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Celebrity Antiques Road Trip returns for brand new series

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Some of Britain’s best loved celebrities will hit the antiques trail as popular show Celebrity Antiques Road Trip returns for a brand new series, weeknights at 1900 on BBC2 from Tuesday 17 November.
 
The fifth series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip follows a fantastic line-up of celebrities as they set off on a whistle-stop tour across the UK in a bid to make the biggest profit buying and selling antiques. The new series features:
 
Award winning journalists John Simpson and Martha Kearney
Sprint and hurdling athlete Colin Jackson and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards
Legendary presenter Nicholas Parsons and author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth
Comedy double act Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball
Actresses and great friends Jo Joyner and Sunetra Sarker
Fashion guru Gok Wan and much loved actress Harriet Thorpe
Snooker legends Dennis Taylor and Willie Thorne
Journalist and presenter Naga Munchetty and business journalist Steph McGovern
Eggheads quizzers Barry Simmons and Lisa Thiel
Gardening experts and presenters Matthew Biggs and Christine Walkden
The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Coast’s Miranda Krestovnikoff
Popular presenters and best friends Jenni Falconer and Angellica Bell
Miranda and Smack the Pony actress Sally Phillips and star of The Young Ones, Nigel Planer
Comedy actress Helen Lederer and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli
Radio DJs and broadcasters ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Johnnie Walker
Iconic designer Wayne Hemingway and Graham Fellows, appearing as his most famous character, John Shuttleworth
 Presenter and paralympian Ade Adepitan MBE and swimming Olympic gold medal winner Mark Foster
Wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke and wine critic Jilly Goolden
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Benidorm actor Tim Healy and Game Of Thrones star Clive Russell
Award winning poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Roger McGough
 
In each programme, the two competing celebrities put their wit and bargaining skills to the test as they set out in classic vintage cars to find hidden gems, before selling them at auction.
 
On hand to help are the show’s antiques experts whose knowledge and expertise will guide the celebrities through the world of antiques and give them the best possible advantage in the competition. 
 
Jo Joyner said: "I had a fantastic time racing through the country in a classic car with my best buddy. I'd love to say I'd learned a lot but I think we did more laughing than learning!"
 
John Simpson said: “It was real fun. Actually I have to say that the most fun was being with Martha and our experts Natasha and Phil. I’ll look back on this with real nostalgia.”
 
Gyles Brandreth said:  “I think that we’ve had a wonderful few days. And the sun’s shining!”
 
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip has been a hit with viewers, attracting audiences up to 4.2 million per episode. The series is produced by STV Productions.
 
Andrew Robertson, executive producer at STV Productions, said: “It’s always exciting to hit the road with a new set of celebrities, and this series is no exception. I think viewers will love watching our competing stars as they go head to head on the antiques trail, driving across the country to track down weird and wonderful bargains.”
 
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For further information or interview requests, please contact the STV press office:
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv 
 
Richard Holligan
0141 300 3416
richard.holligan@stv.tv
 
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About STV Productions
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for growth both domestically and internationally. 
 
The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, entertainment and factual for a wide range of broadcasters.    Ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has run for twelve series on the BBC, with a further five series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip also produced.    In entertainment, the company produces Catchphrase for ITV, Safeword for ITV2, The Link for BBC Daytime and The Lie for STV, TV3 in Ireland and S4C in Wales.  
 
Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1 and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2.    Documentaries have been another strong growth area.    Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.   Since then we have produced The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel in the US and ITV, The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV, Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4, and Prison: First and Last 24 hours, an 8 hour series for Sky1. Coming soon is Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2.
 
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus and intends to build on this solid reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV. It currently has script commissions from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
 
STV Productions has a partnership with Red Arrow International which co-invests in and co-develops projects as well as distributing STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats, outside the UK.
 
In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with Group M Entertainment Ltd to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.