A celebration of the achievements of some of Britain's most inspirational women, filmed in the Houses of Parliament and marking 100 years since women first won the right to cast their vote in 1918.
Starting with the suffragettes and ending with modern-day heroines and history makers, the programme looks at women who have broken down barriers in every aspect of life. Among those featured is Christina Broom, the first female press photographer, who produced wonderfully intimate portraits of suffragettes, troops in Chelsea Barracks and the royal family. She was one of only two photographers given special access to photograph King George V lying in state in Westminster Hall.
Presenter Fiona Bruce meets Tania, the daughter of Violette Szabo, the British secret agent who was executed for helping the French resistance. Tania was only two when Violette was killed and had the honour of receiving her mother's George Cross for bravery.
There are also stories about the first female Olympic gymnastics team - at least one of whom was in her forties, profoundly deaf Florence Attwood, who became chief designer for a leading toy company, and polar explorers Ann Daniels and Caroline Hamilton, who made history in 2002.
Roadshow expert Elaine Binning meets long-distance swimmer Brenda Fisher, now 91, who trained for her epic feats in Grimsby docks, and Fiona chats to Baroness Boothroyd, the first female speaker of the House of Commons, who admits she misses the place.
Jewellery expert Joanna Hardy reveals that the brooch belonging to leading suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the most potent piece she has held in her whole career. The brooch is featured on a statue of Millicent unveiled in Parliament Square in April - the first woman to stand alongside the male line-up of political and historical greats.
This special episode, filmed at the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, presents a selection of the most emotive and poignant items chosen by the team to mark the end of World War I and its aftermath.
From cherished mementoes of sacrifice and remembrance to surprising objects that offer an insight into care for the wounded, the programme reveals how the impact of World War I was felt across the world and by all sections of society.
Fiona Bruce and the team are profoundly moved by items including two poppies picked in the ruins of Ypres in 1915, a humble tray made by a soldier blinded by mustard gas and an extraordinary document that silenced the guns and brought the First World War to an end.
Militaria specialist Mark Smith hears the story of Nabi Ahmad Sidiqi, an Indian Army surgeon, while Siobhan Tyrrell finds out about Lady Dorothie Feilding, a volunteer nurse and ambulance driver who became the first woman to earn the Military Medal for bravery.
Hilary Kay also hears the remarkable story of a young musician who purchased a second-hand violin signed and dated '1915' and his quest to find out what happened to the man who made it - leading to an emotional meeting with a long-lost ancestor.
In this episodem the Antiques Roadshow looks back at some favourite finds from the past 40 years while a selection of experts reveal what happened next to some memorable items. Ronnie Archer-Morgan revisits his emotional encounter with a set of Sooty and Sweep puppets and explains how it rekindled memories of a long lost friend from his time in a children's home. In an extraordinary development, the Antiques Roadshow recording led to Ronnie being reunited with his friend for the first time in 63 years.
We also discover the starring role the Roadshow played in a modern day fairytale, when one keen viewer decided that the Art Deco ring he'd seen on TV would make the perfect engagement ring. Fiona Bruce meets the young couple in question and hears how the Antiques Roadshow inspired a romantic proposal.
In this episode, the Roadshow is in the elegant surroundings of Eltham Palace in south London. Once the boyhood home of Henry VIII, it was extended in the 1930s by the textile magnates Stephen and Virginia Courtauld to include a striking art deco mansion.
Amongst a day of extraordinary valuations, Phillip Mould finds two unknown paintings by Diego Rivera, the Marxist champion of Mexican working class culture in the 1960s. Hilary Kay is delighted to discover a collection of Gerry Anderson puppets, from Lady Penelope to Captain Scarlett, while Ronnie Archer-Morgan enthuses over a well preserved mammoth tooth. Books specialist Justin Croft discovers intriguing letters written by an army officer captured by the IRA in the 1920s, while an original newspaper printing plate rescued from Fleet Street tells the story of the first moon landings.
In this episode, the team are at Erddig, North Wales, for this week's Roadshow. On a scorching hot day, the crowds come out, bringing with them items including a dazzling emerald and diamond ring worn by the owner's grandmother on the Titanic, a Welsh love spoon carved in 1859 by a young man for his sweetheart and an avid fan's collection of James Bond props. Plus Fiona hosts a 'basic, better, best' guessing game. This time, the challenge is to put some silver candlesticks in order of value.
