Peterborough 21 Bargain Hunt


Peterborough 21

The antiques contest comes from Peterborough, with experts Charlie Ross and Thomas Plant. Tim Wonnacott visits the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.


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Today, we're foraging for finds

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in the fine flatlands of the Fens.

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That's an awful lot of F-words. It's called alliteration.

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Peterborough, to be precise, where they've got a football team called The Posh.

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The big question today is - will our teams be victorious or will there be a lot of own goals?

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Let's go bargain hunting!

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The East of England Showground hosts a surprising variety of events,

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from truckfests

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to shire horse driving to boxing,

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but today, it's a knockout antiques fair that we're here for,

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so let's have a quick peek at what's coming up.

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On today's show, Charlie doesn't take his own advice.

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-Could you do it for 20, sir?

-I'll do it for 20.

-I should have said 15!

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-And the Reds ignore Thomas's plan.

-Where has it all gone wrong?

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-Stop dithering and start buying.

-OK.

-Is that all right?

-Yes.

-Sorry to give you a telling-off.

-That's OK.

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Ooh-er! Let's meet the teams.

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So it's girl power today, my favourite teams, two teams of girls.

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For the Reds, we've got Dawn and Judith, a lovely daughter and mother combo,

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for the Blues, Charlotte and Winnie, a granddaughter and grandma combo.

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-Hello, everybody!

-Hello.

-Very nice to see you. Dawn, you work for one of the big telecom companies.

-I do.

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-But what floats your boat are adrenaline sports.

-Yes, definitely.

-Tell us about that.

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I really love all the water sports, so whether it's sea kayaking, scuba-diving...

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Skydiving as well or white-water rafting. If it's an adrenaline sport, I'm there to try it.

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-You're queueing up. Have you been to foreign parts to do all these things?

-I have.

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I've travelled to most of the east of Africa, to Australia, New Zealand, Asia as well.

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I pick things up as I go along too if I can fit them in the rucksack.

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Judith, you've had an unusual job, I believe.

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Yes, I used to investigate doctors' prescriptions for the Prescribing Investigation Bureau.

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That was for excess drugs, drug abuse.

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You know, so it was quite different.

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Is this because the doctors were taking too many pills themselves or were selling their prescriptions?

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-It was just over-prescribing too many drugs.

-Is that what it was?

-Yes.

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How interesting! One learns something every day. Very nice to meet you.

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-Moving on then, how are you, Blues?

-Yes, we're good.

-Fine, thank you.

-Charlotte, what do you do?

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I'm a student at Manchester studying Graphic Design.

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-You're in the right place to do a good degree.

-Yeah, last year, only a couple of months till I'm finished.

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-Are you going to get a good degree?

-I hope so.

-Any ideas yet?

-Not that I'm going to give away.

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Winnie, you're a retired catering manager and you used to run a B&B.

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-That's right.

-But now you have the best job, being a grandmother.

-I have, yes, being a grandma.

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-Are you as close as two peas in a pod?

-I like to think so.

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It says here that you're very talkative.

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-I don't know who told you that.

-Charlotte is nodding her head violently here.

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You're a member of the university too. Effectively, you two are both students.

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-Yes.

-And what is your university?

-Mine is the University of the Third Age.

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And it's for retired people. I do Patchwork and Quilting.

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-I'm one of the co-ordinators for that.

-Do quite a few people do Patchwork and Quilting?

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Yes, I run two groups. Wonderful ladies. I've got 30 people in each group.

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Now, have you two students of life and everything else thought about tactics?

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-Yes.

-Yes.

-What are your tactics going to be today?

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We're going to go for one item each and then a wild card.

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-Are you?

-Yes.

-We'll see what catches our eye.

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This does sound exciting. Let us not delay because this is the money moment. There's your £300.

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You know the rules, your experts await and off you go. And very, very, very good luck!

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So, high-speed adrenaline versus education today, what?

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Well, our experts have to contend with all sorts,

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but with the world at his fingertips,

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Thomas Plant is just the man for our globetrotting Reds.

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-PLAYS TRUMPET

-And will you listen to that?

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He may be new, but Charlie Ross is already blowing his own trumpet.

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Well, well, the sun is out and I have a student on each arm.

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-I'm not sure this has ever happened to me before.

-I'm sure it has.

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She's got your number, Charlie.

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We're hoping to spend all the money. We want to look for ceramics.

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-Glassware.

-And something quirky that reminds me of travelling.

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-You're going to buy something?

-Yes.

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-You're going to buy something?

-Yes.

-I'm going to buy something! Let's get cracking!

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Be decisive. Don't dither.

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-And as you two are the adrenaline girls, let's go!

-Yes!

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-Are you an Art Deco lady, Art Nouveau?

-Yes.

-Are you?

-Yes.

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-Very much.

-Don't tell me you're a Clarice Cliff lover!

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-Of course.

-Oh, no!

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-Yes, that's what we're looking for.

-I never thought I'd go out with a girl who liked Clarice Cliff.

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Don't take it personally, Winnie.

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I think Charlie's a bit of a crack-POT!

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-Nothing there.

-Nothing there.

-I'd follow that sign, ladies.

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-Oh, look!

-What is it? Is it just a jug?

-It's just a jug.

