In 2000 I was asked to join the team at BBC's Antiques Roadshow. I was extremely flattered to be asked and for the first few years it was a steep learning process. The team on the Roadshow is very professional, not just the Specialists, but also the Directors, the Camera crew and even the guys who fetch and carry and drive the lorries; everyone a happy family, travelling to over 15 locations in a year.
The question I get asked most frequently is "Do you know in advance what's going to be at each Roadshow?" The answer is emphatically "No". The spontaneity that you see on your screens sitting in your armchairs is genuine! Most of the items that show up at each venue are ordinary pieces worth £5 to £500, but that's never disappointing because I get to meet such interesting people, many of whom have been queuing for hours just to see a Specialist like myself. Working out what I'm going to say to the owner and what I think the clock is worth isn't terribly difficult - the difficult part is done in the editing suite where they cleverly clip together the best bits for you to enjoy on Sunday evening!