Eastbourne Bandstand has been chosen to host filming of BBC One’s ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow this year, as production begins on the 36th series.
With filming taking place on May 23, the iconic 1930s Bandstand will feature a whole episode of the programme as some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations.
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism & Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “This is fantastic news for Eastbourne, and what a great opportunity to showcase our stunning seafront on prime-time TV.
“The Bandstand has a fascinating history and I am sure will make a great venue for the programme.”
Residents and visitors are invited to raid their attics and bring along family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.
Series editor Simon Shaw says “The team are all looking forward to visiting Eastbourne. “It’s always exciting to see what will come to light on the day. We regularly see between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors on the day.
“Despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert.”
The series will once again be presented by Fiona Bruce in her sixth year with the programme.
She said, “Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch.
“Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating.
“And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the ‘what’s it worth?’ moment. The AR isn’t just about antiques – it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.”
Filming takes place on May 23, doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.
People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.
More information can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow or www.eastbournebandstand.com