases were sitting

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snugly on the vessel in Spanish hands.

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The battle took place. They weren't smashed up.

0:24:440:24:47

They were saved and somehow they find their place

0:24:470:24:51

still today here, in the old family home.

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If those are beautiful, what do you think about this baby?

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Is that not the most magnificent ivory figure of Our Lord as a child

0:24:590:25:05

that you have ever seen?

0:25:050:25:07

What is that? Is it two foot six high?

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What was the size of the elephant's tusk this was carved out of?

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This is a Jesuit Christian interpretation

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of an image of Our Lord as a baby, but if you look at his face,

0:25:210:25:26

he has a very soulful expression.

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This is the face of a much older person

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but with the body of a child.

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The outstretched hands, as if welcoming you

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into the Christian church.

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So typical of that powerful Jesuit mission.

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This thing was probably carved

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around 1700 and, therefore, would have been quite old

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at the time that it was "liberated" in the cargo

0:25:540:25:58

of the Santissima Trinidad.

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The big question is, will our teams at the auction require spiritual guidance?

0:26:010:26:07

We've trotted half an hour south from Norwich to Diss

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to TW Gaze's saleroom

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-to be with Elizabeth Talbot.

-Hello, Tim. Good morning.

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Now, first up for the reds, this enormous embossed charger.

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Yes, that's what it is. It's an item not that extraordinary.

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People don't warm to brass and copper like they used to.

0:26:420:26:46

It's a bit too much hard work, keeping it looking nice.

0:26:460:26:50

Looks like a metallic dartboard to me! How much?

0:26:500:26:54

-£30 to £40.

-They paid £37.

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That's generous, £30 to £40. I could see you struggling at £10.

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Next up is this so-called Georgian "style"

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-butterfly hair ornament.

-It has influence of the Georgian period.

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I would not date it to that period myself.

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But pretty and may find favour. Quality's not extraordinary.

0:27:150:27:20

We've put £30 to £50.

0:27:200:27:22

Have you? That's very generous. They paid £60.

0:27:220:27:25

I can't understand how you would pay £60 for that, personally.

0:27:250:27:30

I long to be proven wrong. I hope you will prove me wrong.

0:27:300:27:34

-I'll stand nervously in the sidelines, watching you perform.

-OK.

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Talking about performance, we move on to this spectacle case,

0:27:380:27:43

-which has created a frisson of interest.

-Mm-hm.

0:27:430:27:47

You've got what is quite an ordinary image.

0:27:470:27:50

-A very demure lady.

-Essentially, the surface has all been abraded.

0:27:500:27:56

It's been scratched and marked.

0:27:560:27:59

We've got a socking great lump out of the papier mache.

0:27:590:28:03

On the other side, we've got this amorous scene.

0:28:030:28:08

Bedroom, slightly Victorian smutty edge-of-frame stuff.

0:28:080:28:13

But it's not erotic, so you miss the erotic market.

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You've got a slightly tame bedroom scene that doesn't quite hit the spot.

0:28:170:28:24

It isn't a classic erotica piece.

0:28:240:28:27

It doesn't fall within that rare collectable market.

0:28:270:28:31

You don't see spectacle cases of that nature very often.

0:28:310:28:35

It has survived, so I suppose there is a market.

0:28:350:28:38

-What's your price?

-Our price is £40 to £60.

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-Their price is £130.

-Oh!

-You see what I mean?

0:28:420:28:45

Need a bit more excitement for £130. I agree.

0:28:450:28:49

On that happy note, they're going to need their bonus buy so let's have a look at it.

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Val and Kerry, you spent a magnificent £227.

0:28:550:28:59

£73 of leftover lolly went to Catherine. What did you spend it on?

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Well, I spent it on...this.

0:29:030:29:06

-Ooh.

-I like that.

-A curling stone.

-A mini curling stone.

0:29:060:29:11

-What's inside?

-Well, open it up.

0:29:110:29:14

-It's a little inkwell.

-Lovely!

0:29:140:29:17

-Beautiful.

-I thought it was charming.

0:29:170:29:20

-How much did you pay for it?

-£55 I paid.

0:29:200:29:23

I've never sold something like this so I don't know what it'll make.

0:29:230:29:28

But sometimes, you get something like this

0:29:280:29:31

people haven't seen before and it just takes off.

0:29:310:29:35

-Or it could die. But hopefully not.

-It won't die!

0:29:350:29:39

I think it's quite a smart little thing.

0:29:390:29:43

Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's curling stone.

0:29:430:29:48

We're a long way from Scotland, but it appeals.

0:29:490:29:52

It does. I think that's gorgeous.

0:29:520:29:56

It's a clever concept.

