[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: The nation's favorite celebrities-- ooh.
Just want to touch base.
--paired up with an expert-- Boo.
--and a classic car.
NARRATOR: Their mission?
To scour Britain for antiques.
My office, now.
NARRATOR: The aim?
To make the biggest profit at auction.
But it's no easy ride.
Who will find a hidden gem?
NARRATOR: Who will take the biggest risk?
This could end in disaster.
NARRATOR: Will anybody follow expert advice?
But I love this.
Why would you buy something you're not going to use?
NARRATOR: There will be worthy winners and valiant losers.
No, I don't want to shake hands.
NARRATOR: Put your pedal to the metal.
Let me get out of first gear.
NARRATOR: This is the "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip."
[MUSIC PLAYING] Yeah.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Today we're in Hampshire, in the company of an English cricketing legend and his comedy sidekick.
Look, OK, I'll indicate.
Let's go right.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: Yes its renowned batsman, David Gower and TV presenter Nick Hancock.
These two sporting nuts appeared together in the TV panel show, "They Think it's all Over" and have remained firm friends, ever since.
Nick started out as a stand up comedian before turning his hand to presenting on TV and radio.
Whilst David scored over 8,000 test match runs in his career.
One of the highest scores by an English player.
The elegant batsman is behind the wheel of a 1965 Ford Anglia.
It's bringing back some memories too.
This vintage gem-- NICK HANCOCK: Yep --is what my father drove across Africa in 1963.
And put it on a boat, crossed the equator with it, took it back to Kent.
And then, many, many years later, I got to the age of 17, learnt to drive - Really?
This same car?
This car did all that, survived all that, and it took me about five weeks to put into a hedge in Leicestershire.
It didn't survive that.
NARRATOR: Let's hope you have better luck with this one.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Helping the jets on their intrepid antiques adventure in this 1960s Sunbeam Tiger, are seasoned auctioneers, Charlie Ross and Phil Searle.
So how's your cricket terminology, Rosco?
Absolutely spot on.
What about your googlies?
Are they all right?
My googlies-- Do you know what a googly is?
What is a googly?
- An off break-- - Yes?
--bowled with a leg break action.
Oh, do you know, it's something I've never had in my armoury, a googly.
I bowl leg breaks, like this, but I've never been able to bowl a googly.
NARRATOR: You and me both, chief.
[INAUDIBLE],, are you going to work with David?
I've got to because I'm left handed and he's left handed.
OK. We can put on a lot of runs together.
David Gower is just a complete legend of the game.
He was certainly one of his generation's greatest batsmen.
And he could well have been one of the greatest left-handers of all time, really.
Nick, I mean, I'm just worried what I'm going to talk to him about because he was a Cambridge University boy, wasn't he?
He's a bit brighter than you.
NARRATOR: Don't be so hard on yourself.
Starting out from the cathedral city of Salisbury, our celebrities and experts will take a dignified drive around Hampshire before heading South to the coast.
Then in a northeasterly direction for an auction in Sidcup.
PHILLIP SEARLE: What is this?
It's been so long.
DAVID GOWER: Hang on this-- - Hello.
I'm glad to be out there, I have to say.
Does he drive like he bats?
- Yes - Good to see you.
I'm Mr. Ross.
NICK HANCOCK: Very good to see you.
How are you?
We chatted in the car and Charlie said, it was going to be the talented left-handers against us.
Am I with you?
PHILLIP SEARLE: Oh, yeah, you're driving.
Yeah, jump in.
Can I see your license?
Last one to the shop is a sissy.
NARRATOR: With 400 pounds to spend, our teams better get cracking.
Ooh, I like that.
PHILLIP SEARLE: That was cool, wasn't it?
The technique is trying to put the seat belt on.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Now, I know Nick, that you are-- you've got an avid interest in sport, haven't you?
So does that transform into collecting sports memorabilia and stuff?
I mean, the whole sports memorabilia thing, I'll be led by you, but I think you need a-- you need a specialist knowledge.
You're not going to happen upon these top, top things for no money.
So what's going to float your boat?
Well, I'm approaching this-- Phil, basically, I'm going to be led by you because I know nothing, and you know-- - Nothing.
Well, I've heard something.
No, no, not much, mate.
Now, what about antiques?
Are you an antique lover?
Or you know-- I'm not a great expert.
I've collected bits of furniture over the years.
And I like things like-- what I do collect is a bit of art, sculpture.
But from modern artists.
Are you naturally competitive?
Well, naturally, yes, but not at all costs.
PHILLIP SEARLE: And what about his lordship, Lord Gower?
Well, do you know, I think the big problem for David is not going to be the fine objects because he lives his life amongst fine objects.
The problem for him is going to be shopping because I don't think he's ever done-- He has someone to do it for him.
He has man that goes and does his shopping.
- Well, he's got one today.
- That's true.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: We're sharing the first shopping destination.
Both teams' cars are appointed to that cathedral city and Salisbury antiques market, so let the game commence.
We thought we'd lost you.
NARRATOR: With more than 15 dealers over three floors, there's plenty on offer.
How competitive are you?
Do you want to win?
It'll be nice to win.
I'd like to buy some nice things.
NARRATOR: Best get looking, then.
Now, where are David and Charlie?
You'll get a much better sound if you hold it up.
NARRATOR: Steady on.
Do you think this would be me?
Oh, I don't.
God, that's like a smoking jacket, isn't it?
It's more Henry Blofeld than you, I would have thought.
But-- That is very smart.
Point, but do you think if somebody saw David Gower walking up and down a sale room in that, they would be forced to bid?
NARRATOR: Hello, what's going on here?
NICK HANCOCK: Pathetic, hiding.
Oh, it's-- sorry, it's childish, isn't it?
Yeah, let's do it.
NARRATOR: Hiding things from the opposition isn't quite cricket, gents.
Charlie's lost his celebrity, but what's he found?
Looks quite interesting.
[MUSIC PLAYING] A model of the Queen Mary.
DAVID GOWER: Yeah.
Have a look at this.
This is, I would think, about 1950s, original box model of the Queen Mary.
DAVID GOWER: All 12 decks removable.
