The WORST Episodes of Antiques Roadshow

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Network: BBC One

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

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Gateshead

#1 - Gateshead

Season 31 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 16, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the experts set up for a busy day at The Sage Gateshead. Objects under scrutiny include a phonograph once owned by Harry Lauder and a tatty tablecloth, claimed by its owner to have been hand illustrated by the artist Francis Bacon. Meanwhile, it takes five men to lift in a piece which is awarded the highest valuation ever seen on the programme.

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Belfast (2)

#2 - Belfast (2)

Season 31 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 11, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team return for another busy day at the Titanic Drawing Offices in Belfast. Objects uncovered include a medicine chest from early Victorian times, complete with many intact medicines; an historic document marking the end of World War II; and a pair of rare Irish plate buckets worth the price of a new car.

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Compilation - Lanhydrock and Bodnant

#3 - Compilation - Lanhydrock and Bodnant

Season 31 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 30, 2008

Fiona Bruce introduces previously unscreened finds from two recent venues: Lanhydrock in Cornwall and Bodnant Garden in North Wales. Objects uncovered by the experts include a collection of jewellery made for suffragettes, a rare painting rescued from a skip at Sissinghurst, and a fascinating group of photographs recording the Queen's first Christmas broadcast.

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Oxford

#4 - Oxford

Season 31 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 7, 2008

Fiona Bruce returns to visit Hertford College in Oxford, where she studied as a student. Objects brought before the experts in the quadrangle include a unique record of a Beatles recording session, a Maori carving with a macabre past life, and a Russian painting, which provides a shock valuation for its owner.

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Dumfries House

#5 - Dumfries House

Season 31 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 21, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the team visit Dumfries House near Ayr in Scotland. Objects intriguing the experts include an early toy train in remarkable condition, an outstanding example of Chippendale furniture, and a glass vase bought at a boot sale, which hides a stunning valuation. There is also a special interview with HRH The Prince of Wales about his involvement in the rescue mission to save the unique collection at Dumfries House from being broken up.

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Jersey

#6 - Jersey

Season 32 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2009

The series begins at Samares Manor in Jersey where an international flavour soon sets in, with objects from Japan, South Africa, Egypt, America and France under the experts' scrutiny. There is excitement as they uncover one of the most valuable watches ever seen on the show, along with the bizarre find of Marilyn Monroe's lemon squeezer. There is a first for the programme when a forensic test is performed live on camera to prove the worth of a valuable gold bangle.

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Blackpool (1)

#7 - Blackpool (1)

Season 32 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2009

Objects under discussion include a Bible containing handwritten extracts from Charlotte Bronte; powerful images drawn under fire by a war artist; and a boot sale brooch that makes the owner want to scream with delight when she hears the valuation.

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Blackpool (2)

#8 - Blackpool (2)

Season 32 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team return for a second visit to the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. Objects examined by the experts include one of the earliest prayer books seen on the programme and a valuable pair of duelling pistols, while the original Teddy from Watch with Mother makes a surprise appearance.

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Oxford (2)

#9 - Oxford (2)

Season 32 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 11, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team return with a second helping from a recent visit to Hertford College, Oxford. Objects under the cameras include a bracelet once worn by a princess with a tragic story; expensive ceramics bought for a song at a boot sale; and a rare document recording the end of hostilities in the First World War. Plus, one of the experts shows his hand as an accomplished amateur potter.

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Lincoln (1)

#10 - Lincoln (1)

Season 32 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2009

A huge turnout of visitors awaits Fiona Bruce and the team at Lincoln Cathedral. Objects under scrutiny include a gruesome set of surgeon's tools from the 1860s, and a plate hidden for years in a cupboard, which provides its owner with a big surprise. Plus, meet the visitor on a quest to recover his grandfather's paintings.

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Southwell (1)

#11 - Southwell (1)

Season 31 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 19, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the team are in Nottinghamshire meeting the people of Southwell in the magnificent Minster. Objects exciting the experts include a 17th-century love token of a betrothal box which bursts with secret compartments, and a rare haul of silver that has been gathering dust in an attic. Also, the original speaking clock comes out of retirement.

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Southwell (2)

#12 - Southwell (2)

Season 31 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 26, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the experts gather amidst the beautiful interior of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. It's a thrilling day for the team as the oldest toy train in the programme's history emerges early on, swiftly followed by a pocket-watch made by Britain's finest watchmaker. But the real show-stopper is a romantic painting with a handsome valuation.

