The antiques challenge sees the teams let loose in Lewes. Thomas Plant's girls in blue know exactly what they want, but Catherine Southon's reds just cannot decide.
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and tell us why we should pick you.
But right now though, let's go bargain-hunting! Yeah...
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You know you want to.
Today we're in Lewes and we're letting our teams loose in not one,
not two, but three antiques centres.
Catherine Southon gets bogged down with the red team.
I'm not seeing anything that grabs me by the throat and says, "Buy!"
While Thomas Plant strides ahead with the Blues.
-Are we going to go for it?
-Yes, let's go.
Brilliant, well done, girls.
And I pop off to Brighton for an Oriental feast.
Just look at this, the Long Gallery, absolutely oozing with Chinese character.
Today we've got two teams of friends on Bargain Hunt.
We've got Martine and Ellis for the Reds
and we've got Clare and Gemma for the Blues.
-Lovely to see you.
Excuse my voice, I'm a bit weather-worn today!
-Ellis, how did you two meet?
-Er, we met through a mutual friend
when I moved to a new area in Shoreham.
And we met then through our dogs
and started dog-walking and getting on very well.
Well, this is marvellous, isn't it? You enjoy a bit of shopping though?
-Yes, we're always out snooping about, aren't we?
Quite a lot of flea markets go on in our area where we live
and also we've both got flea-market stalls as well.
-Oh, you're stallholders!
-Oh, great! We've got a team of experts!
-No, actually it's a little cabinet.
-Oh, yes, doesn't matter!
Yeah, I'm bigging it up, it's a cabinet.
-We're a bit competitive like that, aren't we?
-Good for you.
-Martine, you started off life as a youth worker.
-I've been a youth worker for about 25 years
but I've recently left that. I'm too old!
-No more youth left in you.
-No more youth... Actually, the youth are fine, it's all the peripheral admin
and that kind of stuff that I couldn't stand.
What new career path is opening up in front of you?
I love travel and I am passionate about photography.
And I thought if I could write articles and take photographs,
and get them published, that would be me in heaven
so I'm hoping to do that and start fairly soon.
-I've a funny feeling you two are going to do terribly well today.
-We hope so.
Now to our Blues. Are you quaking in your boots?
-Having listened to this - we've got expert contestants.
No, I think we'll do OK.
So how did you two meet, Clare?
We were at the same Christian youth event one summer.
I managed to become slightly infamous by tripping over and ruining my knee for the week.
-Oh, did you? Are you accident-prone?
-Yeah, just a little bit!
People got to know me because I was the one who couldn't walk around.
I met Gemma then. A couple of years later, we ended up working
for the same charity and living together.
And you've got an unusual hobby?
-Yeah, I'm a geocacher.
Geocaching is like a treasure-hunting game
that happens using GPS networks.
People hide little boxes all over the world and you get the coordinates and go and find them.
-You can find all sorts of amazing things.
I met my husband at a geocaching event so, ultimate find, really!
-Was he hiding in a box?
-Well, that's mad, isn't it?
Gemma, you've got a few oddball hobbies too, haven't you?
Yes, I love singing. I can't sing at the moment cos my voice is going...
-..and it's terrible because I love singing, I'm in a choir
and there's a friend of mine, we go together, we are the youngest
by at least 20 years
but it's a lot of fun to go and sing your heart out.
What sort of things do you plan to buy today?
We think probably some small items that have wider appeal,
so you could find them in lots of different people's houses
and lots of different people would like them.
So you have a strategy then?
Kind of, yeah. We think that's maybe the way to go.
Well, good luck with all of that. Now we come to the money moment.
Here you go, everybody, £300 apiece. £300, you know the rules.
Your experts await, and off you go! Very, very, very good luck!
I hope my voice doesn't fail!
The venues may be different but the rules certainly are not.
Each team still gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items
which they take away and sell at auction.
But then, you already know that!
Saddle up, experts.
Going to be mean today, Thomas.
-Southon, you don't do mean.
-I do today
and I'm going to win!
