Fiona Bruce visits the scene where Colin Firth famously emerged from the lake as Mr Darcy - Lyme Park in Cheshire. Objects of interest to the experts assembled in the gardens include a pair of impressive pistols used to protect the Royal Mail from highwaymen, a tea caddy cunningly concealed as a pile of books and a picture of actress Sarah Bernhardt once owned by Elton John.
The Antiques Roadshow pays a second visit to Trentham Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent, as Fiona Bruce and the team of specialists prepare for another busy day valuing family treasures. A very early movie camera excites expert Hilary Kay, who hears how it was first used back in 1910 to record some early natural history photography in Britain. A dagger with a gruesome history turns out to have been a clever recent purchase, while a flamboyant shawl that once belonged to film heart throb Dolores del Rio evokes a former glamourous lifestyle from the era of the 1930s in Hollywood. Closing honours go to a small figure of a Chinese man made in Staffordshire way back in the 1750s, which turns out to carry a high value today.
Fiona Bruce and the team are at Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire for the first episode of a brand new series, and over 2,000 visitors dig out their treasures in anticipation. Two sisters gifted with their great-great-grandmother's jewellery are drawn into the 'battle of the bangles' to find out who has the finest inheritance. A plain box catches the eye of our furniture expert Lennox Cato when the owner makes a claim for it to have once been in Anne Hathaway's cottage. An Australian visitor finds out if the set of silver knives she brought over was worth the cost of the ticket. And one of the most exciting finds in Roadshow history emerges when a collection of rare figures and dolls' house furnishings from 1705 stuns expert Fergus Gambon, who excitedly tells Fiona it is of national importance... and not insignificant value. Plus the first in a new audience guessing game with the Enigma, in which experts challenge us to guess the purpose of a mystery object.
Fiona Bruce and the team visit Audley End near Saffron Walden in Essex. Scouring through the family treasures brought in by visitors, the experts discover a varied set of items. These include the sword that ended the War of Independence in America, a large collection of toilet chains, a beautiful silver container that once contained the gall stone of a goat and three vases decorated with fairies.
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.
Fiona Bruce and the team of experts make a return visit to Hanbury Hall near Droitwich in Worcestershire where it seems that extraordinarily large objects are the talking point of the day. Expert Adam Schoon appraises an enormous fishing rod, created by a man whose obsession for fishing saw him send prize specimens back home from the western front in World War One. Adam also sees the largest narwhal tusk he's ever encountered at almost ten feet in length. Military expert Robert Tilney discovers a piece of trench art that plays a tune from The Sound of Music and veteran expert Hilary Kay demonstrates how sense of smell can decode a mystery object. Jewellery expert John Benjamin values four shiny buttons just bought from an auction for two pounds which produce a fast profit.
Fiona Bruce and the team head to Cheshire for a day of valuations at Arley Hall and Gardens.
Combing through the objects brought in by visitors, the experts are excited to discover two different items that have spent many years hidden from view - a gold bracelet found mysteriously bricked up behind a wall that is linked to a tragic love story, and a time capsule, buried in 1886, which is opened on camera to reveal its secrets 130 years later.
But the biggest gasps are held back for the discovery of a lost work by one of the most important artists of the late 19th century, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
A return visit to the gardens of Arley Hall in Cheshire finds Fiona Bruce and the team of experts hard at work. It's a rich day of finds as family treasures come under scrutiny. Amongst the objects featured are a portrait of a visitor's mother which was painted in India in the 1950s and identified by Asian art specialist Amin Jaffer as a superb example of a now highly collected artist whose work commands high prices today. There's a poignant diary hidden from Japanese guards by a prisoner of war whilst building the bridge over the River Kwai. And diamonds and emeralds once worn by a duchess deliver a final flourish as expert John Benjamin gets excited by their quality and sparkle.
Fiona Bruce and the team pay a return visit to the magnificent Broughton Castle near Banbury in Oxfordshire. Objects exciting the team include two very large portraits depicting servants who worked at the castle in the 18th century, which art expert Philip Mould says are rare and sociologically highly significant. We hear the story of the man who is believed to have flown the first scheduled air service in Britain before signing up to be one of the first combat pilots in the Royal Flying Corp in 1914. And silver expert Ian Pickford is enthused by the arrival of the finest Chinese-made silver mug he has seen in over twenty years on the Roadshow.
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