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It's Crown Devon. It's modern, so it's typically...

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You say you like the Deco period. You don't get more of a Deco shape than that.

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But of course, it doesn't have the age of Deco.

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-You could ask how much it was.

-It's 40.

-It's 40?

-I think we should move on.

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Yes, decisiveness. That's what we like.

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-Very good. When it comes to negotiating, who are we going to use?

-Charlotte.

-Me.

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I already feel this in my bones.

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-I think you're the sort of girl that could reduce things by half probably.

-Let's hope so.

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No pressure then, Charlotte.

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-Dawn, what do you think about this?

-That's quite nice.

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-Is this this Mdina that...

-I don't know.

-..there's loads of?

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-These are quite nice.

-Do you not think they're just ordinary?

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They look like this Mdina, but there's nothing written on.

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So, no spending frenzy yet from our adrenaline girls. The Blues aren't dithering though.

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-I like this one.

-Straight in! She's got an eye, your granddaughter, hasn't she?

-Oh, she's there!

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-She's there.

-Yes.

-Look at that.

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-Do you think these are diamonds?

-No.

-No.

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-I would say certainly not!

-LAUGHTER

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-If they were diamonds...

-They would be under lock and key.

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It's very stylish and costume jewellery is very collectable.

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It's not very old, but for costume jewellery, does it matter? How much is it, sir?

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-It's 25.

-25?

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It's not untoward. It's quite stylish. It's very stylish.

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-I think we should just go for it.

-I love this.

-Hang on a minute.

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I know this is cruel, but he said 25. You must have it in your lovely-looking eyes

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to stare that gentleman in the face and say, "What about 15 or 20?"

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-Could you do it for 20, sir?

-I'll do it for 20.

-Oh, I should have said 15!

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-I think Charlotte should have asked.

-Charlotte, I'm not sure we're going to get a profit.

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-I like it.

-But for you... You like it.

-Let's go for it.

-Sold!

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Thank you very much indeed, sir.

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Please, shake my girls by the hand. I've never known such an instant purchase in all my life.

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So, the Blues have dived in.

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The Reds, however, are still at the toe-dipping stage.

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Now, why do you like this?

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I just like the colours.

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I know it isn't really expensive, but something about it appeals to us.

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I don't know what you think is really expensive, but I see £45 on that one there.

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Am I dealing with a multi-millionaire?

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LAUGHTER

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OK, if we're going to go for this, if we're going to have a think, we've got to check condition.

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It's quite unusual.

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-On its own, yes.

-What's the quality like?

-The quality is rather nice.

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-What do you think?

-I quite like that.

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-Yeah?

-Yes. It's not flimsy. It wouldn't fall over.

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-You're thinking of dusting, aren't you?

-You're thinking of... You're a domestic goddess.

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-I like that.

-Do you like that?

-Yeah, let's get it. What do you think?

-What do you think? How much is it?

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It says 40. Maybe we'll have a conversation, if that's all right.

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-Do you want me to do that?

-Yes.

-Are you happy?

-Yes, you go for it.

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-We'll rely on you.

-Stay here.

-We won't move.

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So, what's Winnie spotted then?

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What can you tell me about that? It's Edwardian. There we go, Arcadian Ware.

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It's one of the Stoke potteries. There we go, Arcadian Ware.

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-Charlotte, you don't like that, do you?

-No.

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You remind me of my daughter. "Old-fashioned, Dad!"

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So, has Thomas jumped in for the Reds?

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-Thomas, quick!

-£25.

-Oh, brilliant!

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Well, a nice guy, very generous.

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-I think that's a very good first buy.

-Oh, brilliant.

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Well done. You really are the adrenaline girls.

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-We've been shopping nine minutes.

-There's no stopping us.

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-Spending money is great.

-I hate to see when you're really on something!

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Could you tell us how much this is?

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-£60.

-And is £60 your lowest or could you come down?

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-He'd take 30 for you, Winnie.

-I'll take 50.

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Winnie, it's a nice thing. Do buy it if you'd like to.

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-No, I'd like to think about it.

-It might be easier to sit on the grass and burn a £20 note.

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That makes it black and white!

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-We might come back.

-Have a think on it. We've got that there.

-Thank you.

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-You absolutely know what you like. It's quite easy, this.

-We're attracted to the cheap things.

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There's nothing wrong with that, Charlotte darling.

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-You've got your glass now. How about your ceramic item?

-Right.

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-Or something quirky.

-And quirky.

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Well, off you go, but it could all change.

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-It could.

-You girls could all change your mind. Come on, let's go.

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Can you tell Thomas has done this before then?

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Of course, sometimes experience is a good thing.

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-Don't buy any of that!

-No.

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-Sometimes it counts for nothing.

-Is that too fussy?

-Yes, for me.

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What about a walking stick in the form of a spine?

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-LAUGHTER

-No!

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I don't know if you'd be interested in that. It's a travelling door stop.

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-That's a bit unusual.

-I think that's quite "you". You like travelling.

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This is delightful. So that lifts up and this goes in comme ca and that folds in like that.

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If you were travelling across the world on your ship, on your cruises,

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you were stopping in various places and they didn't have door stops, this is just what one would need.

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-We haven't even asked the price.

-How much is it?

-25 on that.

