My Day at the Antiques Roadshow

By • June 16th 2016


A couple of weeks ago the Antiques Roadshow came to the beautiful setting of Baddersley Clinton in Warwickshire to televise an episode. For those of you unfamiliar with the Antiques Roadshow (which has been running since 1979) is a TV show which travels to various regions in the UK to appraise antiques brought in by local people.

So, armed with my special treasure I decided to pop along for more information and of course a valuation. It was a very well organised day with an army of National Trust volunteers directing people with their treasured possession to the correct valuation stand. With the sun out and not a cloud in the sky it was a glorious day.

I was fortunate enough to meet one of the “Experts” Marc Allum whose speciality is “all things strange” – he took a particular interest in my book called The Birmingham Blacklist. The production team huddled in a corner and discussed my item. It was decided my book was such an interesting piece of Birmingham Social History my story needed to be told and filming should commence immediately!

Blacklist book

I was quickly whisked away to hair and make-up, hooked up to a microphone and told where to stand. I was extremely nervous but all of the production team were so lovely and put me at ease, however, as filming got underway I quickly forgot the cameras were there. It took about 50 minutes to film what will probably be a 10 minute slot. I was amazed at the amount of technology used lighting, sound, cameras and members of the crew being able to communicate with each other at all times. The Director was able to replay what had been filmed on her laptop, asking for certain sections to be re-done, so in effect editing real time.

It was a really interesting experience and I only probably saw a third of what is involved in putting a TV production together. However, one thing that struck me was the amount of technology used and without it, 50 minutes of filming could have quite easily have turned into 2 hours. It just goes to show (no pun intended) that technologly has become a huge part of our lives and how we have all become to rely it, either at work or in our everyday lives.

There is no guarantee that my book (which has been part of my family history since the 1900s) will be showcased…..I guess you will have to tune into the show in December 2016 to find out.


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