Well, that's what intrigued me.
Two little nuts on the top, here.
And it reveals each of the decks, which I think is quite interesting.
First class, in which you'd be in.
Does it reveal what's been going on below decks?
I just think it's an interesting thing, and then, now, there's-- oh, no.
DAVID GOWER: Just gone down in value.
So excuse me.
I'll get it.
I'll see if I can-- I think it's an interesting object.
Don't lose the bits.
CHARLIE ROSS: I think it's a really interesting, educational-- DAVID GOWER: Which way do the whatsits face?
CHARLIE ROSS: The funnels go to the back.
That's it, sloping backwards.
DAVID GOWER: Well, it's fun, isn't it?
CHARLIE ROSS: I just think it's a fun object and something that people would buy, at a price.
DAVID GOWER: Well.
CHARLIE ROSS: You know-- DAVID GOWER: Chad Valley Company Limited.
CHARLIE ROSS: Yeah, yeah.
Good, good maker, original with instructions, original box.
DAVID GOWER: Yeah.
Good paint work, you know, good order.
NARRATOR: British brand Chad Valley, started making toys in the early 19th century from its factory in the West Midlands.
Unsurprisingly, in a valley near a stream, called the Chad.
What's it worth?
Do you know, that's exactly what I thought.
You're a past master of the value.
A lucky early guess.
No, no, no.
I think that's a very accurate guess.
I would think an estimate in a sale room would be 30 to 50, 40 to 60.
Right, so I'm going to have a word with whoever's in charge of having a word with.
Something that I think has got a bit of mileage.
Let's a look.
NARRATOR: Standby, Rose.
Hi, I just want to see if we can negotiate on this.
We found this.
Well, what's the price of it?
Probably hidden that.
I think it says 30 quid.
Maybe, maybe I've misread that.
Well, I'm allowed to take off 10%.
So if I-- if I'm pushing it, I'm going to say 50 pounds for cash.
If you're pushing it?
What if I was pushing it?
Well, what are you suggesting?
Well, I reckon-- I mean, my initial thought was about 40 quid.
So I would have started-- I'm going to be honest with you, and say, I was thinking of 40, but I was going to start with 30.
ROSE: What about-- - We have checked the screws.
They do work.
We admit that.
The screws do work, but not these ones at the back, so there's no propulsion unit.
What about 45?
DAVID GOWER: 40?
Oh, come on.
40 would be lovely.
- OK. - Sure.
NARRATOR: How charming.
ROSE: Thank you very much.
DAVID GOWER: Thank you very much.
NARRATOR: First purchase of the road trip.
A Chad Valley Queen Mary model with a key chart, in its original box, for 40 pounds.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Now, what are the other two up to?
[MUSIC PLAYING] PHILLIP SEARLE: Nick, I love these, look.
See this is the Oxford University-- NICK HANCOCK: Oh, and Cambridge University relay teams, 1935.
They're relay teams.
But the thing for me is that's 1935, four years later, outbreak of war.
NICK HANCOCK: Do you know they all look like fighter pilots, don't they?
PHILLIP SEARLE: Yeah.
NICK HANCOCK: I know, I know it's the haircuts and everything, but it's just-- you can imagine them all being involved somehow.
PHILLIP SEARLE: There's a Hancock.
NICK HANCOCK: Yeah, there's is a Hancock.
[INAUDIBLE] bit of somewhere, there you are.
I really like that.
NARRATOR: Dealer Pete, you're needed.
Well, I could-- I could make a phone call and see what the best is for this.
You've got a picture and it's Oxford University with 45 pounds on it, and we were wondering what the very best price would be?
Oh aye, and she wants to speak to you.
Is that all right?
Oh, yeah, course it is.
There you go.
Serves me right.
This is the relay team of Oxford and Cambridge.
The one that we'd like is 20 or 25 pounds worth for us.
All right, my love, so 25 just for the one.
She's been more than generous.
What I suggest that we do, Pete, is if you don't mind, if you can hold that for us.
Certainly until the other team have left the building.
NARRATOR: Don't worry, they're busy with some serious browsing.
You've got a nut, haven't you?
Do you need a hat?
It's hot out there.
Are you thinking more of this sort of thing?
DAVID GOWER: Perfect.
Do you think that's the hat I should be having?
Is it expensive?
DAVID GOWER: For 9 quid, I will buy that hat, personally, for you.
That will keep the sun off.
DAVID GOWER: As long as you promise to walk around Salisbury in that.
CHARLIE ROSS: I promise to walk around Salisbury in it.
Mr. Gower, what a gentlemen.
What a gentleman.
NARRATOR: And with nothing else to tempt them, David and Charlie head off.
I must say, I'm quite pleased with my present.
NARRATOR: But have Nick and Phil made a decision?
We're probably going to go with the photograph, which I think you kept for us.
And tempted as we were, that might be it.
So there's 30 pounds there.
PETE: OK, thank you.
NICK HANCOCK: Lovely.
There you go.
Should I be the porter?
NICK HANCOCK: Yeah, you be the-- yeah.
PHILLIP SEARLE: I'll be the porter.
NICK HANCOCK: Yeah.
PETE: There you go.
Thank you very much, indeed.
Cheers, thank you.
We've left ourselves some work to do.
NARRATOR: Don't worry chaps.
That's one all, so far.
You're not out yet.
You might even have some time for some countryside pursuits.
Nick's presented many programs over the years, from "Great Railway Journeys" to fishing all over the world.
A particular pastime that's his passion.
PHILLIP SEARLE: So why particularly fishing?
You know I-- I like to be and about.
You get to see some beautiful parts of the country.
But I just-- I quite like mucking around in rivers.
So you [INAUDIBLE] the salmon fishing?
But it's what I do.
I do other fishing, as well.
But I really enjoy that because I love rivers.
NARRATOR: They're heading to Sutton Scotney and the banks of the river Test to learn about a man who led the way for a new type of fishing, and one that became globally popular.
[MUSIC PLAYING] PHILLIP SEARLE: I'm looking forward to this.
NICK HANCOCK: Yes, not as much as I am.
PHILLIP SEARLE: Really?
Are you up for this?