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It's very quirky. Would it make a profit at auction?

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I think if we could be a little bit cheeky and offer you £20...

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-All right, 20.

-I think we've got a very good opportunity of doing all right with this.

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It's such a fun little object.

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OK, we'll keep looking, so we know that's there to come back to.

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Really? You don't want to go for it? I can tell, Dawn, you have no love for it whatsoever!

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So you just bought the Mdina in nine minutes. Five minutes later...

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-Oh, the affront, Thomas!

-We've got ten minutes to play with, have a quick look.

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-We've got to hurry up now.

-We've got to spend some money.

-Where's Charlie?

-Where's Charlie?

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Chatting to the stallholders about their dogs!

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-Chatting up the women.

-That's right.

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She's an astute judge of character, that Charlotte.

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Ahoy! The Reds have found a lookout.

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Thomas, I know these are probably expensive, but are they new?

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No, they're not new. They would have come straight from a ship, portholes on a ship.

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They've been made as mirrors now. Is it because they're reflective and they're also to do with travel?

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-Is that why you like them?

-Yes, I spend a lot of time in the ocean scuba-diving, under the ocean,

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on boats, and this is very "me".

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If you're that passionately involved with these,

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have a chat, honestly.

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What's the best price you can do?

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Um...

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140 on one.

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-That's still too high. We've only got a little budget.

-Right.

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-Can you go down again?

-130.

-120?

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-I can't do it. I'm sorry. I haven't got any margin in it for it.

-OK.

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-Sorry.

-We'll have a think about it.

-No problem. I realise you've got other things to see.

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-Thank you.

-Come on.

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It's a fine art.

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A bit like blowing in tune, eh, Charlie?

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-I'm an extremely proficient player.

-Musician.

-Oh, absolutely.

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-Listen to this.

-Right.

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STRUGGLES TO PRODUCE A NOTE

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-I'd stick to the day job.

-It's not very good, is it?

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While we're fiddling around looking at that which we're not going to buy,

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-we have got half an hour left.

-Half an hour?

-Yeah.

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Charlotte's done her bit.

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Yeah, come on, Winnie. It's your turn.

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-It must be, mustn't it?

-I don't think our dog would be very happy in there.

-We could put Tim in there.

-Me?

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-Can you imagine him climbing out of that?

-Yes, and I'll give your ankle a nip, Thomas.

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You cheeky pup!

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Gran is a ditherer.

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Gran is looking at things, liking things, but we need to just push her into the purchase mode,

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otherwise we're going to run out of time.

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Winnie may not have found a bargain yet, but I have.

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Who was it that said that good things come in plain cases?

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Well, it was me, actually. It's what you call a truism.

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And it's nowhere better shown than in this

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because on the face of it, this is a very dull-looking box.

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It's made of sycamore.

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A nice yellowish colour.

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Open it up and it reveals a surprising and interesting treasure. Look at that!

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What's going on here?

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Well, it's a scientific instrument, innit?

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What we've got is a tube of glass that's been filled with alcohol

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and this thing would have been used to determine the level of an object.

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So, if I tip it that way, look, it seems to be perfectly level.

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If I raise it two or three degrees,

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the flow of alcohol moves through the tube

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and you can determine what the angle of dangle is.

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So it's a simple level.

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And what is the French word for a level?

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It's a "niveau". And it's inscribed in pen and ink here, look.

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"Niveau du..." "Level of..."

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"Lieutenant Colonel Bossart."

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But were he a Frenchman, he would not be described as Lieutenant Colonel Bossart,

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so he's an English-speaking officer

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who maybe happened to be in Paris and bought a niveau,

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hence "niveau du Lieutenant Colonel Bossart".

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So there's a degree of mystery about this little instrument.

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Who was Lieutenant Colonel Bossart?

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If he was an English officer, it would be possible to research his military background

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and find out what sort of campaigns or what sort of an officer he was

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to further enhance the interest and potential value in this little object

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because today, here at Peterborough,

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you could buy such a thing for only £30.

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Yes, I am levelling with you here for £30.

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And what might it be worth?

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Well, as an instrument, I would be surprised if it wasn't worth at least 100,

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but if Bossart was any good as an officer and you could find out some more information about all of that,

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well, you know what they say...

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Knowledge is wealth.

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Now, who said that?

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I think it could have been me.

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Now, both teams have two items to go

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with only 25 minutes left.

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When we first started this exercise, I mentioned two Ds to you -

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-be decisive, which you have been, and don't dither.

-Yes.

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Well, the latter, I have to say, has been done and I told you not to do it.

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So I suggest we stop dithering. You're meant to be the adrenaline girls.

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-You've seen some good things. Let's be decisive and stop dithering and start buying.

-OK.

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-Is that all right?

-Yes.

-Sorry to give you a telling-off.

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He's not really. Thomas loves being a bossy-boots.

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Now, you're looking for the Deco period.

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You can't get more Deco than that shape for a cup, can you?

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Crisp lines.

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Nice, stylised flowers,

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hand-painted

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and very stylistic, isn't it?

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-Do you like it?

-I like that very...

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-I do like that, yes.

-Winnie, you're beginning to motor now, aren't you?

-Yes.

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-There's a good, crisp Deco line about the jug as well.