-Come on, guys.
-Let's go! Are you ready for this?
Yes, it's exciting! Come on, then.
-OK, Martine, I am completely in your hands.
-Knock yourselves out.
-Let's have a look.
They look quite pretty.
-Go in this one?
-Yep, let's try. Let's have a go.
-The perfume bottle?
-It's good, isn't it? It's beautiful.
-I mean, it's...
-Will the marks on the top...
-The gilt coming away?
It's not the end of the world. It will affect it a little bit but...
As much as it would appeal to a perfume-bottle collector as well,
it's quite pretty as it is. You wouldn't need a collection to put it in, it's just very beautiful.
Absolutely, and being Christian Dior, it's a good thing.
-Ooh, it's quite heavy.
-Watch the stopper as well.
Does the stopper come off or not?
-Bit of dust on here.
-That always adds value!
The dust always... On the base, if I take it,
HP, so those are the people who made it, so it's a moulded bottle.
It's not hand-blown, but as an appetising piece,
normally these things wouldn't be like that.
-What's the very best on that?
-You couldn't do a bit more?
-Not on that one.
-Best trade on that would be 85.
-GEMMA: I think that's a bit too much.
-Not even 80?
-Er, no, she's left instructions, 85.
-She's left strict instructions.
-GEMMA: Oh, that's such a shame.
-Well, I mean...
We can have a think about it.
If I was you, I'd almost probably just go for it.
GEMMA: Do you want to go for it, take a risk?
-We're going to go for it.
-Yes, let's go.
-Brilliant. Well done, girls.
Lucky you, Thomas. Decisive shoppers!
That sort of thing usually sells quite well, doesn't it?
-Yes, let's just have a...
-I can't remember what the pottery is.
With a little cockerel on, or rooster.
It's chipped. It's chipped.
I'm not seeing anything that grabs me by the throat and says, "Buy!"
This is something I've seen, which I think is rather handsome.
On here, it's quite nice. It's got "Naples, March, 1883." It's sort...
It's bacchanalian, it's a wine cup cos you've got the grape and vine around it.
-Those leaves are amazing.
-It's good, isn't it?
-It's good quality.
-What do you think about the price?
If that came into my rooms, I'd put it in my saleroom at 120, 180.
So that's what we want to get it for.
I would try and get it for 120, maybe even 100 quid.
-What's the best price you could do on the cup for us?
-120. You wouldn't take 100?
-So that's £30 off which is quite good actually.
It's a good 15%.
-It's not bad.
-Great, so yeah, we'll have it at 120.
-Oh, so you've made that executive decision?
-The executive decision has been made, no discussion.
-No, no, no, I agree with you!
-We have telepathy, you see.
Fair enough. Well, that's our second item.
That's pretty good, isn't it? Just one more to go.
Cor, Gemma, you know what you want, girl!
Red team, can we say the same for you?
-Not £250 nice, for my money.
That'll be a "no" then.
-Shall we put this back for now?
-If you want to have a look at that...
-Let's keep looking
because it doesn't absolutely grab me.
Let's push it to one side for the moment and keep looking.
Keep looking? Start spending, you mean!
Have we seen anything that we want to...
We haven't gone...
Little bit tricky to find that something special.
We know what we want.
We are not finding it.
We've got a lot of work to do, a lot of ground to cover.
I'm concerned about the time.
Hmm, I am too!
Oh, our competition. There they are!
-How many items?
-Less than one!
Less than one? Zero?
Zero? And you've been shopping for what, 20 minutes like me?
-I know, I know, I know...
-20 minutes, nothing?
-..I know, I know!
But I'm still confident we're going to buy bom, bom, bom, no worries.
MARTINE: We go for quality, not just any old rubbish.
-GEMMA: Well, we got the best items from the other place, two!
-We'll go to the third place then!
I promise you, a really good one we've got.
CATHERINE: That's OK, we can do good.
Come on, then.
Oh yes, I can see it now. Three pieces.
-This is better.
