Britain’s best loved celebrities will put their antiques knowledge to the test as hit show Celebrity Antiques Road Trip returns for a brand new series, weeknights at 1900 on BBC2 from Friday 5 September.
The fourth series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip follows 20 pairs of celebrities, including Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan, Pirates Of The Caribbean’s Kevin McNally, Game Of Thrones’ Dame Diana Rigg, Hollywood big hitter Brian Cox, legendary Radio 4 presenter Dame Jenni Murray, The Apprentice stars Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford and television royalty Esther Rantzen as they set off on a whistle-stop tour across the UK, determined to make the biggest profit 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 selling them at auction.
On hand to help each celebrity is a well-known antiques expert 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:
• Husband and wife, Downton Abbey actress Phyllis Logan and Pirates Of The Caribbean star Kevin McNally (Kent and Sussex)
• Legendary actress and star of Game Of Thrones, Dame Diana Rigg and Midsomer Murders actor Neil Dudgeon (Yorkshire)
• Comedians Barry Cryer and Bernard Cribbins (Hertfordshire and Surrey)
• The Apprentice’s Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford (Hampshire and Somerset)
• Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and presenter and journalist Anne Diamond (London)
• Hollywood A-lister Brian Cox and Poirot’s Philip Jackson (Hampshire and Chichester)
• Television aristocracy Esther Rantzen and presenter daughter Rebecca Wilcox (Berkshire and Oxfordshire)
• Actress Lesley Joseph and actor and presenter Christopher Biggins (Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire)
• Former England rugby captain Phil Vickery MBE and former professional rugby player turned sport pundit, Martin Offiah MBE (Gloucestershire and Bristol)
• Veteran actor Barbara Flynn and Bergerac’s John Nettles OBE (Devon)
• Countryfile presenter John Craven OBE and television personality Johnny Ball (Hampshire and Dorset)
• Husband and wife actors James Bolam MBE and Susan Jameson from New Tricks and When The Boat Comes In (Sussex)
• Comedians and writers Steve Punt and Rory McGrath (Warwickshire)
• Actors Patrick Robinson, star of Casualty and All Creatures Great and Small, and Doctors’ Christopher Timothy (Gloucestershire and Herefordshire)
• Presenter and journalist Sian Williams and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood (Essex)
• Newsreader Angela Rippon OBE and TV presenter Gloria Hunniford (Kent and Sussex)
• Actor Liza Goddard and star of Jesus of Nazareth and Holby City, Robert Powell (Warwickshire and Gloucestershire)
• Newsreaders Natasha Kaplinsky and Michael Buerk (Sussex)
• Baroness Oona King and journalist and broadcaster Dame Jenni Murray (London)
• GP and comedian Phil Hammond and actress and comedian Maria McErlane (Cheshire and Lancashire)
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip has been a hit with viewers, attracting 2.2 million viewers.
Brian Cox said: ”It's been fantastic, really, really enjoyable. It's a sort of journey of self exploration; I always thought I was lousy at bargaining, but actually I turned out to be better than I thought I was. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. No stone was left unturned in order to achieve what we achieved, and I think we did very well.”
Dame Diana Rigg said: “I absolutely loved it. It was really great fun. I think [my antiques expert] Paul is terrific, he knows his business and I learnt from him which is the most important part of my experience. It’s a whole new world and it’s absolutely terrific.”
Phyllis Logan said: “I knew what to expect slightly but it was much better fun that I could ever imagine. Cantering through the English countryside, meeting a whole load of eccentrics; wonderful!”
Ainsley Harriott said: “It's been a fabulous experience. Would I do it again? Absolutely, it's given me an appetite to get out there and perhaps do a little bit of shopping. The highlight for me has been being able to drive round in some of those classic cars - you don't get that opportunity very often. It was great working with Anne Diamond again; it was like seeing one of your old chums from school!”
Andrew Robertson, executive producer at STV Productions, said: “A host of brilliant celebrities will hit the antiques trail in the brand new series, which promises more fun, banter and friendly rivalry as our competing stars hunt down weird and wonderful antiques on their road trip across the country.”
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip is produced by STV Productions.
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