0:29:560:29:58

A curling stone fits the form of an inkwell perfectly.

0:29:580:30:02

That's really pretty, and quite unusual.

0:30:020:30:05

Condition is good.

0:30:050:30:07

This will appeal to collectors of inkwells, I'm sure.

0:30:070:30:11

That is an area of collectability which is quite strong.

0:30:110:30:16

What I think's clever is that you've got some cream coloured pottery.

0:30:160:30:21

Somebody's put a transfer print on

0:30:210:30:23

that so fools your eye into thinking that this is textured stone.

0:30:230:30:28

-Clever, isn't it?

-Very clever.

0:30:280:30:31

-So, how much?

-We put £50 to £70.

-Great. Catherine paid £55.

0:30:310:30:36

-I think she's spot-on.

-I like that.

0:30:360:30:39

That's it for the reds. Now for the blues.

0:30:390:30:42

-Cheryl...

-Yes.

-..and her charm bracelet.

0:30:420:30:45

-Over to you.

-A few months ago, I'd have said, "Oh, dear."

0:30:450:30:49

Because the market for precious metals has improved so much,

0:30:490:30:54

people seem to be looking for them and gaining pleasure

0:30:540:30:59

from realising there's a lot of charms to collect,

0:30:590:31:03

and quite intriguing, cleverly formed.

0:31:030:31:07

-Well, that's encouraging.

-Yes.

-What's your estimate?

0:31:070:31:11

-We put £50 to £70 on that.

-£30 paid.

0:31:110:31:14

-Our Cheryl did the right thing.

-In with a shout. Yes.

-Very good.

0:31:140:31:20

I want you to level with me with this, Elizabeth.

0:31:200:31:25

This is a good example of a level with the brass finishings.

0:31:250:31:29

Stamped with the maker. Good size.

0:31:290:31:32

-It may not be old. Might be '50s.

-Just post-war, I'd have thought.

0:31:320:31:37

So not a great age but, my gosh! They were still churning out...

0:31:370:31:42

People swear by the older tools.

0:31:420:31:45

Not only do they look nice, but they feel good

0:31:450:31:49

-and do such a specific job.

-Looks good, feels good.

0:31:490:31:53

-Mm.

-Does you good. Well, how much?

0:31:530:31:56

£25 to £35 we've put on this.

0:31:560:31:58

Excellent. £15 paid. On that theme, we go with the laundry basket.

0:31:580:32:03

It's a nice basket. It could be used for lots of other things.

0:32:030:32:08

We have a good tradition of wicker work in East Anglia.

0:32:080:32:12

The reed beds provide the materials

0:32:120:32:15

and there's a lot of appreciation for the craftsmanship.

0:32:150:32:19

-So, yes, we rate that.

-I'm getting a warm wonderful feeling.

0:32:190:32:23

-How much?

-We put £28 to £38 on that.

-I love your estimate.

0:32:230:32:28

-28 to 38. They paid 35 so they're in the slot.

-In the middle. Yes.

0:32:280:32:32

I think they're going to do pretty well but, just in case, let's have a look at their bonus buy.

0:32:320:32:39

-Now, you Americanos. You were very, very cheap, weren't you?

-Frugal.

0:32:390:32:45

Frugal! I love it. £80 spent out of your 300.

0:32:450:32:48

That was really gentle spending. £220 went to James Braxton.

0:32:480:32:53

The quintessential English gentleman, some would say.

0:32:530:32:57

What has the gent spent it on?

0:32:570:32:59

-Something one should have on a picnic or a shooting event.

-Oh.

0:32:590:33:04

-You both wanted a bit of silver.

-Yes.

0:33:040:33:08

-But you were lured by strange things like spirit levels.

-Yes.

0:33:080:33:12

-A nice little beaker.

-Can you tell me about it?

0:33:120:33:16

It's 1959. It's silver.

0:33:160:33:19

Gilded on the inside so it doesn't taint what you're drinking.

0:33:190:33:23

Perfect for somebody to put initials on, crest, whatever.

0:33:230:33:27

-And the amount you spent?

-40.

-Oh! That's not bad.

0:33:270:33:32

You watched the man's lips. He's paid £40.

0:33:320:33:36

He's predicting between 40 and 60, so a decent profit,

0:33:360:33:40

if you decide to go with it at that moment.

0:33:400:33:43

Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mr Braxton's beaker.

0:33:430:33:49

-There you go, Elizabeth.

-Little heavy beaker.

0:33:500:33:53

Nicely marked. About 1940 is the date.

0:33:530:33:57

Not very old, but quality. Doesn't look as though it's had a hard life.

0:33:570:34:03

Probably intended as a stylish Christening mug of its time.

0:34:030:34:07

You can use it for lots of things. It's quite weighty.