-# I feel a bargain... #
# We feel a bargain! # What have you seen so far?
-That chamber pot, isn't it gorgeous?
-Isn't that lovely? Very striking.
Almost as striking as your singing, Catherine.
-Royal Doulton. I love that.
-It is nice. Deep colours.
-Can we ask you about this?
-Is this something that belongs to you?
-No, but I can talk about it!
-It's a chamber pot.
-Let's call it a plant pot, shall we?
If you call it a chamber pot, it doesn't sound so nice.
Flowerpot sounds nicer. It seems to be period anyway.
-Oh, it's right, yes.
-I can see... There's a tiny little chip there.
-What can you do on that?
To be honest, when I walked in, it was the first thing I saw.
But then that's because it's in your eyeline.
Well, we could keep that in mind, couldn't we?
We're keeping a lot of things in mind with not much time.
I think that's pushing it a little but let's say £23.
-Shall we go for that then?
Yes, please. £23, fantastic.
-I'll hang onto it for you.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-We have an item!
-But don't use it, will you?
-What about as a plant pot?
-Plant pot is fine.
-Or anything else.
Finally, a gazunder to stop you being gazumped.
It's nice to find things outside a cage, isn't it?
Like this little fellow.
Isn't he pretty, this little budgie?
Just look at the expression, that lovely textured surface.
This is an effect that you can only achieve
in cold-painted cast bronze. The expression on his face,
that beady eye, the crispness of his plumage.
All absolutely delightful
and typical of Austrian cold-painted bronzes from the 1920s period.
And indeed, if you look up this little bird's bottom,
there stamped, it says "Austria".
Cold-painted bronze Austrian animals
are incredibly collectable, particularly when they're in larger sizes,
like this. And I was thrilled to find the budgie, up the road,
in one of these stalls, for £120.
Quite frankly, in another place, I can see it easily making £220.
So there's £100 profit in it, without a doubt.
Imagine how thrilled I was, in the next-door shop...
to come across this little birdie.
Ha ha, look at that! On its perch!
Except this time, and far more unusually,
this thing is made out of carved ivory.
Carved ivory that's also been later cold-painted and stained.
Look how beautifully carved his face is.
Which is the better bird? Well, I have to tell you,
the ivory one is much rarer and therefore,
at £80, it would probably show you a far bigger profit,
were you to sell it on.
What's delightful about them is though, that you don't have to feed them.
And do you know, they'll never fly away, if you're nice to them.
Without reading on the label what this is,
-do you know what it is?
-It opens something.
A dental, a dentist's...it is, it's a dentist's tool.
It's an 18th-century tooth key.
-Isn't that fab? A nice ivory handle.
I haven't looked at the price yet.
These do sell and they do make good money.
-There are people who get excited about dental and scientific instruments.
It is frightening but I think that's a good thing.
-But it's a lot of money.
-It is a lot of money.
-I wonder how low we could go on this? Excuse me, sir?
She says, hopefully...
What can you do on that?
Best price, 125 on this one.
-Can you do a little?
-I think that's pushing it a little bit.
Split the difference, 115, OK?
115. Thank you.
-You're not convinced, are you?
-I'm not overly in love with it, but...
I know what you mean. They do sell but it depends where.
-I would have thought...
-Maybe a bit too specialised.
I think it's a fab thing, I love it.
Right, we are looking and loving, but not really buying.
-Little pair of opera glasses.
-Oh, goodness, that was close!
Bit too close for comfort there.
They're all right. 19th-century, mother-of-pearl opera glasses.
Little bit tarnished inside. Oh, are they cracked?
I don't know, is it muck? I don't know, you looked through them.
I couldn't see when I looked through them.
They don't look fantastic quality though, do they, round here, they look like they've been bashed a bit.
-Been to more parties than operas, probably.
-That's nice, it's come with the...
-Cute, isn't it? And the mirror.
Oh, the mirror, so you can adjust and do your lipstick
at the same time! Like the idea of that.
That's nice, like a little kid leather case. Nice, a bit tatty.
-What do they want for it?
