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Ratings hit Antiques Road Trip returns for fourth series on BBC2

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Britain’s best loved antiques experts are back for another battle of brains, buying and banter – and this series sees an astonishing find in the north of Scotland, delivering a huge profit for one of our teams!
 
Whilst visiting Auldearn Antiques in Nairn, Morayshire, in the north of Scotland, eagle eyed expert Charlie Ross spied a rare, early 19th century, Staffordshire elephant, which he bought for a mere £8. The hammer price received for the item was an astonishing £2700, which took everyone by surprise and gave a record profit for Antiques Road Trip, and Charlie an impressive advantage over competitor, James Braxton.
 
Expert Charlie Ross said: "I was absolutely delighted to be the one to find such a rare collector's item. This time I was the lucky one. The dealer that James and I visited had two premises, and on another day, the astonishing find might well have been his."
 
The ratings winning TV series, produced by STV Productions, will once again follow Britain’s best loved experts as they travel across Britain in classic vintage cars, hunting down rare and valuable antiques bargains to sell at a profit.
 
Returning for the fourth series are top antiques experts Anita Manning, James Lewis, Philip Serrell, Jonathan Pratt, Charles Hanson, David Barby, Mark Stacey, Thomas Plant, Charlie Ross and James Braxton.  And new to Antiques Road Trip are experts Margie Cooper and Mark Hales.
 
In 30 brand new episodes, the 12 antiques experts will all compete to make the most profit at the end of the week. With a budget of just £200, will the experts make a profit, or hang their heads in shame?
 
Wendy Rattray, Executive Producer for STV Productions, said: “Antiques Road Trip has a winning combination of factors which make this series a real ratings winner for the BBC.  We’re delighted to be delivering a further 30 episodes for loyal fans across the UK, with two brand new experts on board and some fantastic finds, I hope that they enjoy this series as much as they have the previous three.”
 
Across its first three series, Antiques Road Trip has been watched by over 23 million individuals. The show attracts an average audience of 2.1m viewers and a 13% share, which is 24% higher than the average slot performance.  ART has also seen a significant increase in audience share: the audience increased by over 40% over the course of series one, by 30% across series two and by 34% in series three.
 
The series follows the following format:
 
Week one: Charles Hanson and David Barby kick off the brand new series in the West Midlands before travelling to the Cotswolds, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. (Daily from Monday 13 February at 5.15pm)
 
Week two: In week two, Mark Stacey and newcomer Margie Cooper travel to the South East of England and end their journey in the West Country. (Daily from Monday 20 February at 5.15pm)
 
Week three: Thomas Plant and Mark Hales, who is also new to the series, visit Northern Ireland, Ireland, Shropshire, Herefordshire and South Wales. (Daily from Monday 27 February at 5.15pm)
 
Week four Philip Serrell and Jonathan Pratt hit the road in week four, travelling through the Lake District to the North, North East and East of England (Daily from Monday 5 March at 5.15pm)
 
Week five: Anita Manning and James Lewis begin their journey in the North of England, before travelling to East Anglia, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and finally Oxfordshire to seek out more profit. (Daily from Monday 12 March at 5.15pm)
 
Week six: In the final week of the series we follow Charlie Ross and James Braxton as they visit Scotland to see what gems it has to offer. (Daily from Monday 19 March at 5.15pm)
 
 
ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP – STARTS 5.15PM, MONDAY 13 FEBRUARY ON BBC2
 
Press contacts:
 
STV:
Lauren Ferson / 0141 300 3290 / lauren.ferson@stv.tv or
Kirstin Stevenson / 0141 300 3670 / kirstin.stevenson@stv.tv
 
BBC:
Roy Templeton / 0141 422 6315 / roy.templeton@bbc.co.uk