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Watching the detectives

The BBC’s hit series Fake or Fortune? returns to our screens on Sunday August 20. Laura Chesters went behind the scenes for insight into the making of the show and to ask why the trade should tune in

Fake or Fortune?

A meeting in a basement room in a London gallery is the culmination of months of investigation and hard work for TV art detectives Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce.

Filming is in progress at Mould’s Pall Mall gallery and the discussion involving art dealer Mould and presenter Bruce – centring on a sketch possibly by John Constable located in Los Angeles, and following a 10-day road trip round Australia looking for clues for another artwork – is the most sedate part of the BBC’s Fake or Fortune?

The hit sleuthing show is back on our screens this month and this series, the sixth, includes artworks that may, or may not, be by Constable, Australian artist Tom Roberts, Paul Gauguin and Alberto Giacometti.

It attracts upwards of 5m viewers in the UK, where it airs in the prime-time slot of Sunday at 8pm, and is also broadcast in Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany.

For the uninitiated, the modus operandi is this: Mould and Bruce travel the world tracking down the provenance of works of art with the aim of proving their authenticity.

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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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