So what's that for the two? 50, what did you say?
-Yeah, that'll be OK.
-50... What do you want to do?
It's difficult cos we're running out of time.
-You are indecisive, you two.
-Well I'm a Libran!
-I'm a Libran.
-And I'm Martine.
-And you're Martine.
-Shall we keep looking?
-We don't have very long
-but we bear it very much in mind, so...
-We're bearing a lot in mind.
Aren't you just?!
Oh, girls, come on, flicking through clothes. What were you looking at?
-Smocks! This is lovely.
What do you think of this? It's rather charming.
-A charming watercolour.
-I really like it.
-It's a lovely picture.
1818, although that's slightly wrong,
it's got it here, 1883 or 1888, it's not signed by anybody.
I think it's rather handsome. £18, it's our last item.
What do you think? We haven't got much time.
I could see someone wanting that to put it up in their house.
Do you think it's going to affect the price, not knowing who did it?
No, because in my opinion, it's a happy amateur.
I think it's somebody... Again, we're looking at the grand tour.
What do you think this might fetch at auction?
I think it's a £20-30 picture, I think it's rather fun.
As long as we get all this detail in, we put it on the internet, at the sale, you've got a good chance.
Better go negotiate!
-What are you thinking?
-I'm thinking I'm going to take these.
-Are you being decisive?
-I'm being very decisive.
-We're having a decisive moment here, Martine.
-I'm being a decisive Ellis.
-I've decided I'm going to be decisive and decide we're going to keep them.
-Go for it.
£50, two items.
Goodness! About time, Ellis.
Shall we go back down here?
-OK, three minutes and £15.
-Let's go for it.
-Let's do it.
-The telepathy is there.
Is there anything we've seen that's chunky?
-Your tooth thing you still like.
-It is a gamble, a hit or a miss.
-It is quite specialist, isn't it?
-But it's a nice...it's a good thing.
On the tooth key, what can you do? What's your very best?
-Now, it's £100.
-That's your lot.
MARTINE: I quite like that as well. What do you think, Ellis?
Yeah, it's nice.
It might be silver but they wouldn't be able to call it silver,
they'd have to call it "white metal".
What's the best you can do on that?
-MARTINE: What do you think?
-It's up to you.
-That or the toothpick. We've got two minutes.
-Which do you reckon?
That's 100, this is... Sorry, I'm saying "toothpick" now!
-I think, get the tooth thing.
-We'll go with that,
and then you'll have time to spend the rest of our money
-on something fabulous!
-So it's all on my head!
-All on my head.
-So we're going for that, £100.
-Let's do it.
-Cup of tea now!
-That was...that was hard!
That was hard. We should have come here first thing.
The Reds took their time but they got there in the end.
Now, what was it they bought?
They all finally settled on a blue and white chamber pot.
Ellis had a decisive moment
after he spied a pair of opera glasses for £50.
And in the dying minutes, they were pulled towards the ivory tooth key.
How do you feel, then?
-Hmm, a bit despondent.
-A little bit.
What have you got to be despondent about, you chickens?
We dawdled a bit for the first half an hour, a bit indecisive.
-Carried away with ourselves, looking at things we liked, not things for auction!
You don't do this every day of the week,
so you can't get everything right!
But it ain't over until the fat lady sings.
I would like £127 of leftover lolly, please.
This lady, who's not fat but won't sing, but she's got the money.
-Martine. There we go, Catherine.
You're looking forward this to confidently, your bonus buy.
I am. I'm looking to buy something more for Martine
because I think she is more despondent, isn't she?
-What we want is profit.
-That's what we want.
Never mind about Martine, just go out there and get something cheap!
-Good luck, team. Good luck, Catherine.
Why don't we now check out what the Blues bought, eh?
The girls started decisively with a Christian Dior perfume bottle,
closely followed by a bronze cup for £120.
Finally, a naive English-school watercolour
caught their eye for £15.
-Really strong three items.
-Yeah, I'm really pleased with them.
That's what we like, a strong three items!
-Did you have a good shop?
