NARRATOR: (VOICEOVER) The nation's favorite celebrities-- Ooh, I like that.
NARRATOR: --paired up with an expert-- Oh we've had some fun out with-- NARRATOR: --and a classic car.
It feels as if it could go quite fast.
NARRATOR: Their mission, to scour Britain for antiques.
I do that at slow-mo.
NARRATOR: The aim, to make the biggest profit at auction.
Come on, boys.
NARRATOR: But it's no easy ride.
NARRATOR: Who will find a hidden gem?
NARRATOR: Who will take the biggest risks?
Go away, Darling.
NARRATOR: Will anybody follow expert advice?
I'm trying to spend money here.
NARRATOR: There will be worthy winners-- Yes.
NARRATOR: --or valiant losers.
Put your pedal to the metal.
This is the "Celebrity Antiques Road trip".
[MUSIC PLAYING] Yeah.
Today, we're in Glasgow to start antiquing in the company of old pals and Showbiz icons, Clare Grogan and Alex Norton.
ALEX NORTON: I love the car.
CLARE GROGAN: I know, it's so cool, isn't it?
My dad just had one of these.
CLARE GROGAN: I don't know if I'm ready to talk and drive at the same time.
NARRATOR: All Scottish celebs are puttling along the streets of their hometown in this rather smart 1968 Triumph Herald.
ALEX NORTON: When was it we were in Glasgow?
CLARE GROGAN: Uh-- ALEX NORTON: Always take notches like, you know, 10 minutes ago.
CLARE GROGAN: I know.
ALEX NORTON: It wasn't it, was it?
CLARE GROGAN: It wasn't.
NARRATOR: It was 1981, Alex.
Not only the year they met on the set of cult hit film, "Gregory's Girl", but it was also when Clare shot to pop stardom in her new wave band "Altered Images".
Since then, she's starred in top British comedies and soap operas.
That hit about for that show, it should be "Ashley Antique Celebrity Road trip", you think?
Will you see?
I'm still young.
NARRATOR: Performer pal, Alex, is an actor and director who is best known for the eight years he spent as steely detective, Matt Burke, in crime drama, "Taggart".
We can put them away.
All we need is your statement, you'll be protected.
Do you think I'm stupid or something?
You need our help.
NARRATOR: Alex has graced a host of roles on big and small screens from Shetland to Pirates of the Caribbean.
Time to call action on their shopping adventure.
I keep on saying to everyone, I love a rummage but I'm not an expert.
I mean, almost certain things interests me but I'm not going to tell you, I'm not giving anything away.
Oh, I-- it was starting.
I don't want you stealing my ideas.
Oh, let's see.
I thought we were going to be like co-operative, but no.
Why change a habit of a lifetime?
ALEX NORTON: Indeed.
Let's be competitive.
The gloves are off, the gloves are off.
And I'm going to give you a sound thrashing because I know a wee bit about antiques.
CLARE GROGAN: You've always been all talk.
NARRATOR: Our dramatic double act will have 400 pounds each to spend and will be in the capable hands of our very own Tartan twosome auctioneers, Anita Manning and Paul Laidlaw, who are negotiating the streets of Glasgow in this 1970s Citroen DS20.
Seriously, Clare Grogan?
If you've had told me as a wee teenager, you know, one day Paul, you behave yourself.
But-- ANITA MANNING: Are you going to be dumbstruck?
Are you going to be like how we blow?
[LAUGHS] I could just [INAUDIBLE].. Paul, go, you buy the-- buy the antiques.
[LAUGHS] NARRATOR: Time for our expectant experts to meet their new ShowBiz chums.
CLARE GROGAN: Watch out.
ALEX NORTON: Ah yeah.
ANITA MANNING: Wow.
How are you guys?
How are you guys?
[LAUGHS] Did a wee bit like Lady Penelope, the queen.
CLARE GROGAN: I'm totally Penelope Pitstop, eat your heart eh.
