Antiques Expert and Professional Dealer David Dickinson chooses six would-be Antique experts from 200 hopeful members of the public and entrusts them with £50,000 or his own money to see if...
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Antiques Expert and Professional Dealer David Dickinson chooses six would-be Antique experts from 200 hopeful members of the public and entrusts them with £50,000 or his own money to see if with his help they can turn a profit at a professional Antiques fair within six weeks. If they turn a profit they get to keep it, but if they lose then it's host David Dickinson who'll front the loss from his own pocket and he won't be too happy about it... Written by
This made Dickinson an instant legend. So much so that he was referenced in the episode of the first season of New Tricks, called "ID Parade" when Gerry Standing puts on a pair of half-moon specs and gives Sandra Pullman his David Dickinson impression. See more »
I was really excited about this 6-part series when it was announced by BBC-America. The first two episodes aired in prime time, then suddenly it vanished and I tracked down subsequent episodes at odd times on the weekends. The final episode -- promising to reveal which of the many educated guesses by the students proved successful and which didn't -- aired ONLY in the middle of the night! I set my timer to tape it, but my visiting daughter walked through the room after I was asleep, saw the digital box on, and "helpfully" turned it off. Blank tape. ARGHH! BBC-America subsequently reran the first three episodes from midnight to 3 AM, but hasn't rescheduled the final three episodes. I am burning for a DVD version to be released in any country so I can find out how the story ends. (Also, I strongly disagree with the "take" of the other reviewer of this show on who showed what expertise. The "drama" of David's enormous ego may (or may not!) have been staged to create viewer interest. Hmmm. Anyway, LOVED what I learned from the show so far!! The dating-the-chair test was splendid, and I would have gotten only 4 out of 6, despite my years watching Antiques Roadshow, fooled by the Georgian revival chair.
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