Peterborough 21 Bargain Hunt


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Peterborough 21

Tim Wonnacott and the bargain-hunting teams head to Peterborough. Love is in the air as two couples go head-to-head in a friendly competition to find the best buys.


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To cook up a decent show, you need a good dollop of expertise

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and we've got David Harper and Nick Hall.

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Mm! Could be cheesy.

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Let's go Bargain Hunting.

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This fair should be the perfect location,

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on the outskirts of Peterborough, for our antiques spotters, surely?

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Valerie wants silver, so David Harper finds her some.

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-Valerie, talk to me.

-Well, I think it's a bit tatty.

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Eh! I do apologise. I am very sorry.

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Oh, dear!

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-And the Reds?

-I'm not sure.

-It's not something I would want in my house.

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It looks like my two-year-old painted it.

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-I'm not keen.

-You're not.

-Off we go, then.

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Picky, picky, picky.

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Mm. Let's meet the teams.

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And in the Red team today we have Kerry and John, married couple.

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-That's right.

-How many years is it, Kerry?

-Six years.

-Six years.

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-And still counting.

-Yes.

-Which is lovely, isn't it?

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Now, I believe you're in the business of male makeover.

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That's right. I've been hairdressing for 15 years

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and I've owned my own gents barbershop in Peterborough

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for about six years, now.

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Did you start cutting hair when you were two?

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-You must have started when you were very young.

-Straight from school pretty much.

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-Now, the two of you like to perform a bit.

-Like a bit of karaoke, yes.

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One of our first dates involved a bit of karaoke.

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By freak chance we both chose the same song to sing.

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-Oh, lovely. So it was meant to happen, then?

-Yeah.

-Oh, yeah.

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Yeah. I believe in fate.

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-Now, you're pretty competitive.

-Absolutely.

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I've never lost a game of Monopoly in my life,

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so I don't intend on losing here today either.

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Oh, well, we've had those predictions before

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and it all goes very badly wrong. Anyway, very good luck.

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-Now for the Blues, you lovebirds.

-Yes.

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So are you engaged or just stepping out or what?

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I only met her in the car park.

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What do you mean? You met her on the internet, that what it says here.

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-It's true.

-You're in the honeymoon phase, Valerie.

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Absolutely, yes. I recommend it to everybody.

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You're looking well on it, doll.

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Well, my son said to me, "Mum, you're on your own now, you need company."

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-Yeah.

-So he said, "Why don't you try the internet?"

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I thought, "Silly fool."

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Then I did and I met Keith and we haven't looked back, have we?

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-Isn't that lovely?

-We have a fabulous time.

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But was it strange, talking electronically and then meeting?

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-Not really.

-No?

-No.

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-Where did you meet, then? In a pub?

-John Lewis for tea, didn't we?

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-Oh, how sweet.

-I know.

-Afternoon tea.

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-Afternoon tea.

-How lovely.

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Now, will you two agree about what to buy today?

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-Not a chance.

-Absolutely not.

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Good. I look forward to your shopping operation, then.

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Anyway, here we go. Here's the money moment, look.

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-There, Valerie, is your £300.

-Thank you.

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-And Kerry, there's your £300.

-Thank you.

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You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go

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and very, very, very good luck.

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Two pairs of lovebirds, eh?

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# Love is in the air Everywhere I look around... #

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You two lovebirds, what are we looking for, Valerie?

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I like anything with robins and snowdrops on.

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-Robins and snowdrops?

-No.

-Do you find that tacky, Keith?

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Horrible.

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Oh, dear. That didn't last long, did it?

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I think I'd like something silver, a locket or a spoon or something.

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-A girly thing.

-Yeah.

-What about you, John? More practical?

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I like anything technical, that's had some skill or...

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-A bit of engineering.

-Engineering, mechanical.

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What about for you?

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I have an interest in anything to do with engineering

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-in the very loosest sense.

-OK.

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Fine. Me, too, so let's go and find something.

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So machines for the boys and something pretty for the girls.

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Right, off we shop.

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I really like all the bright colours of these glass things on here.

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Glass can be good.

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Now, that's interesting because of these what look like gold dust.

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It's sprinkled into the mix when they make it.

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There's no maker's mark on there.

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It's just a nice piece of glass.

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Good workmanship.

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We don't want to pay a lot of money because we don't know who it's by

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but if it was cheap enough...

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It's 14 quid before we've even haggled.

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If it was like eight or ten quid, there might be five or ten pound profit in it

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-just because of the quality. It's a cheap lot.

-What do you think?

-I like it.

-Do you?

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There's not a lot to lose, is there? But I do like it.

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Why don't you go and sweet-talk the chap.

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-Try eight and see where it goes.

-OK.

-But it's not a deal at 14.

-Right.

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Okey-dokey. I'll go and have a word.

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Hi. This is at 14. What's the best you could do on it?

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-A tenner.

-A tenner? We'll give you eight.

-Eight.

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Ah, that's not nice. I should have said 12.

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-We'd have still said eight.

-What do you think?

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-Ten.

-What are we thinking?

-Meet us in the middle? Nine?

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-Yeah, go on.

-Yeah?

-£9.

-Fantastic.

-Fantastic.

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-£9.

-OK.

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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So Kerry gets something pretty for under a tenner,

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which leaves John plenty for a piece of engineering.

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Hold on, has Keith got there first with...?

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Oh! A machine for holding flowers.

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Well, it says West Germany.

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There's a number 25 on it.

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OK, well, you know, that tells me that that was made in West Germany.

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-Yes and that's about all.

-Yeah.

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But that is a 1960s retro piece of funky gear.

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Not very many years ago, you'd throw that on a tip and never want to see it again

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but today you could make a lamp out of it

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-and in a trendy flat, that would look the biz.

-Yeah.

-Really?

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Really?!

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-Let's get a price on it. Hello. Are you the stallholder?

-I am.

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-Marvellous.

-Hi.

-What sort of price have we got on this one?

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I love it and I would buy that and put that in my shop and sell it.

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-But when you put it into a general auction, you take a chance, don't you?

-Yes.

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-So can you help us out?

-45.

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-45.

-45?

-Valerie, do you like it?

