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Bargain Hunt comes from Newark, where two wives and their husbands do battle. With presenter Tim Wonnacott, plus experts Jeremy Lamond and Paul Laidlaw.


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-For the Red team today, it's Brian and Sandy.

-Hello, Tim.

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-And for the Blue team, it's Judy and Dudley.

-Hello, Tim.

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So it's married couples versus married couples, right?

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No, Tim!

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No? Oh!

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It's wives versus husbands!

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Let's go Bargain Hunting or, rather, let battle commence!

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We're at the Newark and Nottingham Showground

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where we're about to have a right old domestic!

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With the wives today is Paul Laidlaw.

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Do you think the boys would lend us some of their 300?

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And looking after the men, it's Mr Jeremy Lamond.

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-The wives is fine. We've got to beat the wives!

-We've got to beat them.

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Both teams have just one hour and £300 to find three objects

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that will hopefully make a profit at auction.

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50, 50 bid. How does 82 sound?

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-And there they all are! Hello, everyone.

-Hello, Tim.

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Now, Judy, how did this all come about, darling?

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Well, I've been wanting to go on the programme for a long time.

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Kept talking about it, but did nothing about it,

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but my friend here, she applied last year and it's thanks to her we're here today.

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-So you're responsible, Sandy?

-I believe so, yeah.

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Now, you've got a particular advantage, I believe?

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-Yes, we used to have a small junk... antiques business.

-Oh!

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Did the word junk come in there?

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Well, sort of.

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Yeah, we used to buy and sell a little bit from the auctions, and sell at car boots...

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Did you ever find anything spectacular?

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-Certainly did. A couple of Clarice Cliffs.

-Did you? So this is your little partnership?

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-It was, yes.

-And did you return and show off your treasures to your husbands?

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-They just weren't interested.

-They weren't... Good!

-As usual!

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And do you have any collections, Judy?

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Yes, I used to collect teacups and saucers, but I now feel I've got enough,

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-so I've stopped now.

-What, any old teacup and saucer?

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Yes, anything that was pretty. It didn't have to be a name, as long as I liked it.

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Now, Sandy, I know you're apt to play practical jokes on your friend Judy.

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What sort of things do you do?

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I think the best one was the rotten egg under the bed,

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which I put there and wondered how long it would take her to find it.

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And it was about three weeks before she found it,

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but she came to me and said, "I'm very worried about Dudley.

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"He's doing strange things and putting rotten eggs under the bed!"

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-No!

-She thought he'd lost the plot completely.

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-That's pretty bad, isn't it, Dudley?

-I get all the blame.

-You get all the blame for everything!

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How do you think you'll get on against your husbands?

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-Beat them easily, won't we?

-Piece of cake.

-Really?

-We know what we're doing.

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-We've heard that brave talk before!

-I know.

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-Now, boys, are you up for this challenge?

-We certainly are, Tim, yes.

-Yeah.

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What do you think you're going to get up to?

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Look for something profitable,

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it doesn't matter whether we like it or not,

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as long as it returns a profit and we can show who the bosses are!

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-Do you know anything about antiques at all?

-Not at all.

-Well, you'll do well on Bargain Hunt!

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We think so. No, perfect.

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You two became friends because of your wives?

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-Yes, we were thrown into it.

-Your wives met after you'd obviously married,

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they became quite close and you were just dragged along.

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We sort of had to start talking to each other, and we didn't have a lot of choice, really.

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-And has that been a pain?

-No, absolutely not!

-You get on well. Now, Dudley,

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-apart from being a model husband, I know that you're also a model railway enthusiast.

-That's correct.

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I build my own layouts, keep the grandchildren happy when they come down,

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-let them get it out and play with it.

-You don't have it permanently set up in your roof?

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-Not any more. I used to, but I haven't got the room now.

-Now, Brian,

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your hobby is dressing up in women's clothing.

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Not exactly a hobby, but when forced into it by my wife,

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because she organises a bizarre thing for our local Wobaston's Got Talent...

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-She makes you get into her clothing?

-No, she makes them specially for me.

-Does she?

-Absolutely.

-Lovely!

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-Nice little tutu.

-That's your role, is it, to go around advertising the fair?

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-It was, yes. Four of us went on stage and did the dance of the swans from Swan Lake...

-What, dying swans?

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We were dying, I think!

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So the dance of the dying swans and then you died?

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-We did.

-You never did it again?

-Not at all.

-Well, there you go.

-Don't plan to, anyway.

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-No.

-Unless the arm gets twisted a lot.

-Are you going to be able to beat your wives today?

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-Of course!

-Ah!

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-We have a very strong plan, Tim.

-Yes.

-Buy quickly and go to the beer tent.

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-Fuelled by alcohol!

-Absolutely!

-Well, anyway, you know the money moment?

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Well, this is it. Here's your £300. £300 a team. You know the rules.

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Your experts await, and off you go, and very, very good luck!

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I think I should retrain as a divorce lawyer!

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-You versus the husbands?

-That's right.

-My word!

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-Well, at the risk of aggro after the event, are we going to trounce them?

-Definitely!

-Trounce them.

-Do it!

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So what are going to do to beat the ladies?

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-The wives is fine. We've got to beat the wives!