Oh, I'm so up for doing some fishing.
I want to go fishing.
- Come on Mr. Hancock.
- I'm going.
I'm desperate to go.
- This is a man excited.
- Let's go.
NARRATOR: Fly fishing was first recorded in 3,000 BC by the Macedonians.
The sport has been richly chronicled over the centuries.
But it was one man, Frederic Halford, and his 19th century book that has had the greatest influence on fly fishing around the world.
To find out how Halford's the new approach changed fishing forever, they're meeting fly fishing coach Simon Cooper who has been wading in these waters for 40 years.
Nick, good to see you.
How are you.
Are you all right?
- Good to see you.
You look the part, don't you, hey?
Well, you know.
NARRATOR: It was at this very spot that Halford put pen to paper.
NICK HANCOCK: These are famously chalk, streams and chalk streams-- why are they special, particularly?
They're very special because the water actually comes out of the chalk aquifers.
So it's always gin clear.
It's always 51 degrees.
I like the analogy, already.
You can drink it if you like [INAUDIBLE],, and it's just perfect for fly fishing and brown trout.
So you're casting to a specific fish.
And brown trout are territorial, so you know they're likely to stay there.
Yes, I mean if you're a brown trout, you'll be born, live, and die within 50 yards.
They're very slothful.
Like you, surely.
I could be a brown trout.
You were born, and lived, and will probably die within 5, 50 miles.
NARRATOR: Before Halford's book, anglers fished with the wet fly fishing technique, where the fly sits under the water.
So how exactly did Halford change fishing?
Up to then, fishing was a fairly random affair.
You were just sort of putting something on the water and hoping that there was a fish in the vicinity, and it would actually come and grab your fly.
But what Halford was doing-- his belief was that you should identify a fish that was rising, coming to the surface and take a fly.
Then, identify what particular insect it was taking, tie an imitation of that insect on the end of your fly line, cast it to the fish, and then, catch it.
NARRATOR: Entomologist Halford, devoted his life to the development of a definitive series of flies.
He spent hours comparing his fake flies to preserved naturals, compiling 33 illustrations to publish in his book.
So the basic message of the book is match the hatch.
I mean, that's the perfect phrase to describe what we're doing.
I mean, today, height of the mayfly season, duffers fortnight.
we're going to be-- What does that mean?
I'll just tell you.
Duffers fortnight, it means if you can't catch a fish this fortnight because the mayfly are everywhere, you are a duffer.
Good luck to me.
So this is what we're going to be fishing with.
This is a mayfly.
There actually are insects flying around, today that look just like that.
Yeah, there's one.
I can see one.
See there, next to the tree?
There you are.
NARRATOR: So can these old duffers actually catch anything?
Now, we need to-- it's just up-- And down.
Ups and down.
OK, let's have a go there.
Just let it-- just let-- just drift for a moment, and now, try again.
Up and down.
Yeah, that's good.
Not really, but-- Move down.
See if you can get this boy, here.
Right, don't cast for a minute.
Doing really well.
Phil's doing really well.
[INAUDIBLE] Woo hoo, nice cast.
NICK HANCOCK: He's patronizing you.
PHILLIP SEARLE: I know.
SIMON: You see the fish moving under it?
PHILLIP SEARLE: No, I can't even see Halford's fly, let alone the fish.
If he falls in, I've got to sit next to him in that car for the next day, lordy.
How you getting on, Nick?
I've got my trousers wet.
I've frightened a lot of fish, and I haven't done it properly.
NARRATOR: Halford's dry fly approach did provoke controversy with the traditional fishing set with wet subsurface fly fishing being more popular from the 1930s.
But there's no denying Halford's techniques continue to have huge influence over the sport today.
I'm just wondering if Simon's got a spare pair of trousers, anywhere.
I mean, one of the things if-- if you can't enjoy fishing when you haven't caught, you shouldn't really be fishing, should you?
And that's very lucky for me because that's generally the case.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Bet Halford never did this.
He'd be turning in his grave.
NARRATOR: We'll leave Nick and Phil messing about on the river.
Where are the other two?
This is a competition between you and Nick.
You know, we're here to-- I'm going to say help and advise, but damn that.
You buy what you want.
I'd be interested to see what we find.
I mean, we've got 400 pounds and my view is let's spend.
NARRATOR: They've headed into the North Wessex Downs and the village of Pewsey.
[MUSIC PLAYING] It's rather splendid premises.
NARRATOR: Their next shopping destination has a very Eastern feel.
[MUSIC PLAYING] CHARLIE ROSS: Does this bring back memories of tours of yesteryear?
The only thing I ever brought back from India was rugs.
They're very easy to fold up and put in cricket bags.
You've get rid of all the cricket kit, brought back your rugs.
CHARLIE ROSS: Textile printing block, DAVID GOWER: OK. Do you think they come free with the basket?
Oh, no they don't.
You just need a few white-- few white T-shirts and you can set up a business.
What a good idea.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Fabulous pictures, look this man.
NARRATOR: What's this?
Nice but not Indian.
Come here, instantly.
See English antique plate camera 1870.
Ah, this is the sort of thing they used to take photographs of the old touring teams before your time.
Go on, take it.
We have a large flash.
London maker, box, lens, hope to find a signature on the lens.
What do we need on a lens?
Need a name, OK.
There we are.
Do you know what are you doing with these?
I don't know the name, Dallmeyer, but London maker, and it's got a number on it.
So from that number, you would be able to date it.
It's very impressive.
1870, or whatever.
Really because it looks-- actually to me, if it's that old, it does look in-- It's in remarkable condition.
It's in very good condition.
It's in fabulous condition, that I assume is its original box, that brass banding on there, fabulous.
I'm extremely excited about this.
what's it worth?
I would-- I would have absolutely no experience.
But I'll tell you this, this wheel thing works.
Well, I mean, if you split that up as a valuation-- Yeah.
The box itself must be 50 to 80 quid.
The lens must be 40 to 60 quid.
This box, the holding box, must be worth 50 quid.
Got to be-- I would think 200 to 300 pounds worth.
NARRATOR: That's one possible, though likely to cost them more than half their budget.