-It was really good.
-I'm pleased about that.
-You spent £250, roughly, wasn't it?
220, OK, who's got the £80?
£80, thank you very much. There you go then, Thomas.
-There's your £80. That's worthwhile going for, isn't it?
-It is, yes.
-Have you got anything in view?
-I've seen one or two things in view,
-Very good luck with that, girls. Meanwhile, we're heading off,
up the coast, we're going west, to Brighton.
The Royal Pavilion is one of Brighton's best-loved landmarks.
It was designed by architect John Nash in the early 19th century
for King George IV.
The outside looks intriguingly Indian.
But inside, I'm coming over all Chinese. Just look at this,
the Long Gallery, absolutely oozing with Chinese character.
This is called "chinoiserie", from the French word "chinois",
meaning Chinese. This is the style that inspired George
for his internal decoration at Brighton Pavilion.
Some of the objects we see scattered about look incredibly Chinese.
Take these armchairs.
And actually, this was made in China.
These chairs are of a type that were used by the Chinese
but not exactly in this form. In other words,
the European variety solely has this arched top to it.
The whole thing is made of bamboo that's been steamed and shaped
to create this lovely outline. And in the back itself,
you've got panels that are filled with yet more split bamboo
but exotically created into these fantastic shapes.
Now these chairs, of which this is one of a pair,
look similarly Chinese, don't they?
But they weren't made in China. Oh no, they were made in London
by the celebrated London firm of cabinet-makers Elward, Marsh And Tatham.
If you look at the top rail, that looks like a piece of bamboo,
doesn't it? But actually, it's made of beech.
It's turned on a lathe. They've been able to create the knobbly bits
that look like bamboo.
And even the flecks and imperfections
exactly like the example exported from China.
Look at these, they look like spots.
In fact, drawn on using pen and ink
to simulate the grain in genuine bamboo.
And in China, they describe those as concubine's tears.
The place is full of trickery though.
If we come over here, you can see a group of these standing fired terracotta figures.
They exemplify the spirit of the East
and they've got one extremely amusing feature.
If I just give him a tap on his forehead, look...
Yes, he's nodding.
He agrees with everything.
A lot of the effects in Brighton Pavilion were created
using the exotic light fittings, of which this is one.
This is an example of an Oriental flat-pack being sent over
to the Pavilion, around 1802, 1805.
We've got European-made metalwork inside
which is to enable it to be suspended. But essentially,
the glass and the dragons and the frame
were made in China, specifically for export to Britain.
But everywhere about the Royal Pavilion,
you do have these curious plays of light and shade and colour, thanks to all this trickery.
And at either end of the Long Gallery is a magnificent staircase.
These are called imperial staircases because of the design.
You have two treads which come on either side
and elevate and join in the middle and then process to the first floor,
with a central section.
But just look at these sections. Cast iron down below.
Cast bamboo in the chinoiserie manner.
The handrail itself is made of mahogany
but again, has been carved and painted to simulate bamboo.
And lots of these little painted elements again.
More and more concubine's tears.
The big question today is, of course, will our concubi...
I mean contestants...be in tears over at the auction?
Well, we've trotted from East Sussex to West Sussex
to Wisborough Green, into the bosom of the Bellmans saleroom,
-to be with Jonathan Pratt. Jonathan.
-What a welcome, thank you, Tim!
You're supposed to be welcoming me, really!
-Well, I know! In the bosom...
-As it's your saleroom.
-It's my bosom.
OK, Catherine Southon and her team, their first item was this gazunder.
-Is this going to have a lot of take-up here in West Sussex?
They have a certain function, which has been outperformed by the flushing variety.
Since then, they've really been ornamental.
-Decoration is the key. The condition's very nice.
-It's not stained at all, which is good, isn't it?
-Yes, it helps.
-It's important, isn't it?
-If you're going to buy one, you may as well buy that one.
-They paid £23,
-so it's neither a number one or number two really!
Excellent. Next, the mother-of-pearl veneered opera glasses.