-We've got to beat them.

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-Something small and valuable.

-Right, let's go in here. Let's head inside.

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Let the shopping begin!

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-What appeals to you personally?

-Sadly, so much!

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-Find anything interesting?

-Plastic dog, I don't think we'll go for that.

-OK.

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-Morning to you all.

-Good morning.

-Are you enjoying it?

-So far.

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Are you sure about that?

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-Onwards?

-Yes.

-Thanks.

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-Have a good day now.

-Thank you.

-You can take the dog with you.

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He doesn't look too thrilled by that idea!

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Looks like Brian and Dudley have spotted something to get one over on their loved ones.

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What about that? It's in pretty good shape.

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-It's a nice Berlin plate.

-Berlin?

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-That sceptre is for Berlin.

-OK.

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So...it's not a terribly old one,

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it's early 20th century, but it's a nice, hand-painted plate.

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What sort of auction price would you put on that?

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Well, I think you could well get 80-120. It's on the edge of a profit.

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-It's a little bit rubbed there. How would that affect its...?

-I quite like the look of it, actually.

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-Do you like that?

-Yeah. Do you, Dudley?

-Yes, it's different.

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-It's our first one.

-It's in good condition, isn't it?

-So, how much...?

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-Well, it's 90...we'll say 90 on it.

-Excuse me...

-125 on the back.

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-What's the best you could do on that?

-That is the best.

-What, 90?

-Yeah.

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Only five minutes in and they look like they're going to get their first item.

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-Shall we just...?

-Let's go for that, then.

-Yeah.

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-We'll go for it.

-OK...

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-OK.

-Please.

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The chaps seem in a rush to buy something. Why could that be?

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Well, the strategy is to buy three items within ten minutes and head to the beer tent.

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-So we've got one within five, so it's looking good at the moment. OK, Brian?

-Absolutely.

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-Let's go and do it.

-Let's beat those wives.

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-This chap here has got some silver but he's just unpacking.

-Yeah.

-Now...

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what do you think of that there, an epergne?

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-I like it.

-Table centrepiece, very flamboyant. Now, we know that's not silver...

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-because it isn't sitting on the deck if it's £1,200 worth of silver, is it?

-No.

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And we couldn't afford it anyway, but as a piece of plate in a market that's flat for plate,

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-that's flamboyant, that's stand-out. What's your reaction to that?

-Er...

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I like the idea because I like epergnes,

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but I did come here thinking I only really want to look at silver, and not at plate.

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But I can understand what you're saying. We couldn't afford that in silver and it is a striking piece.

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-It is, isn't it?

-Nice shape, nice style.

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What's it worth at auction?

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Two people fancy it, it could be worth £80-120 on a good day, on a good day!

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-On a bad day, it'd be cheap at 40... £50-80?

-Hmm.

-Nice thing, that.

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Excuse me, sir, what's the ticket on your epergne?

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-Where'd you want to be with it? It's £90, that's it.

-No, sorry, too much.

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-Free caddy spoon goes with it.

-A silver one?

-No.

-£40.

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Nice try, wrong guy, goodbye.

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-Is that your best, then?

-Can't take less than £80 for it.

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-No...you could budge a wee bit.

-75, done deal.

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-And a free caddy spoon. You'll get a tenner for that.

-Not for a silver-plated caddy spoon!

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-Scissors.

-A cuddly toy!

-Yeah!

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-£50.

-Can't do it.

-50's no good, then?

-I need to get something out of it. Come on, meet me.

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-Spin a coin.

-No, no...

-What do you want it to be?

-I want it to be £50!

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It might do 50-80 at auction.

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-60.

-No, I can't do it, man.

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-And you think I'm being gratuitous.

-No, I don't.

-50 cash now!

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Don't tempt me with the cash!

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Well, it is cash!

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-We accept any kind of money apart from matrimony! Take it, £50, come on!

-You've got the deal!

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-I like it.

-I've got to open up.

-You've spent some money!

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- Come on, where's the readies? - Thank you very much.

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Wow! That was some great haggling! One item down! I hope they treat you better at home, chaps!

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So our ten-minute strategy of getting all the items in ten minutes,

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we've passed that time barrier, so we've got to get two items in 50 minutes.

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-Well, make it 20 minutes and then go to the beer tent!

-OK.

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So long as they don't run out of beer!

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That's one pint less already, gentlemen.

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Over to you now. Show me what we're buying next!

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If you buy those, you've got to budget. You see the way the psychology's working?

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-Actually they're only £90.

-Yeah, look. Condition is all.

-Yeah.

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-Found something, have you?

-Yeah, it's quite nice.

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What about this, chaps? It's a boat condiment and I think that's more in our price range.

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Seem to see a lot of them around at the auctions.

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-How much is that?

-25.

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Well, if you lose on it, you're not going to lose much, are you?

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What is it, chromium?

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It looks like it's got its original liner.

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A liner in a liner!

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-You're wasted on this.

-Yeah, you're doing the wrong thing.

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-It's different, isn't it?

-What's your best offer on this one?

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-Best on that would be 15.

-15.

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-Well...

-Make it number 2.

-It's a bit of fun. Number 2?

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-Thank you very much.

-You'll go with that, will you?

