Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Antique's Road Trip defended following criticism from viewers

What do you think about the BBC show? 

antiques 1
Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
Share this:

We love settling down to watch Antique's Road Trip - but it sounds like some viewers can't say the same! The show has previously come under fire following accusations that contestants are able to buy items for much lower than they would usually sell for. 

MORE: The Repair Shop is asking for new items to repair - get the details

Speaking to the Antiques Trade Gazette back in 2011, executive producer Wendy Rattray denied that deals were organised by the production, saying "I acknowledge that our experts push very hard to get the best deal possible, which sometimes results in them getting deals which have been perceived by some as being unrealistic. 

road trip

Are you a fan of the antiques show?

"The deal is mutually agreed between our expert and the dealer, the production team never become involved in this and there is absolutely no suggestion or pressure on any dealer to accept a price that they are unhappy with – in fact many dealers often do turn down offers." 

MORE: Monty Don reveals 'frantic repair work' in garden after storm

MORE: Find out Bargain Hunt's Anita Manning most expensive sale

She added that the show endeavours "to visit villages and shops in out of the way places that are not normally featured on TV, usually because they are not easy to get to on a tight filming schedule". 

antiques road trip

Executive producer Wendy Rattray defended the series

Paul Laidlaw made the highest ever profit in the series back in 2018, having sold a sub-miniature camera for £20,000 after purchasing it for just £60. According to the BBC, his find was an extremely rare Chambre Automatique cameras. At the time, he said: "I have no words, I'm over the moon. I genuinely am flabbergasted. You go treasure hunting - but does it get any better than that? I don't think it does!" 

Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.