What are you looking at over there?
Well, it's just-- What is it?
Trinketry, I'd call it.
This-- I saw this in-- this is a tiffin box or a lunch box.
NARRATOR: Tiffin carriers, or dabbas, are tiered lunch boxes, which first became popular in colonial India around the 1880s.
So that's in the same sort of vein.
Keep your chapatis warm.
Well, on the ticket, 75 pounds.
NARRATOR: Time for a spot of bartering, methinks.
Richard, he quite likes your chapati box.
DAVID GOWER: What we really like is this camera.
Well, it's-- you know, I walked in here and of course, it's different to everything else here because it's English.
But it did come from India.
Well, you know, I said that to David.
I said, I wondered if those wonderful pictures on the wall of those fabulous Maharaja sort of people-- Yeah.
--that was taken with one of these probably-- Obviously, somebody quite wealthy in India bought it.
You bought it in India?
Do you know what I'm asking for it?
DAVID GOWER: No, you'll have to tell us.
I've got 340 on it.
Just pulling back on your joystick.
If you could do 210, we might have a deal.
210, and we're done.
Are you happy with that, Richard?
- Yep, absolutely.
- You sure?
Because I think it's well worth the money.
- Yeah, it's a beautiful thing.
Well worth the money.
NARRATOR: The 19th century plate camera has cost this pair well over half their starting budget, but is that 75 pounds chapati box still a contender?
DAVID GOWER: I quite like these things.
I mean, I spent a lot of time in India over the years, but we need to come down because-- RICHARD: Well, we've done the deal on the camera.
So I am going to be quite generous.
What about we start talking in the region of 45 pounds?
Tell you what, 25 and whatever I can find in my pocket for change, you can have the change.
OK, here we are.
What have we got?
Here we are.
So that adds up to 1, 50, 70, 90, just so-- it's a couple of quids worth, isn't it?
So that's 27 quid.
You know you know you want to.
RICHARD: Go on.
27, thank you.
OK so give you that.
OK, you can have another couple of those.
And we're done.
NARRATOR: A very general discount sees them leave with the brass chapati box for 27 pounds and the camera for 210.
Carry on Mr. Gower.
Come on, come on, quick, come on.
NARRATOR: And so ends a very successful first day of shopping for David and Charlie.
Mind your back.
- Yes, it's fine for you.
- Come on.
NARRATOR: I think old Jeeves there needs a bit of a rest, don't you?
Bless his heart.
Mr Gower, sir.
NARRATOR: Nighty night.
[MUSIC - GENE KELLY O'CONNOR, "GOOD MORNING'] (SINGING) Good morning.
It's great to stay up late.
What's the move with our celebrities, today?
How was your first day?
I felt very timid.
I suddenly-- - That's not you.
You know I-- In my case, Charlie found something-- went hang on, have a look at this.
This is interesting.
And you go, ah, fantastic.
You know it helps someone with the-- the practiced eye.
NARRATOR: And did our experts enjoy their company, yesterday?
How did you get on Rosco?
It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful, driving around the countryside and shopping with one of the legends of the game.
One of my heroes of all time.
Do you know, that's what Gower said to me.
Well, one of the highlights for me yesterday was seeing Hancock in the middle of a river with his trousers still on.
He went fishing, didn't he?
Barefoot, no wellies, no socks, no shoes, trousers on, up to his thighs in water.
NARRATOR: Well, let's hope today goes swimmingly.
David and Charlie are well on their way with three items in the old bag.
The Chad Valley model of the Queen Mary, the 19th century camera, and the chapati box, as you do.
Leaving them 123 pounds to spend, today.
While Nick and Phil have only bought one thing, so far, the 1935 framed photograph of Oxford and Cambridge University relay teams.
PHILLIP SEARLE: There's a Hancock.
NICK HANCOCK: Yeah, there is a Hancock.
NARRATOR: Which means they have a whopping 375 pounds still to spend.
Cheers, thank you.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Look, look.
Look at that.
I bet this is the first time a Ford Anglia has ever been seen in front of this house.
PHILLIP SEARLE: And the last.
PHILLIP SEARLE: Marvellous.
David's very keen to get off.
He's left the engine running.
PHILLIP SEARLE: Shall we set off?
I-- we've-- we've got a lot of items to get, so we need to go.
We've done our shopping.
I'd like to say good luck but don't feel like it.
OK, well get on with it.
NARRATOR: Someone's had their porridge, this morning.
The truth is Mr. Ross, you've been under surveillance for quite some time.
NARRATOR: And they're off.
So there's something deep inside me that's intimidated by Rosco and by Gower, and I think it's because they're posh.
And there's one other thing, as well.
- Posh and-- - Yeah.
Yeah, posh are better than us.
Yeah, and that sort of-- yeah, you're right, intimidating.
Anyway-- Do you not feel that we're the plucky outsiders?
Yeah, well, no one expects us to win.
So it'll be nice if we do.
No, least of all us.
Yeah, well, we have-- yeah, what's it?
Is it better to travel in expectation than arrive in disappointment, isn't It Yes, yes.
NARRATOR: This morning David and Charlie will start their shopping in Hampshire's largest city, Southampton.
We're going to buy two more things, David.
OK. We've got 123 quid left.
And we're going to a shop that specializes in nautical things.
NARRATOR: Yeah, the next port of call is Cobwebs.
CHARLIE ROSS: Pull her in here, Gower.
DAVID GOWER: I'll do me best.
OK. Off you go.
I wouldn't want to do the Monte Carlo rally in that really.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Good morning, Peter.
NARRATOR: It's time to divide and conquer.
[MUSIC PLAYING] David?
I found an old radio.
Bakelite, it's German manufacture.
NARRATOR: This 1950s radio was made by the German factory Graz, who after the Second World War, specialized in making radios and televisions.
[MUSIC PLAYING] But it's in the real Art Deco style.
DAVID GOWER: I love it.
Right, if we take one of those off-- CHARLIE ROSS: Yeah.
I think that would be-- DAVID GOWER: --on the assumption one of those is superfluous.
CHARLIE ROSS: Yeah.
Mind you, I might get a good price for you if I just-- Thank you very much.