-Yes.

-OK.

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Another one down! These Blues really are in a rush to get to that beer tent!

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Whilst they look for their last item, come and check out this curiosity I've found.

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You normally expect to find in this sort of fair, a lot of rural, rather rustic objects,

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but I have to say, at first glance, this object is a bit of a puzzle.

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And from a distance, I saw it as a gadget

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that in the old days would have been used as a lavatory seat.

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If you go down to examine it, though, it is a rather beautiful construction.

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This top section looks just like the front of some wainscot panelling

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or even the top of a coffer.

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But what a coffer doesn't have

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is this curious device that slides up and down this groove.

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If I turn it on its side it gets even more intriguing,

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because underneath are some hand-wrought pieces of iron that the local blacksmith would have made

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that secure the two halves of the hole,

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enabling the two parts to come apart like that.

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What is this cunning device?

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It's actually called a baby walker.

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In the 17th and 18th centuries,

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you certainly had no baby-care shop to go and buy your infant equipment from.

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The local cabinetmaker or joiner simply made up something that was appropriate.

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The two halves underneath would grip the child like that,

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and the infant would be able to totter along for a short distance that way

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and totter along for a short distance that way.

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What's the dealer asking for it?

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He wants £230.

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What do I think he might get for it in a specialist sale?

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Well, I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't bring perhaps 600-800.

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What do you think about that, baby?

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Well, I don't think our teams need much help to walk, but maybe some guidance on antiques would be good.

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-It's a pepperette.

-What's it made of?

-It's a base metal alloy, isn't it?

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Ceramic at the bottom. Silver marks. That's silver that he's holding, English silver.

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What a strange beast! It might be more money that you're expecting.

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570. THEY LAUGH

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Do you think the boys would lend us some of their 300?

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I very much doubt that, ladies! They want to win as much as you.

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-What is it, an ostrich leg or something?

-That's what it is.

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Have you not got one of those? I thought everyone had one of those.

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It looks like it is a bronze one. It's very heavily cast.

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And you've got... It's more of a mammoth, really, isn't it?

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-Because it's a shaggy elephant?

-I think so, yeah.

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-And the French did animals.

-You think it might be French, then?

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Well, it could be a French one, and the Japanese did them,

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but I think we're looking at a mammoth here, aren't we?

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It certainly is a mammoth weight, isn't it?

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-No marks.

-No marks, nothing at all.

-Manufacturer?

-No, nothing.

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The front legs look like they're backwards, don't they?

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-Do you like it?

-Yeah, I think we should have a go at this.

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It's 85 on the ticket.

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What's you best price on this, please?

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On that one. We could go to 75 on that one.

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-75? Do you like it, Dudley?

-I like it. Would you go to 69, so we just get under 70?

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-Yeah, yeah, I think so. We can do that.

-69?

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-You happy with that?

-I think so.

-We'll go ahead. Thank you very much.

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-Great, thank you.

-Thank you.

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15 minutes over their personal schedule, but still done in double-quick time!

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That's one of the fastest buying trips I've ever been on. 25 minutes for three objects.

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-Great! Off to the beer tent.

-We've got 35 minutes.

-Which way?

-Down that way, I think.

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So while the husbands are going to put their feet up with a pint,

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the wives still need two objects.

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-We're going to run out of time.

-Yes, you are, girls.

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There must be something here for you.

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A manicure set do anything for you, ladies? That's silver, silver, silver, and the handles are silver.

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When you look at it, it's a bit rubbed.

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The tool element, the working element cannot be of silver, because it's not strong enough.

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So it's plated steel and it oxidises, it rusts, OK?

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Now, if it's unsightly, it's a problem, because these have to look smart,

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but to be honest with you I would forgive what I see there, that's of no tremendous consequence.

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And you've got a full set of English marks there. That's pretty elegant. Is it all there? That's the...

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-Yeah.

-Pieces go missing. What does the case look like? Have we seen the lid?

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It's just slightly...but you're going to get that at that age, aren't you?

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Yeah...I'll tell you this much... they're all fantastic sellers,

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but they never seem to make the money the public would expect them to.

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-75.

-It's not dear, but it's not a trade price either.

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-What do you think that would get at auction?

-I think you'd need to be buying it at £40-50,

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-and you should be in safe water.

-Right.

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-What's the trade on that?

-£65 for cash.

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How do you feel about these numbers?

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-You liked that? That's fair enough?

-I wouldn't want to pay more than 50 after what you said.

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-50's a no-taker, then?

-No, sir.

-The dirt, we need to get it cleaned.

-£65.

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-We've got to get it cleaned, 60?

-If you think 60...

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-60 will do me. >

-You'll not lose much, you'll not make much,

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-you're on the money.

-What do you think, Sandy?

-I would go for it at 60.

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-Yeah.

-OK, then.

-Yeah.

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-Thanks very much.

-It's a deal.

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Two items down but still one to go.

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-We have done silver, in a sense, twice...

-Yeah.

-Which is fair enough, cos we think we got decent things,

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but, different medium...is that jug telling you anything at this stage?

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-It's telling me it's Charlotte Rhead.

-Excellent!

-Is it?

-Excellent.

