The show celebrates its 45th anniversary this year with the first broadcast taking place on February 18 1979, from Newbury in Berkshire with presenter Bruce Parker.
Current Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce shared she is “always drawn in by a moving personal story” ahead of the 59-year-old filming her 17th series of the show.
The BBC show sees antiques and rare collectables – that are regularly discovered in attics – be valued at thousands of pounds.
Where will BBC’s Antiques Roadshow be in 2024?
Experts on Antiques Roadshow in 2024 will be at the following sites in 2024:
- Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery in Walpole Park in Ealing, West London
- Cromford Mills near Matlock in Derbyshire
- Firstsite visual arts organisation in Colchester, Essex
- Thirlestane Castle in Lauder in the Scottish Borders
- Beaumaris Castle on the island of Anglesey in Wales
- Botanic Gardens in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Bruce, who joined Antiques Roadshow in 2008, said: “A new series of the Antiques Roadshow begins again and I, for one, can’t wait.
“Travelling the length and breadth of the UK to see what the great British public have pulled out of their attics and off their shelves.
“I know we’ll see items of great quality and value – but I’m always drawn in by a moving personal story too.
“They are what often stick longest in my memory. And I’m determined to improve my record on “basic, better, best”. Surely I’ve got to get more of them right this year.”
BBC Studios series editor Robert Murphy said: “We want the roadshow to be for everyone, and we want to see those special items that mean something to you. Last year we saw a dazzling range of items: jewellery bought for a few pounds at a car boot sale, an Olympic torch, a Rolex that had been through a lawnmower, punk T-shirts, a 2,000-year-old carved stone head, a silver jug used in a royal ritual.
“And most memorably, a Victoria Cross medal awarded to a Sikh soldier in the Second World War that was valued at a quarter of a million pounds.
“We can’t wait to see what treasures you’ve got to surprise and delight us at this year’s shows.”
The Victoria Cross that featured on Antiques Roadshow was awarded to Corporal Naik Gian Singh, who fought in the Far East campaign during the Second World War, won the medal after being “ordered to the regimental aid post but, despite his wounds, requested permission to lead his section until the whole action had been completed”.
The medal, the first time a Victoria Cross awarded to a Sikh soldier was featured on the show according to the series, was valued at £250,000 by expert valuer Mark Smith.
Mr Singh, who regularly visited London to attend the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association Biennial Reunion, died in 1996.
You can apply for tickets to showcase items via the BBC Antiques Roadshow website.