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Antiques Roadshow

Season 37 2014 - 2015

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  • 2014-09-14T19:00:00Z on BBC One
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 2 hours, 0 mins (26 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Family
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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.

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27 episodes

37x01 Hillsborough Castle

  • Season Premiere

    2014-09-14T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow returns for its 35th year as a favourite on Britain's TV screens, an occasion marked by a very special visit from Her Majesty the Queen to meet members of the team at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

Fiona Bruce introduces three of the show's specialists to the Queen and Prince Philip and we find out what their research revealed about a curious collection of items in the royal residence.

Two and a half thousand visitors brave the rain for a memorable day near Belfast, bringing along treasures including a Shirley Temple doll, a mysterious lock and key found in a skip and a vintage wine bottle with a surprising value.

There is also a return visit from the proud owners of a recently restored Cartier watch in a new feature that takes a fresh look at memorable items from past series - Antiques Roadshow Uncovered. It was devised in response to the question the Roadshow team gets asked most often by viewers - 'what happened next?'

37x02 Kirby Hall

  • 2014-09-21T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow visits Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire, a romantic ruin originally built to impress Queen Elizabeth I, where star finds include a vintage TV set and a jade bowl once used as a butter dish.

Other eyecatching items include marine paintings from the family of Captain Bligh, a bewitching medieval ring found with a metal detector and a wind-up Charlie Chaplin doll.

The team are also reunited with a 500-year-old religious painting, first seen in 2010 and now beautifully restored. Now that the ancient devotional object has been returned to its former glory, art specialist Philip Mould is hoping he can learn more about its origins and potential value.

37x03 Kirby Hall 2

  • 2014-09-28T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow is back among the dramatic ruins of Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire, where the team encounter what could be the world's smallest stuffed dog and an extraordinary carved chair inspired by the MPs' expenses scandal.

The sun shines on the crowds who flock to one of English Heritage's less-well-known gems and there are plenty of curious and highly valuable finds, including Victorian jewellery, Art Deco enamel, a toy football team and a Venetian drug jar worth a fortune - if it's original.

Yet one item stops the team in their tracks - an elaborate chair carved just a few years ago by a craftsman keen to make a point about the MPs' expenses scandal. Fiona Bruce and Paul Atterbury decode its satirical message and offer a surprising valuation.

37x04 Scone Palace 2

  • 2014-10-05T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow returns to Scone Palace in Perthshire, Scotland, where the team discover an ornate wooden box said to have been stolen from Napoleon, a portrait of a wartime heroine and a rather vicious-looking strap once wielded in Scottish classrooms.

Scone Palace provides an imposing backdrop for a roadshow brimming with beautiful treasures and items reputed to have famous historical connections.

Family legend holds that a 19th-century military campaign box was stolen from Napoleon - but can it be proven? A striking portrait reveals the story of a woman who helped save the lives of hundreds of Jews in occupied Holland during the Second World War. And we admire a silver tea service that was once due to be melted down to raise funds for a spitfire during the war.

Fiona Bruce also meets a teacher with a fearsome leather strap - the Scottish equivalent of the cane, an implement of corporal punishment only outlawed in the 1980s

37x05 Derby Roundhouse

  • 2014-10-12T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow welcomes visitors to Derby's Roundhouse, a vast railway shed that dates back to the golden age of steam, where finds include a portrait on a pillowcase, a chilly Russian paperweight and the world's earliest football trophy.

Fiona Bruce introduces a show that takes place inside the world's first and oldest surviving railway roundhouse, where dozens of trains were once serviced.

Entertaining finds include a pair of Clarice Cliff bookends won in a pub darts tournament, a silver christening cup with a surprising history and a portrait by a renowned British artist - painted on a fragment of a pillowcase in a prisoner-of-war camp.

A silver claret jug awarded to Hallam Football Club in 1867 also makes a return appearance in the Antiques Roadshow Uncovered feature, as recent research leads silver specialist Alastair Dickenson to believe it could be far more valuable than first thought.

37x06 Chenies Manor (1)

  • 2014-10-19T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

Fiona and the team of experts are at Chenies Manor where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.