How do you do?
[INTERPOSING VOICES] Do you like?
About driving that.
PAUL LAIDLAW: If you want, it's all yours.
[LAUGHS] My darling.
I love that I see you.
We have-- how do we play that-- Yes.
--about who's going to have who.
He is going to have Clare-- PAUL LAIDLAW: All right.
ANITA MANNING: --because he fancies Clare.
Oh, ah, and you're a very, very bad woman.
ANITA MANNING: Alex-- ALEX NORTON: [LAUGHS] We are holding hands already.
ANITA MANNING: I'm going to have you because I fancy you.
ALEX NORTON: We go, each other!
So it's going to be you and me in the car?
ANITA MANNING: We're in this because we are sleek and sophisticated.
We are, aren't we?
NARRATOR: Righty oh then.
Let's get this show on the road.
Journey of a lifetime.
This is going to be our big adventure.
ALEX NORTON: Oh, I think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
NARRATOR: Today, we're giving our Scottish icons a wee treat.
As they start their journey off in their hometown of Glasgow, they'll then roam around the country for nearly 250 miles in search of some antique treasures before wandering South for an auction in air.
ANITA MANNING: So Alex, here we are.
The beginning of a big antiques adventure.
And a great.
Oh, but isn't going to be murder?
I haven't had that for a while.
They see the origins of the bastings.
Do you mean us?
[LAUGHS] Well I'm excited.
I told you, you should be.
I'm always excited-- What is that, got to push the life.
I thought we'd-- I'm doing the shopping.
I'll say, yeah, you do.
So it's nice, nice.
Am I distracting you already?
NARRATOR: Eyes on the road, Paul.
Time to focus on some shopping.
And today's adventure begins at Glasgow City antiques.
This is it.
Let's see what's going to happen.
Test it, come one.
NARRATOR: They specialize in furniture but I don't think Clare and Paul will struggle to find a variety of antiques around here.
CLARE GROGAN: Wow.
I'm already seeing things I love.
There's going to be some treasures in here.
I wish I have not seen your taste.
CLARE GROGAN: Oh, I know.
It's quite muddled up my teeth.
OK. NARRATOR: This should be fun.
CLARE GROGAN: You know, my husband always says I'm the only person that can barter down-- oh words, parts of that words when I'm trying to barter, he's always going, it's not-- Oh-- I always start opening, are you sure that's all you want from this?
So if I start any of that, nip it in the bud.
PAUL LAIDLAW: Click, click, click.
NARRATOR: The jackets are off, it's time to get serious.
(WHISPERS) [INAUDIBLE] NARRATOR: Maybe not.
CLARE GROGAN: That is so silly.
PAUL LAIDLAW: What, no.
I kind of like these sets of glasses and I think it's overdone.
I've only got one problem with those.
What kind of glass is that?
You see, shady is coming back in flash it.
- Is it?
- Is it?
- Uh huh.
Surely, you know that, Paul.
A case fashionable as me would these threads on.
NARRATOR: Come on, Paul, get with it.
PAUL LAIDLAW: We got the decanter as well.
You're kidding me on that decanter.
So that's 45 pounds and look, that was a sizzle on it.
I thought we were just looking at glasses.
But it's this and this.
PAUL LAIDLAW: The glasses are better than the decanter.
You know how good these are.
The artisan cared enough to sign them.
CLARE GROGAN: That's special.
PAUL LAIDLAW: I love these.
CLARE GROGAN: So do I.
So is that a contender?
What do you think?
I love it.
NARRATOR: The ticket price is 45 pounds, what can you do with that, Clare?
We're trying to get it sold to 45, sold to 45.
[LAUGHS] No up.
No, no, no up, no up.
Are you sure, you only want 45 pounds for them?
I'll give you more.
You know what they're saying?
Don't let me do any talking.
NARRATOR: Negotiation by mind, perhaps.
Sally's in charge today.