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You walked over to see it, didn't you?

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I like it.

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Erm...

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-Do you like it for £45?

-Well, I'm not sure.

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Could it be 35, just to tempt us?

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That is too low. I'm sorry.

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I'll owe you a cup of tea, how's that?

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With sugar.

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35... Go on.

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-Good man. Lovely.

-Good man.

-Go on.

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-Thank you!

-Thank you very much.

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-Thanks a lot.

-OK, then.

-A pleasure.

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-We now own a vase.

-Well done. You stylish pair, you.

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I think your enthusiasm pushed that deal through, David.

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So the score is one vase all. How about no more vases, eh?

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It should be 30 quid now.

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-Now, does that interest you at all?

-Oh, it's an ink well.

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-I'm not enamoured.

-Are you not?

-No.

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-I like that. It's a piece of what's called Black Forest carving...

-Yeah.

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..in the Bavarian region.

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There's a lot of very serious collectors for this sort of stuff.

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-Can you see any mileage in that?

-It's not cheap. They're asking 295.

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There might be some movement on there.

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-The death is 250 on that one.

-250's the death on that?

-Yeah.

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What do you think? It's a lot of money, isn't it?

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-It's a lot of money.

-It's just too much, yeah.

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I'd have a go at 250 but it's not going to leave us any money.

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-No, no, that's true.

-Yeah.

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-No.

-OK, let's walk on.

-It's a lovely thing. Thank you.

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Keep trying, Nick,

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but at the moment, these two are just not playing ball.

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Now, are the Blues being more agreeable?

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-What about the light over there? Do you like that?

-No.

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-The Chinaman?

-I quite like him.

-Mandarin.

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-I don't know. Would it be very old?

-Let's have a look.

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-Ooh, he's heavy.

-How heavy is he?

-It's heavy.

-Yeah.

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-So it's...

-Have you got it?

-Yeah.

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It's not an ancient one, is it? It's only '60s, I think.

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It might be a tad earlier.

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It might, you know... It's very difficult to say.

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You'd just have to describe it as mid to late 20th century.

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-But it's got a look.

-How much is it?

-Shall we ask him?

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-Excuse me.

-What would be your best on this one?

-70.

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OK. 70.

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I mean, it's not a fortune, is it? It really isn't.

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-Do you like it, Keith?

-It struck me as we walked by.

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Erm... But I thought it was probably older.

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-Could we perhaps try and...

-Do you want to offer him 50?

-..talk sweet?

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Excuse me. I'm sorry to keep distracting your lunch.

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We do quite like that but obviously, we haven't got much to spend at all.

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-Would you go down to 50?

-£55.

-55.

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-I think we've got a deal.

-Thank you.

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Thanks very much.

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-These two are like antique dealers. They just buy.

-Thank you.

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Wow! Speedy! And in case you missed it...

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Obviously, we haven't got much money to spend at all.

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Val talked the talk.

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-I think we've got a deal.

-Thank you.

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And Keith was straight in there to seal the deal.

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Now, Reds, you're wagging. Sorry, lagging.

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Look what I've just found over here.

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-Now, it's not on its own. There's a pair of them.

-OK.

-Right.

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-They're actually by Bretby.

-Right.

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-Do you like them?

-Erm... Hm.

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They look like they should have the ashes of my grandma in them.

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Oh, bless! That sounds awfully morbid.

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I don't like them at all.

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Look, I said no more vases, right?

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Maybe the piece you'll all agree on is just around the corner.

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What about that wonderful figure there? Initial thoughts?

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-Yeah, I'm...

-I'm not sure.

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It's not something I would want in my house.

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Let's be honest, it looks like my two-year-old painted it.

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-I'm not keen.

-John's not so keen, are you?

-Off we go, then.

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They're not digging your taste, Nick, old boy.

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Time to get tough.

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-I'm starting to panic now.

-Well, we're still doing fine.

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If we find another one in the next five or ten minutes,

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-then you're on Easy Street.

-Yeah.

-Don't panic yet.

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Too nice! I said tough.

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Oh, I don't know.

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We haven't really seen any silver, have we?

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-Do you fancy a bit of silver?

-Mm.

-Do you really?

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I love silver. We can find a bit of silver.

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-Do you fancy a bit of silver?

-Do you like silver?

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-Erm, yes, I...

-No?

-I'm not against silver

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-but I would really like to see if we could find something...

-Mechanical.

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Mechanical in some way.

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How about a silver machine?

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-There's a big clock for you, Keith. Does it do anything for you?

-Er...

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It's not very pretty, is it?

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What's up with these teams, eh?

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-You wanted something mechanical.

-Yes but I'm quite picky.

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Oh. Oh, dear. You never told me that at the beginning.

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Did you ask, David?

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Let's do a quick time check. You have had 33 minutes.

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-Oh.

-So we've got 27 minutes left.

-27 minutes left.

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-Bags of time.

-Don't be saying that. It goes in a flash, I promise you.

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-So, continue?

-Yeah.

-Come on.

-Look for some silver, if we can.

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Shall we buy Valerie some silver?

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Shall we do that or do you want to buy yourself a clock?

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We'll see if it's nice silver.

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Come on, Val. Put your foot down, girl,

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maybe on the accelerator.

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Right, time for a bit of style.

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My gosh! This is a cracking example of German womanhood.

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Ha!

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You can imagine this Fraulein in 1936,

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throwing her javelin in the Berlin games.

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We're missing one half of the javelin

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that should be attached to the other end here

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but it's present.

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It just needs a bit of restoration.

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She's interesting because of the mixed media that have been employed

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in her manufacture.

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Her gymslipped body is actually made of yellow bronze

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and that's been cast and then patinated

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to give it this greenish colour.

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All her limbs and her head are made of solid elephant ivory.

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If you're sharp-eyed, you'll spot on the back a scratched signature,

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F Preiss for Ferdinand Preiss.

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Preiss, alongside his friend Chiparus,

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were the very best carvers in this style in the Art Deco period

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and these things are very, very sought after internationally.

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It's not the sort of thing that you would expect to find, quite frankly,

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outdoors in a field at the Peterborough fair

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but it's here.

