Experts Anita Manning and Jonathan Pratt guide the teams in scenic north Wales, and presenter Tim Wonnacott explores the history of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.
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Bore da! Oh, no. Prynhawn da pawb.
Good afternoon, everyone. We're in North Wales.
Well, back to normal.
Let's go Bargain Hunting!
Bargain Hunt is in Anglesey.
We're at the Great North Wales Antique and Collectors Fair.
But if you want to discover
what our teams are going to uncover in this lot...
..you're just going to have to wait and see.
Coming up, the Blues drive their expert to distraction.
I am going to go and lie down in a darkened room now.
And what's this? Has Anita gone native?
Mae'n braf fod yma.
That's all coming up.
First of all, though, let me remind you of the rules.
Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items
and the team wins that makes the most profit at auction.
Now, let's go and meet the teams.
Well, we're keeping it in the family way today, so as to speak,
because, for the Reds,
we have got Becky and Frank, mother-and-son combo,
and for the Blues, we've got Peter and Peapea or, should I say, Pea.
-Very nice to see you.
Now, you two, how are you going to get on in today's show?
Oh, we think we could do quite well.
We get on very well together as mother and son. We hardly ever argue.
Erm, so, yes, I think we should do OK.
It says you describe yourselves as "best friends".
-Pretty much so.
He keeps me in check.
So what do you do for a living, then, Mum?
I've got my own shop in Ruthin in Denbighshire,
and in my shop, we sell everything
that's either recycled, locally made or Fairtrade.
-So are you quite a green person, then?
-Yes. Yeah, have to be. My husband's an eco-scientist,
-so we don't get a choice in the matter.
-No, quite right, too.
Frank, you're in the middle of your studies, old fruit. Tell us about that.
Yes, I'm at Ysgol Brynhyfryd,
studying psychology, biology and physics.
-It's all very sciencey.
-Are you doing that at A-level, then, are you?
-And have you decided what you're going to specialise in?
-I have no idea, to be honest,
but I'm looking to follow up the field of psychology.
I haven't entirely ruled out being a musician, a rock star.
-No, naturally. Are you looking forward to this competition, Frank?
-Yes, I am.
We're very much looking forward to seeing how you get on. Good luck.
Now for the Blues.
So how do you two think you'll get on on today's show?
Fine, fine. We've got very similar interests.
We don't argue amongst each other very much,
so we shouldn't have a problem, really.
I think we might have a little bit of argy-bargy, though.
A little bit of, you know, "discussion".
Funny you should say that, Pea.
-You look a bit mischievous to me.
What do you like to collect, Peter?
I've got a collection of American silver dollars,
most bought ten or 15 years ago.
What's it with dollars? What do you like about those?
I just got one, then I got two
and every year, they produce a new one.
All the coins are worth at least twice as much as I paid for them.
So they've been an investment?
Well, I hope so, yeah.
-You're quite shrewd and canny, aren't you, Pete?
-I think so.
Now, Pea, I assume your name is an assumed name, is it?
Because I don't like the name my parents gave me.
-Which was what? You going to own up to it?
-Oh, do I have to?
Yeah, go on.
-So what don't you like about Jane, then?
-I think it's just boring.
-And where did Pea come from?
-From my husband.
I met him about 18 years ago
and he just started calling me Sweet Pea as a little joke.
Then it shortened to Pea.
-Peter, do you call her Pea?
-No. THEY LAUGH
And what do you do for a living, Pea?
Most of the time, I'm a ceramic artist.
So, I make objects in clay, mainly figures.
I do paint a little bit as well.
But I teach ceramics - two days a week usually -
-and I do workshops.
-You're going to have fun today?
-Yeah. I'm excited.
We're going to have fun today. First, though, the money moment.
Your £300 apiece. You know the rules.
Your experts await. And off you go and very, very, very good luck!
Well, I've never had a contestant called Pea before.
But we always have two sweet peas as experts.
Helping two sets of Reds, it's our jewel in the crown, Anita Manning.
Hoping to keep the Blues from getting lost is Jonathan Pratt.
-Do we have any tactics?
-What do you want to buy?
What period do you like?
I'm Art Nouveau, turn of the century.
Some ceramics, but that's Jane's field rather than mine.
-I don't know anything about old ceramics.
-Neither do I. Let's look.
-I like Art Deco.
-So you're a pair with bags of style?
When you say it's way out of your price range,
is it haggleable or way, way out?
-Is that a real word?
-'Well, it is now.'
-I'm just thinking it's too Welsh.
-IN WELSH ACCENT:
-You can never be too Welsh.
Well, we are in Wales, after all!
-Now, I know you like the Art Deco period.
And, to me, that epitomises Art Deco.
-It's bird's eye maple
-and that curved shape of it is absolutely lovely.
Marked up at?
It would fit in in a modern home, wouldn't it?
Shall I asked the lady how much could...
What we are looking to do... I mean, it's not bad at 30,
but we're really wanting to get it kind of round about 20.
-We could get it for less. So, offer about 15.
-What the very best is.
What the very best and then she'll come in and then... Let's see.
What is the very, very best you could do a map for us, please?
Eh, 30... I'll go down to 25.
-Can you go...
-20 and that's my very best offer.
-Can we push you for 18?
-No! Definitely not.
-I think it's a beautiful thing.
I think it's gorgeous, absolutely stunning.
It's got bags of style, just like yourself.