NARRATOR: Cheap at half the price.
Peter, is there much flexibility in this?
There's a bit of flexibility.
Yeah, I've got it here.
CHARLIE ROSS: Oh.
I could probably do it for 30.
The thing is, I've got the cash.
OK. And when I say that, there's not much of it.
Can we just nudge it down a little bit, please?
DAVID GOWER: 25?
NARRATOR: 10 pounds discount, very kind.
DAVID GOWER: Yeah, Yes, we could.
I think that's fair.
OK, thank you very much indeed.
NARRATOR: That's one purchase done and dusted.
But something caught David's eye earlier.
I'm assuming it's a navigation light.
PETER: It is, yeah.
From-- ooh, it's quite heavy.
It's copper, it's 1930s, it still has its original burner inside.
It's in lovely condition.
What I also like about is the motto or whatever it is, "Not under Command."
PETER: Is that very appropriate?
That rings a bell with me, that's for sure.
I've always tried to be not under command.
CHARLIE ROSS: What are we looking at?
PETER: Oh, look, I've already reduced it.
155 to 125.
DAVID GOWER: Yeah, no, no, no, no that was a misprint.
NARRATOR: With 25 pounds spent on the radio, David has just 98 pounds left in his pocket.
95 and that is it.
NARRATOR: Well, that's generous.
Not even for 90?
Thank you, Dave.
NARRATOR: What a successful visit.
The Bakelite radio and the 1930s lantern for a total of 120 pounds.
- Thank you, very much indeed.
- Thank you.
Nice to meet you.
Thank you, Peter and Charlie.
Thank you for entertaining us with your wonderful shop.
And we're off to make a profit.
NARRATOR: Good work team.
Car's over here.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: Meanwhile, Nick and Phil are in the New Forest and on the way to the town of Lyndhurst.
[MUSIC PLAYING] We sort of set our stall out to try and avoid traditional antics, haven't we?
Yes, with our one lot that we've bought.
Yes, 25 pounds.
We've got 375 pounds left, and I'm thinking we just offered 375 quid for the first thing we see.
NARRATOR: That's one way of doing it.
They're off to Lyndhurst Antique Center.
Focus, focus, focus.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Hello.
- Hello, Nick.
I'm Jan. Nice to meet you, Jan. And who's this?
Harry, how are you?
Welcome to Lyndhurst.
NARRATOR: Jason has been trading from here for five years and has accumulated a varied stock.
So what will take Nick and Phil's fancy?
Nick, have a look at these, look how the world's changed.
That's a marrow scoop.
Well, is that vegetable marrow?
- No, no, no.
- Bone, bone-- Bone marrow.
You would use that for scooping out the marrow out of the spine.
Our Georgian forefathers made bits of silver so you can eat this stuff.
Bonkers, isn't it?
NARRATOR: Moving on.
We set about cricket bats, didn't we?
Oh, look at this.
It's a David Gower Gray-Nicholls bat.
And how much they want us to take that-- they're going to pay us to take it away, are they?
It's 29 quid.
Yeah, what impresses me more than anything else is the signature is joined up writing.
Yes, someone had done it for him.
Perhaps he had a man to do it.
I think we should buy it.
Yeah, I do because I think that will do-- Let's see.
Do you know what, I think this might be better if-- Well, you're thinking it is going to make less than the purchase price, don't you?
I'm kind of thinking that with him in the auction, it might much make more.
NARRATOR: Time for a bit of haggling.
Now, we've seen this rather lovely bat.
But you've got it marked up for 29 pounds.
What-- what's the best you could do?
Well, how about I said 22 pounds, Nick?
Because it has David Gower's name on it, and I respect him and let's face it, love that man-- it's marked up at 29, I'm going to give you 30.
What are you doing?
I'm going to give you 30 on the grounds that-- - Has he seen this program?
- Shake my hand.
NICK HANCOCK: Oh, yeah, I will do.
I will do.
No, no, no, what were you doing?
Look, look the more money we pay for it, the more respect we have for David, but also the more it will lose, and the more that will knock his confidence.
I like that a lot.
Thank you very much.
You've got to say, you chose it.
Oh great, thanks very much.
- Thanks for coming in.
- Thank you.
NARRATOR: Well, at least they've bought something.
It's all right.
NARRATOR: While Nick and Phil make their way to their last shop, David and Charlie are done with buying and are en route to Portsmouth.
But you've got a bit of a naval connection somewhere in the family?
My uncle John, he was commanding during the Second World War, he was off-- off the beaches for D-day.
Conscription, national service, Yeah.
You've had a bit of a charmed life, really.
DAVID GOWER: Oh, yes.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: A significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the world's oldest dry dock, where there's currently a warship with a fascinating story to tell.
David and Charlie are here to learn about HMS Warrior and how in the mid-19th century the modern world of engineering developed this new terror of the seas.
The ultimate demonstration of Britain's industrial might and naval power.
Shipwright, Bob Daubeney, knows the story.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: Commissioned in 1859 to counter the French battleship, La Gloire, HMS Warrior was the brainchild of the first Lord of the Admiralty, Sir John Somerset Pakington.
[MUSIC PLAYING] She was the most powerful, heaviest built battleship of her time when she was launched.
So you'll see she has masts and funnels.
She's in that transition between sail and steam, the early days of power.
She was capable of 17 and 1/2 knots with a mix of steam and sail.
She could get 14 and 1/2 knots with just steam.
She could get a good 13 knots with just the sail.
NARRATOR: With France seen as a real threat, the British Navy were determined to make a stronger, faster, more powerfully armed ship, that was superior to the French vessel.
What was the comparison between La Gloire, the French ship, and Warrior, then, in terms of size, efficiency, capacity.
We were a good 2/3 bigger than La Gloire.
So the English decided, let's make an iron one.
We'll put similar armor on the outside.
We'll add a bit of teak in between, 18 inches to act as a shock absorber.
So she was so strong, so sturdy, nothing would touch it in its day.
So we were concerned, at the time, that the French might be invading at any time.
It was-- Napoleon III was was playing up a bit.
DAVID GOWER: I like that version.
And there's always this niggle between the two of us, isn't there?