0:34:070:34:12

Cunning old monkey Braxton paid just £40.

0:34:120:34:15

-Do you think it'll turn a profit?

-We put an estimate of £40 to £60.

0:34:150:34:21

I think that we'd squeeze something out for him there!

0:34:210:34:25

-Well, good luck.

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

0:34:250:34:28

..the maiden bid of £50.

0:34:320:34:35

-Been chatting to the reds?

-Not at all.

-You know the rules.

-Yes, we do.

0:34:350:34:40

-Anyway, first up is your bracelet.

-Ooh, pressure's on!

0:34:400:34:44

And here it is. Stand by for this, kids.

0:34:440:34:48

Silver charm bracelet with padlock clasp. Lots of charms to it.

0:34:480:34:53

Start me at 50? £50, surely?

0:34:530:34:56

< 30, I'll take.

0:34:560:34:59

Charm bracelet there for £30. Should be worth that. 20, I'll take.

0:34:590:35:03

Good investment piece at £20. Thank you. 20 bid.

0:35:030:35:07

£20 I have. I'll take two.

0:35:070:35:10

A maiden bid at 20. Should be worth double this.

0:35:100:35:14

Any advance on the maiden bid of £20?

0:35:140:35:17

-I'm afraid the strategy didn't work.

-BOTH: Oh!

0:35:170:35:21

£20 is minus ten. Now the spirit level.

0:35:210:35:25

The John Rabone & Sons large mahogany and brass spirit level.

0:35:250:35:30

Start at £22. £22 bid. At 22 only. I'll take five.

0:35:300:35:35

A good example there. 22 only. Where's five?

0:35:350:35:38

25. 28. 30. 32.

0:35:380:35:41

35. 38. 40. Two.

0:35:410:35:43

42 here. Looking for five elsewhere.

0:35:430:35:46

< At £42. Any advance?

0:35:460:35:48

That's very good, isn't it? £42. That's marvellous.

0:35:500:35:54

You only paid £15.

0:35:540:35:57

Look out! Here comes the laundry basket.

0:35:570:36:00

A large two-handled laundry basket.

0:36:000:36:03

Start me at 20? £20 on the basket, surely? Come on!

0:36:030:36:08

Worth £20 of anybody's money. It's a good one.

0:36:090:36:13

Especially if you've got a large baby. £20!

0:36:130:36:16

Ten, I'll take. A good piece of basketware. Ten. 12 is bid.

0:36:160:36:20

15. 18.

0:36:200:36:23

20. 20's the lady further back.

0:36:230:36:26

< At 20. Looking for two. At £20.

0:36:260:36:29

Don't stop there. At £20. Any advance on £20?

0:36:290:36:33

Oh. £20, which is minus 15.

0:36:340:36:37

As you had 17 before, you're now plus £2!

0:36:370:36:42

-Well, we're in the plus.

-Which, in dollar terms, is getting up.

-Yes!

0:36:420:36:47

What are you going to do? You've got £2. That is so funny. £2.

0:36:470:36:51

-What are you going to do about this beaker?

-We're going with it.

0:36:510:36:56

-You trust him?

-Very much.

-Yes.

-We're going with the bonus buy.

0:36:560:37:01

A silver beaker with gilded interior London 1959. Stylish beaker.

0:37:010:37:06

I start at £20. £20 I have. At 20.

0:37:060:37:09

22. 25. 28. 30. 32.

0:37:090:37:12

38. 40. 42. I'm out...

0:37:120:37:14

Yes! Well done to Braxton!

0:37:140:37:18

..At £42. Am I missing anybody at £42?

0:37:180:37:22

-Yes!

-It's perfect.

-£42. You've got another £2.

0:37:230:37:27

-Overall, girls, you've got £4.

-It's a profit.

-It's a profit!

0:37:270:37:32

That is mad money.

0:37:320:37:34

£4! £4!

0:37:340:37:36

This could be a winning score, you home and dry, big time.

0:37:360:37:41

-So don't go nattering to those reds.

-No.

-No.

0:37:410:37:44

Keep quiet and we'll reveal all in a moment. Fantastic.

0:37:440:37:49

-So, girls, are you excited?

-Very. I love auctions.

0:38:000:38:04

-What's your prediction?

-Well, I'd like to think we'll do really well.

0:38:040:38:10

-But I have my doubts.

-Any particular piece?

0:38:100:38:14

That great big charger!

0:38:140:38:16

-Well, you paid £37 for it.

-We did.

-The first lot up.

0:38:160:38:20

And here it comes.

0:38:200:38:23

The brass charger. Central image of a peacock. Originally, a table top.

0:38:230:38:28

Hangs nicely. Good decorative item. Where am I for the brass charger?