Definitely. Thank you. Shake on it.
Wonderful. Thank you.
Sealed with a kiss. Or two.
So, boys and girls, that's one down, one in the bag.
-You have been wonderful.
We've got bags of time, we've got bags of time.
Don't get too relaxed, Reds. The clock's still ticking.
What have the Blues got cooking?
-You like your kitchenalia, don't you?
-I do like kitchenalia.
They're produced for using, so a reproduction isn't a reproduction,
it's just a modern version for the same sort of use, I suppose.
Looking at the bottom there, that looks a little more modern.
From the 19th-Century jelly...
-They're not jelly, sort of pate moulds and things like that, aren't they?
I think these are a little modern. I wouldn't buy them myself.
-We could see how much they are.
-If you really like them.
Ask her how old she thinks they are. Find out something.
I mean, by all means, use your own...judgement.
-I can then wash my hands of it.
-What would be the price for just buying these two?
-I've got 22.
12 and ten. So if I said 18 on the pair?
How old do you think they are? Are they modern-ish?
-No, they are old ones. Definitely Victorian.
-Do you think Victorian?
-Could we offer you 15?
Um... Yes, I suppose you could.
My advice to you is...your decision.
-If you like 'em, you go for them.
-We're going to buy them.
Right. An item apiece. And the competition is hotting up.
Do you know, oh, blimey, I forgot I was actually up against Anita.
I caught sight of Jonathan earlier on
and he was talking, talking, talking.
He's a very persuasive man, as well as being very good-looking.
Anita's always calm and, you know, never going to be a problem.
And I expect she'll just say, "We'll just buy that, anyway."
So we've got a real game on. A real game on.
He might be quite a tough opponent to beat.
-Nothing that particularly catches my eye.
You sure you're not interested in that?
-I'm sure. I'm absolutely 100%.
-Look at that lady up there.
-A bit naughty, that, you know.
Looks like Peter and Pea have given Jonathan the slip,
while the Reds are sticking close to their expert.
That's an interesting lump. What have you got there, Anita?
Well, it's a piece of 20th-Century glass
and I particularly like this type of thing.
-If we look at that, look at that lovely big oil drop there.
And I like the asymmetric shapes.
-It's a very good shape.
-It's sort of young stuff again, isn't it?
Again, yeah, it's quite modern, in a way.
Do you know the designer's name on this one?
There's no maker's mark at all.
-Have you been over it with a fine tooth-comb?
-Yes. It's perfect.
We think it is Murano, but we're not 100% sure.
-It's certainly one that we would think about, isn't it?
-So, keep that in mind.
That's not massive.
It's not very big. Well, it's small on you.
Have you got a big head?
Yes. I do have a reasonably-sized barnet.
There we go. Look.
I wouldn't. I personally wouldn't.
If you're going to buy silver, it's got to be novelty.
It's got to be rare makers, so...
I probably wouldn't.
-Are you all right with the camera?
-What's the sledge?
-Is that a coal thing?
-Think about what's good to buy.
-I love that!
-Do you really? That's a little breakfast dish.
-It's quite a nice thing.
-Yeah, it is.
-Let's get moving.
En avant, as they say in France.
The Blues are taking a laissez-faire "haw-hee-haw" approach.
They need to focus. The Reds, though, have taken the bull by the horns.
-Yeah, it's lovely.
-Is he silver?
No, it's Dansk. I think it's plated.
Looks like it should be on a car bonnet.
SHE LAUGHS Possibly.
Can you tell us anything about it?
Haven't got a clue. I haven't got a clue, I'll be perfectly honest.
It's just an ornament, isn't it? Um...Danish?
-But it is plate and it is modern.
-It is. Yeah, I'm not arguing!
-What sort of price?
-I've got 20 on it.
I do like stylised animals.
-Make me an offer, then.
Excuse me! That's not on offer. Harsh.
That's bringing tears to my eyes. THEY LAUGH
-A wee bit...
-A little bit more, perhaps.
-What's the very, very best you could do?
-Make me a really, really fair offer.
Ten and I'll go. Go on. It's worth a chance at ten. How's that?
-How about nine? Meet us in the middle?
Come on! I like even figures.
Mum and son.
-Mum's in charge...as always.
-I know. I don't look old enough.
Well, you're doing very well. There we are. Thanks, mate.
Oh, my team are wonderful. We've spent a little time
and we've bought two items.
Anita's fantastic. She's been guiding us really well, hasn't she?
Yes. She's right on the ball.
But they're a great team.
-Yeah, we'd be lost without her.
It's not going very well at the moment.
We've got one item in 34 minutes,
so we're getting a bit panicky now.
I think Pea is starting to panic a little bit and she's going,
"What about this?" Every single object she looks at, "What about this?"
Unless I get guidance, I don't know what to pick up.
Jonathan's OK when he's here. He seems to wander off a lot.
Mutiny in those Blue ranks. While Anita is on a charm offensive.
You're a Welsh speaker. Say something in Welsh.
SHE SPEAKS IN WELSH
HE SPEAKS IN WELSH
SHE SPEAKS IN WELSH
HE SPEAKS IN WELSH
-What did you say to him?
-I hope you enjoy.
-Oh, right. That's nice.
-"Croeso" is "welcome".
-"Coesau" is legs!
Croeso i Gymru - Welcome to Wales.
