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Journalist Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings.

Genres: Arts & Crafts
Station: BBC One (UK)
Rating: 9/10 from 1 users
Status: Running
Start: 2011-06-19

Fake or Fortune? Air Dates


S05E01 - Freud Air Date: 17 July 2016 20:00 -

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Art series with Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould. Fake or Fortune returns with one of the most challenging cases the team has ever encountered. Can art detectives Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce prove that a painting of a man in a black cravat is one of the first pictures ever painted by celebrated and controversial British artist Lucian Freud, even though Freud himself denied painting it? London-based designer Jon Turner is eager to prove that a painting he inherited from two friends is in fact an early portrait painted by Freud whilst at art school in 1939. If it's genuine, it could be worth around half a million pounds. But who is the mysterious man in the portrait - and why did Freud deny it was his work? As the team hunt for clues, they are drawn into a world of feuds, rivalries and intrigue. Can those who knew Freud best help unlock the painting's secrets?


S05E02 - Delaroche Air Date: 24 July 2016 20:00 -

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In the second episode, the team are on the trail of what could be a long-lost masterpiece by French painter Paul Delaroche.

Art dealer Neil Wilson's quest to prove it was genuine was tragically cut short when he died of a brain tumour, but his widow Becky wants the team to finish the job. Could the picture have been a treasured possession of Marie Amelie, the last Queen of France?


S05E03 - Rodin Air Date: 31 July 2016 20:00 -

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An enchanting sketch of a dancer believed to have been drawn by Auguste Rodin, the world's most famous sculptor, is the subject of the third episode.

Alice Thoday, a Lincolnshire resident with Belgian roots, inherited the rare watercolour from her mother. It could be worth over £100,000 - but the trouble is, Rodin is one of the world's most faked artists.


S05E04 - Portraits Air Date: 21 August 2016 21:00 -

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Every year, the Fake or Fortune team receive hundreds of requests for help from the owners of mysterious portraits. Everyone wants to know two things - who is it and who painted it? The team choose three of the most promising portraits to investigate further - a portrait of a child, believed to be by prized modern artist Willem de Kooning, a portrait of a young lady, attributed to 18th century society painter Philip Mercier and a portrait of a formidable looking man, said to be by 19th century German master Adolph von Menzel. Philip Mould takes on the de Kooning case, meeting Belgian owners Jan and Chris Starckx. Fiona Bruce wants to know how an 18th century portrait of a lady ended up in the flat of Richard and Jenny Williams, a retired couple in Eastbourne. The investigation into the portrait of 'The Old Gentleman' takes an unexpected turn when the team delve into the story of owner Lance Miller's grandfather.


S06E01 - Constable Air Date: 20 August 2017 19:05 -

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The team try to find out whether a beautiful English landscape is a work of national importance - a lost masterpiece by John Constable and quite possibly an alternative view of his greatest work, The Hay Wain. Now owned by a Gloucestershire businessman, the painting appears to have all the hallmarks of Constable's sketches - his more impressionistic, preparatory works. If genuine, it could be worth at least £2 million. There are few more iconic paintings in British art than Constable's The Hay Wain. A picture with a direct link to this milestone in British art would be the holy grail for any collector or museum and the picture appears to depict the very same scene, Willy Lot's cottage on the banks of the River Stour. The trouble is, Constable is one of the most faked artists of the 19th century, and the painting has a chequered past. Thirty years ago, several top Constable experts decided that it was not an authentic work. It is a particularly personal case for Philip Mould, who briefly owned the painting in the past but had to let it slip through his fingers after he failed in his attempts to prove its authenticity. Now scientific analysis techniques have moved on and neglected records can be searched more
deeply online, can the latest advances and deep research into the picture's provenance turn up enough

Fake or Fortune? Actors

Fiona Bruce(Presenter)

Philip Mould(Presenter)



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Next Episode of Fake or Fortune? is

Season 6 / Episode 1 and airs on 20 August 2017 19:05

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