Antiques Roadshow

The BEST episodes of Antiques Roadshow

Every episode of Antiques Roadshow ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Antiques Roadshow!

A team of experts from auction houses tours towns throughout the UK to value treasures brought in by members of the public.

Last Updated: 12/2/2022Network:BBC One
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The Battle of Britain and the Blitz
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10.00
1 votes

#1 - The Battle of Britain and the Blitz

Season 42 - Episode 21 - Aired 9/16/2020

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.

Scone Palace 1
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9.00
1 votes

#2 - Scone Palace 1

Season 36 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/30/2014

A visit to Scone Palace, near Perth in Scotland, sees Fiona Bruce and the team meeting thousands of visitors bringing precious heirlooms. Pieces featured include an 'ugly' family brooch with a surprising value; one of the most significant books seen on the show, which dates back to the 15th century; t-shirts bought at a Clash concert over 30 years ago; and a tea caddy from the 1780s, which the expert describes as 'perfection'

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Lytham Hall 2
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9.00
1 votes

#3 - Lytham Hall 2

Season 42 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/5/2020

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.

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Osborne House 2
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9.00
1 votes

#4 - Osborne House 2

Season 40 - Episode 27 - Aired 5/26/2019

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.

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Ightham Mote 2
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9.00
5 votes

#5 - Ightham Mote 2

Season 39 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/21/2017

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

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World War One Special
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9.00
1 votes

#6 - World War One Special

Season 37 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/2/2014

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.

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Entertainment Special
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9.00
1 votes

#7 - Entertainment Special

Season 40 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/31/2017

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.

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The Royal William Yard 1
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8.67
3 votes

#8 - The Royal William Yard 1

Season 38 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/11/2015

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.

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Senate House 2
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8.50
4 votes

#9 - Senate House 2

Season 40 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/22/2017

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.

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Aston Hall 2
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8.50
2 votes

#10 - Aston Hall 2

Season 44 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/10/2022

The team return to Aston Hall in Birmingham, where treasures include Wind in the Willows figures, memorabilia from an Aston Villa footballer and items from a pioneering mountaineer.

Forty Hall 3
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8.50
2 votes

#11 - Forty Hall 3

Season 43 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/23/2021

Antiques Roadshow is at Forty Hall in Enfield, north London, where treasures include some Chippendale tables with a hefty price tag, an original Punch and Judy set used to entertain children on the lawns of Forty Hall, and an intriguing necklace linked to a secret society. There’s also rare rock memorabilia, including a poster of Mick Jagger by Andy Warhol.

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Cromer Pier
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8.50
2 votes

#12 - Cromer Pier

Season 41 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/3/2019

This week's Roadshow comes from the beautiful seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk.

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Trentham  Gardens 1
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8.50
2 votes

#13 - Trentham Gardens 1

Season 38 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/24/2016

The Antiques Roadshow visits Trentham Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent, where treasures include rare items from the region's historic potteries, a brooch that belonged to flying ace Amy Johnson and a portable road map described as an early form of satnav. Jewellery specialist Susan Rumfitt challenges Fiona to spot the odd one out among a collection of gold necklaces and bracelets - one of which is actually made from a cheap imitation alloy known as pinchbeck.

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Hanbury Hall 1
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8.50
4 votes

#14 - Hanbury Hall 1

Season 38 - Episode 23 - Aired 4/17/2016

Fiona and the team are at Hanbury Hall near Droitwich in Worcestershire. It's thought the creator of The Archers based the fictional village of Ambridge on Hanbury, and so it's quite possible that Hanbury Hall is the inspiration for Lower Loxley Hall. Mark Hill values a pop art jacket designed by Sir Peter Blake. Sadly its value has been reduced after being eaten in places by a ferret. Rupert Maas appraises one of the finest nude paintings he's ever seen. Glass specialist Andy McConnell values the oldest piece of glass he's ever handled in a lifetime of collecting. Meanwhile a sketch of Napoleon on his death bed made hastily on St Helena prompts a debate about the reputation of the man. Marc Allum shows Fiona four vessels that elegantly evoke the spirit of Ancient Greece. But can she spot the one genuine piece that actually dates back two and a half thousand years?

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Christmas Special
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8.50
2 votes

#15 - Christmas Special

Season 38 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/30/2015

Fiona Bruce introduces a festive edition from Lyme Park in Cheshire. Along with expert Will Farmer, she unwraps presents from Christmas past as they explore the changing taste in toys given as presents, going back to Edwardian days. Meanwhile, in the beautiful gardens, the team of experts meet over 2000 visitors bearing family treasures for valuation. Some precious objects boast impressive credentials, including a cup and saucer once owned by a queen, a pram believed to have been in use in Buckingham Palace and a dagger reputed to have been owned by Charles I. Adding to the seasonal atmosphere is a curiosity that celebrates the work of author Charles Dickens.

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Chenies Manor (2)
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8.50
6 votes

#16 - Chenies Manor (2)

Season 37 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/2014

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.