37x07 Chenies Manor (2)

  • 2014-10-26T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Fiona and the team of experts are still at Chenies Manor where more members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.

37x08 World War One Special

  • 2014-11-02T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

In the second Antiques Roadshow special from the Somme battlefields, Fiona Bruce and a small group of experts meet families bringing poignant stories of courage and humanity in wartime.

37x09 Tredegar House

  • 2014-11-23T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Fiona and the team of experts are at Tredegar House near Newport in Wales where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.

37x10 Towneley Hall, Burnley

  • 2014-11-30T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Fiona and the team of experts are at Towneley Hall in Burnley, Lancashire where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.

37x11 Walthamstow Town Hall

  • 2014-12-07T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Fiona and the team of experts are at Waltham Forest Town Hall in east London where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.

37x12 Christmas Special

  • 2014-12-21T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

A look back at some of the year's highlights and updates on some memorable items.

37x13 Durham Cathedral 1

  • 2014-12-28T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Treasures include a sweetheart brooch, a Victorian penknife and secret D-Day documents.

37x14 Walthamstow Town Hall 2

  • 2015-01-11T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Treasures include an Art Deco pendant with a hint of Egypt and some charming tiles.

37x19 Lowther Castle 1

  • 2015-04-19T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow pays a visit to Lowther Castle in Cumbria, once home to the flamboyant Earl of Lonsdale - known as 'the Yellow Earl' for his distinctive livery.

37x20 Lowther Castle 2

  • 2015-04-26T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow makes a return visit to Lowther Castle in Cumbria where they discover an army of Action Man figures, a giant skeleton clock and rarely seen watercolours by Beatrix Potter.

Hilary Kay admires a huge collection of Action Man figures while the owner of a working child-sized car from the 1930s reveals that its missing seats were washed away in the Cockermouth flood of 2009.

Clocks and watches specialist Ben Wright reveals the secrets of a spectacular skeletonised pendulum wall clock from the 1870s, and the owner of a diamond and ruby ring is told it might contain a Burmese gem worth hundreds of thousands of pounds - or a synthetic imitation.

Fiona Bruce delves into the colourful history of Lowther Castle, meeting Hugh, the 8th Earl of Lonsdale, who was once was a long-distance lorry driver.

The team also receive a fascinating insight into a little-known side of author Beatrix Potter when they examine a series of her detailed, scientific watercolour pictures of woodland plants and animals - and learn about her controversial work on the sex life of fungi.

The Antiques Roadshow team visit Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow, where discoveries include Victorian insect jewellery, a rare silver cup from the time of Cromwell and treasured comics featuring Scotland's beloved rogue 'Oor Wullie'.

The team are intrigued and a little unsettled by an army of insects mounted in precious metals as they delve into the Victorian fascination for taxidermy, while glass specialist Andy McConnell is baffled by a large glass vase that has been converted to a lamp.

There are Scottish treasures aplenty, including two mesmerising portraits with links to the Glasgow Boys school of artists and a claymore sword from the Boer War that was most recently used to cut a wedding cake. Books specialist Clive Farahar, meanwhile, gets a lesson in pronunciation when he appraises a rare collection of children's annuals featuring Scottish comic character 'Oor Wullie'.

Silver specialist Alastair Dickenson is left awestruck by an exceptional silver cup made during the time of Oliver Cromwell, and there's a shock in store for the charity that owns it.

There's also another chance to see a remarkable skeleton clock that first dazzled specialist Ben Wright in Dundee in 2008, and he has exciting news about the identity of the maker.

37x22 Barrington Court 1

  • 2015-05-10T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow team visit Barrington Court in Somerset, where choice finds include a toy Noah's ark, an Elizabethan wine jug found in a car boot sale and a collection of ceramic brewery figures that are somewhat the worse for wear.

It's a busy late summer's day at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house which has the distinction of being the first grand property bought by the National Trust.

Hilary Kay is enchanted by a toy model of Noah's ark from the 1920s, complete with pairs of animals, while pictures specialist Dendy Easton spots a valuable Flemish Old Master painted on copper.