NARRATOR: Warrior was the embodiment of the Industrial Revolution at sea.
La Gloire had been a crushing blow to national pride.
A wake up call to the British Navy, and a reminder that the French threat was still alive and well.
So the admiralty upped the ante.
Warrior was fitted with artillery bigger and more powerful than any other warship ever built.
If you'd like to come this way.
DAVID GOWER: Yep.
More this way.
[INAUDIBLE] So here we have one of the Armstrong 110 pounders, one of the most powerful weapons of its day.
You've also got rifle barrels, so the projectile that's fired spins and has much greater accuracy.
How many of these on board?
We've got 10 of these, eight down below, two on the upper deck.
This is the bow chaser.
There's a stern chaser, if you're chasing being followed.
She can fire from four different positions.
The enemy just hasn't got a chance.
No, they haven't.
And this will shoot 2 and 1/2 miles?
2 and 1/2 miles.
Though on the upper deck, because you can get a much greater trajectory-- Yes.
--it's possible it would have gone further.
Despite all the technology available at the time, wasn't there a bit of a problem, I hear, with the launching?
You've got to be looking at one of the coldest winters on record in 1860.
And when she was actually supposed to launch, she was frozen to the slipway.
They had forethought of this.
They'd lit brassieres below, just doesn't generate that much heat.
So when they'd actually got everything free, they brought in hydraulic rams to try and push her down the slipway.
They even got all of the men on board-- if you look at the width of her, they were running from one side to the other all in time with each other to get a rocking motion just to try and break her free, so she would slide down the slipway and out into the Thames.
And they succeeded.
Come on, Gower.
Come on, Gower.
You've got to run four.
That's unheard of.
We haven't shifted yet.
NARRATOR: Britain had yet again, established its naval supremacy.
No other ship in the world could compete.
But Warrior never fired a shot in anger.
She acted as the ultimate deterrent, and that's why she was, for a time, the supreme ship of the seas.
And a supreme demonstration of Britain's industrial power.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Back in the Sunbeam, Nick and Phil are motoring their way to Southsea to splash the last of their cash.
They're heading to Parmiters, a shop which prides itself on stocking weird and unusual antiques.
Ian, where are you?
NARRATOR: Should suit these two, then.
Welcome to Southsea.
- How are you, mate, all right?
- How are you?
Very good-- - This is Nick.
Very nice to see you.
How are you?
[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: With 345 pounds left to spend, they better get a shifty on.
I reckon we need a plan here, perhaps a bit of silver or something.
[MUSIC PLAYING] How's it work?
I always find it's best to take your glasses off.
Yeah, what a fine idea.
Hold it right close to the thing.
- Oh, yeah, I've got it.
- Got it?
[INAUDIBLE] Got to focus, here.
It's all about profit this.
It's all about profit.
NARRATOR: Is there any profit in these regency style corniche pieces?
I know that somebody would have a place for these and would really know what to do with them.
And I like them because there doesn't seem to be much damage.
NARRATOR: Quite the expert now, aren't you Nick?
You know you could use it-- you could use it to add above windows as a pelmet.
You could use it as a mantelpiece.
You could use it as-- on the floor.
You know you could use it to frame something.
I think they were made from this [INAUDIBLE] for a bed.
OK. NARRATOR: Ticket price on those is 120 pounds.
They're one possible.
Oh, now, a reel.
I quite like-- you've got-- you've also got them-- that's nice.
Well, I need to get my glasses out and have a proper look at them.
It's an Allcock.
Well, it's lovely.
And it's got-- so I'm seeing it's got silk line on it.
IAN: It's the original.
Yeah, and that's definitely a possible.
I'm going have to calm down.
I'm getting overexcited like a child in a toy shop.
NARRATOR: Something else that's caught Nick's eye.
These are good.
PHILLIP SEARLE: What's that?
A ship heads the-- Oh, yeah, yeah.
There's one behind you, actually.
NARRATOR: In times gone by, figureheads embodied the spirit of a ship and were originally believed to placate the gods of the sea and ensure a safe passage.
They're from a hotel in Bournemouth.
PHILLIP SEARLE: And how much are they?
A lot of money.
Some things are better just to look at, aren't they, really?
NICK HANCOCK: Well, we can think about it.
NARRATOR: Keep thinking then.
Who's that on the shelf?
Is that Sir Thomas More?
IAN: I think it could be.
I think it is Sir Thomas More.
IAN: It's made with [INAUDIBLE].
I don't know whether Sir Thomas More is a big name in Sidcup, but we could find out.
NARRATOR: Asking price for this bust of Sir Thomas More is 120 pounds.
He served as a key counselor to Henry VIII and was famously beheaded for refusing to accept the King as head of the Church of England.
Time to make some decisions.
I really like-- which I know are very expensive, the two plaster ship head type decorative things.
I'd like you to tell us what the price is for the ship's head that's not a ship's head, the bed frame that's not a bed frame.
NARRATOR: It's a cornice, Phil.
And the bust.
So what's the what's the-- what's the absolute finish on those, then?
How much you got?
We have 345 English pounds, which I think is on the way and-- but with a fair wind from your good self, we might get there.
I could do 340 quid and leave you with a fiver to spend in the pub.
For-- All three items.
NARRATOR: Ian has been incredibly kind.
That's the ship's figurehead for 165 pounds, the Sir Thomas More bust for 110 pounds, and the decorative regency cornice for 65 pounds.
It's-- I promise you there's 340 there.
You can count it if you want.
Ian, you have been-- Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.
I think we swam the channel there, I really do.
NARRATOR: But Nick isn't finished shopping just yet.
What is he up to?
No good, by the looks of it.
This is not an antique shop.
I wonder where Hancock's got to.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Spent the fiver.
It's nice here.
Well, I've spent the fiver.
What did you buy, then?
I did a deal.
I have bought-- and what we're going to do-- Beach cricket set.
Beach cricket set and what we do is take the bat out.
And put Gower's bat in.
Cheap and nasty to go with the rest of the set.
So we're all spent up.
Come on, Lindsay.
NARRATOR: Right, time for our teams to reunite.
But will they be bowled over with each other's byes?