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What's it worth? Well, you can tell I'm pretty keen on it

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and the dealer knows all about it

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because he's priced her up at £5,500.

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Achtung.

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Now, Kerry and John still have two items to find

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but Valerie and Keith only need one.

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What's this? Could it be the machine of Keith's dreams?

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-What is that?

-It's a marmalade cutter.

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-How do you know that then?

-Because it says on it...

-Right.

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..marmalade cutter.

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I know about these things.

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That's the kind of trick I use to make myself look clever.

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-A marmalade cutter.

-Basically, you shove your orange in there...

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-How lovely is that?

-..and you cut it there.

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-Is that mechanical enough for you?

-It's the sort of thing I like.

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Shall we get a price? What sort of money is it?

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-Well, £30, really.

-£30.

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-It's got to be worth that sort of money.

-It's worth 30 quid all day long

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but whether it's going to find anyone in the auction is the chance we take.

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-Great for a hotelier or something.

-You don't like it, do you?

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-It's not silver, Valerie, is it?

-No!

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-If it was silver, would you like it?

-And it's not pretty.

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It might not be pretty to you but to us, we find it pretty.

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-It's functional.

-Yes. Do you fancy it?

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-Erm, we'll look a little further.

-All right.

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-We'll keep it in mind.

-Is that all right?

-I'm happy to do that.

-Thanks.

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Val isn't keen, so Keith's moving on. How sweet.

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Now, isn't that the quirkiest little thing you've ever seen?

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-The legs kick, the fan moves.

-It looks like an ashtray.

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It's a novelty ashtray and what a novelty.

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Novelty sells.

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Would you think that's actually any age to that?

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-Well, '50s, '60s. I guess it's what you'd call kitsch.

-Yeah.

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Do you like that?

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Right, drum roll, please!

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DRUM ROLL

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-It's quite cute.

-It's quirky, that's for sure.

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CROWD CHEERING

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About time, thank you.

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Where's the chap? Let me see...

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-Hi. Is 25 any good to you?

-No, it has to be 30.

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-£30.

-Has to be 30.

-Any mileage in that?

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-Yeah, why not?

-Yeah?

-And it's in lovely condition.

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-It is in good condition.

-You know what, I've seen David Harper do that pose.

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-30 quid?

-Yeah.

-We're going for it, everybody.

-Thanks.

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Hooray. The Reds are back on track.

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It's mechanical, it's pretty and it cost £30.

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Right, teams, 15 minutes to find that essential last item.

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I don't know which way to head. I don't know this fair.

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-Let's head down there.

-OK.

-Can we get out of here, yeah?

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That's it, John, you lead the way.

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Ah, loads of silver for Val.

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Valerie, this must be heaven for you.

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Yeah but I was thinking something like a dish or...

0:16:400:16:44

-That's quite unusual, that little pincushion there.

-Yes.

0:16:440:16:47

That's a box.

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You put your cottons in it. That's what it's for.

0:16:490:16:52

Yeah. Quite nice, isn't it?

0:16:520:16:53

-Well, I think it's a bit tatty.

-Eh! I do apologise.

0:16:530:16:58

-I am very sorry.

-Don't worry about it, OK?

0:16:580:17:01

-I tell you what I do like very much...

-Yeah?

0:17:020:17:04

..and that's that silver picture frame.

0:17:040:17:07

-That is absolutely delightful.

-It's sweet.

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Picture frames do very well in silver.

0:17:100:17:13

-Do you like it?

-Yes, I do, actually.

-I quite like that.

0:17:130:17:16

Yeah, I do, as well.

0:17:160:17:17

-Can you give me your best price on that? Just see what they think.

-OK.

0:17:170:17:21

Being as she's such an attractive lady, I'll give her a fiver and a kiss.

0:17:250:17:29

-I'd rather have the fiver.

-That's a deal.

0:17:300:17:34

She might take four quid if you didn't do the kiss.

0:17:360:17:39

-I can do it for 40.

-Is that it?

0:17:390:17:41

-Really?

-Really.

0:17:410:17:43

-Oh.

-We have to eat. That's it. Definitely.

0:17:440:17:48

-I...

-35?

-No. Definitely not.

0:17:480:17:52

-No.

-Cos it's got a little dent in there.

0:17:520:17:55

-Well, do you know how old that is?

-That's normal. It's normal.

0:17:550:17:59

-I've got a few dents myself.

-Me, too!

0:17:590:18:01

It's a toss-up between this and your marmalade.

0:18:010:18:05

-Oh, I'd go with that.

-As I say, for 35 I think it's a bargain.

0:18:050:18:10

-He's trying.

-Very. Very trying.

0:18:100:18:13

-Keith, your charms are just not working at all.

-Not at all.

0:18:140:18:17

-I know.

-I should've put some aftershave on today.

0:18:170:18:21

-You should have. What do you think?

-Just a little...

-All right, 35.

0:18:210:18:24

-And go away.

-Well, I...

0:18:240:18:27

Shake her hand.

0:18:270:18:29

You are a master, that's what you are.

0:18:290:18:31

No, he's just a pain.

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'Well, he's lovely, really.

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'So Keith's persistence bagged this sweet little frame for £35

0:18:350:18:39

'and the Blues are done.'

0:18:390:18:40

We're butch enough to link arms, aren't we?

0:18:400:18:43

With four minutes left, it's over to the Reds,

0:18:430:18:46

perhaps being a little less picky?

0:18:460:18:49

-We're pushed for time.

-How much is the...?

-165.

-165.

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-165. What condition's it in?

-Used.

0:18:530:18:57

It's in used condition.

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So that means that you are flexible on the price. Let's have a look.

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Guys, it's been knocked and battered and bruised

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but it's nice, it's Victorian.

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For that sort of condition, I wouldn't want to pay that much money.

0:19:080:19:13

What would you see that making in an auction?

0:19:130:19:15

100 to 150. What about this smaller one? If we come down in size is the price going to drop?

0:19:150:19:21

That's 75.

0:19:210:19:24

Actually, I tell you what, condition wise, this is better.

0:19:240:19:27

That's a sweet little thing. I like the timber as well.

0:19:270:19:31

-Could that be 40 quid?

-No, 60 would be the death on that one.

