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Thousands set for BBC’s TV antiques show May 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Antiques.

Historic Highcliffe Castle is to play host to the popular BBC Antiques Roadshow programme next month.

The stately clifftop mansion, itself a rare example of early 19th century art and architecture, will be the backdrop for an edition for the 30th series of the long-running programme due to be screened between September and April.

Current host Michael Aspel and former long-time Roadshow presenter High Scully will be among the celebrities appearing at the castle with the team of expert valuers including Hilary Kay and Lars Tharp.

Around 2,000 punters are expected to flock to the castle during the day-long filming on Thursday, June 14, to find out if their favourite family heirloom is worth a fortune.

But just hosting the Antiques Roadshow is rich reward for Christchurch council and Highcliffe Castle staff, who have overseen the restoration of the once-ruined pile to a major tourist attraction and wedding venue.

“Getting the Roadshow is absolutely massive. It is a really big deal for the castle and the council and we are absolutely delighted,” said castle events manager Jaine Fry, who has been closely involved in negotiations with the programme makers.

advertisementShe added: “We investigated the possibility a few years ago, but thought the castle would not be big enough. Then the BBC came back to us at the end of last year and said they were happy to do the whole thing outdoors, whatever the weather.”

Antiques Roadshow editor Simon Shaw said: “The team are all looking forward to visiting Highcliffe Castle. It’s always exciting to see what will come to light on the day. Despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert.”

Gates open at 9.30 am for people to bring their antiques for viewing, but people with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects in advance to: Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk to arrange to arrange viewing and transport.

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