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Celebrity Antiques Road Trip returns

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Judy Murray, Greg Rusedski, Neil Morrissey, Stanley Johnson, Georgia Toffolo, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé, John Cooper Clarke, Loose Women’s Andrea McLean and Penny Lancaster, boy band stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, soap actresses Helen Flanagan and Jorgie Porter, and Red Dwarf crew mates Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn are among the much-loved celebrities who will take to the road for a treasure trail around the UK’s antique emporiums as hit show Celebrity Antiques Road Trip returns to TV screens.
 
The ninth series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, broadcast on BBC Two from Monday 7th October, follows a great line-up of famous faces from stage, screen, comedy, music, sport and the media as they hunt for hidden gems in a bid to make the biggest profit buying and selling antiques.
 
The new series features:
  • Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten and friend, and fellow northern lass – actress and disability activist Samantha Renke
  • Red Dwarf stars, DJ and actor Craig Charles and actor Robert Llewellyn
  • Loose Women panellists and TV presenters Penny Lancaster and Andrea McLean
  • Fashion and textiles designer, Pearl Lowe, and fellow antique lover, journalist and presenter, Mariella Frostrup
  • Coronation Street’s Billy Mayhew, actor Daniel Brocklebank and Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon, best known as Del Dingle
  • I’m A Celebrity’s most unlikely pairing, showbiz pals Georgia Toffolo and Stanley Johnson
  • Two of the longest serving cast members of Holby City, Rosie Marcel and Bob Barrett
  • Panto pals, seasoned singer and actress Sheila Ferguson and beloved actor and comedian Bobby Davro
  • Great friends, comedian Shappi Khorsandi and Konnie Huq, children’s book writer and TV personality.
  • Stars of Love Island Wes Nelson and Georgia Steel
  • Actor Neil Morrissey and former Royal Marine Commando JJ Chalmers who are reunited following their BBC Two pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago
  • Irish boy band royalty and best mates Boyzones Keith Duffy and Westlife’s Brian McFadden
  • Soap opera stars Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan and friend, former Hollyoaks actress, and model Jorgie Porter
  • TV doctors and presenters who are united through medicine, former Gladiator Dr Zoe Williams and Strictly star Dr Ranj Singh
  • Lifelong friends Will Mellor and Nick Pickard who met on set of the first series of Hollyoaks
  • Renowned tennis player and coach Judy Murray OBE, and former British number one tennis player, Greg Rusedski
  • Comedy stand-ups and showbiz pals Jamali Maddix and Bobby Mair
  • Improv comedian, stand up and actor, Phill Jupitus and performance poet John Cooper Clarke
  • Award-winning singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé MBE and record producer and musician Naughty Boy who collaborated together on the song Wonder
  • Presenters of long-running hit show Countryfile farmer Adam Henson and fellow presenter Steve Brown
In each episode, the two competing celebrities put their knowledge and bartering skills to the test as they set out with £400 and a classic car to find antique bargains and make the biggest profit by selling them at auction, with all final profits donated to BBC’s Children in Need.  To help our celebrities are the show’s regular antiques experts, on hand to provide guidance about the world of antiques.
 
Of almost 200 items bought and sold, this series features the widest selection of antiques seen on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with everything from Chinese silver sugar tongs to African soapstone sculptures, quality Scandinavian jewellery, vibrant German pottery, porcelain parrots and a wooden rocking horse.
 
During the series, a few celebrities let their hearts overrule their heads when picking the most valuable hidden gems to take to auction.  Emile Sandé was determined to commit to a musical themed shopping list of antiques but ended up with a 1940s doorbell, which though beautiful, had a ‘ding’ but had lost its ‘dong’.
 
Comic-turned-art student Phill Jupitus plumped for an illustration with strong local appeal but lost its relevance at an auction in a different part of the country.  And Corrie’s Helen Flanagan didn’t quite get to grips with haggling, instead being somewhat generous and paying more than the ticket price for one item – much to the frustration of her expert.
 
John Redshaw, Series 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. We have a brilliant line-up of competing stars going head-to-head on the antiques trail and I think viewers will love following their road trips as they track down weird and wonderful bargains in antique shops around the country. 
 
“Some of the more profitable buys include a 200 year old love letter illustrated with watercolour images spotted by Robert Llewellyn which achieves a pretty penny at auction.  The discovery of a Chinese Ming dynasty terracotta figure really bolsters Steve Brown’s profits and the prize for the most unlikely item goes to Gemma Oaten who buys a life size donkey which proves to be no one-trick pony as the profits gallop in.”
 
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip is produced by STV Productions and continues to be a real hit with viewers, with the last series reaching 15 million people across the UK.  
 
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For further information and interview requests, please contact the STV press office:
 
Katie Martin
0141 300 3109
katie.martin@stv.tv