-It's very pretty.

-What would you pay for it?

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-45.

-You would pay 45?

-Yes.

-And it would make at auction what?

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-50.

-I can tell you that the asking price is £30.

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If you could buy that for £20,

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I think you stand a sporting chance.

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Right, Charlotte, I think we're going to send Winnie off to do some negotiating.

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-Winnie, you've heard what I've said.

-Yes.

-20 quid. Go and do your best.

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-I'll go and talk to the stallholder and see what she has to say.

-We'll just chill out.

-OK.

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You do that, Charlie.

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-What about this?

-Why do you like this?

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-Maybe it's reminiscent of the '70s. I like...

-Well, it is.

0:19:170:19:22

-What is it? Is it a plant pot?

-Well, it looks like a plant pot.

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-Denby stoneware planter and bowl. £65.

-I think we can try some negotiation.

0:19:260:19:32

Meanwhile, Winnie has struck a deal at £27.

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-I've spent some money.

-You've bought it?

-I've bought it.

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-You didn't ask my permission, did you, Winnie?

-Sorry.

0:19:400:19:44

-Well done. No, I'm absolutely thrilled about that.

-Thank you.

0:19:440:19:48

I love a girl that knows her mind. You two have bought something each and that's wonderful.

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-I've had no say in the matter at all and I just hope we make a profit.

-NERVOUS LAUGHTER

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What would be your best?

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-Oh, about 185!

-Yeah(!)

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-Seeing as it's you...

-Yes.

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55.

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-Hmm.

-That's too high for us.

0:20:090:20:12

-Can you drop to 35?

-No, 50 is honestly the death on that.

0:20:120:20:16

-We should move on.

-Right, we need to be decisive.

-You're not being decisive.

0:20:160:20:21

We should move on and look at other things on the stall. There are some nice objects.

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OK, but with 20 minutes left and two items to go, you've got to start pulling your finger out.

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Or perhaps finding something to put on it, eh, Blues?

0:20:330:20:37

-I like this one.

-Let's have a look.

0:20:370:20:39

Set with an amethyst with diamonds round the outside.

0:20:390:20:43

-I like that. Do you like that?

-Yeah.

-Yes.

0:20:430:20:46

I'm not wild about the price, but then I'm a mean old chap.

0:20:460:20:50

-What's the price?

-110.

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-Ugh!

-Hang on. Stretcher bearers!

0:20:520:20:55

Gran's had a fit!

0:20:550:20:57

-It's beautiful.

-You like it?

-Yeah.

0:20:570:21:00

-Sir...

-Sir...

0:21:000:21:03

Sir, I've got two absolutely gorgeous ladies with me today

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-who are very keen on your lovely ring.

-£90.

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-£90...

-Is that your absolute lowest?

-Could we knock...?

0:21:110:21:15

-No, not a penny.

-Not 85?

0:21:150:21:17

Not even 85, no.

0:21:170:21:19

-Not even 88! You're getting better.

-Yes.

-I reckon by teatime you'll be quite good at this lark.

0:21:190:21:24

-We haven't got a lot of time left.

-Winnie's right.

0:21:240:21:28

She's got years left!

0:21:280:21:31

88. There we go.

0:21:310:21:33

- 86. - Eighty...seven before I close it?

0:21:330:21:38

- No. £86.50. - No, we don't do fifty pences!

0:21:380:21:42

- 87. The box is closing. - OK, sold!

0:21:420:21:46

-You're happy with that.

-I am.

-Your negotiating skills were good.

0:21:460:21:50

-Brilliant!

-We've bought three things!

-We've done it.

0:21:500:21:54

-Oh, we've done.

-Just like that.

-We've got money left. Let's spend!

0:21:540:21:59

Come on. I'll buy you a bun.

0:21:590:22:02

What a gent!

0:22:020:22:04

And with that, the Blues have it all in the bag, unlike the Reds.

0:22:040:22:09

Right, come on you two.

0:22:090:22:11

You are in trouble now. You've got literally 15 minutes.

0:22:110:22:16

You've only bought one item. What's going on?

0:22:160:22:19

-Shall we make a decision and look at the two things we've already seen?

-No, you've already looked at them.

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-There's no point looking again.

-To buy.

-Yes, to buy.

-To buy the porthole.

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-And the doorstop.

-You want to do that?

0:22:310:22:35

-That's what you want to do?

-Go with it, yes.

-Let's make a decision! We've got 15 minutes!

0:22:350:22:40

Let's go! Come on.

0:22:400:22:42

Finally, our Reds are living on the edge. The edge of time's up, that is.

0:22:420:22:48

- What would you do for two? - The best on the two would be 240.

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OK, that's nearly all of our cash. And what's the price for one?

0:22:540:22:59

- The very best on one is £130. - OK, I'll go for that.

0:22:590:23:04

- Brilliant. - Thanks very much.

0:23:040:23:06

-Two down.

-Look, you've bought your glass.

0:23:060:23:10

-Now the ceramic item. We've fallen at the last hurdle.

-Yes.

0:23:100:23:16

-There's no ceramics for you here.

-No, I think we're going to have to go with the doorstop.

0:23:160:23:22

But with only a few minutes left, is it still there?

0:23:240:23:28

-We've come back for the...