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I like the form. Do we want to pick this up, because I can see the price tag at 65,

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-which sounds not a million miles from reality. Shall we, yes, no, before we go?

-Yes.

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If it's delicate, don't let her touch it.

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Well, look, is there a problem? It's ringing quite true.

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Tube-line decoration.

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The forms is...I actually like it, it's not as bland

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as Charlotte Rhead ware that is touted... Looking for the marks.

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Look at what we've got here!

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We've got a plethora.

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-Lovely, lovely signature there.

-Oh, OK.

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Crown Ducal, the manufacturer,

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but I don't mind telling you I'm perplexed by and can't explain

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"Abbotsfield School Pupils July 1941".

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It means nothing to me, I'm prepared to admit that.

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-Do you like?

-Well, the fact it's Charlotte Rhead,

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it's got a name to it, and it's different to the stuff we've already bought.

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-Can you help us a bit?

-I could help you a bit with the price of £50.

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Would you let us have it for 48, seeing as we bought the manicure set?

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Those cheeky girls are at it again!

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Yes, madam, as you've not chipped it too much, I can let it go for 48.

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-Give her time!

-Well, we did it. Thanks very much. That's not a bad pot, that!

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There it is. Both teams finished. So let's remember what the wifey team bought.

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First up was that rather showy silver-plated piece.

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A vanity set was...

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And soon after, with minutes to go, they got a Charlotte Rhead pot...

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-That was excellent, Paul.

-I'm glad, I think you did well.

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These look like contented customers, I must say!

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-Are you having a good time?

-We are. Excellent. It's been a lovely day.

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-And that shopping experience was all right?

-It was, fine, yes.

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-Wasn't too difficult, was it?

-No.

-With our expert... with our expert's help.

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-And you're going to completely mash those old men of yours?

-Too true!

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-How much did you spend all round?

-158.

-158? That's very good.

0:19:490:19:54

-So I want £142, please.

-Right.

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£142. I'll trust you with all that. Millions wouldn't!

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-Hand it over. There you go. Well, that's a tidy sum.

-Excellent.

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We're riveted to see what you come up with next. Good luck with that.

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Meanwhile we're going to find out how the Blue team got on, shall we?

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Quick off the mark, they got a decorative Berlin plate.

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The naval condiment was second on their list.

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And not far behind, with loads of minutes to spare,

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they hope to make a profit on their bonze elephant...

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if the wives don't trump them!

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You're too quick, you lot, I can tell you that! How many minutes did you finish in?

0:20:340:20:38

-25, 26.

-25.

-The first one was in 2 minutes, was it?

-35 minutes' drinking, it went very well.

0:20:380:20:44

-Yeah, a good afternoon.

-Speedy Gonzales, eh?

0:20:440:20:46

-So you've spent £174?

-That's right.

-So who's got the 126?

-That's me.

0:20:460:20:52

-That's Dudley.

-£126. There we go. Lovely, Dudley! Which is your favourite piece?

0:20:520:20:58

-I'd have to say the cruise liner.

-That's your favourite piece?

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-What about you?

-I like the plate.

-You like that, Brian?

0:21:020:21:05

-Which is going to bring the biggest profit?

-The cruise liner.

-I think it might be the bronze elephant...

0:21:050:21:10

-or mammoth, as you call it.

-Coming up with a googly there, Brian.

0:21:100:21:14

There we go, look. That's a tidy sum. Lovely, thank you very much.

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Meanwhile we're heading off to Sulgrave Manor.

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This house in Northamptonshire is the ancestral home of George Washington,

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first-ever President of the United States.

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George never lived here, he was born in Virginia.

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But his ancestors lived here for generations.

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In the early part of the 20th century, the house needed restoring

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to its former glory.

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But there's one room that following the restoration here in the 1920s

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that needed a bit of good fortune, and it was this...the kitchen.

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By pure coincidence, a house 80 miles away from this

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was scrapping its entire assemblage of kitchen cooking facilities

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which dated back to the Tudor and later periods,

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and they were removed and brought the 80 miles and fitted here at Sulgrave.

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The central part here, which is the hearth oven,

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is made up of a solid metal plate here in the middle.

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Underneath is an iron door, and you could, in the hearth oven,

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put your dishes underneath the fire.

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Or you could clear the ash from the logs above that plate

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and insert it through that trapdoor underneath the hearth oven,

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giving you two ways of cooking in the hearth oven from above or below.

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On the left-hand side is a rather nice curved-back niche, and fitted into the bottom

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of that niche is a little charcoal burner.

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On the far side here, we've got the traditional bread oven.

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Having proved your dough, insert it on these peels,

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remove the peel and then leave the bread to bake.

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As far as cooking techniques are concerned, this is fitted with the most magnificent 6-foot-long,

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cast-iron pot crane,

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effectively a hinged bar that enables you to hang on the bar, for example, a kettle,

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for your daily water boiling. Remember, with no electric immersion heater,

0:23:500:23:56

if you want any hot water at all in the house, you have to boil it in a device like that.

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But I guess one of the most interesting mechanical devices has to be the spit itself.

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Your dead half a pig, prepared for roasting,

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would have this iron bar inserted through it,

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and it would be set up on these andirons.