Aw. How do you say, "Thank you and it's lovely to be here?"
Diolch yn fawr. Mae'n hyfryd i fod yma.
-A bit slower. A bit slower.
-Diolch yn fawr.
Diolch yn fawr.
Mae'n hyfryd i fod yma.
Mae'n hyfryd i fod yma.
Stick to the antiques, Anita! Now, back to business.
I like beaten metalwork.
Arts and crafts is one of my favourite periods.
Here we have this, it's almost like a mythical creature.
I really like it, whether it's a bit too expensive, I'm not sure.
-It looks like a kind of a dragon to me.
-It is a type of a dragon.
I'm not sure, to be honest.
A reflection of Anita Manning - what could be nicer?
-How much is this?
-Seems a bit steep to me.
-You think that's a bit much?
-I don't know.
-It's a wacky thing.
-It's certainly unusual.
-Anyway, good luck.
Thank goodness the Blues have kissed and made up.
-Seems a lot for £25.
-It depends if they're silver spoons.
Even if they're not silver, it seems a lot.
Some of these might be silver... They're probably not. No.
-I'd buy that, myself.
-It's up to you.
-At the end of the day,
someone like yourself may bid on it. You have to buy what you like.
-OK. Go and ask the stallholder.
-Is this yours?
Would you take £15?
-Oh, I should think so.
-Yes, I would.
Thank you, we'll take that.
The Blues have evened the score, and even Anita's at it again.
-Tell me how to say "thank you" again.
-Diolch yn fawr.
-Diolch yn fawr, gentlemen.
-Not bad! MAN: You're very welcome!
-I love that!
-I love that.
-Put it away and get buying, Blues!
Excuse me, sir. It's us again.
-We've been all round, and they still like this.
-It's drawing us back.
-It's drawing them back.
-But we haven't got many pennies.
-What would be your best on that, your very best?
What's on it now? 45.
I'll do it for 30.
-Hard push, here.
-28, then, I'll take it.
-Diolch yn fawr!
-Thank you very much.
Well done, Anita! The Welsh lessons have paid off. But the Blues are talking at cross purposes.
-Would you take 140?
-No. It would have to be 160.
-What do you think, for 160?
It's very collectable, it is very collectable.
-They are hideous things.
-I love them!
-But that's a massive, massive investment.
-If I offer a kiss and a cuddle, what would you take?
-Would you take 145?
-Would you take 148?
-And I'll give you a cuddle and a kiss.
-Go on, then, 148!
Congratulations, that is very well done.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I'm going to go and lie down in a darkened room now. I need to relax.
Poor Jonathan's a delicate flower, you know.
Right, that's it. You've had your 60 minutes
and now it's time to sell.
And we've hopped over the border to Cheshire,
to the Frank Marshall saleroom,
but first let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
The lovely maple letter rack should deliver a profit.
It was a first-class deal, at £20.
They paid £10 for the little silver-plated bull paperweight,
but will it charge ahead at auction?
And they went back, for this modern studio glass vase,
but with no maker's mark, will it top the £28 paid?
Team, you spent a miserable £58. I mean, how could you do that?
-I do apologise profusely.
-No need to apologise.
You'll probably do well, having gone down the minimalist route!
£242 went to the lovely Anita Manning. What did you spend it on?
-Isn't it cute!
-It's got a little face inside.
-I loved it.
He's so sweet!
It's a walrus with a little child's face peeping out!
-Now, this intrigued me. Has the walrus eaten the child?
Or is the walrus skin protecting the child from the cold?
-I didn't know, but it tickled me to think about it.
-It's just so sweet.
-Yes, of course.
-How old is he, do you think, Anita?
I think it's late 19th century, early 20th century.
-And it's perhaps based on a myth.
-It's certainly a talking point, isn't it?
-How much did you spend, dare I ask?
-There's the rub.
Em, the trader liked it, I liked it, he knew I liked it.
And he wouldn't come any further down than £150.
And I was in a flibbertigibbet mood, so I decided just to go for it.
On the basis that somebody else might have the same emotion today in the sale.
-I've never seen anything like it.
It's one of the most bizarre things I've seen.
Well done, just on amusement factor!
Well, the Reds can decide after the sale of their three items.
Now for the Blues.
And let's remind ourselves what the team bought with their £300.
Pea went all wobbly over these glazed jelly moulds, for £15.
But will the bidders have a sweet tooth on the day?
This case full of sparkling spoons caught Peter's eye. Again, £15.
With seconds to spare, Pea couldn't resist this Palissy ware jug,
though Lord knows why!
At £148, it could prove to be their undoing.
-This is exciting, isn't it?
Are your longing to know what JP spent the £122 of leftover lolly on?
-OK, put them out of their agony!
-Not very big.
-Not very big.
What we have here
is a little silver mounted, silver-covered table lighter.
You have a certain amount of silver, which has a certain amount of weight and value to that alone.
-How much did I pay for it?
The silver alone would probably sell for... There's £35 to £40 of silver.
Is it a working lighter?
-I imagine it needs gas and a flint, but I'm sure you can.
-I like that.
-Jonathan, do you see this as a sure-fire profit?
Handy for a lighter, having a sure-fire profit!
-There must be £30 in the silver itself.
-There's more than that.
-There's £35 to £40 worth of silver.
-OK, we watched his lips.
You know you can trust this man.
You'd even buy a car from him, probably.