A boot-sale bargain turns out to be an Elizabethan wine jug decorated with the face of a bearded man, while a £12 charity shop bracelet dates back to the Victorian era. This episode's showstopper, though, is a 16th-century silver cup constructed around a carved coconut, complete with handles for greasy fingers.

Glass specialist Andy McConnell puzzles over a vial of smelling salts with a mystery compartment, and Fiona Bruce commiserates with the owner of a collection of ceramic figures advertising a brewery company that met a sorry end after they first appeared on the Roadshow in 1993.

37x23 Barrington Court 2

  • 2015-05-24T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow returns to Barrington Court in Somerset, where surprising finds include a revolver believed to have been owned by Wild West showman Buffalo Bill, a rock crystal brooch with magical properties and a mouthwatering collection of old moulds for making chocolate.

Fiona Bruce marvels at the miles of rare-wood panelling that adorn Barrington Court, collected by former owner and sugar baron Colonel Lyle, before the team get to grips with Victorian brooches filled with locks of hair and a 17th-century painting with a surprising line in humour.

The Roadshow's resident armourer, Robert Tilney, cannot resist a 20-shot revolver that is said to have belonged to Buffalo Bill, while a pair of signal flags provide a moving insight into the Normandy landings of the Second World War.

A pair of ceramic figures in Russian dress reveal the surprising story of an intrepid Englishman who set up a porcelain factory in Moscow in the 18th century, while jewellery specialist Geoffrey Munn is entranced by an intricately engraved rock crystal with magical properties and a fine portrait of a woman wearing it.

Finally, a collection of rare confectionery moulds linked to German manufacturer Anton Reich will put a smile on the face of chocoholics everywhere.

The Antiques Roadshow is back at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where discoveries include a stunning piece of Swedish glass, an invitation to Sir Walter Scott's funeral, a stuffed toy called Little Jack Rabbit and one of the rarest money boxes ever found on the Antiques Roadshow.

Glass specialist Andy McConnell is very excited to see the best piece of Swedish glass that he thinks has ever appeared on the show, while Fiona Bruce receives a crash course in the art of playing the bagpipes from a young boy.

Other eye-catching finds include a watch from a prestigious Edwardian motor race, an invitation to Sir Walter Scott's funeral and a traditional paisley shawl.

Ceramics specialist Lars Tharp reveals the secrets of an unusual ceramic jug and gives a colourful demonstration of its use, while the golden age of Edinburgh trade is celebrated with a rare chain of office steeped in history.

And Little Jack Rabbit, a character made famous in American children's stories, also makes a special guest appearance, much to the delight of Hilary Kay.

37x26 Tredegar House 2

  • 2015-06-21T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Antiques Roadshow returns to Tredegar House near Newport in Wales, where finds include a locket given by Queen Victoria, a Welsh-made classic car and a rather grisly looking implement for creating tattoos.

Fiona Bruce is very taken with a special cigar cutter which commemorates the opening of the ingenious Newport Transporter Bridge, and expert Lee Young sheds light on some papers bought at a car boot sale which advertise mid-19th-century executions.

There's also the sad story of a miniature font used during the Irish potato famine to bring comfort to ailing families, and a very versatile tiara which proves to be an important family heirloom.

37x27 Ashton Court/Hillsborough 2

  • 2015-06-28T19:00:00Z — 60 mins

Fiona and the team travel to Hillsborough Castle, the official royal residence in Northern Ireland, and Ashton Court in Bristol to discover hidden treasures among the splendid surroundings, including a medal from the Battle of Waterloo.

At Hillsborough Castle, Paul Atterbury is delighted to discover a rare surviving souvenir of the Great Suffragette Rally in 1908, while Adam Schoon sees a glass ladies' dressing table casket that the lucky owner bought for £5.

Bill Harriman admires a medal awarded to a member of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons who fought in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, just in time for the 200th anniversary.

At Ashton Court, Fiona Bruce takes a trip down memory lane with the owner of a Biba umbrella, Hilary Kay is thrilled with the story behind a model of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and John Benjamin values a collection of classic Art Deco gems.

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