In this episode, Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire and its beautiful gardens host a Roadshow with a distinctly Scottish flavour, with signed Harry Potter books and ornate silver from Iona. But there are also treasures from around the world, including a German art deco figurine, an intricate Italian bracelet and a unique Brooklyn Dodgers baseball with a value as extraordinary as its story.
This week's Roadshow comes from the beautiful seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk.
This episode of the Roadshow comes from the historic Buckfast Abbey in Devon, currently commemorating 1,000 years of worship on the site. On a perfect summer's day, the grounds of the abbey are packed with visitors bearing their treasures. Silver specialist Alastair Dickenson is impressed by a tankard dating back to 1703, while Adam Schoon shows how a hidden lock in a 1640s iron chest would have deterred thieves. Collectibles come in all shapes and sizes as Lisa Lloyd finds out when valuing some London street signs alongside a Biba frock. And militaria specialist Mark Smith is wowed by a piece of shrapnel from the battleship Bismarck.
This week, the Roadshow comes from the Concorde Hangar at the recently opened Aerospace Bristol museum. As ever, the items turning up offer an exciting and eclectic mix for the experts to examine – from an intricate model of a vintage car made by a prisoner of war to an Elizabethan ring found in a muddy field, and even a collection of classic guitars. Concorde memorabilia takes top billing throughout the day while a unique medal for gallantry tells a thrilling story. But the big ticket item is a statue of the Buddha where the valuation leaves the owner speechless.
This week, Antiques Roadshow is in Yorkshire at the glorious Piece Hall in Halifax, the only surviving 18th-century cloth hall where textiles were once traded. Treasures include a Chinese imperial robe, an opal pig and a stunning sapphire brooch. Eric Knowles marvels at a Lalique bedside clock, saved from the tip, while specialist Lisa Lloyd explores the magic associated with a pair of mysterious 17th-century doors, rescued from a building site. Andy McConnell investigates what might be the oldest glass ever to appear on the programme – but is it genuine? And jewellery specialist John Benjamin has his own mystery to solve with what appears to be the largest sapphire he has ever seen, but which the owner believes to be glass.
This week, Antiques Roadshow is at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, a grand house built in the style of a French chateau. Treasures turning up include a dazzling diamond and ruby pendant, an exotic and rare snuff container and a chair that once belonged to the Artful Dodger! Fiona Bruce finds out how Wrest Park was one of the first stately homes in Britain to be transformed into a First World War hospital and convalescence home. Two owners of Daum glassware are itching for expert Andy McDonnell to tell them which is worth the most, while picture specialist Rupert Maas congratulates one visitor on her keen eye after she explains how she bagged a bargain at a car boot sale.
This week, the Roadshow rolls into Manchester’s Media City UK, home to some of Britain’s best-loved television programmes, including Blue Peter and Coronation Street. Fiona Bruce meets Blue Peter presenters past and present and reminisces over the treasures hidden in their unearthed time capsules.
Pictures expert Dendy Easton values a drawing by Manchester artist L.S Lowry drawn on the back of a restaurant bill, and John Axford is set the challenge of drinking from an 18th-century 'puzzle jug' - but can he down the contents without spilling a drop? And militaria specialist Mark Smith values some albums of World War Two badges that he describes as 'a collectors dream'.
The Roadshow comes from the elegant surroundings of Eltham Palace, just a few miles from the heart of London. Fiona Bruce will be exploring the Art Deco wing of the Palace, built by the eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in the 1930’s.
Ronnie Archer Morgan can’t believe his luck when not just one but two rare Fijian war clubs turn up at his table and Robert Tilney can’t wait to get his hands on a pair of exquisite duelling pistols with a fascinating story to tell.
Paul Atterbury discovers an intriguing stained glass panel made from the wreckage of the Houses of Parliament during the Blitz. And one person’s rubbish can be another’s treasure, such as the hoard of Churchill’s personal items found at the dump!
Antiques Roadshow is at Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire where treasures turning up include a stunning Cartier clock, a tiny bowl with a giant price tag and a royal portrait that is not all that it seems. And there are connections to showbiz royalty too – a hat once given to Ronald Reagan and a walking stick belonging to Scottish music hall star Sir Harry Lauder.