Trustworthy or not,
it's the Blues' decision after the sale of their first three items.
And talking of sale, we're off to auction.
-Frank, Becky, how are you feeling?
-Where's the stress?
-Look at this room, jammed up with people who came here to buy your items.
-First up, the three-division rack. Here it comes. Good luck.
I've got commission interest.
I can start the bidding straight in here at 22, 25, £28.
At £28. 30, 32, 5 with you? 35, lady seated. At £35 in the room.
Any advance? At £35, lady seated. All done at 35.
Plus £15. That's a very good start.
Now, the Japanese sculpture.
That's your fault, this one!
-I've got commission interest. I can come straight in
at 10, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 28.
£28, I'm starting. Straight in at £28.
Commission bid is with me. At £28. Any advance?
-At 28, 30. 35 I have.
-I don't believe this!
-Give me 38?
Squeeze a bit more. I've got 35. 38 is with you. I'm out. It's your bid.
At £38. If you're all sure. I'm selling with you, at £38.
Well done, that's amazing! Plus £28 on that.
Plus £28, 38... You're plus 43 already!
Antiques of the future. £20? At 20, somewhere? Somewhere, surely.
Thank you. Front row, £20 bid. You bidding online?
There's a flutter. I've got £20 in the room. Give me 5. 25, thank you.
30, thank you. Front row at £30. You listening online?
It's against you. We're all waiting for you. £30 in the room.
At 30. 35, thank you. Don't lose it, you'll like it.
It's a nice vase! I'll take 38.
I love that man!
38 in the front row? Thank you.
£38 in the front row. I'm looking for 40. 40 online. At £40.
You know I'm coming back to you. At £40, are you finished?
OK, thank you, I've got £40 online. I'm selling online. At £40.
-Yes! Thank you!
So, £12 on that. 42...53...£55.
Plus 55. Well, I eat my words.
-Do the happy dance. Sorry.
-You spent £58, which I criticised roundly.
You just made £55 profit, having spent £58.
You've doubled your money. This is amazing.
What are we going to do about the earthenware boy?
-We're not going there.
-I beg your pardon?
I absolutely adore him, but we said if we made more than a fiver, we were sticking. Sorry, Anita.
-You don't need to phone anybody or anything? No?
-All right, that seems to be a firm decision.
They're not going to go with the bonus buy. But we'll sell it just to see what happens.
-Here it comes.
-Who's bidding on this lot? Come on. Unusual item, this.
Good glaze as well. 50 for it? £50, someone? 40? Show willing. At £40?
It's a nice rare little piece. A good bit of porcelain. £40? 40 bid?
30? Don't make me beg! At £30. Where are you? Where's the bids at 30?
Come on, let's get this lot sold and move on. 30 I'm bid online.
5, 40. We're there, we're stuck at £45 online, if you're sure. 50, 5.
All done, you sure? I'm selling online at £55.
-£55. Bad luck, Anita.
It was a piece of frivolous buying, on my part. But I enjoyed him.
-I bet you're glad you didn't go with it.
-Just a bit.
Minus £95, that would have been.
Overall, you didn't go for the bonus buy. You preserved your £55 profit,
with a profit on all three items, which could be a winning score.
Just don't tell the Blues a thing, right?
-So, Pea, Peter, do you know how the Reds got on?
They passed us in the corridor, but that's it.
-Did they look confident?
-Unable to say.
First up are the jelly moulds.
-Let's see if you can get into a quiver.
Who's up for jelly and ice-cream on this? We're going to go £20?
10 for the two. Where's £10? 10 online. Thank you.
At £10, the bid's online. At a tenner. At 10 only.
Any advance on £10? You all done? Are you sure?
Parties are going to finish early, then. At £10.
-Selling at 10 online. 10, it sold.
-All the children will cry.
-Now the ace.
10 I'm bid in the front row, thank you. 10 I'm bid. 10 offered.
You get the cabinet AND the spoons. £10 only? At a tenner? £10.
15 at the back. 20 in front. At 20. Still going to go, sir? 5, I have.
Right at the back at £25. I'll take 28 with you, madam, if it helps.
What about 26? I've got 25. At 25 it is, right at the back.
Gent standing. All done? No-one online. It's with you. At 25 it is.
Well done, Pete. You were right, we were all wrong!
Plus £10. That means you are plus £5.
What's going to happen with the Palissy jug?
So where are we going to go? 70? 60? 50? Come on, where's £50?
At £50, where's the collectors?
Are you bidding? 50 quid. 5 in the room. And 5, 60. 5, 70.
75 has it back in the room. Anyone else? At 75, right at the back.
All done... 80 online. 85 with you, sir. 90 here.
5 with you, thank you, sir. 95 back in the room. 100 online.
Still in? 110 with you. 110, I'll take. At 110, back in the room.
Gent standing, at 110. 120 here. 120, I have.
Last call, selling online at £120. All done?
What a shame. Minus £28, which means overall
you are minus £23.
-That's not bad.
-What are you going to do with this cigarette lighter?
-Go for it.
-Yeah, we're definitely going for it.
-Good buy, from Jonathan.
-Where we going to go? £40, surely.
40, 30, 20. We're going the wrong way! 20 I'm bid. Where's 5?
-20. At 25, thank you, madam. 30, 5. 40, 5. 50, 5.
£55, with you. Any advance? Anyone else? 55 it is. At 55, all done?