0:19:310:19:35

Well, you've got that at 60, we're stuck at around the 110-120 mark on that.

0:19:350:19:39

-We've got three or four minutes left.

-Yes.

0:19:390:19:42

But we've got a lot of money left to spend.

0:19:420:19:46

I don't know if you want to push on, come back to this.

0:19:460:19:49

-Do you want to risk it?

-Do you want to risk it for a biscuit?

0:19:490:19:52

-Risk it.

-We'll be back.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

0:19:520:19:55

Right, leg it.

0:19:550:19:56

You're moving on with seconds to go? Huh! I can't bear it.

0:19:580:20:02

-Time's not our friend today, is it?

-I know. We're back to here again.

0:20:040:20:07

-We've come back.

-We've gone full circle, haven't we?

0:20:070:20:10

-How much did he say he was going to do that for?

-250 was the best.

0:20:100:20:14

We've got 261 left

0:20:140:20:16

and you've got that nice little chest of drawers for 60 quid.

0:20:160:20:21

What do you want to do, then? Your decision.

0:20:210:20:23

That or the little £60 drawers?

0:20:230:20:26

-Let's do the chest of drawers.

-Chest of drawers.

0:20:260:20:28

He's a decision-making man, isn't he? Come on.

0:20:280:20:31

You get the money out. Let's get that chest of drawers.

0:20:310:20:35

Well, it's still there. We've got 30 seconds, 29...

0:20:360:20:41

-28...

-Do you mind if I just butt in? I've got 30 seconds left.

0:20:410:20:44

-Can we do 60 on that, then?

-60 and we've got a deal.

0:20:440:20:48

-We're done.

-Cheers.

-Thank goodness for that.

0:20:480:20:51

-We made it.

-Excellent.

-By the skin of our teeth, we just made it.

0:20:510:20:54

Phew! With a bit of queue jumping, the Reds are done - just.

0:20:550:21:00

So, it was a quick start for Kerry and John,

0:21:000:21:03

buying their studio glass vase for a mere £9.

0:21:030:21:07

This glamorous ashtray was next to catch their eye. £30 paid.

0:21:070:21:12

And with only seconds to spare, John jumped in

0:21:130:21:17

and bought this apprentice chest for £60.

0:21:170:21:20

-I thought we weren't going to make it.

-Hey, you lot.

-Hi, Tim.

0:21:210:21:25

-That is just ridiculous, isn't it?

-Yes. We were cutting it a bit fine.

0:21:250:21:29

A bit fine? You're a hairdresser, you're used to cutting it fine.

0:21:290:21:32

-I don't know. Anyway, it was good fun, though.

-It was brilliant.

0:21:320:21:36

You managed to spend all of £99,

0:21:360:21:38

which is the most pathetic total I've ever come across.

0:21:380:21:41

What's going on? You're a woman. Don't you go out and spend?

0:21:410:21:44

Yeah, I wanted to but, you know, being with two boys,

0:21:440:21:48

-they reined me in.

-Is that what it was?

-Yeah.

0:21:480:21:50

-So who's got the £201?

-I have.

-You have? Thank you very much.

0:21:500:21:53

£201 coming my way. Thank you.

0:21:530:21:56

-£201.

-£1.

-I can't believe it.

0:21:560:21:59

I don't know why we bother giving you £300.

0:21:590:22:01

-That's a lot of money, that is.

-Isn't it just?

0:22:010:22:04

-I hope you're going to spend the lot.

-I'm going to relish this and find something very good.

0:22:040:22:08

-I bet you are.

-There's a lot of scope out there.

0:22:080:22:11

Certainly is. Everything to go for and very, very good luck. Super job.

0:22:110:22:15

Why don't we check out what the Blues bought?

0:22:150:22:18

Keith saw red and this West German vase became retro item number one.

0:22:190:22:24

Valerie's powers of persuasion sealed item two, this Chinese lamp.

0:22:250:22:30

And finally, Val got her silver

0:22:300:22:32

in the shape of this little picture frame, for £35.

0:22:320:22:36

-Here's Tim.

-Are you eyeing the women up, Tim?

0:22:370:22:40

-What's happening? Have you finished?

-We've finished, yes.

-All done.

0:22:400:22:44

-Was it good fun, Keith?

-It was excellent fun.

-Was it?

-Yeah.

0:22:440:22:47

-And did you enjoy it?

-Oh, every minute of it.

0:22:470:22:50

-So you spent how much, darling?

-£125.

0:22:500:22:53

-Can I have £175 of leftover lolly?

-Not off me.

0:22:530:22:56

£175. Here we go.

0:22:560:22:59

The keeper of the budget.

0:22:590:23:00

-It goes straight to David Harper.

-Thank you.

0:23:000:23:03

-What are you going to spend that on?

-There's so much to get at.

0:23:030:23:06

I'm desperate to get outside in the sun and go hunting.

0:23:060:23:09

-It's what I do!

-Yes but make sure you put your hat on.

0:23:090:23:12

-Why, do I need it?

-Do I need it? Anyway, good luck.

0:23:120:23:16

Meanwhile, I feel something spiritual coming on

0:23:160:23:19

and I'm heading south to Stonor Park in Oxfordshire.

0:23:190:23:23

Ooh-ah.

0:23:230:23:24

Ah! What a peaceful place.

0:23:300:23:33

This circle of stones represents a place of pagan worship

0:23:330:23:39

and the stones have been standing here for some 4,000 years.

0:23:390:23:44

The Stonor family set up home here in this stony valley,

0:23:440:23:51

from which they take their name, some 800 years ago.

0:23:510:23:56

They were Catholics

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but when they came to build their own place of worship,

0:24:020:24:06

they incorporated one of these pagan stones

0:24:060:24:10

into the foundations of their chapel.

0:24:100:24:12

Built in the 13th century, this chapel soon became incorporated

0:24:150:24:20

into their grand residence.

0:24:200:24:22

But little did the Stonors know

0:24:220:24:24

the chapel would become a symbol of defiance

0:24:240:24:27

against the monarchy.

0:24:270:24:29

By the 1530s, Henry VIII had decided to eradicate Catholicism from Britain

0:24:290:24:36

by fair means or foul

0:24:360:24:38

and the Stonor family suffered more than most.