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The spit bar and andirons are arranged especially

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so that they connect with this piece of rope.

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The piece of rope is connected to an engine called a spit jack.

0:24:270:24:33

If I wind this handle, say, three times, that raises the brass gravity weight,

0:24:330:24:40

and then the governor, the wheel on the top, starts to revolve.

0:24:400:24:47

And that controls the rate at which the cord runs through the spit itself,

0:24:470:24:52

and of course the rate at which the pig would revolve.

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Now, this would have been a considerable labour-saving device

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for your 17th-century cook.

0:25:010:25:03

HE SNIFFS

0:25:030:25:04

Nice smell!

0:25:040:25:06

Why don't we have a look at something that I prepared earlier?

0:25:060:25:09

Remove the peel from the bread oven to reveal a lovely loaf.

0:25:090:25:16

Of course the big question today is are our teams going to make any bread...over at the auction?

0:25:160:25:25

Well, it's a treat to be in Grantham again at Golding Young & Thomas Mawer's saleroom.

0:25:340:25:41

-I'm with Colin Young, our host and auctioneer.

-Pleasure to have you back, Tim.

0:25:410:25:45

Now, Sandy and Judy have gone with the epergne.

0:25:450:25:49

I was taught that these bits of silver-plated stuff weren't selling at all well.

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They're not, but that's only been in comparison to how well they used to sell.

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-A big, bold, impressive piece like that may well command £40-60.

-Well, that's a relief.

0:26:010:26:07

They paid 50, that's in the middle of your estimate, that's fair enough.

0:26:070:26:10

I had a horrible feeling you were going to say it's worth £10-20.

0:26:100:26:13

But that's fair enough. You're being very bullish, Colin, that's great.

0:26:130:26:17

Next, you're going to have to be equally bullish with somebody else's manicure set.

0:26:170:26:23

It's like somebody else's dressing-table brush set.

0:26:230:26:26

Do you want to brush your hair using brushes that somebody else has had their Brylcreem through?

0:26:260:26:32

Similarly with the verruca arrangement with these cutting, splitting tools.

0:26:320:26:39

I mean, I just get a bad feeling about this, Colin.

0:26:390:26:42

I didn't have a bad feeling until you described it as such!

0:26:420:26:46

-Oh!

-I was on a maybe 30-50, 40-60 range for that.

-Oh, really?

0:26:460:26:51

Yeah, I was, but I must admit now I'm half-tempted to halve it!

0:26:510:26:55

Well, you can't change your mind. It's in the catalogue. 40-60 is your estimate.

0:26:550:26:59

-Yes.

-Well, they paid £60.

0:26:590:27:02

-Now, the Charlotte Rhead mug. There's a lot of this about, isn't there?

-There is a lot.

0:27:020:27:07

And it hit the market about five years ago and just made some massive amounts of money,

0:27:070:27:12

but now it's back to good old ranges of sort of 40-60 for pieces like that.

0:27:120:27:18

Yes, it's the dull colouring, I think. That's what gets me.

0:27:180:27:22

-It's always so boring.

-Well, it is for the mass of it,

0:27:220:27:25

but once you get on to the big charges with the bright colours in it,

0:27:250:27:29

they can still command high prices.

0:27:290:27:30

-Our team paid £48.

-OK.

-In my view, they're got three pretty average objects

0:27:300:27:35

and they're going to need their bonus buy, so lets go and have a look at it.

0:27:350:27:38

Now, Sandy and Judy, this is exciting! What has Paul Laidlaw spent your £142 on?

0:27:390:27:46

-Paul?

-Behold!

0:27:460:27:48

-Oh! A box.

-It is a box.

0:27:490:27:51

-Any ideas what that could be?

-It's a crystal wireless.

0:27:520:27:57

Most excellent. That's exactly what it is and a crystal receiver is a wireless receiver.

0:27:570:28:03

This is how most people listened to the radio in the early years,

0:28:030:28:08

and this dates to the mid-1920s.

0:28:080:28:10

It is the British Thomson-Houston bijoux crystal receiver of about 1925. How appropriate...

0:28:100:28:18

BBC...licence was paid on the technology, on the set.

0:28:180:28:24

I adore these. They are not furnishing pieces. You're not buying this to stick it on the sideboard.

0:28:240:28:29

This is for the hardcore collector. They are out there.

0:28:290:28:32

Online auctions, you'll pay £170 for that.

0:28:320:28:36

-Get away! Will you, really?

-Seriously, these are coveted pieces.

0:28:360:28:40

-In the real world, I think it wants to be worth 50-100 any day of the week...

-Yeah.

0:28:400:28:47

You had £142, right?

0:28:470:28:49

-I did.

-What did you pay?

-I spent £50 on that.

-OK.

-I think that should be good to go.

0:28:490:28:55

But we are in the hands of a good auction firm who has marketed this far and wide,

0:28:550:29:00

exploiting the internet, I daresay. So the world knows about this.

0:29:000:29:06

It will make a profit, unless we are extremely unlucky!

0:29:060:29:10

-Touch wood!

-OK, girls, you don't decide right now, you decide after the sale of your first three items.

0:29:100:29:16

But for the viewers at home let's find out what the auctioneer makes of Paul's crystal set.