The Roadshow comes from Aerospace in Bristol, under the wings of Concorde, where discoveries include a four-leaf clover brooch which brings luck to its owner, and a collection of Radiohead memorabilia.
Glass specialist, Will Farmer, is thrilled to discover a very rare piece of Venetian glass, while silver expert Duncan Campbell is equally in awe of some stylish candlesticks.
And items appear to have travelled here from all over the world - Ronnie Archer-Morgan comes across a Fijian war club while oriental specialist Lars Tharp is intrigued by a tiny Chinese vase with a big price tag.
Fiona Bruce and Antiques Roadshow experts welcome thousands of visitors to Erddig in North Wales, the home of the Yorke family. Treasures turning up include a mourning ring connected to Charlotte Bronte, a Welsh love spoon handed down through the generations, a jade figurine from the Summer Palace in Beijing, and an 18th-century wine bottle which has links to a Scottish artist.
The roadshow comes from Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, celebrating 1,000 years since worship began on this site. The monastery is a modern building, as the original was closed during the reign of Henry VIII. The current abbey church was rebuilt by the monks in the 19th and 20th centuries, and provides an imposing backdrop to a bumper roadshow crowd.
Whilst the experts examine a range of family heirlooms, from a diamond tiara to First World War medals, Fiona Bruce tells the story of the abbey’s long tradition of beekeeping and samples their honey.
Furniture specialist Christopher Payne is amazed by a unique collection of miniature furniture worth thousands of pounds, while Bunny Campione shocks the owner of a rare teddy bear with a sky-high value, and one visitor is thrilled to have held on to a Chinese vase which was destined for the charity shop.
The Antiques Roadshow comes from the Piece Hall in Halifax, recently restored to its full Georgian glory. Treasures turning up include a royal portrait by Beryl Cook and artwork by the ‘Pennine Painter’ Peter Brook.
Jewellery expert Susan Rumfitt admires an art deco bracelet, so loved by its owner that she themed her wedding around it, while John Benjamin marvels at a diamond necklace given in return for making banana sandwiches.
Stephen Moore takes care when handling a Wedgewood bowl that its owner claims is cursed, while military specialist Mark Smith discovers the story behind a 'lost' suitcase filled with letters from a captured WWII pilot. And Fiona Bruce gets her hands on a spectacular plumed hat once owned by the Duke of Wellington.
Wrest Park in Bedfordshire is the setting for today’s roadshow, where treasures include a piece of Murano glass inspired by Picasso and a
collection of 1950s advertising posters for Vauxhall cars.
As usual, the day produces and eclectic mix of objects. Expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan challenges the audience to guess the origins of three
pieces of ornate tribal jewellery, while the vicar turns up with a handsome silver flagon presented to the local church in 1684. And militaria specialist Mark Smith can’t believe his eyes when one visitor brings along a set of original blueprints for the bouncing bomb depicted in the film The Dam Busters.
The Roadshow is at Media City UK, on the site of the former Manchester docks. Fiona Bruce investigates the history of the Manchester Ship Canal, which links the inland city to the River Mersey and the Irish Sea. Today'ss treasures include an opera singer’s perfume bottle, a travelling magician’s box of tricks and an early animation machine. Ronnie Archer Morgan examines possibly the heaviest item ever to be craned into the Antiques Roadshow – a Canadian totem pole 10 metres long and weighing almost two tonnes. Finally, expert John Axford values a statue of Buddha that’s been cleaned with wire wool and lemon juice. Has the owner ruined it or will it still be valuable?
The Roadshow is on Cromer pier in Norfolk. Treasures brought along by the public include a letter from John Lennon, a contraption marked 'Certain Death' and some valuable Swedish glass bought at a church sale for 50p.
Whilst the crowds bask in the sunshine, the experts are thrilled to discover items with links to historical figures, including the Duke of Wellington’s night cap, a 1643 note related to Oliver Cromwell and letters handwritten by Queen Victoria. And expert Geoffrey Munn sets Fiona the difficult task of guessing the values of three rare pieces of antique jewellery.
The Roadshow is at Eltham Palace in London where treasures include a diamond bracelet, a tea set that went to Antarctica and a thermometer as tall as a person.