-Too late. I've sold it.

-No!

0:23:280:23:32

-Oh, no!

-She's joshing, she's joshing.

0:23:320:23:36

-Thank you.

-He's a happy man now.

0:23:360:23:39

It's just marvellous. Marvellous.

0:23:390:23:43

So here we are. I have my sweet little doorstop.

0:23:430:23:47

£20.

0:23:470:23:50

-It's less risky than a porthole.

-I'm very happy.

0:23:500:23:54

-It fits in my little pocket here.

-And you can keep doors open!

0:23:540:23:59

-I'm ready, like Dr Livingstone, off for my travels.

-To open a door and keep it wedged open.

0:23:590:24:05

To open a door and keep it wedged open, wherever I am. Bye-bye, girls. I'm off.

0:24:050:24:11

Off for a cup of tea, more like it! Because the Reds have done it.

0:24:110:24:16

Look snappy because time's up.

0:24:180:24:21

Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought, eh?

0:24:210:24:25

Thomas got the Reds all pumped up over their first purchase,

0:24:260:24:30

an Mdina glass vase for £25.

0:24:300:24:34

Then, after lots of prevarication, Thomas got them whipped up again

0:24:340:24:38

and they decided on the aluminium porthole for £130.

0:24:380:24:42

And finally the travelling doorstop for 20 smackers.

0:24:420:24:46

-We've done it, we've finished.

-Yes.

-You've spent a bit of money.

0:24:470:24:51

Just exactly how much money did you spend, you girls?

0:24:510:24:55

-175.

-Oh, that's all right. And who's got the £125 of leftover lolly?

0:24:550:25:00

-I have.

-OK, let's have a look at that. Thank you.

0:25:000:25:04

-Anyway, there's your £125 of leftover lolly.

-Thank you.

0:25:040:25:08

-What are you going to spend that on?

-Something sleek, slender, cool and crisp.

0:25:080:25:13

-A bit like you then, really?

-Debonair!

0:25:130:25:17

Good luck, girls. Have a cup of tea. Meanwhile, we're going to check out what the Blue team bought.

0:25:170:25:23

Charlotte got busy with the lizzy, I mean lizard, when she handed over £20

0:25:230:25:28

in the first five minutes.

0:25:280:25:30

Then it was Winnie's turn, but she couldn't

0:25:300:25:34

until Charlie eventually found an Art Deco tea set she liked for £27.

0:25:340:25:38

And finally Charlotte rounded off the process by putting a ring on it. £87 paid.

0:25:380:25:45

-It's been fabulous.

-It's been fun, hasn't it? No more dithering!

0:25:460:25:50

That Charlie Ross has all the luck. He gets two gorgeous girls to spend an hour with.

0:25:500:25:56

-Wonderful.

-Now of the three pieces that you've bought, Win,

0:25:560:26:00

-which is your favourite piece?

-The ring.

-Do you agree, Charlotte?

0:26:000:26:04

-Definitely the ring.

-Always agree with Gran.

0:26:040:26:08

-Your overall expenditure was...?

-134.

0:26:080:26:12

134. So I would like £166 of leftover lolly, please, Win.

0:26:120:26:17

Very good. That's perfect. All of which is going over to Charlie Ross,

0:26:170:26:23

-which is quite a good old wodge.

-And I've seen just the thing I'm going to buy!

0:26:230:26:28

Well, we'll cross our fingers and everything else

0:26:280:26:32

that you're successful.

0:26:320:26:34

Meanwhile for the rest of us, we're heading to the West Country. We're going to Exeter. Oo-ar!

0:26:340:26:40

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter boasts some magnificent treasures

0:26:420:26:48

and in 2011 it reopened its doors after a four-year refurbishment.

0:26:480:26:53

Surprise, surprise, within its walls is a fine collection of Exeter silver.

0:26:530:26:59

It's thought that the craft of silversmithing in Exeter dates right back to antiquity.

0:26:590:27:06

Indeed, maybe to Roman times.

0:27:060:27:09

But the emergence of a town mark identifying Exeter as a silver-making centre

0:27:090:27:15

happened in the 1570s and indeed the earliest piece of silver that I'm showing you today

0:27:150:27:22

dates from 1573.

0:27:220:27:24

This is a communion cup by a silversmith called John Jones

0:27:240:27:29

and the mark for Exeter at that time is a simple X

0:27:290:27:34

shown here as an X underneath a crown with two pellets on either side.

0:27:340:27:41

In 1696, there was a change in legislation which required all provincial silver

0:27:410:27:47

to be sent to London for hallmarking.

0:27:470:27:50

That was extremely inconvenient

0:27:500:27:53

and various towns and cities petitioned that they should be allowed to hallmark their silver

0:27:530:27:59

and in 1701 that was allowed here in Exeter.

0:27:590:28:04

As a result, silver thereafter bore the Exeter hallmark

0:28:040:28:10

in the form of the outline of a castle, thought to be Rougemont Castle here in Exeter.

0:28:100:28:16

About 10 years later, in 1716,

0:28:160:28:20

this magnificent punch bowl or monteith was created.

0:28:200:28:26

At the start of the 18th century, glasses were rare and expensive

0:28:260:28:30

and you wouldn't have a number of glasses laid out to drink from.