0:24:380:24:43

Not only were they fined, they lost land, they were imprisoned,

0:24:430:24:48

they lost social position and prestige.

0:24:480:24:52

And the outward manifestation of all those losses

0:24:530:24:57

affected this space, the chapel.

0:24:570:24:59

It fell into utter disrepair.

0:24:590:25:02

It wasn't until the Catholic Emancipation acts

0:25:020:25:06

at the end of the 18th century

0:25:060:25:08

that the family felt emboldened enough

0:25:080:25:11

to restore this space.

0:25:110:25:14

The style that we see within right now

0:25:140:25:17

is essentially the confection of Gothic,

0:25:170:25:22

with the pointed, lancet, almost arrow-slit type windows,

0:25:220:25:27

running around the outside.

0:25:270:25:29

The Gothic detail to this dummy ceiling, with its fan vaulting.

0:25:290:25:33

And I guess for me, the best Gothic feature of all,

0:25:330:25:37

the mouldings above the two doors entering the chapel at the end.

0:25:370:25:42

Isn't that exquisite?

0:25:420:25:44

A little bit of foliage on the top,

0:25:440:25:46

then a double ogee making that shape.

0:25:460:25:50

Underneath that, there's a sheet of glass

0:25:500:25:53

that's had applied to it the ultimate Gothic element,

0:25:530:25:58

which is the quatrefoil.

0:25:580:26:00

But it wasn't just the architectural details following the Gothic style

0:26:000:26:04

that the family went with.

0:26:040:26:06

They even managed to acquire some Gothic furniture.

0:26:060:26:09

And, boy, are these chairs Gothic!

0:26:120:26:16

Gosh!

0:26:160:26:17

The backs are a pair of conjoined spiky Gothic pinnacles, look.

0:26:170:26:24

The splats are centred by more quatrefoil

0:26:240:26:28

and if I take this comfy padded seat out, it reveals the seats.

0:26:280:26:34

Now, these chairs look like expensive ebony. They're not.

0:26:340:26:38

They're country-made chairs that have been stained with black paint

0:26:380:26:43

to make them look more expensive.

0:26:430:26:46

This seat is a solid lump of elm that has been chiselled out

0:26:460:26:51

in the shape of your bottom,

0:26:510:26:53

so that when you sit on it, it's a little more comfortable.

0:26:530:26:56

It's dished and where does that happen in Britain?

0:26:560:27:00

It happens in the Windsor chair-making industry.

0:27:000:27:04

And where's that based? It's based up the Thames valley,

0:27:040:27:08

just down the road from Stonor Park.

0:27:080:27:10

So I reckon these chairs are locally made

0:27:100:27:13

and may actually have been commissioned by the Stonors in this Gothic style

0:27:130:27:18

for this Gothic chapel. How lovely is that?

0:27:180:27:21

The big question today is, of course,

0:27:210:27:23

will our teams over at the auction be on their hands and knees?

0:27:230:27:29

Well, we've popped 50 miles north-ish from Peterborough

0:27:380:27:43

to the glorious cathedral city of Lincoln.

0:27:430:27:47

So, Colin Young, Kerry and John, their first item

0:27:470:27:50

-is this hideous blue vase.

-Yeah.

0:27:500:27:53

-You like that?

-I like it to limits.

-To limits.

-To limits.

0:27:530:27:56

It's the type of thing that we see plenty of.

0:27:560:28:00

They come through the rooms.

0:28:000:28:01

-They make low tens in value.

-Low tens.

-Yeah.

0:28:010:28:04

-Might that be 20 or 30?

-Yeah, it easily should make that sort of money.

0:28:040:28:07

Kerry would be delighted if you got more than nine smackers for it.

0:28:070:28:12

Next is the Japanese novelty lady.

0:28:120:28:15

-Yes.

-Now, how old do you think that is, Colin?

0:28:150:28:19

Erm, I would say she looks about 28.

0:28:190:28:22

-Really? You're such an experienced man.

-Thank you.

0:28:230:28:26

Not at all. I don't think, personally, it's very old.

0:28:260:28:29

I think it probably dates from about 1999, myself.

0:28:290:28:33

If I was going to date that,

0:28:330:28:34

I would guess it's more likely to be in the range of 1960s to 1980s.

0:28:340:28:39

-Oh, right.

-And the reason for that is the high-gloss gold work on it.

0:28:390:28:44

But nevertheless, it's amusing, isn't it?

0:28:440:28:47

It's a bit of fun and certainly somebody should spend £20-£40 on it.

0:28:470:28:51

-You reckon?

-Yeah.

-£30 paid.

-OK.

0:28:510:28:54

And their last item is this truly delightful so-called apprentice piece, miniature chest.

0:28:540:29:00

I think it's a great-looking thing.

0:29:000:29:01

-I'm not sure whether it's olive or yew.

-Or fruit.

0:29:010:29:05

Yeah, could be a fruit wood of sorts.

0:29:050:29:07

Very good colour, very well made, a very pretty item

0:29:070:29:11

-that a lot of people are going to want.

-Yeah.

0:29:110:29:13

-75 to 100. That should get them coming in for it.

-Great. £60 paid.

0:29:130:29:17

That's it, then. What happens with the girl with her legs in the air

0:29:170:29:21

will determine whether they need their bonus buy or not

0:29:210:29:24

and here it comes.

0:29:240:29:25

Now, Kerry and John, this is the bonus buy moment.

0:29:260:29:29

You spent that miserable £99. I can't believe that. It's a disgrace.

0:29:290:29:33

£201 went to Nicholas Hall and I'm going to help you here, Nick.

0:29:330:29:37

-One, two, three, flash!

-Da-der!

0:29:370:29:39

What about that?

0:29:390:29:41

-Wow.

-Mm.

-And a pair, which is always nice.

-Nice.

0:29:410:29:44

-What do you think? Do you like?

-Erm...

0:29:440:29:47

-Convince me.

-Convince you.

0:29:470:29:49

OK, mid 19th century, Staffordshire pottery

0:29:490:29:52

and this lovely, rare-ish zebra version.

