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How to get an antiques show on the road

With the BBC’s hit series now 40 years old we find out the producer’s views on its success

BBC Antiques Roadshow

Punk band The Sex Pistols released God Save the Queen, Apple Computer was incorporated and Elvis Presley died.

But 1977 will of course always be remembered by the art and antiques trade as the year the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow began.

Recorded at Hereford Town Hall on May 17, 1977, the first episode was a pilot show, presented by Bruce Parker with antiques expert Arthur Negus. A series was soon commissioned and was broadcast in 1979, and the Sunday night show proved so popular it has prompted spin-off series around the world.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the series is set to return to our screens on Sunday, September 24. Producer Simon Shaw marks 14 years on the show in October, having produced more than 350 episodes. Under his watch around 6m UK viewers tune in each week (10m is his top viewing figure ever).

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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