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.
In an ambitious first, Antiques Roadshow boards Britain's most famous steam locomotive for a special edition that celebrates the golden age of travel.
Fresh from her ten-year restoration programme, the Flying Scotsman welcomes Fiona Bruce and experts along with visitors bringing treasured family heirlooms that each tell tales from different eras of travel's bygone days.
As the locomotive thunders across Cumbria and Yorkshire, visitors on board tell experts about relatives who took part in some of the greatest moments in travel history. Family legends like the great-grandfather who drove the Flying Scotsman on its 1928 record-breaking non-stop journey from London to Scotland, and the pilot who flew in the early days of luxury air travel, when flying boats delivered guests to five-star hotels around the world.
Antiques Roadshow experts Paul Atterbury, Hilary Kay and John Foster excitedly examine a range of travel-related objects, including a porthole from the wreck of the ocean liner RMS Lusitania, to designer cutlery used by celebrities on board Concorde. Perhaps the most enthusiastic accolade is shown for an iron bar bearing the numbers 60103 - recognised by rail enthusiasts worldwide as the smoke box number plate for the Flying Scotsman.
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