Gems and Junk by Trevor Plumbly

The Antiques Roadshow After the opening credits, the cameras focus on the inevitable queues of supplicants clutching bags or cradling boxes; the atmosphere is buzzing rather than electric – ‘Antiques Roadshow’ doesn’t really do electric. The crowd chatters away happily, and the whole thing seems more like the opening of a church fair rather than the precursor to high drama. There will be winners and losers of course, but the ‘Roadshow’ is a benign form of reality TV and all will react to the experts’ judgment with a British gentility that does… Read More