They can be very collectable when they're enamelled or tortoiseshell-veneered.
So this is slightly more, I suppose, pedestrian.
-Mother-of-pearl. It is named as well.
-And it's got its bag.
And it's an interesting-looking bag too.
I reckon...I may be being generous...but £40-60.
Oh, you can't be too generous. £50, they paid.
So they paid wham-bang in the middle of the estimate, that's fair enough.
Their third item, which is really extraordinary, is the tooth key.
Nice turned bone, sorry, turned ivory handle. It's a George III one,
late 18th, early 19th century.
-And quite a rare object.
-Not common, certainly.
-What's your estimate?
It's probably quite mean but I'd say £20 or £30.
-OK, fine. I mean, Catherine paid £100.
-I'll do my utmost.
On that basis, if you're right and it only makes £20-30,
they're completely torpedoed and they will need their bonus buy.
Let's go and have a look at it.
So, Martine, what's happened to Ellis?
Unfortunately, a really old friend of his has been taken rather ill
and he's looking after her. So I promised to stand in for both of us.
That's very brave of you.
Well, I'm sorry about that. You can report back as we go along
to poor Ellis and his friend.
-So you spent, between you, £173.
You had £127 going across to Catherine. What have you spent your £127 on, Catherine?
Well, I've bought you...this.
I have bought you this lovely Arts and Crafts belt buckle.
There's quite a bit of weight to that. If you turn it over,
-we can see.
-How much did you pay for it?
-I suppose we should get onto that.
Er, I paid £100 for it.
-And you quite like it yourself, Martine?
It's gorgeous, absolutely lovely.
Good, I think that's a bit of a winner, Catherine, well done.
-I hope so.
-Martine's happy. Ellis might be but we'll never know.
-The fact of the matter is, you don't decide right now.
you decide after the sale of your first three items.
But for viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's belt buckle.
-It's got a good weight to it, hasn't it?
-Cast, you see, isn't it?
-Yes, screams out the Arts and Crafts,
of the late 19th century.
It's dated 1900.
Yet there are so many which are just neoclassical style, contemporary silversmiths of the time.
I think it should be quite a collectable object.
-What's your estimate, JP?
£100 paid by Catherine.
-I honestly hope she exceeds 100, really.
By the time you've tickled them up, anything can happen.
That's it for the Reds, and now for the Blues.
Clare and Gems. They've gone for this...er...
this advertising perfume bottle.
It's Christian Dior, it's haute couture,
there are people who'll buy that, they'll use it for display in shops,
in various different forms and maybe even dealers alike.
-I think it has a wide appeal again.
-Bung it in your own bathroom.
-If you're into all of that. So, how much then?
I'm thinking along the lines of £40-60.
Are you? You need to be thinking more like £85.
There is interest in it, I can say, at the moment.
-Whether I'm going to get that far, I don't know.
Thomas Plant went strongly for this cast-bronze cup,
This Italian bronze cup. Do you like that?
-It's nice quality, very nicely cast.
-Crisp, isn't it?
-It's very decorative.
-Brown and on the dull side of brown, isn't it?
Bronze tends to be. You could have a gilt bronze, I suppose, or patinated a different colour, perhaps.
-Nonetheless, it's quality for what it is.
-I think I'm being a little generous at £50-70.
-£120, he paid, the Planter.
-I think that's going to bite him.
Yes, could come back and haunt him.
What about this English-school watercolour?
It's a nice topographical view by an unknown person, wherever it may be,
but it records a view which may be of interest to someone. When you're buying a watercolour,
it's unusual views, early, the better really. This is a bit late,
-to be honest, in the late 19th century.
-What's your estimate?
-I would have thought £15-25 would be about right.
-It'll all boil down
to the scent bottle and the bronze mug cup.
They may need their bonus buy, let's go and have a look at it.
-Where's Clare then?
-She's not very well.
I don't believe it! Two teams who've dropped a team member today in one programme!
This very rarely happens. Poor thing, what's the matter?
She's got a sickness bug at home, and she's in bed.
