A ’60s picnic hamper and some 6ft lamps

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Series 10 of BBC1’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is started last Monday and runs for four weeks (Mon-Fri 4.30pm) – but the series featuring me against Kate ‘Absolute’ Bliss starts on Monday November 10.

We started filming in February this year and ‘wrapped’, as they say, in May.

There then follows a long editing and production process, cutting all the various scenes together before the shows are delivered to the BBC by Reef TV, the producers of the show.

The format is quite simple. Two antiques ‘experts’ compete over five days, buying and selling items to see who can make the most profit to donate to their chosen charity.

The presenters have no control over where we go to buy, except knowing we will attend an auction, carboot, UK antiques fair and foreign antiques fair.

We have to buy at least six items on each of the four buying days, to be sold as part of that particular show, and a further two items on each buying day for the Friday ‘showdown’ show.

Every series I get back home and think ‘now why on earth did I buy that?’.

I can assure viewers I have surpassed myself in terms of buyer’s remorse on the new series! I can’t refer to items on the new series before it is broadcasted, but I can reminisce about some of my purchases on previous shows.

My most memorable sale was a 1960s picnic hamper to a fellow vintage scooterist.

We appealed on Facebook for a few scooterists to join us to make the scene look good. But 150+ scooterists turned up on a sunny Sunday morning.

For health and safety reasons, my director was slightly concerned when we filmed the convoy from Portsdown Hill to the Camber Docks, but all went without a hitch.

On another occasion I purchased a pair of 6ft basketry lamps modelled as large bottles. I bought them at Ardingly Antiques Fair and was hoping to sell them to The Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth.

From photographs the manager assumed they were table lamps about 1ft high .

So he got quite a surprise when we turned up to film and he realised they were actually 6ft tall! They are still in situ and have become a talking point.

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