0:29:520:29:55

-Take one, Kerry.

-One each.

-Let's have a look.

0:29:550:29:58

-What did you pay for these, Nick?

-Well, they weren't cheap. I paid 150 for them.

0:29:580:30:02

-OK.

-There should be a bit of mileage in them.

0:30:020:30:05

They used to make £300 to £400 but in today's market, nearer the 200,

0:30:050:30:09

hopefully.

0:30:090:30:11

-OK.

-Interesting.

-I'm in a minority, aren't I?

0:30:110:30:14

I'm not totally averse to them if they're going to make money.

0:30:140:30:18

-Well, that's the idea or the hope.

-Yeah.

0:30:180:30:20

That's it, isn't it? If they make money.

0:30:200:30:22

It will all come clear

0:30:220:30:23

because after the sale of your first three items,

0:30:230:30:26

you'll either have made so much profit on your £99

0:30:260:30:29

that you'll be laughing

0:30:290:30:31

or you'll be struggling and you'll maybe grab these.

0:30:310:30:34

The decision happens then.

0:30:340:30:36

But for the audience at home,

0:30:360:30:38

let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Nick's zebra.

0:30:380:30:42

-Giddy up, then, Colin.

-Thank you.

0:30:420:30:45

-Do you like these?

-I think they're a wonderful pair.

0:30:450:30:48

Wearing the reverse pinstripes to ourselves.

0:30:480:30:50

-That's good, isn't it?

-It is. I think they're good things.

0:30:500:30:54

The problem is that, as you know, the Staffordshire market has changed

0:30:540:30:57

and it's only the finest items that are racing along at big money

0:30:570:31:01

but subjects such as this, I'm confident at 120 to 180, that sort of range.

0:31:010:31:07

Well, Nick paid £150 for his bonus buy.

0:31:070:31:11

He may be just a bit hopeful but you never know.

0:31:110:31:13

-Anything could happen, Colin.

-Mm.

0:31:130:31:16

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

0:31:160:31:19

Completely different taste.

0:31:190:31:20

First up is another of these revolting West German vases.

0:31:200:31:24

Yes. It always intrigues me when these come in.

0:31:240:31:28

The problem is, I can remember when I started as an auctioneer,

0:31:280:31:31

vases like that not selling at all and ending up on the skip.

0:31:310:31:35

-Yes.

-So now it seems strange that we're lotting it as a separate lot.

0:31:350:31:39

Quite. I quite agree. But I'm happy to move with the times.

0:31:390:31:43

-We're out there at the cutting edge, aren't we?

-Yeah.

0:31:430:31:46

The cutting edge of fine art auctioneering means

0:31:460:31:49

-that that now holds an estimate of £30 to £50.

-That's brilliant.

0:31:490:31:52

£35 is paid.

0:31:520:31:54

Next, the oriental lamp, which is a handsome fellow.

0:31:540:31:58

-Yeah. Not particularly old.

-No.

0:31:580:32:01

But it's a perfectly good decorator's piece.

0:32:010:32:05

-What sort of money did they pay for this one?

-They paid £55.

0:32:050:32:08

OK. I think that stands a bit of a chance.

0:32:080:32:11

We've put a lowly estimate on of £20-£30

0:32:110:32:13

because anybody looking at that with that estimate is likely to bid.

0:32:130:32:17

-It might struggle up to 55.

-Yeah. It stands a chance.

0:32:170:32:20

-Next, is the Birmingham picture frame.

-Mm-hm.

0:32:200:32:23

-Titchy, isn't it?

-It is very small.

0:32:230:32:25

These always sell well in our sale rooms

0:32:250:32:27

and so we've put an estimate of £40-£60, which I'm reasonably confident about.

0:32:270:32:32

-Very good. £35 paid.

-That looks good.

0:32:320:32:34

So, all round, unlikely to need their bonus buy

0:32:340:32:37

but let's have a look at it anyway.

0:32:370:32:39

Now, Val and Keith, you spent £125 and you gave David Harper £175

0:32:400:32:47

to blow on your behalf.

0:32:470:32:48

-Thanks for the build-up.

-Not at all.

0:32:480:32:50

We're all excited to see what you've gone out and spent the 175 on.

0:32:500:32:53

I hope you're not too disappointed. Ready?

0:32:530:32:56

-Oh, wow.

-Ah!

-That's different.

0:32:570:32:59

-What is it?

-I know what it is - it's a shortbread tin.

0:33:010:33:05

-Yes, it is!

-You got it.

-I think I've thrown a few of these away, David.

0:33:050:33:10

Good and I'm so pleased you have. That's why the remaining ones are valuable.

0:33:100:33:14

Turn it over or look at the side and read the name.

0:33:140:33:17

-Huntley and Palmers.

-Very well-known, famous biscuit makers

0:33:170:33:23

but just as famous for their tins.

0:33:230:33:25

-There are collectors out there looking for those tins.

-Really?

0:33:250:33:29

-Let's cut to the chase, David.

-Yeah.

0:33:290:33:31

How much did you spend on this old tin?

0:33:310:33:33

-How much would you spend?

-Not £175, I hope.

0:33:350:33:38

-You might be surprised.

-50p?

-A tenner.

0:33:380:33:40

-A tenner.

-Oh, wow. You were done.

0:33:400:33:43

Probably.

0:33:440:33:46

It could double its money

0:33:460:33:47

and if you make 100% on anything, you're doing very well.

0:33:470:33:50

-It might just make 20 quid.

-Treasure that thought.

0:33:500:33:53

Meanwhile, for the audience, let's see what the auctioneer thinks of Dave's old tin.

0:33:530:33:58

-OK, Colin. That takes the biscuit.

-Very nice, too.

0:33:590:34:02

Always popular, biscuit tins, at auction.

0:34:020:34:04

Yeah. I understand the old ones, the novelty ones,

0:34:040:34:07

but that was such a bog standard biscuit tin from 1955 to 1965

0:34:070:34:15

or whatever its dates are, I just can't believe

0:34:150:34:17

-that somebody's going to invest in that.

-Well, they do.

0:34:170:34:20

-All right, then. How much for it?

-£10 to £20.

0:34:200:34:23

Fair enough. £10 paid by David Harper.