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Leeds Castle (1)

#13 - Leeds Castle (1)

Season 31 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 2, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the team head for Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent. Objects exciting the experts include a rare painting illustrating the first air raids over London in World War I and a casket reputedly owned by Anne Boleyn, while a collection of 1,000 tie pins is given a startling valuation. Plus, it proves a memorable day for ceramics expert, Henry Sandon.

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Althorp

#14 - Althorp

Season 31 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 14, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the team visit Althorp in Northamptonshire, once the home of Princess Diana. Among the items under scrutiny are a valuable writing desk found in a coal shed, a sword that fought in the English Civil War, and an important painting that was found on a tip.

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Bolton Abbey

#15 - Bolton Abbey

Season 31 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 7, 2008

The Roadshow team head to the atmospheric ruins of Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire where a rich haul of treasures are brought in by visitors. These include a lambing chair first used 200 years ago by farmers to offer protection against poor weather, a fascinating collection recording the risky life of a First World War aviator, whilst a trinket that's languished unloved for years is recognised to be a magical piece made by Faberge.

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Chester (1)

#16 - Chester (1)

Season 31 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 21, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the team head to Chester Cathedral where they are greeted by 2,000 eager visitors waiting in the nave. Among the treasures under scrutiny are some of the smallest and most valuable pieces of furniture ever to be seen on the show, Elvis memorabilla, and a collection of jewels which were sewn into the hem of a dress and smuggled out of pre-revolution Russia.

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Chester (2)

#17 - Chester (2)

Season 31 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 28, 2008

A busy day inside Chester Cathedral finds Fiona Bruce and the team of specialists hard at work. Objects examined include a valuable painting which finally sees the light of day after decades spent under a bed, dozens of pairs of intricately carved miniature shoes and a collection of books worth the price of a house.

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Compilation - Ascot and Althorp

#18 - Compilation - Ascot and Althorp

Season 31 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 5, 2008

Fiona Bruce introduces a bumper edition with unscreened finds from recent visits to Althorp and Ascot. Among the objects uncovered are an early English tapestry with a five-figure value, a pile of significant modern paintings saved from a skip, and rare documents recording the rescue of members of the Russian royal family aboard a British battleship at the time of the Russian revolution.

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Lanhydrock

#19 - Lanhydrock

Season 31 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 12, 2008

Fiona Bruce and the team set up for business in the grounds of Lanhydrock, near Bodmin in Cornwall. The experts are kept busy with another series of exciting finds, including a gold bangle set with precious stones that was found at the bottom of a water tank. An early Valentine tells the story of an unrequited love affair, while a valuation on a silver cup brings the house down.

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Wells (1)

#20 - Wells (1)

Season 31 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 18, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team travel to the Bishop's Palace in Wells, Somerset. Among the objects under scrutiny are one of the earliest objects ever seen on the Roadshow, a painting by Rolf Harris's grandfather, and a plate reputedly found in Captain Scott's tent on the ill-fated Antarctic expedition.

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Wells (2)

#21 - Wells (2)

Season 31 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 25, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team of experts return to Wells in Somerset, where they welcome visitors with their valuables. Objects under scrutiny include a valuable bracelet once gifted by Queen Victoria and a small seal used by campaigners for the abolition of slavery, and there is a revealing moment for the owners of a rare tapestry.

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Dundee

#22 - Dundee

Season 31 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 1, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team of experts are in Dundee. Among the treasures unearthed are a valuable miniature clock smuggled out of Germany in the Second World War, and the world's first copying machine, invented by a Scot in 1780. Plus, an extraordinary letter sent to a conscientious objector comes to light.

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Dulwich (1)

#23 - Dulwich (1)

Season 31 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 8, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team visit Dulwich Art Gallery in South London. Among the objects brought in by the public to excite the experts are an early and little-known photograph of Winston Churchill, a theatrical costume dating from the early days of pantomime, and one of the most valuable paintings seen on the show in recent years.

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Dulwich (2)

#24 - Dulwich (2)

Season 31 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 15, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team return to Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London to uncover more intriguing heirlooms, including an early illustration by madcap artist Heath Robinson. There is also a mysterious set of rare and valuable miniatures found on a bus, and a book returned after a 50-year loan turns out to be worth a small fortune.

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Bridlington (1)

#25 - Bridlington (1)

Season 31 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 29, 2009

Fiona Bruce and the team return to the Spa Royal Hall in Bridlington to value more items brought along by members of the public. Among the objects intriguing the experts are artefacts of HMS Falcon excavated from the sea bed, and a set of rare buttons commemorating the Battle of Quebec in 1759. There is also a first-hand account of life as a Japanese prisoner of war.

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