The BEST Episodes of Antiques Roadshow
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 18, 2021
Network: BBC One
Antiques Roadshow is the original BBC show in which antique appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom (and occasionally abroad) to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running since 1979 and inspired similar programmes in other countries such as the United States and Canada.
#1 - The Battle of Britain and the Blitz
Season 42 - Episode 21 - Aired Sep 16, 2020
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, Fiona meets one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots and flies in a Spitfire.
#2 - Eastbourne Bandstand 1
Season 36 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 1, 2013
In a first for the Roadshow, Fiona Bruce and the team record a programme at a sea front setting at Eastbourne Bandstand. Family treasures featured include a collection of pottery with a moving story, a rare signalling lamp used at D-Day, plus rare images of Marilyn Monroe taken at her last photographic session.
#3 - Eastbourne Bandstand 2
Season 36 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 8, 2013
Fiona Bruce and the experts pay a second visit to East Sussex as they welcome thousands of visitors to Eastbourne Bandstand. Objects brought before the cameras include a collection of a thousand lead soldiers, which tell the story of a remarkable Victorian childhood; one of the earliest digital watches from the 1960s; plus perhaps the highest value for a single piece of jewellery, which has the team in raptures.
#4 - Southsea - Royal Marines Museum 1
Season 36 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 22, 2013
Fiona Bruce and the team set up for another busy day at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea, near Portsmouth. There are some remarkable stories behind objects brought to the camera including chairs that claim to be made from timber off HMS Victory, rare spoons found in pig swill, a bangle left behind by a Russian princess, and a pile of paintings once owned by the man who inspired the character Indiana Jones.
#5 - The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art 1
Season 36 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 22, 2013
#6 - Retrospective
Season 36 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 29, 2013
#7 - Barnsley
Season 20 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 9, 1997
#8 - Entertainment Special
Season 40 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 31, 2017
As part of its fortieth anniversary series, Antiques Roadshow arrives on the set of EastEnders for a special episode celebrating the history of film, music, theatre and television. Set against the backdrop of Albert Square at the BBC's Elstree studios in north London, the Antiques Roadshow team appraise a selection of rare and unusual items of entertainment memorabilia owned by members of the public. These include the axe that Jack Nicholson wielded in The Shining, a script for the first episode of Doctor Who, and key props from the first Star Wars film and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Every item offers a glimpse into the world of movie legends, pop stars, theatrical giants and television favourites, from Liberace and Muffin the Mule to Fawlty Towers and wrestler Big Daddy. A collection of autographed items reveal a day spent with Andy Warhol, while a young woman's Harry Potter books bring back emotional memories of her mother's battle with cancer. Presenter Fiona Bruce also drops into The Queen Vic for a chat with actresses June Brown and Letitia Dean.
#9 - Osborne House 2
Season 40 - Episode 27 - Aired May 26, 2019
Antiques Roadshow returns to Osborne on the Isle of Wight for a second helping of finds, including a Wedgwood vase and some food tins that tell a story of Colditz.
#10 - Lytham Hall 2
Season 42 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 5, 2020
At Lytham Hall in Lancashire, finds include a chair that is believed to be from Nelson’s flagship, a gruesome insight into Victorian dentistry and a fantastic series of watercolours rescued from a skip and worth thousands. Geoffrey Munn finds a diamond pendant presented by the city of Liverpool, and there is some sixties rock and roll memorabilia of the highest pedigree.
#11 - World War One Special
Season 37 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 2, 2014
In the second Antiques Roadshow special from the Somme battlefields, Fiona Bruce and a small group of experts meet families bringing poignant stories of courage and humanity in wartime.
#12 - Cardiff Castle 2
Season 40 - Episode 19 - Aired Jul 22, 2018
Fiona Bruce and the team continue to scour the country in pursuit of hidden treasures, returning to Cardiff Castle in the Welsh capital. In this Victorian gothic setting, silver-specialist Gordon Foster is fascinated by an elaborately-decorated Indian flask, while John Benjamin reveals that what was thought to be costume jewellery is actually the real thing. Fiona is on the hunt for a lost 1933 penny worth a small fortune and Henry Sandon gets his hands on a piece of rare porcelain which he has been waiting 40 years to see. In Cardiff his dream comes true and he sets pulses racing with the valuation.
#13 - Cromer Pier
Season 41 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 3, 2019
This week's Roadshow comes from the beautiful seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk.
#14 - Senate House 1
Season 39 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 23, 2017
Fiona Bruce and the experts head to Senate House, Britain's first skyscraper and the striking art deco home to the University of London in the heart of Bloomsbury. Objects brought in for scrutiny include elaborately decorated stained-glass panels found in a skip, the hoof of Lord Cardigan's charger Ronald, which bravely saw action at the battle of Balaclava, plus a French platinum and diamond bracelet which elicits one of the best reactions in Roadshow history when the owner learns its value.