0:29:160:29:21

-OK, Colin, get tuned into this.

-Very easily. Very popular things when it comes to sales.

0:29:220:29:28

Quite a strong collectors' market for this type of early radio.

0:29:280:29:33

And obviously you've got military interest in them as well, and I think this will do well in the sale.

0:29:330:29:39

I'm glad to hear you're so confident. I don't have the faintest idea. What's it worth?

0:29:390:29:44

I think that should make £60-80.

0:29:440:29:46

Well, Paul Laidlaw is a cunning Scottish monkey, I have to say!

0:29:460:29:50

It's his bonus buy. If you and he can't get this thing whooped up and into a profit, I'd be surprised.

0:29:500:29:57

Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.

0:29:570:30:01

Their first item in the Berlin porcelain reticulated plate,

0:30:010:30:05

-which I suppose is out of a great big fruit or dessert service, isn't it?

-Absolutely.

0:30:050:30:11

These do come on the market every now and again. I've managed to do a little bit of research,

0:30:110:30:15

and there were 15 of these plates from a service that were sold at auction fairly recently,

0:30:150:30:20

and all 15 made £130.

0:30:200:30:23

-Gosh, that's not much each, then, is it? And we've only got a single one.

-Yeah.

0:30:230:30:28

-It's got to be at least £30-50 as a single, I would say.

-How much?

-£30-50.

0:30:280:30:32

-£90 paid! That's just for it on its jacksie!

-Mmm.

-Oh, dear, oh, dear!

0:30:320:30:38

This is not a good start.

0:30:380:30:40

How are you on art deco chromium-plated cruets?

0:30:400:30:43

-Pretty good. We sell plenty of them.

-Well, there are quite a few around, aren't there?

0:30:430:30:47

-There's a lot of reproductions around as well.

-What's that one, though?

0:30:470:30:51

I think that's all right. It's got the registration mark on the bottom.

0:30:510:30:55

There's a level of, I hate to say it, but rusting around it which does show it's got some age about it...

0:30:550:31:01

-Which is nice.

-Yeah, it is.

-OK, how much is it worth?

0:31:010:31:05

-Well, I would have thought on that you're looking at £10-30.

-That's fine.

0:31:050:31:09

£15 paid, so we're slap in the middle.

0:31:090:31:11

-What about Nellie elephant here?

-Mmm.

-Is she any good?

-She's OK, but not good.

0:31:110:31:17

When I first saw it, I thought it was probably a little bit more exciting,

0:31:170:31:20

I was hoping it was going to be Japanese, maybe late-19th early-20th century, possibly marked,

0:31:200:31:26

-and worth quite a few hundred pounds.

-Not very well cast, is it?

0:31:260:31:29

-It's not quite there, it just misses the mark, doesn't it?

-She's not packing much of a trunk!

0:31:290:31:34

-What's she worth?

-Well, we think £50-80 is going to be her mark.

0:31:340:31:38

£69 paid, which is plenty of money, isn't it?

0:31:380:31:42

Which means I think this team is going to be in trouble,

0:31:420:31:44

and they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.

0:31:440:31:48

Now, Brian and Dudley, you're determined to beat your wives into submission.

0:31:490:31:53

-We certainly are.

-And this is the moment that you're going to find out

0:31:530:31:57

-what Jeremy has spent your £126 leftover lolly on. So, J...

-Well, Tim,

0:31:570:32:02

I thought I want to buy something that reminds these two gentlemen

0:32:020:32:06

of the big competition with their wives,

0:32:060:32:09

so I bought... a marriage cup and saucer.

0:32:090:32:12

-OK.

-This is French.

-A marriage cup and saucer?

-Yeah.

0:32:120:32:15

What it is is a French faience which is a tin-glazed earthenware cup

0:32:150:32:20

which was given on the moment of marriage in the ceremony,

0:32:200:32:24

and it just a very quaint little thing.

0:32:240:32:28

And these usually stayed in the family, they're not usually around.

0:32:280:32:32

-So why would it be for sale?

-Well, obviously there's been a divorce!

0:32:320:32:37

-It's quite chipped, so presumably they...

-And you paid?

0:32:370:32:41

-45.

-OK, right, yes.

0:32:410:32:44

I think we could double up on that if it's a good day and the internet sees it.

0:32:440:32:48

-Well, I think we need a good profit from you after some of the things we bought.

-You bought!

-Thank you!

0:32:480:32:54

No need to be snarky, boys!

0:32:540:32:56

Anyway, hang on to your expert's advice, because now, for you viewers at home,

0:32:560:33:01

what the auctioneer thinks about Jeremy's cup and saucer.

0:33:010:33:05

There we go. One lump or two?

0:33:060:33:08

-Definitely two lumps in this case, but very pretty lumps, I would say.

-Aren't they nice?

0:33:080:33:14

-A bit of faience, isn't it?

-Yes, it is, French faience.

0:33:140:33:18

The factory is Mussier,

0:33:180:33:20

and the value on something like this, well, it's going to be a little bit of guesswork, to be honest,

0:33:200:33:24

because so little of it comes on the market.

0:33:240:33:26

Comparables... going to struggle to find them.

0:33:260:33:30

So I suppose this is good old-fashioned auctioneering estimation

0:33:300:33:34

of plucking a figure from midair.

