Filming for the next series of The Antiques Road Trip took place at St. Martins Antiques Centre over the bank holiday weekend. Thomas Plant was the expert eager to make a profit on his purchase later at auction in Ely.
Proprietor Peter Light hopes he has found a bargain. "So far every visit has resulted in the experts making a profit from their purchases showing just what good value the Centre is."
You can find out how he got on when the series is aired next spring.
There is no denying that antiques programmes on TV have had a big impact on the trade and created many new antiques enthusiasts. Appearing on TV has almost become the mark of a successful centre.
TV antiques experts David Barby and Philip Serrell were so complimentary about the St. Martins Antiques when they filmed here last year that the production team asked if they could film here again for series 4.
Filming for the Antiques Road Trip took place on the busy August Bank Holiday Monday. Both TV antiques experts Anita Manning and James Lewis were impressed by the variety of stock as they scoured the centre for bargains that they hoped to sell for profit in an auction at Diss later in the week.
Anita had only a few pounds left and was looking for 'a wee bit of fun'. She found a very reasonably priced etched glass cocktail shaker. James had almost £200 and spent most of it on a brass nautical lamp and a miniature tantalus. Later at auction they made a profit on all three items showing just what good value the Centre is.
The film crew must have been impressed too because they've already phoned about coming back again. Watch this space.
If you are a keen antiques TV programme viewer you will have enjoyed the first two series of Antiques Road Trip. Amongst the experts vying for success were David Barby and Philip Serrell. Both filmed at the Centre and were very complimentary, purchasing items they hoped would make a profit at auction.
Proprietor Peter was in full flow and Tina did her best to stop Mr. Barby charming his way to a bargain.
You may also like to know a third series is being filmed and experts Anita Manning and James Lewis visited the centre on Monday 29th August.