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Eastbourne Bandstand 1
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8.50
2 votes

#17 - Eastbourne Bandstand 1

Season 36 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/1/2013

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.

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Senate House 1
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8.43
7 votes

#18 - Senate House 1

Season 39 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/23/2017

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.

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Barrington Court 2
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8.33
3 votes

#19 - Barrington Court 2

Season 37 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/24/2015

The Antiques Roadshow returns to Barrington Court in Somerset, where surprising finds include a revolver believed to have been owned by Wild West showman Buffalo Bill, a rock crystal brooch with magical properties and a mouthwatering collection of old moulds for making chocolate. Fiona Bruce marvels at the miles of rare-wood panelling that adorn Barrington Court, collected by former owner and sugar baron Colonel Lyle, before the team get to grips with Victorian brooches filled with locks of hair and a 17th-century painting with a surprising line in humour. The Roadshow's resident armourer, Robert Tilney, cannot resist a 20-shot revolver that is said to have belonged to Buffalo Bill, while a pair of signal flags provide a moving insight into the Normandy landings of the Second World War. A pair of ceramic figures in Russian dress reveal the surprising story of an intrepid Englishman who set up a porcelain factory in Moscow in the 18th century, while jewellery specialist Geoffrey Munn is entranced by an intricately engraved rock crystal with magical properties and a fine portrait of a woman wearing it. Finally, a collection of rare confectionery moulds linked to German manufacturer Anton Reich will put a smile on the face of chocoholics everywhere.

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Burton Constable 2
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8.33
3 votes

#20 - Burton Constable 2

Season 39 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/19/2017

The team visit Burton Constable Hall near Hull. Objects inspected by Fiona Bruce and the experts include the first transatlantic airmail letter, brought on the plane piloted by Alcock and Brown in 1919, uncomfortable diaries of an SS officer imprisoned in Britain in World War II and letters from the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The award for most curious acquisition of the day must go to a bronze figure which was swapped for fish and chip suppers. And one family bring in 1,500 shoe buckles obsessively collected by a late husband. His investment proved to be a wise decision, however, when expert Judith Miller delivers the valuation.

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The Royal William Yard 2
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8.25
4 votes

#21 - The Royal William Yard 2

Season 38 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/18/2015

The Antiques Roadshow makes a return visit to the Royal William Yard in Plymouth where treasures include a unique book of garden designs by a renowned landscape gardener, one of the last flasks of naval rum to be produced and a ceremonial wooden spoon awarded for the worst exam results in Cambridge. Jewellery specialist John Benjamin is the bearer of surprising news for a woman who thinks a charity shop bracelet dates from the 1960s and he offers a lesson in Art Deco to a young man who hopes to inherit a diamond and emerald brooch. Maritime curiosities are much in evidence and include a ceremonial hammer and chisel used to launch a ship and one of the last flasks of naval rum to be issued before the rum ration came to an end in 1970. Fergus Gambon is entranced by a set of doll's house furniture made from bonnet wire by destitute children in a charity school in Victorian London while Clive Stewart Lockhart is amused by a giant ceremonial wooden spoon once presented to the recipient of the lowest exam mark at Cambridge University. A rare piece of Republican silver steeped in Irish history stuns Alastair Dickenson while the value of a unique book of early 19th-century garden designs by Humphry Repton reduces its owner to tears.

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World War I Special
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8.20
5 votes

#22 - World War I Special

Season 41 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/4/2018

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.

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New Lanark 1
star
8.17
6 votes

#23 - New Lanark 1

Season 39 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/28/2017

Fiona Bruce and the experts head to the banks of the Cyde to meet visitors bringing family heirlooms to the 18th-century cotton mill of New Lanark. As evidence that you should never throw anything out, treasures featured include a pearl necklace bought cheaply at a boot sale, a valuable clock found in a flea market, and a rare cuddly toy found abandoned in a skip. Plus there is a moment of disquiet when a guest reveals how a family painting is a reminder of an uncomfortable family secret that dates back to the days of Nazi Germany.

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Audley End 2
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8.09
11 votes

#24 - Audley End 2

Season 39 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/11/2016

A return visit to Audley End in Essex sees Fiona Bruce and the team of experts meeting thousands of visitors who are bringing family treasures for appraisal. Amongst objects brought to camera are a table that was supposedly used to sign Napoleon's abdication and a giant bronze cockerel buried in both world wars to avoid being melted down for ammunition. And there is a cautionary tale when a man brings in 650 design diagrams after bidding for just one following an interest prompted by watching Antiques Roadshow.

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Christchurch Mansion 2
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8.00
1 votes

#25 - Christchurch Mansion 2

Season 43 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/28/2021

Antiques Roadshow is at Christchurch Park in Ipswich, where treasures include an Imperial Chinese porcelain vase fit for an emperor and some intriguing portraits relating to the Profumo scandal of the 1960s. Also featured are intricate, solid gold lapel badges from the Australian gold fields and a pair of delicate paintings by a famous Suffolk artist.

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