The stars of stage and screen taking to the road for the sixth series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, have been announced.
“It’s wonderful to have Celebrity Antiques Road Trip back on our screens with such a stellar cast of famous faces. As always there’s something for everyone, with plenty of winners, plenty of losers and lots of laughter along the way.” – Adrian Padmore, BBC Commissioning Editor
With £400 in their pocket and paired with expert antiquers, two celebrities set off behind the wheel of a classic car to search Britain for undiscovered antiques, each hoping to make the biggest profit at auction. Along the way there’s a chance to hear the little-known stories behind some of the greatest events and people in British history.
In the first episode, Jennifer Saunders is joined by actress and close friend Patricia Potter, alongside veteran antiquers Phillip Serrell and Mark Stacey. They shop in Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire before heading for an auction in Greenwich, where Patricia turns a pair of rare bronze turkeys, previously rejected by Jennifer, into the single biggest profit across the whole series.
At the other end of the scale, Su Pollard makes a loss of £173 on a larger than life ship’s figurehead of a cross-eyed Jesus and Ruth Madoc loses £132 on a 95 million year-old Hadrosaur egg. And relying on vintage vehicles to travel the country is not always smooth either. Car trouble sees Charles Dance abandoning Geraldine James in a bid to reach the shops first and Nigel Havers swapping a classic TVR Tuscan for the bus. Meanwhile, Jimmy Osmond and Tony Christie bring an auction house to a stand still with a crowd sing along of Long Haired Lover From Liverpool. The series starts on November 14th on BBC Two.
Jennifer Saunders and Patricia Potter
The comedy icon is joined by her best friend, former Holby actress Patricia Potter as they team up with Phil Serrell and Mark Stacey to road trip their way through the Berkshire and Oxfordshire countryside.
Charles Dance and Geraldine James
Legends of stage and screen Charles Dance and Geraldine James join antiques experts Natasha Raskin and Will Axon on this Road Trip around Wiltshire.
Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard
Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard, best known for their appearances in sitcom Hi-De-Hi, are antique hunting with Phil Serrell and Raj Bisram. Setting off from the Welsh border town of Monmouth they head for auction in Congleton, Cheshire.
Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo
Top Italian cooks Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contraldo are on a Road Trip around East Anglia. The Restaurateurs, writers and old friends will be foraging for antiques in the company of experts David Harper and James Braxton.
Vic Reeves and Nancy Sorrell
Comic and entertainer Vic Reeves and his wife Nancy Sorrell visit Kent, ably assisted by experts Charlie Ross and Thomas Plant.
Zoe Ball and Iain Waite
Strictly Come Dancing’s Zoe Ball and Iain Waite are quickstepping their way across the south West of England in a bid to turn a profit at auction in Hampshire. Experts Margie Cooper and Paul Laidlaw are on hand to guide.
Rick Wakeman and Ian Lavender
Prog rocker Rick Wakeman and best mate Ian Lavender, loved as Pike from Dad’s Army, enjoy a ride around Norfolk in the company of experts Raj Bisram and David Harper.
Nigel Havers and Michael Whitehall
Actor Nigel Havers and his canny, deal-making chum (and ex-agent) Michael Whitehall explore the West Country with expert advice from Margie Cooper and James Braxton.
Aldo Zilli and Ching He-Huang
TV chefs Aldo Zilli and Ching He-Huang do battle on this Road Trip around South Eastern England, aided by experts Natasha Raskin and Paul Laidlaw.
Ronni Ancona and Jan Ravens
Two legends of British comedy, Ronni Ancona and Jan Ravens are joined on this Road Trip by antiquers Phil Serrell and James Braxton. Starting in the North Yorkshire town of Redcar they’ll head for auction in Stockport in Cheshire.
Claire Grogan and Alex Norton
Pop Icon and actress Claire Grogan is reunited with fellow Glaswegian, Taggart actor Alex Norton as they battle it out in the search for profitable antiques. Anita Manning and Paul Laidlaw are on hand to lend their expertise.
Nicki Chapman and Jules Hudson
Top presenting pals Nicki Chapman and Jules Hudson escape to the country to find antiques in Herefordshire, Wales and Oxfordshire with Natasha Raskin and Phillip Serrell.
Jimmy Osmond and Tony Christie
Two stars of the seventies, cool crooner Tony Christie and pop royalty Jimmy Osmond, head to Loughborough accompanied by experts Catherine Southon and Margie Cooper.
David and Carrie Grant
Vocal coaches and husband and wife David and Carrie Grant are swapping singing in harmony for battling it out with antiques with the help of experts Will Axon and Mark Stacey.
Suzanne Packer and Susan Cookson
Actors and friends from Casualty Susan Cookson and Suzannne Packer swap surgery scrubs for a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger as they battle it out on around the North West of England, assisted by James Braxton and David Harper.
Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala
Today we turn up the spice with gourmet gastronomes Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala. The chefs are joined in Dundee by David Harper and Natasha Raskin.
Tanni Grey-Thompson and Jade Jones
Paralympians Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Jade Jones will be on the lookout for antiques to take to auction in Harrogate, in the company of experts Phil Serrell and David Harper, the Baroness from County Durham and Middlesbrough’s Jade will be on the lookout for antiques to take to auction in Harrogate.
John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds Wood
Award winning journalists John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds Wood kick off their search in Lancashire, with Thomas Plant and Margie Cooper.
Suzannah Lipscomb and Kate Williams
It’s a journey into antiquity with glamorous historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Kate Williams. Paired with experts David Harper and Catherine Southon they Road Trip from Bletchley in Buckinghamshire to an auction in London.
Sarah Greene and Peter Duncan
Two favourite Blue Peter presenters Sarah Greene and Peter Duncan are in the company of Natasha Raskin and Catherine Southon as they hunt for antiques around Surrey, Hertfordshire and North West London.