0:34:230:34:25

Who knows? He could be absolutely right.

0:34:250:34:28

-Now, are you going to be taking today's sale?

-I am indeed.

0:34:280:34:31

Ah, we're in safe hands.

0:34:310:34:33

-All right? Happy?

-Definitely.

0:34:400:34:42

You should be happy, too. Look, nice crowded sale room,

0:34:420:34:46

very proficient auctioneer, everything going down your gutter.

0:34:460:34:50

Anyway, first up is the turquoise glass and here it comes.

0:34:500:34:55

Lot number 50, then, is an Italian blue globular vase,

0:34:550:34:58

circa 1950.

0:34:580:34:59

Who's going to start me at £50? £30, anybody?

0:34:590:35:03

-£30?

-Come on.

-£20?

-Come on, come on.

0:35:030:35:06

£20 bid. At £20. 2 now, then?

0:35:060:35:08

-Instant profit.

-In at 20.

-Fantastic.

0:35:090:35:12

22. 25 now? You sure? Yeah, 25.

0:35:120:35:14

£25.

0:35:140:35:16

Result.

0:35:170:35:18

30 now do I see? 28 bid. 30 now anywhere else?

0:35:180:35:21

We're done and selling at £28.

0:35:210:35:24

That's marvellous, that is. That's plus £19.

0:35:240:35:27

That's very good, isn't it? Now for the ashtray.

0:35:270:35:30

There we go, then, lot number 51.

0:35:300:35:32

I may be some time watching this one.

0:35:320:35:35

Lot number 51. The Continental porcelain novelty ashtray.

0:35:350:35:40

-Who's going to start me at what, £50?

-Come on.

-Go on.

0:35:400:35:42

£30.

0:35:420:35:44

-20.

-Come on.

-Is that all?

0:35:450:35:47

10?

0:35:490:35:51

Avert your eyes and bid me five.

0:35:510:35:54

£5 bid. At 5. Eight anywhere else? Eight on the net.

0:35:540:35:57

10 in the room. 12 bid? No. That was short-lived.

0:35:570:36:00

This is hard work. 12 on the net. 12 bid.

0:36:000:36:02

-15 now? 15 bid.

-Yes!

-It's getting there.

0:36:020:36:05

At £15. We're in the room and selling. All done at £15.

0:36:050:36:10

That's minus £15, which means overall you're plus four.

0:36:100:36:13

-You're still in profit.

-Well, yeah.

0:36:130:36:15

Now, the apprentice chest.

0:36:150:36:18

There we go. The early 20th century yew or olive apprentice chest.

0:36:180:36:22

Who's going to start me at what, £50 for it?

0:36:220:36:24

-50? £30 to go, then. £30, anybody?

-Oh, dear.

0:36:240:36:27

-Does anybody want it? 20.

-Come on.

-Surely not?

0:36:270:36:30

20 bid. 25 bid. 30. Let's get on. At 30 bid. Five. Bid 40.

0:36:300:36:33

-Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

-45, no?

0:36:330:36:36

-£40 at the back. At 40. Five anywhere else?

-I can't believe that.

-Gosh.

0:36:360:36:40

50 bid. 50. 55.

0:36:400:36:42

-Bid 60? 60 bid. No?

-Go on!

-One more.

0:36:420:36:45

Going, this time. All done and finished at £55.

0:36:450:36:49

-I can't bear it.

-That's a shame.

-£55. That's minus £5,

0:36:490:36:53

-which means overall you're minus £1.

-Ah! After all that hard work.

0:36:530:36:57

That is ridiculous, isn't it?

0:36:570:36:58

So what are you going to do? Are you going to ring-fence minus £1

0:36:580:37:02

-or risk it on these zebra?

-What are you thinking?

0:37:020:37:04

-We've made a loss. Nothing to lose, so...

-Yeah, go on, then.

0:37:040:37:07

-We're trusting you.

-Don't go looking at me.

0:37:070:37:10

Things are so up in the air at the moment. The prices are all over the place.

0:37:100:37:14

We're not taking anything home anyway, so let's do it.

0:37:140:37:16

-Just your pride.

-Yeah. That went a long time ago.

0:37:160:37:20

They are going with the zebra and here they come.

0:37:210:37:23

Lot 56. A pair of 19th century Staffordshire pottery,

0:37:230:37:26

flat-backed figures of zebra, this time.

0:37:260:37:29

£100, anybody? 100.

0:37:290:37:31

80? £80.

0:37:310:37:34

Oh, dear.

0:37:360:37:37

£50. Go on, you know you need them, sir.

0:37:370:37:40

-£50. 50 on the net.

-They're going.

0:37:400:37:43

At 50. 55. 60 now, do I see? At 60.

0:37:430:37:46

Five anywhere else now? 65.

0:37:460:37:47

£70 there, surely?

0:37:470:37:49

-70.

-It's still a long way off. A long way off.

0:37:490:37:54

80, 85, 90, now.

0:37:540:37:57

90? Are we all done and finished? At 85. It's the last call.

0:37:570:38:00

Hovering again. 90.

0:38:000:38:01

-There you go, you see.

-A little bit more.

0:38:010:38:04

I've no more here. 90 bid. Any more, then? Going this time at £90.

0:38:040:38:09

-That was the gamble, wasn't it?

-Yeah. Minus £60 on that item,

0:38:090:38:12

which means overall, you're minus 61.

0:38:120:38:15

OK, the big thing here is don't tell the Blues a thing, right?

0:38:150:38:18

Not a shtoom. Not a shtoom. Not even a shtoom.

0:38:180:38:21

-So, Val, Keith, you been talking to the Red team at all?

-No.

0:38:300:38:33

-You don't know how they've got on?

-No.

-That's just as well. Good.

0:38:330:38:37

First up is your West German lava vase and here it comes.

0:38:370:38:42

Lot number 71 is a 1960s West German fat lava vase.

0:38:420:38:47

Who'll give me £50 for it? £50, anybody? 50.

0:38:470:38:49

40 to go then, surely. £40, anybody? 40.

0:38:490:38:51

-Come on. 40?

-Come on.

0:38:510:38:54

-30?

