CELEBRITY antiques expert David Harper is teaming up with one of the area’s leading auction houses to present a new online antiques game show.
It will be filmed at Ripon-based auction house Elstob & Elstob, and members of the public are invited to participate either as competitors or as spectators.
David Harper is well known to viewers as the presenter of shows such as Antiques Road Trip, Flog It, Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt, as well as on Ready Steady Cook, Celebrity Masterchef, Countryfile and The One Show. He is also a published writer and has his own popular YouTube channel, which is the platform for the new show.
“I’ve been involved in broadcasting for over twenty years and love entertaining the public and sharing my passion for antiques and history,” said David Harper, who started collecting coins and stamps in the age of five and bought his first antique at age nine.
“Much of my career to date has been in television and radio, but now I want to bring the familiar game show format online, for a faster, more informal and interactive feel that will reach a even wider audience.
“I wanted to base the show as part of an auction house and as I already had a great working relationship with Elstob & Elstob they were an obvious choice for a media partner,
“They also have a very innovative approach to buying and selling antiques and are always looking to try new things, which is very important for an experimental project like this,” he added.
The show itself will involve two contestants who will compete in three separate rounds, with points awarded for the contestants’ knowledge of various elements.
At the end of the competition, the points will be added up and the winner will be invited to choose a lot from the auction house’s collection.
There will also be a portion of the show aimed exclusively at YouTube audiences, when David Harper describes an article and viewers can answer questions using an online comment section. A winner will be chosen after the show and prizes will be posted around the world.
“It is this bringing together of the studio and the online audience that is particularly revolutionary in the world of antique trivia games,” said David Harper. “It will also be live and unscripted, which should make it very exciting to watch!” he added.
The show’s first six-part series will be shot over three days at Ripon’s auction house and audiences are invited to join in on the action.
Filming dates are Thursday September 15, Wednesday October 5 and Wednesday October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day and the public may come and go as they please. It is not necessary to confirm attendance in advance.
“We hope to welcome as many people as possible to the auction house on filming days,” said David Elstob. “I’m sure it will be extremely enjoyable for everyone involved. Just come and join the fun.
Anyone interested in participating as a participant should contact the auction house in advance on 01765-699200 for more information or email: [email protected]
The first series will air weekly from Friday 7 October at 7pm on www.david-harper.uk/video.
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