-I don't believe it.
-There we go.
-£55 gives you £25 profit,
which means, overall, you are plus £2!
You just made £1 each! This is wonderful, this programme, isn't it?
The money we've got to share around, £1 each profit! Is that good?
Just as well you've got a decent expert with you!
Both teams in profit today, but the Reds' £55
was a touch ahead of the Blues. They have today's winning score.
Coming up, will our next two teams fare any better? We'll see.
Meanwhile, I'm off to a castle - Eastnor Castle.
Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire is a fine, fine property.
Built in the early 19th century,
it's home to the Hervey-Bathurst family and it's still in private hands,
having been passed on from generation to generation.
Cor, look at this!
A vast, cavernous space,
constructed in the style of a great mediaeval hall.
The original intention was to use this large space to display arms
and armour, in the same way that a real mediaeval castle would have done.
Indeed, today, we've still got 12 suits of three-quarter armour,
which is not incomplete,
it simply is armour that would have been worn on horseback,
and you don't need the protection below the knee.
The two complete sets of armour at this end of the Great Hall
date from around 1520.
And they are described as being "Emperor Maximilian I style".
It was in the Victorian period that interest in arms and armour seriously took off.
Indeed, collectors vied with one another frantically,
to buy groups of arms and armour, and the 3rd Earl described himself
as "having the disease quite badly", which he described as "armouritis".
You can see what he means, when looking around the Red Inner Hall.
Back over the Menai Bridge to Anglesey,
and we're at the Great North Wales Antiques and Collectors Fair
to see whether our next two teams can pick up three objects
capable of making a profit at auction.
-For the Reds we've got mother and daughter combo, Delia and Alaw.
-Nice to see you.
-And for the Blues we've got Richard and Danny. Morning, guys.
Lovely to see you.
Delia, you've been an extremely busy mother,
raising four children and working continuously.
-Is that right?
-I've got four children.
Two daughters, Alaw and Mari, and two sons, William and Ifan.
And you have been working through it all?
And what job do you do?
Well, when they were little,
I was a district nurse midwife on the Llyn Peninsula,
which was a really lovely job.
What do you like to do outside work?
When I have a bit of free time, I like the open air as well.
We live around the corner to the beach, so I've got a kayak I can drag into the sea.
Recently, I've also joined Cor Eifionydd, which is a mixed choir.
You don't fancy giving us a little tune, then?
-I don't think you'd like my singing.
-We'd all love to hear you!
-You Welsh and music are something else.
Now, Alaw, your name has a musical connection.
It does. It means Melody in Welsh. It's appropriate we're in Anglesey.
There's a lake and a river Alaw just up the road over there.
-My dad grew up in Anglesey. That's how I got the name.
-And are you a student?
-Yes, at Cardiff University. I'm in my second year.
-I'm doing a joint honours degree in French and Spanish.
-Well, trying to be.
You'll do very well today, I fancy. So, boys, are you quaking in your boots?
-Danny, how did you two meet?
-First day at university, unfortunately, my grandad died.
And Richard was on his phone getting an email saying
some lad's grandad's just died. I have to do the work for him.
I was standing behind him and from there we became friends.
-What course are you doing?
-Law. It runs in the family, so...
-Could you not break the mould?
-No, it was easier just to do law.
Just to follow the groove that's been planned in front of you.
-Richard, what do you get up to?
-I've just completed a beginner's course in fencing with Danny.
I'm also a member of the rowing club and I'm a big fan of the arts - opera and theatre -
-and we also regularly attend art galleries.
-And you're also doing law.
-Well, there we go. You've got it all sewn up.
What are your tactics today to lash the girls into a frenzy?
Well, we both have outstanding negotiation skills.
So we're going to see you do some extraordinary deals?
-Famous last words.
-Young lawyers, going forward. Good.
-But, principally, we'll have fun?
-And that leads us to the money moment. Here we go.
-Your experts await. Off you go!
And very, very, very good luck!
-Right. Here we are up in Anglesey.
-What are you looking for today?
-Go big or go home.
-He who dares wins.
-That's what we say.
I've never been to this fair before and it looks absolutely fabulous.
-We want a bonzo.
-You want a bonzo? Right.
I can't promise anything.
-I love the white linen.
Like tray covers or doilies. Or nice tablecloths.
-Oh, how refined!
-I'd love a vintage fishing reel. I like my fishing, so if we see anything like that,
I'll definitely go for it.
Here we are!
I'll find something to buy, I think.
-As a previous midwife, I'm used to getting things out awkwardly!
-That's a great line!
So many items, so little time.
-Is this for deep sea fishing?
-It's a short one, isn't it?
-It's old, because it's made of wood, but I don't think it's ever been used.
-I don't think so.
-Is that good?
-Yeah, well, it's in better condition, obviously.
Hello. Tell me about this. Do you know anything about this?
I'm not a fisherman myself. I can tell you it's made in the '60s.
-It's what you call a pier rod.
-A pier rod.
Yeah, and it's made by Hardy, who is the best maker.
-What sort of price is on that?
-I'm looking for 80.
-I won't go any lower than 80.
People who are into fishing tend to get obsessive. I think it would go well if it was cheaper.
Nice try, Alaw.
You've seen the case with it? That has all the details on it. The original case.
-There you are. It's got all the detail about the last owner.
-There's a Hardy label on there.
-It's an unusual item.