Oh, Lord, best thing, away!
-You are brave enough to come on your own.
-Tom is going to produce
his bonus buy. Now, you remember, £220 was spent, Tom had 80.
-What have you spent it on, Thomas?
something relevant for you girls, it's a shame Clare isn't here.
This is a pilgrim's shell, it's carved out of mother-of-pearl.
It's carved in Jerusalem and it would be a grand-tour sort of piece.
If you went to the Holy Land, you'd buy one of these shells
as a memento of your trip, your pilgrimage.
-Very nice thing.
-Er, how much did you pay?
Mmm. I like it, I've never seen one before so it's very unusual.
-And I really like it.
-Well, that's very clever, Tom.
Let's see what happens later. You don't pick now, you pick
after the sale of your three items but for the viewers,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Tom's religious shell.
There we go, something nice and religious for you.
Wonderful, isn't it? It's not the finest example of carving.
It is a religious scene,
which, I have to say, is not the most commercial at auction.
-I think we know that.
Er, it's foreign. I think he thought it was from Jerusalem.
I think it happened in Jerusalem but I don't think it got carved in Jerusalem!
-What's your estimate?
I feel a bit of a miracle coming on, at least, we're going to need one.
£25, he's paid, actually.
So, on that basis, the team may never take it,
-in which case, they'll be relieved. Are you taking the auction?
-I am indeed, if I can recover in time.
Should be a riot.
Selling... £50 behind.
Do I see 20?
-So, Martine, all alone.
-Feeling confident, darling?
-You're looking a bit nervy!
-I'm not sure we'll make a fortune.
Here we go, and here comes the chamber pot.
We have a Royal Doulton art nouveau chamber pot, circa 1904,
and I have, to start, commission bid of £15.
£18, clears the commission, front row at 18, do I see 20?
It's £18, and 20, and two, 25, 28...
-Is that a bid?!
And a bark!
He wants it!
Do I see 30? £28 here, in the front row, at £28.
Are we all done? It's your last chance. £28...
-How good is that? That's so good.
-I thought we might make a few pounds.
-You were vindicated.
Next up are the opera glasses.
Start me at £40 on these, surely worth £40?
Come on, come on!
£30 then. £30 is bid, thank you, at 30.
-At £30. Bid for the five now.
-Is £30 the main bid?
-Surely worth another fiver?
£30, any more at £30, he's going to get it for 30.
-It's your last chance, everyone's gone quiet.
It's £30 on the left.
-Oh dear, £30, a loss of 20.
-Blame Ellis. That was his choice.
But five... Minus £15. Blame Ellis for everything!
-He's not here.
-Next up is the tooth key and here it comes.
A 19th-century steel and ivory tooth key.
£70, straight in at £70. 75 at the back, clears the commission,
75, have we got 80? 80, five, £85 still at the back.
-At £85, do I see 90? Any more at £85?
Going at 85. All done, last chance, sir. £85.
£85 is minus £15, I'm so sorry about that.
Overall, that is minus £30,
-which is bad luck, isn't it?
-It's a shame.
What are you doing to do? Are you going to go with the bonus buy?
-Yes, I think so, it's gorgeous.
-You have a chance.
Well, here comes the bonus buy then.
A silver Arts and Crafts belt buckle, London, 1900,
by Charles Edwards.
I've got a lowly bid of £30 with me.
It's got to be worth more, it's £30. Surely worth another fiver.
35, thank you, now let's see 40, at 35 with the lady.
No? £40 with the gentleman then, Five anywhere else?
It's £40. Are we all done at 40? One more, madame, surely...
45, thank you.
Now he's stopped. Now he's gone 50.
-£50. Behind then at £50.
-Any more at £50? Are you all done?
It's going, it's your last chance at £50. Selling 50.
-That is a bore, isn't it? £50.
-That is abysmal!
-Minus 50, which means overall you're minus 80.
-I can't believe that!
-It could have gone either way.
-And I really rated that buckle.
-I thought that was fantastic.
