Antiques Roadshow set for major shake-up as return to BBC confirmed

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Antiques Roadshow, like so many BBC shows, was forced to halt production due to the coronavirus pandemic. As government restrictions eased, many shows were given the green light to resume filming and the broadcaster has now announced the fan favourite series will return this summer. However, when they’ll be a huge shake-up to the show’s format when it finally returns to screens. 

The iconic show sees Fiona Bruce and a team of experts travel up and down the country to various idyllic locations across the UK.

Hundreds of antique enthusiasts turn up at each roadshow hoping to find out about the history and worth of their prize possessions. 

The roadshow also attracts a huge audience who are intrigued to learn more about historic items. 

Social distancing regulations would make the usual format of the show almost impossible and the BBC have announced a huge shake-up for its return. 

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For the time in over 40 years, the series will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience.

This major change will ensure the safety of guests and production while allowing viewers to still get their fix of Antiques Roadshow.  

Viewers have been asked to get in contact with the BBC show about their objects as soon as possible.

The broadcaster urges fans to let their production team know in advance about the items they plan to bring along to ensure the new format can work. 

Presenter Fiona revealed she “couldn’t wait” to get started on the new episodes of Antiques Roadshow.

Commenting on the shake-up, Fiona said: “Normally we welcome around 5,000 people to each Antiques Roadshow, but of course in these extraordinary times we will have to do things very differently. 

“We’ve come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories. I can’t wait to see what treasures you have hidden in your homes.”

Robert Murphy, BBC Studios Series Editor, added: “To keep everybody safe and comply with current government and WHO regulations we have planned our filming days very differently this year. 

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“We won’t be holding large open events, but we will be inviting people who have written in advance to attend. 

“Our team of experts are looking forward to seeing your heirlooms and finds so do go to our website and let us know about your treasures. 

“We could be inviting you on the show to find out if that mystery object that’s been gathering dust all these years is actually worth a fortune!”

The roadshow will be visiting a number of locations up and down the country indulging Forty Hall in Enfield, London.

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Windermere Jetty in Cumbria, Stonor Park in Oxfordshire and Culzean Castle in Ayrshire will also be visited. 

They’ll be visiting Bodnant Garden in Wales, Newby Hall in Yorkshire and Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire.

Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich completes the line-up of locations. 

Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

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