Would you like to see what we've bought?
- Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
- We would love to.
- We're going to show you.
- We can't wait.
Here we go.
Hang on, hang on there's a bonus extra.
That's called a radio.
Thanks very much.
Wireless, navigation light.
Can I ask you some money questions?
Like, how much was that?
25 pounds, OK. How much was that?
Well, that goes with that, and that and that.
That was 210 pounds.
- That's a good buy.
CHARLIE ROSS: That's a good-- That's a very good buy.
Everything's the same color.
DAVID GOWER: It's this year's color.
CHARLIE ROSS: We've bought on color, haven't we?
I bought on color.
PHILLIP SEARLE: Yeah.
NICK HANCOCK: Because I'm easily impressed, very superficial.
DAVID GOWER: Right, OK. Do you want to see some proper things?
DAVID GOWER: Yes, yes, I'd love to.
- Oh, no.
- Step this way.
I'm losing confidence in it, now.
I must admit, I'm beginning to worry a bit.
I go around the front, do I?
I've got to tell you that some of the things we bought, we don't know what they are.
- No, right.
David will be able to tell you.
Well, yeah-- Are we ready?
Are we ready?
3, 2, 1, go.
I think we know what those are.
We'll leave it to the end.
This is a bust of Sir Thomas More, maybe.
He's got the same hat.
NICK HANCOCK: Yeah, that's why we're going for him.
But the thing about this is if you push the head back, the bat cave opens.
So that's quite good.
And-- and while we're talking about bats.
What we've got here is a cheap, nasty, unpleasant beach cricket set.
With a relevant sort of a bat.
The David Gower-- No.
Gray-Nicolls-- I think we should that out and show it in its full glory, don't you?
Well, can do.
It could be a fake.
Oh, we're never going to get it out.
There it is.
Look at that.
Oh, it's lovely.
PHILLIP SEARLE: And do you know what makes it so rare?
Yeah, NICK HANCOCK: Yeah and look at that.
And this is our figurehead, Charlie.
Oh, but she's splendid.
DAVID GOWER: Where did you find her?
How much is she worth?
NICK HANCOCK: She was-- PHILLIP SEARLE: She was-- NICK HANCOCK: Have a guess how much she was.
How much she was.
I think she was 165 pounds.
He [INAUDIBLE] he's seen it before.
No, no, what did it cost?
I promise you, I haven't got a clue what it cost.
Did it really cost 165?
Yes, it cost 165 pounds.
He knows these things.
He's an expert.
I think you've done well, chaps.
See you at the auction.
- All good.
Why did you let me buy it?
- You'll be fine.
- Well, I don't know.
I didn't want to buy-- - Come on.
Gower, come on.
NARRATOR: Behind the backs of their rivals, they'll spill the beans.
What do you think?
Well, apart from losing confidence in ours, I mean, I'm sure their stuff's good.
You got very excited about the camera, didn't you?
I think that it's all about that camera.
And if it's on the net, and people pick up on that, that could make them a serious profit.
I'm quite encouraged.
Their lady-- I thought, it's a sort of complete-- that's a quirk.
It looked like wood, I'd have to say, from a distance.
Yeah, so who knows?
Who's going to buy it?
I wouldn't change anything we've got.
I wouldn't, what else were we going to buy?
No, no, I'm very happy with what we bought.
What about ours?
Which would you rather have?
Our lot or their lot?
Of course, ours.
Of course, ours.
- Good man.
- I love ours.
- Are we going to win?
I've got-- well, it's in the bag.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: After starting in Salisbury, our teams have shopped all around Hampshire, and now, are sporting chaps David and Nick are motoring towards Sidcup for the grand finale.
Have you ever been to Sidcup before?
I've been to Sidcup many, many times.
How memorable was it last time?
It was-- well, I think today is going to be very-- much the most exciting time I've been to Sidcup.
NARRATOR: Here's hoping, Nick.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Well, where are they?
Do you think they've been delayed?
They're touring this wonderful metropolis.
NARRATOR: Here they come.
Oh, listen, I can hear a-- NICK HANCOCK: All right.
PHILLIP SEARLE: There they are.
You going to open the doors?
Yes, I might as well.
See if we can get the handle on.
Lord Gower, sir.
NARRATOR: On this trip, Charlie and David spent 397 pounds on five auction lots.
Come on in.
NARRATOR: Nick and Phil also bought five lots and spent every last penny of their 400 pounds.
The man with the gavel is Alex Jenkins.
What does he make of everyone's lots?
The camera and lens is a fine Item.
It's a good looking thing, even as an aesthetic in the corner.
Got all the equipment, it's the most complete set I've seen in a long time.
Very nice, should do good.
The ship's head is a great looking lot.
It got attention as soon as it came into the auction.
Lovely big statement piece, conversation piece, and it's what everyone wants.
It will go into a nice design, go in to retail.
I think that's going to be the surprise hit of the auction.
NARRATOR: Right, time for the auction, which has buyers online, on the phone, and in the room.
Check your pulse.
It's quite exciting.
Is there one?
There hasn't been for a long time.
NARRATOR: First up is David's chapati box.
Starts on the book here with me at 16 pounds.
18 we need now?
16 pounds, 18, there 20, 22 is yours.
22 in the room.
24 we need.
Looking for 24.
At 22 pounds, then selling-- That's about right for that.
NARRATOR: Not a great start to the proceedings.
Well, you lost money.
There's a certain karma about that, isn't there?
AUCTIONEER: 392 is the silver plated box set.
NARRATOR: Next up, Nick's regency inspired corniche.
Starting at 30.
30 pounds in.
There we go, 32, 34, 36.
Here we go.
Here we go.
36 it is.
36 pounds anywhere else, now?
Should be-- DAVID GOWER: What did you pay for that?
ALEX JENKINS: At 36 pounds they go.
15 pounds [INAUDIBLE].
No, you don't celebrate someone else's failure.
NARRATOR: No, not very sporting, Mr. Ross.
It's not enough to succeed, your friends have to fail.
It's one of those, isn't it?
NARRATOR: Let's see if David and Charlie's German radio can do any better.
22 is here.