0:33:340:33:36

Which is the particular pluck you have in mind?

0:33:360:33:39

-Well, I'm going to go for 100-150.

-That's just marvellous.

0:33:390:33:43

£45 paid by Jeremy.

0:33:430:33:45

I mean, if your numbers, plucked from the air, are true he's going to double his money on this,

0:33:450:33:52

if the team decide to go with it. All will be revealed in a moment.

0:33:520:33:57

-So, Sandy and Judy, how are you feeling?

-Good.

-Excited.

0:34:030:34:07

-Feeling strong?

-Oh, very.

-Are you going to biff your old men?

0:34:070:34:10

-Yeah.

-Certainly are!

-I wouldn't like to be your husbands today, I tell you! I'd be quaking.

0:34:100:34:16

We shall see, won't we? All this brave talk.

0:34:160:34:19

First up is the epergne and here it comes.

0:34:190:34:21

Lot number 134 is the Edwardian silver-plated trumpet epergne there.

0:34:210:34:27

£50 anybody? 30 will do, then, 30?

0:34:270:34:31

Silence!

0:34:310:34:32

Uh-oh!

0:34:320:34:34

30 at the back, that's more like it. Thank you. 35?

0:34:340:34:37

40. 45 now. 50. 50 bid.

0:34:370:34:40

55 now. 55. 60. 65. 70.

0:34:400:34:44

-75?

-Well done.

0:34:440:34:46

£70 bid. £70 bid two now.

0:34:460:34:47

All done and finished, standing bid at the back of the room.

0:34:470:34:51

Selling all done...72! Lady's back in at 72.

0:34:510:34:53

75, sir? Have another one.

0:34:530:34:55

75 bid? No. 72, then. We're selling at £72.

0:34:550:35:00

Well done, Paul Laidlaw. Now the manicure set.

0:35:000:35:04

135 is the 20th-century silver manicure set.

0:35:040:35:08

Nicely fitted case. Who's going to start me at £50 for it?

0:35:080:35:11

40 to go. 40 with you, at 40. 40 bid. 45? 45.

0:35:110:35:15

50 at the back of the room. 55. 60. 65. 70.

0:35:150:35:20

-There you are, you're in profit.

-72 if it's going to help you.

0:35:200:35:22

-What do I know?

-Someone does need their feet doing after all.

-70 bid.

0:35:220:35:26

72 do I see? Standing bid at 70.

0:35:260:35:28

£70. Well done, girls. Now, can you get a profit on all three items?

0:35:280:35:34

Lot number 136 is a Charlotte Rhead

0:35:340:35:37

for Crown Ducal pottery jug this time.

0:35:370:35:40

Start at 80.

0:35:400:35:42

60 to go, then. 50?

0:35:420:35:44

Put me straight in at 30, then. £30 for the jug.

0:35:440:35:48

£30. 20?

0:35:480:35:50

-£10, then?

-Not even in this market.

-£10 bid.

0:35:500:35:55

Everyone now! 12. 15.

0:35:550:35:57

18 bid now. 18.

0:35:570:35:59

20 now. 22 bid surely?

0:35:590:36:01

-It shouldn't be this hard!

-25 now?

0:36:010:36:04

22. 25 on the internet.

0:36:040:36:07

28 now, 28 if you like.

0:36:070:36:08

- Go on, then. - 28.

0:36:080:36:11

It's in the second row, then. 30 is the last call.

0:36:110:36:14

All the net buyers are out. At £28 we go this time, £28!

0:36:140:36:18

Sadly that is minus 20, so you are plus 12.

0:36:180:36:21

Which is great, which is a profit, which is folding money to take home.

0:36:210:36:25

-You actually could whap the boys with a £12 profit.

-We certainly could.

-So what will you do

0:36:250:36:29

-about the bonus buy, risk it?

-Definitely.

-You sure?

-Yes.

0:36:290:36:33

-Definitely?

-Yes.

-Yes.

-I mean, you've got £12 in your pocket.

0:36:330:36:36

We're not going to argue.

0:36:360:36:38

No?

0:36:380:36:40

"We want some more profit!" says Judy. Fine.

0:36:400:36:43

I'm not going to argue with that. We're going with the bonus buy. Here comes the crystal set.

0:36:430:36:47

Lot number 140. Early 20th century British Thomson-Houston

0:36:470:36:51

wire crystal receiver set, mahogany case receiver set. Start me at £100.

0:36:510:36:56

100. 80 to go then, surely? 80. 50 if we must.

0:36:560:37:00

£50? I'll take 30 to go. 30 bid.

0:37:000:37:02

Do I see 35?

0:37:020:37:04

Well, we've got 35, we're up to 50 on the net.

0:37:040:37:08

I know you're going to go again. 55. 60 surely?

0:37:080:37:10

55 in the room.

0:37:100:37:12

Well done, Laidlaw.

0:37:160:37:18

-My 75's in the room, my 80's on the net.

-Cunning monkey!

0:37:180:37:21

85 now.

0:37:210:37:22

You seem to have tuned out, sir. How does 82 sound?

0:37:220:37:26

82 sounded appealing. 85 now surely? 85. At 85.

