Stars Phil Vickery and Fern Britton take to Westcountry roads in hunt for antiques
A host of celebrities will be hitting the road in a modern treasure hunt which will seew them winkle out some of the Westcountry’s best antique bargains.
TV favourites from the region, including husband and wife team Phil Vickery and Fern Britton, will be putting their knowledge to the test in a brand new series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
The show, which starts on Monday, follows twenty pairs of celebrities as they set off on a whistle-stop tour across the UK, determined to make the biggest profit from buying and selling antiques.
The destinations will showcase many of Devon and Cornwall’s beauty spots as the teams, accompanied by experts, try to turn a profit from what they can hunt down.
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In each programme, two competing celebrities put their wit and bargaining skills to the test as they set out to find hidden gems, before taking them to auction.
The trips are made in classic style with the bargain hunters getting behind the wheel of a vintage motor car.
However, there’s nothing luxurious about their budget for the show, which is a strict £200 each of spending money.
The series kicks off on Monday with TV cook and head chef of the Castle Hotel in Taunton, Phil Vickery and his wife, TV presenter Fern Britton, taking a trip not so far from home when they go searching for antiques in Devon.
The county is in the spotlight again the following week when former Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden head to South Devon to see what is on offer.
It is then across the Tamar to Cornwall where Coldfeet stars Hermione Norris and John Thompson go head to head to check out the Duchy’s antique scene.
The following week, Spring Watch presenters Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will be in the Westcountry to go hunting for bargains at Weston-Super-Mare and Bath.
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip has been a hit with viewers, attracting a peak audience of more than 2.5 million.
Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who competed against her mother, former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, said it had been great fun.
“My mum shares my love of all things vintage so whilst I know we were supposed to be competing, really I was just happy to know we were both having a lovely time.”
Celebrity chef James Martin said he had managed to gather some great vintage kitchen pieces, but it was the car he really loved.
“I have a real passion for fast cars, so zooming round the countryside in a Jaguar E-Type was pretty much my dream come true!”