24 pounds we're looking for.
That's not bad.
24 at the back 26, 28 it's yours.
There it is 28 pounds there.
30 we want.
It's 3 pounds up.
At 28 pounds, 30 we need.
At 28 pounds.
All done at 28?
NARRATOR: And they're off the mark.
Could have been worse.
AUCTIONEER: If anyone hasn't got a partner-- NARRATOR: Can Nick and Phil's Oxbridge photo get them started?
8 pounds for it.
8 is there.
9 pounds needed now.
9 is in.
10, it's overpriced.
14 it is at 14 pounds, anymore?
All done at 14.
Out for a googly.
NARRATOR: Bad luck, chaps.
David, in cricketing terms, how would you think this is going?
We are probably 40 for four, at the moment.
If we're lucky.
NARRATOR: Can the navigation lamp light up the score for David and Charlie?
Starts in straight in at pounds 80 pounds.
85 we need now.
- Not bad.
- 80 pounds I have.
85 we need.
85 it is.
90, 95 Hang on, it cost 95.
100, 110 is yours.
100 it is.
At 100 on the book.
110 we need, just another tenner.
At 100 pounds-- Profit, profit, profit profit.
--and selling at 100, 110 is in.
At 110 in the room, 120 we want.
At 110, selling at 110.
NARRATOR: Another win puts team Gower in the lead.
Well done, Dave.
This is going to be very, very close.
NARRATOR: Let's see how Nick and Phil's Sir Thomas More bust will do.
60 pounds on this one.
60 I have.
65 we need now, straight in at 60, 65 to the phone, 70, 70 75.
Here, it's coming.
75 is in.
75 it is.
80 pounds we need.
That's 75 pounds and selling at 75.
Do you know, for one minute I thought we're going to make a profit there.
Well, it's a pattern.
NARRATOR: Another loss, they'll be back in the pavilion, soon.
You know you said 40 for four, I think we just lost-- Yeah, we're eight down, now.
Yeah, we're eight down.
Lost a couple more there, yeah.
NARRATOR: David's Queen Mary model is next to go.
It starts in-- - Yes.
- How much you pay?
- --at-- - 40.
38 we need now.
38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 55, 60?
55 it is on my right.
At 55 pounds, all done, selling at 55.
NARRATOR: That's a respectable return.
And I [INAUDIBLE].
It is profit.
It is profit.
Well done, mate.
NARRATOR: Next up, the cricket set.
Hang on, Gower's batting for the wrong team.
Shall we start with 2?
1, 1 50p.
Oh, you've got-- you've got the 50p.
Moving up to 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
He's got 12, 14, 15.
15 is a nice number.
Have we got 15?
15 it is.
See, the ladies are going, now.
18 is there.
20 at the back.
22, 22 he's in.
Oh, we've got more.
We've got more.
You've just sold it.
Come on ladies.
- Are there no phone-- - 30.
No phone bids on this?
No phone bids, surprisingly.
30, 32, 34, 36, 38.
40, 42, 44, 46, 48.
There's a West Indian bidding for it, have you seen?
It's a child's-- They're mad for Gower.
I'm making you money.
50 it is.
At 50 pounds-- What a good bloke, what a gentleman.
Are we all done?
Thank you, David.
At 50 pounds, 50 it is.
You are an absolute gentleman.
NARRATOR: Whoops, that backfired for David.
A 20 pound profit for the opposition.
I'll have words with you, Gower.
David, what a star.
Thank you so much.
There we go.
NARRATOR: Next up, David and Charlie's final lot.
The auctioneers favorite, the 19th century camera.
And it starts off on the book here with me at 300.
310 we need now.
310 we need, 310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 360.
Ah, this is more like it.
370 is yours.
370 is in the room so far.
410, 420, 430 CHARLIE ROSS: I told you.
- I'm quite excited.
- Well done, Rosco.
450, 460, 470, 480, 490, 500, 520, 540, 560, 580, 600, 620 I'll go.
620 is back in.
640 it is.
Thank you, at 640, selling, all done, at 640.
DAVID GOWER: Go, go go, go.
Rosco, well done.
Crikey, a healthy profit or what.
I'm still very disappointed, that should have gone for several thousand.
NARRATOR: It's all down at the lot, then, Phil and Nick's ship's figurehead.
And we start straight in at 250.
260 needed, 260, 270, 280, 290, 300, 310, 320, Hey.
330, 340, 350, 360, 370 for the [INAUDIBLE] 380, 390, 400, 410, 420, 430.
Look at Nick's foot.
460, 460 yeah.
470, 480, 490, 500, 500, 520, 540, 560.
Let me speak to him.
I didn't know it was fibreglass.
You're making more than we did on the camera.
One more, madam?
Yes, it is.
Oh, a new bidder.
640, 660, 680, 700.
This is sensational.
720, 720, 740.
At 740 all done, selling at 740.
Well done, [INAUDIBLE].
Do you know what?
I think they should make this just a one lot program.
Yes, it is.
NARRATOR: Hey, well done, chaps.
A good innings all round.
That was against all logic.
What was it?
What's ridiculous is it's just as illogical one way as some of the losses were the other way.
NARRATOR: So who's the winner?
Let's find out, shall we?
David and Charlie started with 400 pounds, after paying auction costs, they made a healthy profit of 304 pounds and 10 pence, leaving them with a total of 704 pounds 10p.
Nick and Phil made an even bigger profit of 350 pounds and 30 pence, leaving them with a total of 750 pounds 30p, and crowning them as today's winners.
All profits go to children in need.
Congratulations you two.
You know what the difference was?
The David Gower cricket bat.
David Gower going on the rostrum and working.
I was excited.
It was exciting.
Come on, then.
Thank you so much, Charlie.
Off you go boys.
Thank you, Nick.
Well done, David.
Very good effort.
All the best.
NARRATOR: Time to hit the road for the final time.
They were great.
Yeah, good fun.
I'm not entirely sure that I couldn't make a living doing this.
I am entirely sure that you couldn't make a living doing this.
Yes, well, I can't make a living doing anything else.
So I may as well do it collecting nice pieces.
NARRATOR: They think it's all over.
It is for now.