0:38:280:38:33

-< Start me at £30...?

-Come on!

-Come on!

0:38:330:38:37

..£20, come on...!

0:38:390:38:41

-Come on!

-..£10, then, to start...?

0:38:410:38:44

-Good grief!

-..Ten bid. A low start.

0:38:440:38:47

At ten. Where's 12? At £10 only.

0:38:470:38:50

Where are you at 12? 12 is downstairs! Any advance on £12?

0:38:500:38:55

-£12.

-Good grief!

-Never mind.

0:38:570:39:00

Here comes the hairpin.

0:39:000:39:03

The Georgian tortoiseshell and butterfly hair clip.

0:39:030:39:06

Apparently circa 1820.

0:39:060:39:09

And I start at just £25...

0:39:090:39:11

She builds it up and knocks it down.

0:39:110:39:14

..32. 35. 38 and 40. 42. 45.

0:39:140:39:17

48 and 50. Five and 60...

0:39:170:39:19

-60.

-60.

-60?

0:39:190:39:22

65 and 70. Five and 90.

0:39:220:39:24

Five. 100. 110 and I'm out...

0:39:240:39:28

-That's phenomenal!

-< ..110. Looking for 20.

0:39:280:39:31

At £110. Any advance?

0:39:310:39:34

-Yes!

-That's good.

-£110 is plus 50.

0:39:350:39:39

Which means, overall,

0:39:390:39:41

you are plus 25. I'm knocked out there, Catherine. Well done.

0:39:410:39:46

Here comes the spectacle case.

0:39:460:39:48

The hand-painted spectacle case with a slightly risqe scene.

0:39:480:39:53

-I start at £42...

-We've got a long way to go.

0:39:530:39:58

..60. Five. 70. Five. 80. Five.

0:39:580:40:02

90. Five. 100. 110.

0:40:020:40:06

120. 130. 140, I'm out.

0:40:060:40:10

Any advance on £140?

0:40:100:40:12

140 is plus ten. Which is plus 35 overall.

0:40:140:40:18

-Fantastic!

-We had faith in that.

0:40:180:40:21

-My breath is taken away.

-So is mine!

-Congratulations, Catherine.

0:40:210:40:25

I didn't see those two last pieces making anything like as much.

0:40:250:40:29

So, what about the inkwell?

0:40:290:40:31

-What do you think?

-You have £35 in the bank.

0:40:310:40:35

-In for a penny, in for a pound.

-We're going with the bonus buy.

0:40:350:40:40

Victorian curling stone inkwell. This is lovely. Start me at 50?

0:40:400:40:46

£50 surely, the curling stone inkwell...?

0:40:460:40:49

-Come on!

-Come on!

-Come on!

0:40:490:40:51

Please don't!

0:40:510:40:53

..Come on, surely.

0:40:530:40:56

20, I'll take. Thank you, sir.

0:40:560:40:58

20 I have. I'll take two. 22.

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-25. 28...

-I'm going to cry.

-No, you're not.

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..30.

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I've lost the gentleman standing. Surely worth more...

0:41:080:41:11

Yes. It is worth more.

0:41:110:41:14

-Oh, dear.

-I'm so sorry, ladies.

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-Never mind. We took the gamble.

-We still came out on top.

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Minus £25.

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-Equals, overall, plus £10.

-There you go.

0:41:240:41:28

-Brilliant. Super.

-Thank you.

0:41:290:41:32

Isn't this marvellous? Two cocky teams!

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Both extremely pleased with themselves because both teams have made profits.

0:41:450:41:51

Well, I can reveal that there is only £6 between the teams today.

0:41:510:41:56

And the team that's running-up, sadly,

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-are our American cousins...

-No?

-The blues.

-Ah!

0:41:590:42:03

There's no shame in that. I'm going to give you £4 to go home with.

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Which, at current exchange rates, is about 6.

0:42:080:42:11

-How do you feel about that, Carol?

-Very good. VERY good.

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You should walk away with pride because nobody makes profits.

0:42:160:42:20

Definitely.

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We've loved having you on the show. The victors, who take home £10, is the mother-and-daughter combo.

0:42:220:42:29

-Well done, girls.

-I have to say that Catherine making £50 profit

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on that hair ornament fair knocked one apart!

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Then she made a tenner on her porno spectacle case, which was completely unpredicted.

0:42:390:42:45

-You had a dazzling day.

-That wasn't bad!

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-Have you had a nice time?

-Wonderful.

-Good for you, Kerry?

-Thank you.

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Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

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ALL: Yes!

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Teams from both sides of the Atlantic square up as the antiques challenge comes from Norfolk. By the end of the show, only a few pounds separate the teams - who will be victorious?