Hi, how are you doing?
How can I help?
CLARE GROGAN: Well, I spotted these lovely glasses.
PAUL LAIDLAW: They're not lovely.
You just bought these glasses.
Clare-- I just spotted these-- [INTERPOSING VOICES] NARRATOR: Good start.
These glasses seem OK to me.
Nothing more than that.
Nothing more than that.
NARRATOR: Clare has offered 30 pounds.
Let's see if Sally can talk the owner into it.
He'll go for 30.
And that's probably the biggest discount he's ever given.
NARRATOR: Well, that was quick.
Well done, you two.
Now, while this pair continued their search, Anita and Alex seem to be stuck in a little traffic.
I heard that you bought a watercolor unsigned, but it was by somebody of some significance.
I just saw it in an auction room in London on the wall and I thought, that looks like it's been painted by somebody who really knows what they're doing.
I took it down to one of the big auction houses in London.
And they said, it's a William Henry Hunt.
Who, I have to say, I've never heard of before.
But it was worth a hell of a lot more than I paid for it.
But what that shown you, Alex, is that you've got an eye.
You've got an eye, my partner's got an eye.
[LAUGHS] Laidlaw, look to your laurels.
NARRATOR: While you celebrate, Anita, Paul and Clare are shopping up a storm.
On red dwarf, that we just a bit qualify as some sort of ray gun.
CLARE GROGAN: It would have technically.
PAUL LAIDLAW: That's crazy.
1930s vacuum cleaner.
What looks like some sort of marble, Beckley type composition, that's Beckley for sure, and there's a touch of their decor above that.
It's fun, isn't it?
That's a lot of money, 35 pounds.
I mean, I've got to say it's a museum piece.
But what are you going to do with it?
But what an object.
Do you like it?
I do like it.
NARRATOR: This is all going rather swimmingly.
Will Sally spoil the mood?
There better place in that for us.
OK. NARRATOR: That's one in the bag and a vacuum to think about.
Aren't you late, my new friend, Clare.
I had noticed.
You're right, you're right.
Now that you mention it, art nouveau.
CLARE GROGAN: Yeah, I love a bit of art nouveau.
PAUL LAIDLAW: So it wants to be Belle Epoque, whose halcyon days before the First World War, so 1890, 1900, let's say.
CLARE GROGAN: I really do love it, but I just can't imagine how expensive this might be.
Could be a wee off the budget, what do you think?
PAUL LAIDLAW: 295.
So it's too rich.
Shall we ask the lady?
NARRATOR: Bold move, Clare.
But if you have fallen in love-- SALLY: So you like my beautiful lady, do you?
CLARE GROGAN: We love her.
SALLY: I know.
CLARE GROGAN: Could you part with her?
It was a big question.
I will negotiate certainly.
She's been here about 18 months.
Go on Sally, Sally go on.
Go on, go on, go on, go on, Sally.
I would do 130.
It's up to you.
She's a bargain.
Let's have her.
PAUL LAIDLAW: She's a bargain.
CLARE GROGAN: Thank you.
SALLY: It's my pleasure.
PAUL LAIDLAW: I'd say it's done, yeah?
Or-- Or-- I keep on thinking about the vacuum cleaner.
PAUL LAIDLAW: I am so with you.
You cannot walk past it.
No, well, we loved it.
We were playing with it for ages.
We don't even have it plugged in.
That's so sad, we are.
We're doing it, then.
Yeah, another one.
NARRATOR: What a start.
An art deco vacuum cleaner, and a nouveau lamp, and the glasses with decanter, all for 185 pounds.
SALLY: Good luck with the auction.
NARRATOR: Elsewhere, with Alex back in his native city, Anita is taking him for a stroll or [INAUDIBLE] down memory lane as they step on board the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.
Permission to come aboard, sir.
Please, carry on.
Oh, thank you.
ALEX NORTON: Oh, I'm so looking forward to this.
I'll be great, Alex.
