Series 23 marked Michael Aspel's first appearance as the show's presenter.
Michael Aspel presents his first Antiques Roadshow from the magnificent surroundings of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Accompanied by the familiar team of experts, they uncover a treasure trove of unusual objects including an original hand-written poem by W B Yeats, examples of Meissen from the earliest days of European porcelain manufacture, and a rare silver tobacco box rescued from a London dustbin. Plus there is a valuable painting by the leading candlelight painter of the 19th century. And John Bly tells Michael about the art of discovering the history of a piece of furniture.
A visit to Barnstaple in North Devon turns up an important enamel miniature by Henry Bone, a valuable collection of walking sticks, a World War I pilot's watch once worn by TE Lawrence, a valuable painting from the Newlyn School, and a native Canadian 'octopus bag' from the 19th century. Host Michael Aspel finds his own modern collectable - an autographed fan picture of himself taken over 40 years ago.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. This episode was filmed in the Valley Leisure Centre in Biddulph, Staffordshire, and features a rare 18th-century Wedgwood egg scrambler, a genuine Constable sketch, a fine English repeater watch, a remarkable collection of ship's documents giving details of the auctioning of slaves and a handkerchief that Queen Victoria gave to the lady who strung her pearls.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. This time, the venue is Glamis Castle in Angus, Scotland, childhood home of the Queen Mother, where Macbeth is said to have killed Duncan. Michael Aspel and the experts find a posy ring with a macabre story, a dining table whose original purpose was for resting a coffin on, diamond jewellery which survived not only fire but a torpedo, a pair of 18th-century miniatures with musical connections and the fascinating scrapbook of a WW1 pilot.
A special edition in which Michael Aspel introduces sequences from previous roadshows and recounts stories of the Queen Mother's early life at Glamis Castle. Featuring ivory figures collected by a man nicknamed 'Steptoe' by his family, a pair of valuable Chinese imperial bowls once used as plant pots, a necklace of very ancient stones, and a collection of handbag mirrors.
Items of interest in this edition include a picture embroidered with sock-darning wool in memory of gallant Captain Oates by a private in his regiment, a copy of Beatrix Potter's book The Fairy Caravan dedicated to Fred Satterthwaite, who was portrayed in it as his dog Metal, two rare cornets from local bands and a splendid collection of Masonic porcelain worth over a quarter of a million. Michael Aspel and the experts visit Selby in North Yorkshire.
A valuable vase covered in paint and bought for £1 at a car boot sale, a Martinware bird which cost two shillings at a fete and a rare hair ring bought in at auction, because 'nobody else was interested and I bid £1 and got it' - three great bargains turn up when Michael Aspel and the experts visit Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. There's also an impressive collection of royal invitations, letters, sketches and items from eminent Victorians put together by the librarian at Windsor Castle in the 1860s.
It is a good day out when Michael Aspel takes the experts to Blackpool to dig up seaside treasures. There is a programme for the 1936 cup tie between Blackpool and Bolton signed by the players, including Stanley Matthews, a very rare salt-glazed mug made for a supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie and an unusual medal awarded for selling Hoovers in the 1930s. And Michael Aspel discovers the predecessor of his big red book.
A teapot that holds 144 cups of tea, a gruesome 18th-century mourning ring, a rare Hungarian vase, a painting of Britannia too large to fit in the house and the 'nicest netsuke seen on the roadshow'; these are some of the discoveries when Michael Aspel takes the experts to Newport in Gwent. Plus, Michael is shown a home-made device used for clearing incendiaries in WWII.
The items featured in this edition include a diamond brooch which almost went to a car boot sale for £1, a marine chronometer left to the owner by a drinking pal, a bronze Spirit of Ecstasy which, if genuine, could be worth £10,000, and a satsuma pot which David Battie says, 'is as good a piece as I've ever seen on the Roadshow.' Michael Aspel and the experts gather for an al fresco day in the gardens of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.
A pair of revealing female figures originally displayed in a French brothel, an unusual table clock with a floating turtle which tells the time, a chemist's mortar dating from 1573 and a Victorian toilet given as a present. From Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, Michael Aspel introduces unseen finds from previous Roadshows in the series and talks to expert Clive Farahar about Knebworth's colourful former incumbent Edward Bulwer Lytton, Victorian playwright and philanderer, whose turbulent marriage caused a major scandal.
Michael Aspel and the experts visit Birmingham and find a Victorian painting which was damaged in the blitz, a telescope given for saving the lives of nine castaways, an early 19th-century wooden ark filled with 89 animals, and a small pottery Turk's head which turns out to be the most valuable piece of English pottery ever found at a Roadshow.
Another chance to see the valuable collection of jewellery found in a rubbish tip, a Stanley Spencer sketch of the owner's father who was the baker in Cookham, a brooch presented by the Prince of Wales to his tiger-hunting host and a silver beaker which was filled with gold coins as a bonus to a whaling captain. All are among the items brought to the experts at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. And Michael Aspel is surprised to discover that a champion's boxing belt was awarded to the owner's mother!
A second chance to see Michael Aspel and the experts when they return to the gardens of Cliveden in Buckinghamshire and discover a ladies bureau brought in by a relative of Joshua Reynolds, an 'eccentrically large' barometer, an unusual 'McMickey' Mouse and a silver cruet set made by one of the great silversmiths, worth £30,000.
Another chance to see Michael Aspel and the experts when they travel north to Lochgilphead in Argyll and Bute. Among the finds are a valuable painting on an asbestos tile done in an internment camp, a pair of Staffordshire zebras which might provide the owner with a holiday, a painting of a young girl by Scottish artist Hamilton McKenzie, who met a tragic end, and a carved bone ship made by Napoleonic prisoners of war out of mutton bones and worth up to £10,000.
Michael Aspel takes the experts to Salford near Manchester and discovers an album full of valuable photographs taken by a celebrated Victorian photographer; Zulu wedding beads from the 1900s accompanied by some rare photos of them being worn; an American scrimshaw whale's tooth bought for just £5; and a drawing by the local artist LS Lowry.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. Among the turrets and terraces of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, they find some bizarre objects, including a wooden bicycle, a huge pocket knife with 96 implements, an embroidered egg, a World War I pack with a bullet lodged in it and the first All Blacks rugby shirt.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. In this edition, the team return to Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire with expert Paul Atterbury, who surveys its Victorian interior and collections. And in a sequence of unseen clips from recent roadshows, exciting finds include a 17th-century wine bottle, suffragette memorabilia, a bust of General Gordon given to the owner's great-grandfather by Gordon's sister, and a much-loved Victorian dressing case.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public in Eston, Cleveland. Exciting finds include a sculpted elephant by Eduardo Paolozzi used to promote floor covering; a Victorian painting bought for five shillings while sheltering from the rain; the first commercially produced toy robot made in the 1930s; a collection of craft jewellery found in an old envelope at the end of a jumble sale; and a fibre-glass chair which Paul Atterbury says is 'an antique for the future'.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts presented by the public in Melksham, Wiltshire. Among the items are a Cossack dagger, a drawing by Edmund Dulac, a dog collar made in 1784, and a collection of bedpans and a gold box found in the mud in Wales.
Michael Aspel presents the show in which experts examine antiques. A stunning lantern clock made in the early 17th century, a set of chairs worth a great deal more than their original price of one guinea each, a jade necklace with a Chinese influence, and a 200-year-old bleeding bowl bought for 25p with a value which leaves its owner speechless. A rich and varied collection when Michael and the experts visit Caernarfon in North Wales.