-I think you're quite passionate about it.
-You can see by the way she's holding it!
Is there a big pond out there we can give a demonstration?
-She'll be wanting to take it home. That's the trouble.
-I think we should go for it.
-The dealer won't take any less so just go for it.
An 80-pounder, eh? What a catch!
-A little Tunbridge ware box?
-The man knows his Tunbridge ware.
-You've been studying. Not just lawyers.
-That's on our list. Bonzo.
What is this mysterious bonzo, I wonder?
-What about like... dressing room table sets?
-Uh huh. These are nice items.
Tuscan ware. Nice, 1930s, Art Deco. I think that if we're looking at porcelain,
try to get something a wee bit unusual.
-Let's go and have a look.
-Onwards and upwards!
Have the legal eagles bitten off more than they can chew?
-More difficult than I thought. I thought it was going to be easy, but it's really not.
-It's all right.
It's like having two of my children just follow me around. They wander around. "Isn't that nice?"
I think we'll struggle a little bit to get three objects in an hour.
-Jonathan disappears all the time. He wanders off.
-He's going to get served!
-If we lose, it's his fault.
-He needs to buck his ideas up.
Jonathan, they need active parenting.
I mean, it caught my eye in there, this little chap.
It's an oval tea caddy. It's silver,
mark on the lid and the lip. That is a Birmingham anchor and it's the letter D in lower case,
-which is about 1903, 1904.
-It's got some age.
-Yes, it's 100 years old.
It's not a particularly heavy gauge, it's had one or two little knocks, but it's not that bad.
-It's rather clean.
-Can I hold it?
-Yeah. Doesn't have a price on it.
-Open to offers?
-The best I can do is 35.
-The best you can do is 35?
The very, very best.
Is it worth 35?
It is worth 35, but it might only be worth 35 in the auction. That's the thing.
You wouldn't take £28?
-30? At a push?
32. So 30's getting closer now. We're getting closer to 30.
He's sitting down. I'm going to set my lawyers on you now!
-Legal team, do your magic.
-Show us what you're made of.
-31, then. Meet you halfway. Come on.
-It's got to be 31.
-To go away. Come on.
Poor chap. He just felt the full force of the law.
-One under the belt. Little profit.
-Let's just buy one object and bank the rest!
Perhaps that's Bonzo.
-Not very practical.
Let's have a look on the left.
-What about a wee bit of silver? Do you like silver?
Look in here and see if there's anything that you like.
-We've got some napkin rings here.
-What would this be?
That's a little money clip. That's quite a nice wee item.
-Do you like it?
I like the price. I was expecting a bit of a shocker, but that's fine.
What we have is this lovely engine-turned pattern.
The other thing is this is called a cartouche.
This would have been used to put the initial.
If you were buying it for your beloved, you'd get it engraved.
Now it is silver, it is hallmarked, so it's a nice wee piece.
If you're looking for something as a gift for the males in the family, that's quite attractive.
If they've got a couple of bob.
-I think that's...
-What do you think it would do in auction?
It's got 35 on it. Silver is doing well at the moment.
You can go and ask to get a bit off of that. You really like it, but it's not all that old.
-See if you can get it that way.
-And I think she speaks Welsh.
Speak Welsh to her!
-There you are.
-Anita's tactics delivered in Welsh? It must work.
-How long have we got left now?
-Do you want to know? Really?
-OK, we've had 20 minutes.
-Time to panic!
Not yet, anyway.
-Has Delia done the deal?
-Didn't quite manage the 25,
-but we did come to an agreement on 28.
-I think we should go for it.
Were you two speaking in Welsh?
-I'm sure that helped.
-I hope it helped.
-I'm sure it did.
-Actually, it's nice.
-You like it? Yeah.
-A nice wee thing for £28.
Her Welsh charm offensive clearly did the trick.
Two items in the bag for the Reds.
But the Blues still have two to find.
-We really have to...
-Yeah, move, move, move.
You heard the man! Teams - chop chop!
JONATHAN WOLF WHISTLES This is a family show!
That's quite quirky.
-Don't look. Do you know what I've just seen?
On the table here, find something that you've been talking about. If that's not fate, what is?
-Is it Bonzo?
-Oh, do I have to do it for you?
-What does that say?
-Oh, my word!
-OK, I don't think it's necessarily the Bonzo you imagined.
-But it IS Bonzo.
-It's a dog called Bonzo.
-We never made any clarification.
-We were just after a Bonzo dog.
-It's like a Cairn terrier or something. I don't know my breeds.
-And it's Bonzo.
There are people who collect certain breeds. You get great interest in Dandie Dinmonts and pugs.
Those little breeds. Have a chat and see what you can get it for.
-I don't want to be part of it. I don't profess it's a master work of art.
-But it's Bonzo.
-So you see what you can do.
-We will negotiate.
We have spotted this dog called Bonzo that we are interested in.
-It says £10. We really like the picture, but we really don't like the price.
-What's the best you could possibly do?
-Let's have a look at him.
Em...what about six? How does six grab you?
- We're struggling students. - Struggling students? - £4?
-Students soon to be millionaire lawyers.
-Well, since you've asked so nicely, we'll settle at 4, then.
- Excellent. You're a star. - Thank you.
-If you don't make £1 out of that, I'm a monkey's uncle. Well done.
-The golden gavel! Nailed it!
Look at that teamwork, eh? Come on, guys! Yeah! We've spent £35!