-I'm so disappointed.
-That's all right.
-But who knows,
-minus 80 could be a winning score!
We clearly don't.
So, Gem, do you know how the Red got on?
-Oh, good. And we promise not to tell the Red how the Blue got on either.
First up is the perfume bottle and here it comes.
I've got to start at...£50 with me.
I'll take five, at £50, 55, 60,
65, 70, 75, 80.
-You're in profit.
With me at £90, I'll take five, it's £90 against you then.
-On the book at 90, any more?
At £90 I shall sell, your last chance, at 90.
-He's made a profit, that is perfect.
Hopefully that'll make her feel better.
Next up is the bronze beaker cup mug.
£45, I can start at £45, straight in at 45.
50 now? 45, 55, 60 if you like, it's 55 against you.
-With me at £55, 55 it is, any more?
No further interest? It's £55 commission bid and selling.
I make that minus 65. I don't like to tell you that!
-Pretty grim, isn't it?
An English-school late 19th-century view from a room,
a room window I should say.
-Someone start me at a tenner.
-Ah, bit more!
-£10 is bid, thank you.
Right at the bottom for 10, looking for 12. I've got £10.
-Let's go up now, it's only 10. Any more, surely worth 12.
Are we all done? It's going... 12, thank you.
-Go on, Jill.
-15 anywhere? I've got 12.
I'll sell it for 12, it's going at 12, it's your last chance, £12.
HE BANGS GAVEL
-Oh no, £12!
Minus £3. 65, 60, it's minus £63 overall.
-I take full responsibility.
It's my fault to choose that beaker, that cup.
My fault entirely, I thought it would do rather well.
Well, having spoken to Clare, we did agree
that if we were losing money, that we'd go with the bonus item.
I'm afraid to say, you're losing money big time.
-Yes, we're going to have to go with it.
-You're going to go with the shell.
You've thought it through, that's the decision
and we're going with the bonus buy. Very good. £25 paid, Thomas.
No pressure, here it comes.
A pilgrim's shell, 19th century probably,
carved with a biblical scene.
And I've got bids on the book to start me at 20, 20, 30, 40...
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!
£40 to start, at £40. With me at 40, looking for five,
-it's £40, I'll take five, 45, 50...
-It's not finished.
Five, £55 now...
-I've still got 60, so it's with me at 60, five if you like.
Against you all still at £60 then, commission bid at £60, any more?
Last chance and selling at £60.
-Oh, Tom, well done.
You can walk tall, that's very good.
-Makes up for the cup.
-It does, yes.
So that would be plus £35, that's a very respectable bonus buy, Tom.
Overall, you're minus 28, that could be a winning score
so don't say a word to the Red.
Well, well, well, well, well.
-Have you been talking to each other, you solitary birds?
-You haven't. As usual, on Bargain Hunt, we can't have two winners.
Sadly somebody has to be the runners-up
and the runner-up today is Red.
-What a surprise!
-Poor Martine. Your overall score, darling, is minus 80,
-which was not helped on its way by the old bonus buy, was it, Catherine?
-No, don't rub it in!
I'm not rubbing it in, I really think that buckle was worth £150.
It sadly dragged you back, cos you weren't doing, you and Ellis,
-too badly. I hope you've enjoyed the experience.
Give our best wishes to Ellis and I hope his friend is soon well.
-Now, the victors!
-Who has won by only losing £28, that's good.
-Quite frankly, you were well and truly down the swanny
until Thomas won you £35 worth of profit with your pilgrim shell.
-It made up for the cup!
-Yeah, OK, OK, it made up for the cup.
-I hope you've had a nice time.
-It's been brilliant.
-Give Clarey a hug from us.
Sadly, nobody's going home with any money today
but we have had, by jingo, a show!
Join us soon for more bargain hunting, yes?
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The teams are let loose in Lewes. Thomas Plant's girls in blue know exactly what they want, but Catherine Southon's reds just cannot decide. Meanwhile, Tim Wonnacott comes over all Chinese at Brighton Royal Pavilion.