0:37:260:37:31

88? We seem to have some crossed wires now, sir.

0:37:310:37:34

You sure you're not going to go again?

0:37:340:37:37

At 85 on the internet. Net buyer has it this time, selling at £85.

0:37:370:37:42

Well done, Paul. That is perfect.

0:37:420:37:44

Yes, you had faith.

0:37:440:37:48

You were quite right. You are now plus 47.

0:37:480:37:51

-£47...is folding money.

-Well done.

-Fabulous.

-That's really super.

0:37:510:37:57

-Don't talk to your husbands, all right?

-No, we don't anyway!

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Why break the habit of a lifetime?

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-So, Brian and Dudley, have you been talking to your wives?

-No.

-No.

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-You never normally talk to them much.

-It's been wonderful, a few hours' peace and quiet!

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-You'll suffer for that!

-We will suffer anyway.

-There will be pillow talk, I tell you!

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Anyway, first up, boys, is the Berlin plate and here it comes.

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Lot 155 is the late-19th century Berlin porcelain plate.

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Start me at £50. 30 then.

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20 if we have to.

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20 bid. 22 bid. 25.

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28 bid. 30? £30 bid?

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28. 30 anywhere else? 30's on the internet.

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-Keep going.

-32 now, surely?

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All done and finished at the back of the room. Going at £32.

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Your bid, sir.

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That's bad luck. Next up is the condiment.

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Dudley...

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156 is the art deco chromium-plate condiment set this time.

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Good-looking thing there. Start me at £20 to get on. 20? 10 to go, then.

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10 bid. 12 anywhere else now?

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at 12. 15 bid. 18 bid.

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We're in profit.

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Commission bidder has it. 22 from either of you? 22 there.

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25 bid. 28? 25 second row.

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28 now do I see?

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At 25. Second row has it. You're out on the net again. £25.

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Well done. That's very solid. You are minus 48 overall, though.

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It all hangs on the heffalump!

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There we go. 157 is an interesting early-20th century

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cast-bronze figure of an elephant.

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Who's going to start me at £100 for it? £100? 80? 50?

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30 if you have to. Thank you. 35. 40.

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45. 50 bid. 55. 60. 65.

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Come on.

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Lady's bid at 65. 70 surely?

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-At 65 bid. And selling at £65.

-Bad luck.

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That's another £4 down the trunk!

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So that means this is minus 52 smackers.

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Minus 52, boys, not looking so pretty. Are we going down the marriage cup route

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or are we just going to ring-fence 52?

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-No, we're going for the cup.

-Definitely.

-Yes.

-We have confidence.

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-Yeah?

-Who dares wins!

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-We've successfully lost.

-You've got to make up for our loss.

-So that's it?

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Decision made? You're going with the bonus buy? You're going with the bonus buy and here it comes.

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Lot number 161

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is a rare Mussier French faience marriage cup and saucer there.

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Very sweet little lot. Who's going to start me at £100?

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£100, anybody? 100.

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- 50. - Come on! - 30.

0:40:490:40:52

£30 anybody?

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-Gone very quiet.

-It has gone very quiet.

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£20! Blank faces everywhere.

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20. Your bid, sir.

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-This is not looking pretty, you know.

-No, it isn't.

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I'll take 22.

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That's a heavy loss.

0:41:080:41:10

20 bid I've got. 22 bid. 25 bid.

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28 now. 28 bid. This is hard work.

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30 now. We're up to 32 on the internet.

0:41:170:41:20

32 bid. 35 surely?

0:41:200:41:22

At £32 for the marriage cup and saucer, at 32.

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The whole world's seen it, the whole world decides.

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We're selling then on the net at £32.

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So minus 65 is the overall score.

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The big thing is don't tell the missus, neither of them!

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Well, teams, is it a question of happy families today?

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Of course!

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We'll see.

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You are so needle matched you two and fiercely competitive!

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You were determined you were going to beat the girls and vice versa.

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How you can be happily married couples, I don't know!

0:42:010:42:05

-I felt the seething between you.

-It's friendly competition.

-Friendly competition!

0:42:050:42:10

-Anyway, any communication between you?

-No!

0:42:100:42:13

None at all. Well, I'm glad to hear that.

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Because the runners-up today are... the Blues.

0:42:160:42:20

It's gone to plan, Brian. We won. Well done.

0:42:200:42:24

Well, Dudley, you predicted that things would go really badly today for you and you're absolutely right!

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-We've won by losing.

-By losing £65.

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-But we hope you've had a nice time.

-We have.

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Believe it or not, your girls are going to go home with £47.

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They are going home with folding money, which is really good, isn't it? And did you enjoy it?

0:42:390:42:44

-Very much.

-It's been a lovely experience, I hope.

-Good fun.

0:42:440:42:47

Good fun. And you will be kind and gentle to your husbands on the way home, won't you?

0:42:470:42:53

You won't just be beastly to them?

0:42:530:42:55

I expect we will be.

0:42:550:42:57

-Anyway, join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?

-Yes!

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Bargain Hunt comes from Newark, where two wives and their husbands do battle. Presenter Tim Wonnacott plus experts Jeremy Lamond and Paul Laidlaw might have to act as marriage counsellors!