0:28:300:28:35

You'd simply have one and if you were changing drinks and you wanted to rinse your glass,

0:28:350:28:42

a monteith with this indentation in the top rim was designed to take the stem of the glass

0:28:420:28:48

so that you could dip it into water in the middle.

0:28:480:28:52

So a monteith like this would be set up on a dining table and you'd rinse your glass accordingly.

0:28:520:28:59

What I like about this piece of Exeter silver is that it's got a duality of function

0:28:590:29:05

because you can take that hit or miss moulded rim off

0:29:050:29:09

and the thing is transformed into a useful punch bowl.

0:29:090:29:13

Scroll forward another couple of decades and this wee dish was made.

0:29:130:29:17

This was a very rare piece because this thing was designed to take strawberries.

0:29:170:29:23

If you've ever tried to pick up strawberries with a silver spoon,

0:29:230:29:27

they irritatingly shift around the bowl, trying to avoid capture.

0:29:270:29:33

But if you have these indentations, the berries roll into one, they get trapped

0:29:330:29:39

and you can easily scoop them out. Clever, eh?

0:29:390:29:42

The big question today for our teams at the auction is are they going to polish off some decent profits?

0:29:420:29:49

We've popped from Peterborough to Stansted Mountfitchet to be with our auctioneer today, John Black.

0:30:010:30:09

-How are you?

-Very good, thank you.

-Now first up for these Reds we have the triangular, tapering Mdina vase.

0:30:090:30:17

-What do you make of that?

-Very nice. Maltese vase, well coloured.

0:30:170:30:21

£25-£35, thereabouts.

0:30:210:30:24

-That's it, I'm afraid.

-Is it? £25 paid.

0:30:240:30:28

-OK.

-So they're pretty well on the money.

0:30:280:30:31

-Next up is their aluminium porthole, which is a bit of an oddball object.

-It's a great decorative lot.

0:30:310:30:38

-We've estimated it at £100-£150.

-Perfect. £130 paid.

0:30:380:30:43

And, quite frankly, with something that's as wacky as this, anything can happen.

0:30:430:30:48

And probably the wackiest thing that we've seen for a while has to be

0:30:480:30:53

the travelling door wedge. Have you ever seen one before?

0:30:530:30:57

-Never!

-What's the estimate, John?

-It's £20-£30.

0:30:570:31:01

£20 paid. And, frankly, my prediction is that if anybody twigs what an extraordinary object this is

0:31:010:31:08

-anything could happen.

-Mm-hm.

0:31:080:31:11

Well, that's exciting. Overall, I fancy they'll do all right

0:31:110:31:14

and won't need their Bonus Buy, but let's look at it anyway.

0:31:140:31:19

-Now Dawn and Judith, how are you?

-Fine, thank you.

-Looking forward to finding what your Bonus Buy is.

0:31:190:31:25

Aren't we all? So, Thomas, you had £125 to invest. What did you buy?

0:31:250:31:30

I said I'd get something sleek and cool and crisp.

0:31:300:31:34

-And I did. I went down the Danish route and bought Royal Copenhagen.

-I like the colour.

0:31:340:31:39

-Oh, I like that!

-Do you? That's the reaction I want.

0:31:390:31:43

-Oh, yes. It's simple, but stylish.

-Just like Thomas, really.

0:31:430:31:48

Scandinavians get it right every time.

0:31:480:31:51

-How much did you pay for it?

-A very small £70. If you say it quickly, it doesn't seem so bad.

-OK.

0:31:510:31:57

No, it's very nice. It is Royal Copenhagen. It is a quality, quality manufacturer.

0:31:570:32:03

-Is there any profit in it?

-Definitely!

0:32:030:32:07

Dawn's straight to the chase!

0:32:070:32:10

-I do like it.

-And we wanted ceramics.

0:32:100:32:13

Yes! And I do like that. It's not fussy.

0:32:130:32:17

-OK. Happy, girls?

-Yes.

-Very.

0:32:170:32:19

For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Tom's little pot.

0:32:190:32:25

There we go. Fishy business.

0:32:250:32:28

Now if you had a pound for every piece of Royal Copenhagen that you'd ever seen,

0:32:280:32:33

-you'd be a multi-millionaire.

-I would be, but this is a pretty vase.

0:32:330:32:38

-But we've only estimated it at £60-£100.

-That's OK.

0:32:380:32:44

-£70 paid by the cunning Thomas Plant. He sees a bargain, if the team decide to go with it.

-Yes.

0:32:440:32:51

Anyway, that's marvellous. I'm going to put it on there as if it's a wedding cake.

0:32:510:32:58

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

0:32:580:33:03

We have quite an age differential between these two contestants,

0:33:030:33:07

-which accounts for the fact that Charlotte went with the diamante.

-And she was the younger?

0:33:070:33:13

-Yeah, she's the younger.

-It's very modern

0:33:130:33:16

and worth very, very little. £10-£20, that's all we've got

0:33:160:33:20

£20 was paid by Charlotte. We'll see what happens.

0:33:200:33:25

Next is the five-piece tea set.

0:33:250:33:28

China, 1930s, it's not Shelley. But, all the same, it's very decorative.

0:33:280:33:34

-£25-£35 we've put on that.

