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Celebrities hit the antiques trail as Celebrity Antiques Road Trip returns for new series

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Britain’s best loved celebrities will put their antiques knowledge to the test as hit show Celebrity Antiques Road Trip is back for a brand new series, weeknights at 1900 on BBC2 from Monday 4 November.
 
The same day also sees the return of popular series Antiques Road Trip, with a brand new series running weekdays at 1630 on BBC1.
 
The third series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip follows twenty pairs of celebrities, including Fern Britton and Phil Vickery; James Martin and Jodie Kidd; and Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Janet Ellis, as they set off on a whistle-stop tour across the UK, determined to make the biggest profit from buying and selling antiques.
 
In each programme, two competing celebrities put their wit and bargaining skills to the test as they set out to find hidden gems, before taking them to auction.
 
On hand to help each celebrity is one of the top antiques experts from Antiques Road Trip, whose knowledge and experience will give the celebrity antique hunters the best possible advantage in the competition. 
 
Travelling in classic vintage cars, the teams are given a budget of £400 before starting their engines for a cross-country road trip.
 
A fantastic line-up of celebrities will go head-to-head on the antiques trail:
 
Week 1:
  • TV couple Fern Britton and Phil Vickery (Devon)
  • Celebrity radio DJs Janice Long and Ken Bruce (Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire)
  • Actresses Thelma Barlow and Anne Reid (Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire)
  • Actors Simon Williams and Duncan Preston (Essex)
  • Doctor Who star Colin Baker and Blue Peter stalwart Peter Purves (Worcestershire and Herefordshire)
Week 2:
  • Comedians Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden (South Devon)
  • Thespians Hermione Norris and John Thompson (Cornwall)
  • Homes under the Hammer’s Martin Roberts and Lucy Alexander (Hampshire)
  • Actors Frances Barber and Phil Davis (East Sussex and Kent)
  • Journalist and former newspaper editor Eve Pollard and former health minister Edwina Currie (Manchester and Liverpool)
Week 3:
  • EastendersShaun Williamson and Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle (South Yorkshire)
  • Globetrotting national treasure Judith Chalmers and her son, TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith (Worcestershire and Herefordshire)
  • Comedians Miles Jupp and Nina Wadia (East London and Surrey)
  • Celebrity chef James Martin and supermodel Jodie Kidd (Sussex and Surrey)
  • Spring Watch presenters Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games (Bath and Weston-Super-Mare)
Week 4:
  • Stars of stage and screen, Amanda Donohoe and Robert Bathurst (Norfolk and Lincolnshire)
  • Mother and daughter team Janet Ellis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (Essex)
  • Celebrity chefs Rosemary Shrager and Jean-Christophe Novelli (Leeds and Yorkshire)
  • 80s pop star turned gardener Kim Wilde and celebrity garden designer Diarmuid Gavin (Watford Gap)
  • Flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and art critic Waldemar Januszczak (Staffordshire)
 
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip has been a hit with viewers, attracting a peak audience of more than 2.5 million.
 
Sophie Ellis-Bextor said: “I had such a fun time searching for antiques with Phil. I love retro things anyway and Phil has a great eye. We had lots of giggles along the way, too. My mum shares my love of all things vintage so whilst I know we were supposed to be competing, really I was just happy to know we were both having a lovely time.”
 
James Martin said: “I had a brilliant time antiques hunting and Philip's expertise helped me track down lots of quirky pieces, including some fantastic kitchenalia. I have a real passion for fast cars, so zooming round the countryside in a Jaguar E-Type was pretty much my dream come true! I had some tough competition in Jodie but that's all I'll say for now. I hope viewers tune in to see the final result.”
 
Wendy Rattray, creative director for STV Productions, said: “We have some brilliant celebrities lined up to hit the antiques trail in the brand new series, which promises more fun, banter and friendly rivalry from our competing stars.
 
“I also hope viewers will enjoy the return of Antiques Road Trip’s colourful antiques experts, who are always on the lookout for the weird and wonderful on their road trip across the country.”
 
Jo Street, Commissioning Editor, BBC, said: “It’s great to have Celebrity Antiques Road Trip back in the schedule. Seeing the famous faces operating outside their comfort zone as their experts attempt to guide, cajole and encourage them in the fickle world of antique hunting is as entertaining as ever.”
 
Ratings success Antiques Road Trip, which also returns to screens on Monday 4 November with a brand new series, follows the country’s top antiques experts as they battle it out in a search for quirky and valuable antiques to auction off for profit.
 
Travelling across the UK in a fleet of striking vintage cars, the experts stop at nothing to seek out those hidden gems and all are determined to make the biggest profit at auction.
 
With a starting budget of only £200 each, the experts pair up for a scenic adventure through the British countryside, visiting antiques shops and local areas of interest, and exploring the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage.
 
This is the seventh series of Antiques Road Trip, with filming for series eight also underway. The hugely popular show attracted a peak audience of 2.7 million after being moved from BBC2 to a new, high profile slot on BBC1 earlier this year.
 
The brand new series sees the introduction of three exciting new faces, as Christina Trevanion, Tom Scott and Will Axon join the much loved line-up of regular experts, Charles Hanson, Anita Manning, James Braxton, Mark Stacey, Philip Serrell, Paul Laidlaw, David Harper, Charlie Ross and Thomas Plant.
 
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and Antiques Road Trip are produced by STV Productions.
 
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