Swanage gets star billing in new series of BBC Antiques Roadshow

The new TV series of Antiques Roadshow returns to BBC1 this autumn with the opening episode coming from Swanage in Dorset.

The filming with presenter Fiona Bruce, took place on a brilliantly warm and sunny day back in June 2023 and will be shown over three episodes with the first to be transmitted on BBC 1 at 8 pm on Sunday 3rd September 2023.

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Antiques Roadshow filming in Swanage

The sun shone on Swanage Pier on the day of the filming

Swanage Pier and Prince Albert Gardens

This will be the first time that Swanage has ever featured on the Antiques Roadshow. Filming took place on Swanage Pier and Prince Albert Gardens, with part of the nearby road closed for the safety of all the people attending the event.

While it’s not entirely certain what objects filmed have made it into the programmes to be broadcast, the BBC website has revealed some clues to what viewers should expect to see in the opening episode of series 46.

Fiona Bruce at Antiques Roadshow
Caroline Abbott

Prince Albert Gardens attracted a large crowd

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Silver expert Duncan Campbell on Swanage Pier

“Best silver item he’s ever seen on a roadshow”

The publicity information on the website states:

“The roadshow is at Swanage Pier and seafront in Dorset on England’s south coast, where treasures include a rare Omega watch that was run over by a lawnmower – but does expert Richard Price think it’s worth saving?

“Duncan Campbell is amazed by the best silver item he’s ever seen on a roadshow, a tiny teapot by a renowned maker, while a group of three stunning diamond jewels makes John Benjamin’s day.

“Cristian Beadman examines an unusual artefact dug up in a back garden in St Albans that may have come all the way from ancient Egypt, while Mark Hill sees a more modern treasure in the form of souvenirs from the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back.

“Mark is also fascinated by an array of drag queen costumes that once belonged to pantomime and TV legend John Inman, while Marc Allum sees several albums of hand-drawn Victorian postcards that tell a very personal story.

“Will Farmer challenges Fiona Bruce to a guessing game with some of his own Poole pottery collection that doesn’t go entirely to plan – for either of them! – and miscellany specialist Raj Bisram shares three personal items that tell the story of his life in antiques.”

Fiona Bruce at Antiques Roadshow
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Presenter Fiona Bruce being tested on her knowledge of Poole Pottery

Antiques Roadshow filming in Swanage

One visitor was either expecting trouble or otherwise had an historic baseball bat to value!

Locations around the UK

As well as filming from Swanage, series 46 will also include episodes from Crystal Palace Park in London, Pollok House and Pollok Country Park in Glasgow, Alexandra Gardens in Cathays Park in Cardiff, Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry and Roundhay Park in Leeds.

The dates for the other two Swanage episodes have yet to be announced.

Further information

  • The opening episode from Swanage of series 46 of the Antiques Roadshow will be first broadcast at 8 pm on BBC 1 on Sunday 3rd September 2023 and will be available on BBC iplayer after the live transmission
  • More about the Swanage episode is on the BBC website

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