-OK, £27 paid.

0:33:340:33:38

So there ain't a lot of profit in that. And the last item is the nine-carat gold amethyst ring,

0:33:380:33:45

-which looks a lovely old piece.

-It's not old.

-It's not old?

0:33:450:33:50

The case makes you think it's old. It's marked with a very well-known TV shopping channel brand.

0:33:500:33:56

-Really? So it's brand new.

-Brand new.

-Never! Good Lord!

0:33:560:34:01

-£50-£70 is all we think it's worth.

-Well, that's not too bad. They only paid £87.

0:34:010:34:07

So they're a bit above your estimate in which case they'll need their Bonus Buy, so let's look at it.

0:34:070:34:14

Now, Carlos, you were given a whole £166.

0:34:140:34:18

-I was.

-For your Bonus Buy. And the girls are just gagging to see it.

-We are.

0:34:180:34:24

-So take your little rag off, Charles.

-Oh!

-That is lovely.

0:34:240:34:29

-1821.

-It's beautiful. How much did you pay for it?

0:34:290:34:33

-Very nearly what the man wanted!

-Really?!

0:34:330:34:36

-In the end, I bought it for £150.

-Ah!

0:34:360:34:40

-Winnie! Winnie! Hang on there, Winnie.

-Grip fast, girl.

0:34:400:34:44

-A lot of money!

-Well, yes. You could say that. But on the other hand,

0:34:440:34:49

-quality doesn't come cheap.

-It doesn't.

-Get your hands on it.

0:34:490:34:54

I think the feel of silver is incredibly important.

0:34:540:34:58

It's called a capstan mustard

0:34:580:35:00

-cos it's in the shape, roughly, of a cylindrical capstan.

-Beautiful.

0:35:000:35:05

You don't have to select that until after the sale of your items.

0:35:050:35:09

But right now let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Charlie's little pot.

0:35:090:35:15

-Do you like a bit of mustard, John?

-I do, Tim. Drum mustard, George IV, 1820, 1821.

0:35:150:35:23

Good shape. It's probably not the original liner inside.

0:35:230:35:28

-We've only put £60-£100.

-Right. We've got no spoon.

0:35:280:35:34

-Well, Charles has just invested £150 of leftover lolly in this.

-Crumbs.

0:35:340:35:38

He really rates it. He's told his team this is absolutely F-A-B and they should go for it.

0:35:380:35:45

-Best of luck!

-That may not be the best advice.

0:35:450:35:49

-No.

-No. Well, let's not be too grave about it. They might not go with it.

0:35:490:35:54

-On the other hand...

-They might need it.

-God help them!

0:35:540:35:59

-Are you taking this today?

-Yes, I am.

-We're in safe hands.

0:35:590:36:03

5. 60. 5. 70.

0:36:030:36:05

At £70. All done? Selling away now.

0:36:050:36:10

-OK, kids.

-OK.

-Yes.

-How excited are we?

-Very!

-Yes, very!

0:36:100:36:15

Just look how busy this saleroom is. Isn't it brilliant? All these people making a great hubbub of noise.

0:36:150:36:21

Hopefully excited about our lots!

0:36:210:36:24

Your first item is the Mdina vase. Here it comes.

0:36:240:36:27

We'll start the bidding here at £20.

0:36:270:36:30

At 20. It's bid now. Any advance, madam? At £20.

0:36:310:36:34

-I'll take 22 if you wish now.

-I don't like this.

-I know.

0:36:340:36:38

-£20, then. All done?

-Uh-oh.

0:36:380:36:41

£20 only. That is not expensive. Minus £5. Bad luck, team.

0:36:410:36:47

Now moving on to the porthole.

0:36:470:36:49

50? 50 is bid now. At £50.

0:36:490:36:52

Any further interest at £50? For the porthole.

0:36:520:36:56

-Oh, Dawn!

-I'm not liking this.

0:36:560:36:58

Thank you. 55. 60.

0:36:580:37:01

-65. Thank you very much. At £65.

-This is really bad.

-It is.

0:37:010:37:06

-All done? £65.

-£65...

-I told you(!)

0:37:060:37:11

-£65. I'm afraid, girls...

-No, no, you liked it.

0:37:110:37:16

That's minus £65. Listen, cross your legs for the doorstop. Here it comes.

0:37:160:37:21

£10 for this lot, surely.

0:37:210:37:23

Cheap as well. Thank you. 12. 15.

0:37:230:37:26

At £15. On the other side of the table. I'll take 16 if you wish.

0:37:260:37:32

-Oh, dear.

-£15, then. I'm selling. Make no mistake. At 15.

0:37:320:37:36

-Oh!

-£15 is minus £5, which means overall, girls, you're minus 75.

0:37:360:37:43

What can I say? It's not your day.

0:37:430:37:45

-I'm so sorry. Three losses, it's so disappointing.

-Yes.

-I know.

0:37:450:37:50

What about the Copenhagen now? Minus £75 could be a winning score

0:37:500:37:55

-if it's as bad as this for the Blues. Will you go with it?

-We've got to go with it.

-Yeah.

0:37:550:38:02

-All right. That's a definite?

-Yes.

-I can't say any more. Here it comes.

0:38:020:38:07

Start the bidding here at £25.