-Anybody, take a bid.

0:38:540:38:56

-OK, let's start it at a fiver.

-Oh, no.

0:38:560:38:59

-A fiver, anybody?

-That's ridiculous.

0:38:590:39:02

Five bid. Six now, surely? Six do I see? Six. Beat me to it.

0:39:020:39:05

At six, seven, eight. Nine.

0:39:050:39:08

Ten. 12, may I be so bold?

0:39:080:39:11

-12 bid. 14, bid.

-Ah, now we've got the serious stuff.

0:39:110:39:14

At 14. 15 now? At 14. All done and finished and going then.

0:39:140:39:18

-15 on the internet.

-Oh, the internet.

0:39:180:39:21

The Germans have come back.

0:39:210:39:23

Last call. Going on the net at £15.

0:39:230:39:25

I'm just going to presume that the buyer has only got a black and white screen.

0:39:250:39:30

-No taste.

-Colin's right.

0:39:310:39:34

Minus 20. Minus £20. Bad luck, team.

0:39:340:39:36

Now, here comes the Mandarin lamp.

0:39:360:39:39

Who's going to start me at £50 for it? 30 to go then, surely?

0:39:390:39:42

30? £20, anybody?

0:39:420:39:44

-20? 10.

-Oh, come on.

0:39:440:39:45

Thank you. 10 bid. 15. Let's get on. 15 now surely.

0:39:450:39:49

A good sizeable lamp, this. 15 now do I see?

0:39:490:39:51

-15 bid. 20 bid.

-Come on.

0:39:510:39:53

-22, if you like.

-Get it away.

0:39:530:39:55

22 do I see? 22 bid.

0:39:550:39:57

25 bid. 28 now? 28 bid, surely? No.

0:39:570:39:59

25. Are we all done at 25? Last call at £25.

0:39:590:40:03

£25? You are minus £30 on that, right?

0:40:040:40:08

-Overall, then, it's not looking so hot.

-It's not good.

0:40:080:40:11

-Minus 50.

-Here's the picture frame.

0:40:110:40:13

Very pretty little easel frame, this one. Lot number 73.

0:40:130:40:17

40? 30 to go, then, surely? £30, anybody?

0:40:170:40:19

-30?

-Oh, come on.

0:40:190:40:21

£20 bid. At 20. And two, now? 22 bid. Five now do I see? Five bid.

0:40:210:40:25

28? 28 bid. 30 do I see? 30 bid. And two. 32 bid.

0:40:250:40:28

35? At 35. 8 do I see?

0:40:280:40:30

At 35. Last call, then. Going at £35.

0:40:300:40:34

-Oh!

-£35, you've wiped your face.

-We broke even.

0:40:340:40:36

-No shame in that, David.

-We'd better go for the bonus buy.

0:40:360:40:40

Overall, you're minus 50, kids,

0:40:400:40:43

so what are we going to do about this much-mocked tin?

0:40:430:40:46

I think we're going to have to put our money on the tin.

0:40:460:40:49

-Yes. We trust David.

-Really?

-You're going to can it, are you?

-Yes.

0:40:490:40:53

He can't do any worse than us, can he?

0:40:530:40:55

Well, OK, fine. We're going with the tin and here it comes.

0:40:550:40:59

Lot number 77 is a Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin.

0:40:590:41:02

£20 for it. 20? Ten to go.

0:41:020:41:05

-Ten. £10.

-Go on.

0:41:050:41:07

-£5.

-No.

-No!

0:41:080:41:10

Five bid. Six now do I see? Five bid.

0:41:100:41:12

Six bid. Seven now do I see?

0:41:120:41:14

-Seven?

-Come on. Another one.

0:41:140:41:16

-Yes!

-Eight now do I see?

0:41:160:41:19

£8 bid. Thank you. Eight bid. Nine now do I see?

0:41:190:41:21

At £8. Gentleman in the third row really does take the biscuit.

0:41:210:41:26

That's minus £2. You kept up the record. A minus score on every item.

0:41:280:41:33

-We've done really well.

-So overall, you are minus £52.

0:41:330:41:37

Best thing to do is not to discuss a thing with the Reds.

0:41:370:41:42

You haven't said, "That could be a winning score."

0:41:420:41:46

Did you say, "That could be a winning score"?

0:41:460:41:48

It could be a winning score.

0:41:480:41:50

Don't talk to the Reds.

0:41:510:41:53

Well, well, well, well, well, what fun this is.

0:42:020:42:05

Lincoln Cathedral - what could be more beautiful?

0:42:050:42:08

-You teams been talking to one another?

-No.

-Not a word.

0:42:080:42:11

-Not a word.

-Not a word.

-Jolly good.

0:42:110:42:13

You won't know, then,

0:42:130:42:14

that there's only £9 between our teams today.

0:42:140:42:18

And sadly, the runners up today are...

0:42:190:42:21

the Reds.

0:42:210:42:23

Look at that. That man is so pleased.

0:42:260:42:29

Well you might laugh, you Blues, let me tell you,

0:42:290:42:33

but these people were streaks ahead of you

0:42:330:42:36

until they did the bonus buy lark

0:42:360:42:39

and they got belted up with some wretched zebra

0:42:390:42:43

-which shafted you, didn't it?

-Just a little.

-Just a little.

0:42:430:42:47

Morally, you are the victors today but actually, you're the runners up

0:42:470:42:52

and the victors are, of course, the Blues.

0:42:520:42:54

-We whopped them.

-You whopped them by only managing to lose £52.

0:42:540:42:59

Oh, dear.

0:42:590:43:01

Nevertheless, you are the victors today

0:43:010:43:03

and I hope you've had a nice time.

0:43:030:43:05

Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?

0:43:050:43:08

Yes!

0:43:080:43:10

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0:43:300:43:32

Tim Wonnacott and the bargain-hunting teams head to Peterborough. Love is in the air as two couples go head-to-head in a friendly competition to find the best buys. Expert Nick Hall has his hands full with a red team who love each other, but hate Nick's suggestions. And David Harper's love birds are quick to 'fall out of love' with each other's choices! Tim Wonnacott takes a spiritual break from the bargain hunting and heads to Stonor Park in Oxfordshire.