TELEVISION presenter Fiona Bruce is looking forward to visiting St Andrews next month.
The university’s St Salvator’s Quad is to host the Antiques Roadshow in May as the popular BBC ONE programme films its 34th series.
This will be Fiona’s fourth year with the Roadshow which has taken her all over the United Kingdom.
She told the Citizen this week: ‘‘Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch.
‘‘Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the ‘what’s it worth?’ moment.
‘‘The Roadshow isn’t just about antiques - it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.”
Fiona will be accompanied by some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists who, as usual, will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to St Andreans who are being invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection.
Last year at Blair Castle, specialist Richard Price saw an 1801 “touch watch” by Breguet which he described as “the finest watch I’ve ever seen on the Roadshow,” so the team are looking forward to their visit to St Andrews in the hope of finding more wonderful treasures.
The last series, watched by an average of six million viewers, included some great finds such as a medieval ring found on a farm and valued at £20,000 and a Meissen cup and saucer bought at a car boot sale for £2.50 which was worth £5000.
Among some of the stranger items brought along were uneaten pieces of Royal wedding cake.
People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> . It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.
The team will be in St Andrews on Thursday, May 26, with doors open at 9.30am. Entry is free to the show which will close at 4.30pm.