0:38:070:38:10

-Here we go.

-25. Any advance? 28. 30. 32. 35.

0:38:100:38:15

38. 40.

0:38:150:38:18

£40 here. Any advance? 42. 45.

0:38:180:38:21

48. 50. 5.

0:38:210:38:24

60. £60 here on my left.

0:38:240:38:28

-At £60. In the room here.

-One more...

-I'm going to sell.

0:38:280:38:32

£60.

0:38:320:38:34

£60. That means it's minus £10.

0:38:340:38:37

That's not to say that the auctioneer didn't try. He started at a low level

0:38:370:38:43

and didn't manage to develop into a particularly high level!

0:38:430:38:47

Anyway, bless his cotton socks, it's minus £10. Overall, minus £85.

0:38:470:38:52

-Don't say a word to the Blues, OK?

-Right.

-OK.

0:38:520:38:56

-Do you know how the Reds got on?

-No, no.

-No idea.

-Did you see them when they came out?

0:39:010:39:07

-Did they look confident?

-No, I didn't really see them.

0:39:070:39:11

-They were a bit blank?

-They shuffled past really quickly!

0:39:110:39:15

There we go. They're covering their chests pretty closely, those girls.

0:39:150:39:19

Anyway, your turn now. First up, with dazzling consequences we hope, is the lizard.

0:39:190:39:26

-Here it comes.

-£10 is bid. Thank you, madam. Any advance?

0:39:260:39:29

I'll take £11 from anyone if you wish. No? You shake your head.

0:39:290:39:33

-At £10. And I'm going to sell. At £10 only.

-Uh-oh.

0:39:330:39:38

At £10.

0:39:380:39:40

Oh, no. Minus £10. Bad luck, Carlotta!

0:39:400:39:44

-It could have been worse!

-Now here comes the tea set.

0:39:440:39:48

At £15. 18. 20.

0:39:480:39:51

£20 now. Are we all done?

0:39:510:39:53

At £20 only.

0:39:530:39:56

Well...

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£20 is minus £7. Sorry, girls.

0:39:580:40:01

-Now comes your chancey ring.

-Straight in at 50.

0:40:010:40:04

-Oh!

-60. 65. 70.

0:40:040:40:07

At £70 now. Any further interest?

0:40:070:40:11

At £70 I'm selling.

0:40:110:40:14

-It's £70.

-Not quite good enough.

-Minus 17, which is 24,

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which is 34... Minus 34 smacks.

0:40:190:40:22

-That's not too bad.

-Could have been a lot worse!

-It could.

-What about the mustard pot?

0:40:220:40:27

-This is a big decision moment.

-I think we should go for it.

0:40:270:40:32

-She said yes.

-I said yes!

-Yes.

0:40:320:40:35

Sure you don't need to phone a friend? We're getting close now.

0:40:350:40:40

What are you going to do? Are you really going with it for £150?

0:40:400:40:44

-No.

-What's happening?

-Oh, no... Your choice.

0:40:450:40:49

-Quick.

-Back to Winnie!

-No.

0:40:490:40:52

I think we're saying no, yes? No, we're not going with the Bonus Buy, but we'll sell it anyway.

0:40:520:40:58

We'll start the bidding here at a low start of £40.

0:40:580:41:02

40 I'm bid. Any advance?

0:41:020:41:04

45. 50.

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5. 60. 5. 70.

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-5.

-It's stopped!

-80.

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Your bid at £80. 85.

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90.

0:41:150:41:18

£90 on the pillar now. Are we all done?

0:41:180:41:21

-On the pillar.

-That is inexpensive.

-£90.

0:41:210:41:26

£90, girls. I bet you're glad you didn't go with it. Well done, good choice.

0:41:260:41:31

-I'm thrilled you didn't go with it!

-Well, that was minus £60,

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but you preserved your losses, you cunning couple, at only minus £34,

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-which could be a winning score today. All will be revealed in just a moment. Well done.

-Thank you.

0:41:410:41:47

-Well, well, well, what fun we had.

-Yes, we have.

0:41:520:41:55

An absolute disaster all round!

0:41:550:41:59

Never have I seen so many minus scores in all my days on Bargain Hunt.

0:41:590:42:05

There is absolutely no profit in anything any of you have bought.

0:42:050:42:10

Well, there is a difference between you. Over £50 between you in the losses stake.

0:42:100:42:16

The team that has done particularly badly are the Reds.

0:42:160:42:20

-Oh!

-Minus £85 is your score.

0:42:200:42:24

-But we don't dwell on this type of stuff. We've had good fun.

-Yes.

0:42:240:42:29

What's the point in dribbling on about what didn't happen? It just didn't happen. We loved having you.

0:42:290:42:35

Now another team where it didn't happen, minus on everything, but only minus 34.

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And your big, wise move was not to go with the Bonus Buy. If you had, you'd be completely up the spout.

0:42:410:42:49

-Anyway, on that happy note, join us soon for some more bargain hunting! Yes?

-Yes!

0:42:490:42:55

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Today the Bargain Hunters descend on Peterborough. Expert Charlie Ross ignores his own advice to the blue team, whereas the reds forget all about Thomas Plant's words of wisdom. Presenter Tim Wonnacott takes time out to visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.


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