£35 is nothing to celebrate, chaps. And you haven't got much time.
Now what have those Reds taken a shine to?
We've got two miner's lamps here. One at £30 and one at £45.
Tell me which one you like. It would be a good idea to buy a miner's lamp in Wales.
I like... This looks as if it's been used and has a bit of history.
It stimulates you to imagine what it was like for the chap carrying this.
-But we're not buying for ourselves.
-We want to get a broader audience.
-I think that's a safer bet.
-I think so.
-But I prefer that.
-And it's cheaper!
-It's cheaper. There we go.
We stand more chance of a profit.
-So shall we...
-They're both nice.
Shall we ask the dealer if he can come down a wee bit?
-We wanted to buy a miner's lamp.
We are in Wales and thought it would be a smashing thing to buy. Is there a bit of movement on that?
Em...I can do that for 20.
-20, girls. How do you feel about that?
-That's very attractive.
OK, that's lovely. Thank you very much.
Girls, that's £20. That's our third item.
Well done. We kind of struggled a wee bit in the middle. Then we went for it.
We've still got five minutes left. Maybe time for a cup of tea.
-Well done, Reds. Case closed.
The jury, though, is still out on the Blues.
I'd forgotten how hard this game really is.
-A nice bit of Tunbridge ware. Presumably 100 years old from the looks of it.
-What's the best price?
-Double the ticket price is great for me.
-It's a straightforward one. You'd do that for 40.
-£75 coming down to 40?!
-We're struggling students!
-There's that student card again.
- £50. I'll knock 25 quid off it. - 40 sounds a lot better.
- You'd make our day for us. - Make it 55 and make MY day.
-Look, it's perfect.
-We've probably got two minutes left.
-We want 40, you want 50. Please, 45.
-It's a deal. Thank you very much.
-Thank you, boys.
Three objects. We're done with 1½ minutes left over. I can now relax a little bit.
That's it. Time's up. Stop the clock.
The shopping's all done, and it's time to go back to
Frank Marshall's auction house in Cheshire,
but first let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
Keen angler Alaw was hooked by the Hardy vintage fishing rod,
landing it for £80.
Delia done good with the money clip at £28.
And they dug deep to find the miner's lamp
for an illuminating £20.
Girls, you spent £128.
And you gave Anita Manning £172. Anita, what did you spend it on?
I'll help you here... Whoops!
-There we go. Look at that!
I bought a pair of exotic figures. Now these come from the wonderful island of Bali.
They're probably the early part of the 20th century.
But I found them rather exciting and beautiful.
They're made from an exotic wood and I think what I love most
was the wonderful head dresses that they're wearing. I think that these are of nice quality.
-And I just love them.
-Yeah, I like them.
-I could see them in our house.
-Do you want to take one, Delia, to see how heavy they are?
I love hats, so when you mentioned the headgear, that really appeals to me.
-I could certainly find a place for these in my house.
-The important question is how much you paid
-and how much you'd expect?
-I paid £50 for them, which is neither cheap nor expensive.
I think that they should go at least 60. At least 60.
-I could see them doing that much.
-You both like them?
-We both love them.
-This is not the moment to choose.
That comes later, if you need to.
While the Reds have a think,
let's have a quick peek again at the Blue team's three items.
They haggled hard for the Edwardian silver tea caddy,
getting it in the bag for £31.
- To go away. Come on. - Thank you very much.
Thank you. All became clear about the mysterious Bonzo
when they spotted a 20th-century watercolour
of him, in a gilt mount, bought for £4.
In the dying moments, they picked up the Tunbridge ware box for £45.
R&D, Richard and Danny, you gave the boy £220 to trot off with.
-What did you buy for £220, then, Jonathan?
-Did I really get £220?
Well, I was rather mean.
There we go. I bought this little copper alms-type dish.
This copper is very popular with collectors.
Made at the end of the 19th century, early 20th century, fuelled by the Arts and Crafts.
People had no TV and radio, so they sewed, painted, worked in metal.
This is sort of reminiscent of the Newlyn School.
-They often did sea-type subjects in a little border with fish.
-This has definitely got a ship.
-That is a ship.
-Yeah. I had to look to be sure myself!
-We have a lot of trust in you(!)
And this is all hammered, just like Arts and Crafts traditional materials would be.
-How much did you pay?
-I paid £30.
-How much do you think it would make?
-Can we have that in writing?
There are no guarantees. Sorry, boys!
Right then. The auctioneer Nick Hall and his gavel are raring to go,
so let's sell.
With you, sir. Sold. £45.
I think you could easily be making a small profit on each of your three items today.
In which case, you might not need the Balinese busts.
It's going to be boom or bust.
First up, though, is the rod.
First item, here it comes.
A 1960s Hardy Brothers, two-piece, fibreglass boy's fishing rod.
£40? 30? £20? Thank you, sir.
Nice little fishing lot. 20 I'm bid. 5 where? Come on.
There's 20 on the hook. Don't let it go at £20. Surely another fiver.
I've got £20 in the room. Bidding at 20. 20 only.
Maiden bid at £20. I'm selling. It's with you, sir, at £20.
It's going to go. With you at £20. Last chance.
-Oh, dear. £20. That's a disaster.
-Somebody's got a bargain.
They certainly have! Minus £60. Never mind. Here's the money clip.