#15 - The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 3
Season 37 - Episode 25 - Aired Jun 14, 2015
The Antiques Roadshow is back at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where discoveries include a stunning piece of Swedish glass, an invitation to Sir Walter Scott's funeral, a stuffed toy called Little Jack Rabbit and one of the rarest money boxes ever found on the Antiques Roadshow. Glass specialist Andy McConnell is very excited to see the best piece of Swedish glass that he thinks has ever appeared on the show, while Fiona Bruce receives a crash course in the art of playing the bagpipes from a young boy. Other eye-catching finds include a watch from a prestigious Edwardian motor race, an invitation to Sir Walter Scott's funeral and a traditional paisley shawl. Ceramics specialist Lars Tharp reveals the secrets of an unusual ceramic jug and gives a colourful demonstration of its use, while the golden age of Edinburgh trade is celebrated with a rare chain of office steeped in history. And Little Jack Rabbit, a character made famous in American children's stories, also makes a special guest appearance, much to the delight of Hilary Kay.
#16 - Ightham Mote 2
Season 39 - Episode 22 - Aired May 21, 2017
Fiona Bruce and the experts set up camp at Ightham Mote near Sevenoaks in Kent, where they welcome 3,000 visitors laden with family heirlooms. Amongst the treasures brought to camera are a gold ring containing a lock of Byron's hair, a remarkable cache of recently discovered postcards from 1916 which reveal how a British POW sent secret messages back to his family and two Chinese paintings
#17 - Chenies Manor (2)
Season 37 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 26, 2014
Fiona and the team of experts are still at Chenies Manor where more members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.
#18 - World War I Special
Season 41 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 2018
This special episode, filmed at the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, presents a selection of the most emotive and poignant items chosen by the team to mark the end of World War I and its aftermath. From cherished mementoes of sacrifice and remembrance to surprising objects that offer an insight into care for the wounded, the programme reveals how the impact of World War I was felt across the world and by all sections of society. Fiona Bruce and the team are profoundly moved by items including two poppies picked in the ruins of Ypres in 1915, a humble tray made by a soldier blinded by mustard gas and an extraordinary document that silenced the guns and brought the First World War to an end. Militaria specialist Mark Smith hears the story of Nabi Ahmad Sidiqi, an Indian Army surgeon, while Siobhan Tyrrell finds out about Lady Dorothie Feilding, a volunteer nurse and ambulance driver who became the first woman to earn the Military Medal for bravery. Hilary Kay also hears the remarkable story of a young musician who purchased a second-hand violin signed and dated '1915' and his quest to find out what happened to the man who made it - leading to an emotional meeting with a long-lost ancestor.
#19 - The Royal William Yard 1
Season 38 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 11, 2015
Fiona Bruce presents from the Royal William Yard in Plymouth where finds include doorknobs said to have belonged to Lord Nelson, a psychedelic painting of a band that played at Woodstock and a diamond necklace the length of a skipping rope. Nautical treasures are well represented on the waterfront in Plymouth, from a ship in a bottle to a painting of HMS Impregnable from 1789, but militaria specialist Graham Lay has doubts about a pair of doorknobs that were supposedly Lord Nelson's. The team are impressed by a chess set made from parts of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, a winged armchair that has travelled from Vermont, USA, and a rare Japanese bronze vase that had been languishing in a Yorkshire garden. A psychedelic painting of a band that played at Woodstock intrigues Clive Stewart-Lockhart, and Hilary Kay meets a woman who is trying to locate a lost portrait of her cousin by Laura Knight. Jewellery specialist John Benjamin marvels at a huge diamond necklace that might be better described as a skipping rope, donated to the city of Plymouth by Lady Astor.
#20 - Senate House 2
Season 40 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2017
Fiona Bruce and the team of experts visit the University of London's art deco jewel of Senate House in Bloomsbury. The first guest to head to camera is a man who has flown in that morning from Antwerp. He wants to know whether his airfare has been worthwhile as he shows a carved whalebone scrimshaw bought recently at auction. Meanwhile, Fiona is entranced by a brick from Pudding Lane that survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, and some of the flashiest jewellery seen in recent years has expert and visitor eyes out on stalks. But perhaps the most remarkable piece brought to camera is Molly, an artist's stuffed model used in the studios of some of the most famous Parisian painters of the early 19th century.
#21 - Beverley Minster (1)
Season 33 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 2010
Fiona Bruce and the team of experts visit Beverley Minster in Yorkshire. Pieces under scrutiny include a valuable medieval ring dug up on a farm; two Victorian paintings given in exchange for a gambling debt; and a car rescued from a pig farm's outbuilding, which turns out to be a former rally winner once driven by Stirling Moss.
#22 - Swindon
Season 33 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 2010
Fiona Bruce and the team continue their tour in search of treasures. They disembark at the Steam Museum in Swindon, where objects attracting the experts' eyes include one of the rarest pieces of silver even seen on the show, a valuable painting once destined for a skip, and a small ring that holds a big surprise for one owner. Fans of bizarre collections will also enjoy some choice pickings, including uneaten slices of royal wedding cakes dating back from Queen Victoria's day, plus hundreds of rail tickets bought for stations all closed by Beeching in the 1960s.