Antiques Roadshow is the original BBC show in which antique appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom (and occasionally abroad) to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running since 1979 and inspired similar programmes in other countries such as the United States and Canada.
The antiques series returns as Fiona Bruce and the team head around the UK in search of more family treasures. Over 4,000 people join them at the first venue, Polesden Lacey near Dorking in Surrey, for one of the busiest days in recent years.
In this opening episode, curios on show include an object originally created as a deterrent for rats that is now worth a small fortune, and a glove believed to have belonged to Elizabeth I. There is a moving story of a brooch which was kept hidden for years whilst the owner was in a prisoner of war camp.
Plus Fiona introduces a new feature called Rogues Gallery, in which the audience is challenged to spot the fake from four silver tea caddies
A return visit to Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton for Fiona Bruce and the experts. Discoveries include two drawings made by one of Britain's greatest artists, JMW Turner, including one found recently in the manor itself, objects once owned by the last survivor of the Titanic which were sold to pay for the cost of care home accommodation and a collector brings in examples from his hundreds of posters celebrating the spaghetti western.
In a first for the Roadshow, Fiona Bruce and the team record a programme at a sea front setting at Eastbourne Bandstand. Family treasures featured include a collection of pottery with a moving story, a rare signalling lamp used at D-Day, plus rare images of Marilyn Monroe taken at her last photographic session.
Fiona Bruce and the experts pay a second visit to East Sussex as they welcome thousands of visitors to Eastbourne Bandstand. Objects brought before the cameras include a collection of a thousand lead soldiers, which tell the story of a remarkable Victorian childhood; one of the earliest digital watches from the 1960s; plus perhaps the highest value for a single piece of jewellery, which has the team in raptures.
A return visit for Fiona Bruce and the team to the magnificent Fountains Abbey near Ripon in Yorkshire. Objects brought in by visitors include a sentimental jewel bought after a farmer sold her favourite cows, a cache of love letters with a touching story, antiques once owned by comedian Ronnie Barker, plus some artefacts relating to the Nuremberg trials at the end of the Second World War.
Fiona Bruce and the team set up for another busy day at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea, near Portsmouth. There are some remarkable stories behind objects brought to the camera including chairs that claim to be made from timber off HMS Victory, rare spoons found in pig swill, a bangle left behind by a Russian princess, and a pile of paintings once owned by the man who inspired the character Indiana Jones.
Fiona Bruce and the experts are at the Royal Agricultural University near Cirencester for this week's show. Objects featured include what could prove the most valuable picture ever seen on the show, a tea caddy first used in Regency days as a repository for a pet budgie's ashes, and what are believed to be the last signatures made by Edward VIII before his abdication.
Fiona Bruce and the experts pay a visit to Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. Among the discoveries are a medal for bravery awarded to a pigeon in World War Two, an English Literature prize presented to the young DH Lawrence, and the very bugle that was used to sound the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Fiona Bruce and the team arrive at Towneley Hall near Burnley in Lancashire. Despite heavy rain, thousands arrive to show their family treasures. Objects brought before the cameras include a garden ornament that turns out to be more important than first thought, a collection of handbags that has prompted a domestic tiff, and a 16th/17th century ring bought in a boot sale for a song.
Fiona Bruce and the team head to the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Objects include a small carved ivory figure from the 18th century ploughed up in a local field, and an original manuscript by Robert Burns.
Fiona Bruce and the team visit the Royal Ballet School. Objects include a World War Two long bow and a sketch of Dylan Thomas's wife.
Fiona Bruce and the experts head to the University of East Anglia where they are joined in the shadow of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts by large crowds from Norwich. There is an eclectic mix of objects brought to camera, including the death mask of William Gladstone, a complete kitchen from the 1950s, a horn found by a serving soldier whilst on duty in Afghanistan, and a remarkable sampler sewn in Victorian days by a resident of an asylum, complete with hand-sewn accusations aimed at those responsible for her incarceration.
Fiona Bruce and the team set up for a busy day at Exeter Cathedral. Objects under inspection include a table reputed to have been used by Bonnie Prince Charlie, a silver cup found when re-thatching the roof of a cottage, artwork painted by Edward VII as a child, and a pair of the rarest Delft plates ever featured on the show.
A visit to Scone Palace, near Perth in Scotland, sees Fiona Bruce and the team meeting thousands of visitors bringing precious heirlooms.
Pieces featured include an 'ugly' family brooch with a surprising value; one of the most significant books seen on the show, which dates back to the 15th century; t-shirts bought at a Clash concert over 30 years ago; and a tea caddy from the 1780s, which the expert describes as 'perfection'
Fiona presents a special World War One themed edition of the show.
Fiona and the team of experts are at the Royal Agricultural University near Cirencester where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.
Fiona Bruce and the team of antiques experts pay a return visit to Polesden Lacey.
Fiona Bruce and the experts visit Gregynog and discover secret plans drawn up by a British prisoner of war in Borneo during World War Two, a design by a British artist made in tribute to Americans killed in race riots and a rare type of sapphire.
A return visit to the Royal Marines Museum at Southsea, near Portsmouth. Fiona Bruce and the team welcome thousands of visitors bringing their family treasures including a Jolly Roger flag once flown by the crew of a British submarine in the Second World War, a wine glass that is at the centre of a domestic dispute, plus perhaps the creepiest doll complete with a revolving head of four different faces comes spookily to life
A return visit to Exeter Cathedral for another feast of finds for Fiona Bruce and the experts.
Treasures featured include Chinese objects which revealed a shocking family secret, rare artworks by the sculptor Elisabeth Frink, a map of the Battle of Waterloo drawn by an eyewitness, and one of the earliest dolls to be featured on the show.
Fiona and the team of experts are at the National Gallery in Edinburgh where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.
Fiona and the team of experts are at The Royal Ballet School, Richmond where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.
Treasures include a rare 18th-century glass bought for 10p from a charity shop.
Fiona Bruce and the experts travel to Wentworth Woodhouse in south Yorkshire.