Nice bit of silverware. I can start on commission. £20. At £20. The bid's with me.
25. I've got 25 in the room.
Sorry to be awkward. 28. I'll take 30. Thank you.
Back of the room, seated, at £30. For the money clip. At £30. Any advance?
The bid's in the room at £30. All done? 30 I sell here.
That's good. £2 profit. That's very good, Anita.
Here comes the miner's lamp.
Good old collector's lot. Not dear.
- £20? £20 for the old miner's lamp. - Please...
Come on. £15? Surely. Thank you.
15 I am bid on the left. Any advance on £15? 20. 20 seated.
-5 standing. At 25.
-You're in profit, girls.
At 30. 5 I have. At 35 on my left.
At £35. All done? All finished? You sure?
All done at 35. With you, sir.
Plus £15. That's very good. That means you are minus £43.
-Minus £43. It's not too bad.
-What about the Balinese busts?
-We'll go for it?
-Boom or bust?
-Go for it.
-It'll be boom!
Are you sure about that?
We're going with the bonus buy. And here they come.
Hand-carved, beautifully made. £40 only for the pair.
-Start me now at £20. Thank you, madam. 20. 5 anywhere?
The bid's in the room at £20. Surely another 5. 30.
5 now. Can I have 40? And 5, yes?
Come on. There are two in the lot. I've got £40 in the second row. Are you sure?
-At £40. All done? At 40...
At 45. Nearly missed you. At 45 in the third row. At £45.
-With you, I'm selling at 45.
-£45. So close!
That's minus 5. It means overall you're minus £48.
It doesn't sound so much if you say it quickly.
Don't talk to the Blues, OK?
-Now, Ricardo, Danny, you've been talking to the Reds?
-You don't know how they got on?
-Don't need to know.
-Don't want to!
First up is the silver tea caddy. Here it comes.
Edwardian silver tea caddy. Smart little caddy. 22. 25.
25. Bid's with me now. At £25.
-That's nothing, is it?
-30. 5. 40.
£40. 5, sir? Hallmarked silver. It's on an all-time high. 45 online. 50.
Don't let it go. It's £50. Nice little caddy at £50.
55. 60. 5. 70. 5.
-Look at this, boys!
At 85 in the front.
90 right at the back now. 90 takes it, right in the doorway.
Back of the room at £90. All done. Selling at £90.
£90 is plus 60, nearly. In fact, it's plus £59.
That is a whopper of a profit. Now Bonzo.
Lot 114 is the little watercolour. The black-haired terrier
called Bonzo. I think that's the dog and not the artist. It's signed WC.
Where's £20? It's fully house-trained.
At 20. £20? It's been out for a walk and fed.
-Nice little watercolour. Thank you. 20 I'm bid.
-Look at that.
30. 5. 40.
£40 standing. At 40 bid. Nobody else?
All sure? With you, madam, at £40.
Which is plus £36.
You could pay for your next year's education on this!
Now it's the Tunbridge box. Attention!
Pretty little inlaid storage box. It's on a rosewood carcass as well.
Even better still. Commission interest, starting at 30. 5. 40.
At £40. The bid's with me at £40. 5 anywhere? 5 I'll take.
-Back to me at £50. One more? At £50, the bid's with me.
At 50, the room's out. Nothing online? I've got £50 on commission. All done, selling.
I told you you'd be all right. You made a profit on all three
and you are plus £100.
-No, don't celebrate too soon.
-What are you going to do about...?
-I don't think we should go for it.
-I think we should.
-It's got a good estimate.
-What are we going to do?
-He rated it.
-We'll go for it.
-You're going to risk it?
-It's on your back.
-I love it. Two speculating lawyers.
Now I can tell you that the estimate is £40-£70, so he rates it.
You're going with the bonus buy.
Nice treat for you now. A bit of Arts and Crafts metalware in the manner of Newlyn.
Start me now at £30. 25? We'll be here all day. Where's 25?
-Thank you, sir. 25 I'm offered.
-25 I'm bid.
Any further bid? On 25 only. 25 is the bid. It's going to take it.
At 25 only.
-Oh! Sorry, guys.
-That's all your fault.
-You are still plus £95.
-That's a whole pint!
-Listen, £95, yes?
-Don't tell the Reds a thing.
All will be revealed in a moment.
Well, well, that was fun. Been chatting about the results?
No? Not at all.
So you have no idea of the scale of winnings and losses in this show.
Because we have got the opposite poles.
The South Pole, I'm afraid, are the Reds.
-Not surprisingly. Poor runners up. You made a nice profit on your Eccles lamp.
-It was a surprise. Everything else was not so hot.
-All round it wasn't so hot, so we won't dwell on that! Did you have a nice time?
We've loved having you. But the victors today
are going home with serious money - £95. How lovely is that?
There's your £95. And by making a profit on all three of your items
you get a Golden Gavel, the ancient award that we've now run out of,
-so you get pins instead. These are rare things.
They should be worn with pride. One for your collection, Jonathan.
-It's been a remarkable day.
-We've loved having you on the show.
Congratulations all round.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting! Yes?
Tim Wonnacott and the Bargain Hunt team pay a visit to scenic north Wales, where two sets of reds and blues compete to make the most profit at auction. Expert Anita Manning learns a few words of Welsh from her red team, while her opponent Jonathan Pratt is driven to distraction by the blues. Tim Wonnacott explores the history of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.