NARRATOR: It's an unconventional way to get to their first shop, but Alex and Anita are taking their very own antiques boat trip down the river Clyde.
When you were a wee boy, did your folks take it in the water?
We haven't done a lot.
NARRATOR: Taking the Waverley down the river during the annual local holiday known as the Glasgow Fair was a tradition which is fondly remembered by our two passengers.
Oh the Glasgow Fair.
Glasgow stopped working.
For the fourth night.
Stopped working for the fourth night.
And it was time for police and hundreds of thousands of Glaswegians go on this very board-- That's right.
--and went down the water.
Down the water.
NARRATOR: This paddle steamer was launched in 1946 and it evokes a lot of memories for one Alex Norton.
This was a special treat.
I was about to go in the way of a [INAUDIBLE]..
The great-- That's what I loved about it, it was-- when you came past all the big ships, you know, they were all lined up along the docks.
And you look it up these massive behemoths, you know, we tended to go to saltcoats.
It's not a wee bit upmarket.
[LAUGHS] ALEX NORTON: I don't know what it's like to.
Mark it, wouldn't be quite describe it when I went there.
And we lived off boiled walks.
ANITA MANNING: All right.
ALEX NORTON: They used to grow really, really thick around the big Pate that went into the sea.
And it wasn't until I was much-- of course it was.
There was this a lot much older that put two and two together, everybody was in these boiled wets.
No wonder that was still here.
Of course in those days, you didn't go in Mallorca, you didn't go to these places, you went to the Clyde Holiday Resort so they-- It was affordable.
I loved it, it was a great time to sell, of course.
ANITA MANNING: My dad used to see my mom-- get them dressed, we're going away for the day.
ALEX NORTON: Yes.
ANITA MANNING: My mom used to get us dressed up in white Clark sandals, wee white kilts, so we would be all dressed up and we were down in the Waverley.
And I'll tell you, that was just post-war years, my dad had just come back from the war, when he come on the Waverley, he was proprietorial.
ALEX NORTON: Really?
It was as if he owned the Waverley.
And he would take us down to the engine.
Oh, see, that was the big thing, wasn't it?
That was the thing.
That was the huge thing in the Waverley, going to see the engines.
Well we go and see it now.
Let's go and look at it, come on.
NARRATOR: Generations of marveled at the size and power of the engines that drive the two paddle wheels.
I'm eight years old again.
I'm eight years old standing here, just being completely mesmerized by the engines.
NARRATOR: To step a ball of the Waverley is to recall thousands of childhood memories, of days on the beach, ice creams and fish teas, and to remember a time when the chance to escape city life meant a trip down the whatta.
And what holiday would be complete without a quick trip to the gift shop?
Flags are beautiful, flags [INAUDIBLE] VENDOR: [INAUDIBLE] have flown at the stern of the ship.
That's actually flown on the stern of the ship?
ANITA MANNING: This is our bet of the Waverley.
ALEX NORTON: I think somebody will want this.
Is it in good condition?
It's in reasonable condition.
Can we have a look?
Yeah, have a look, open it out.
Oh, I love the flags, don't you, Alex?
I do, actually.
VENDOR: Look at that.
Oh, look at that.
It's a wee bit raggedy, tackity.
Yeah, but you know what, that's character, isn't it?
What do you normally sell these for, then?
Normally, we'd sell these between 40 and 50 pounds, depending on the condition.
We've got some condition issues.
Yeah, condition issues.
I mean, you know.
- What kind of condition issues?
I have to-- Yes, I'm going to make you an offer.
Now, I'm willing to take this off your hat for 25 quid.
I think we've been looking for a bit more than that.
I think a memorabilia from the Waverley is a very good thing to have.
I'm willing to go to 30.
Unless your oldest tacky is one.
If we do it for 30, you get a deal.
ALEX NORTON: Done.
ANITA MANNING: Oh.
ALEX NORTON: Fantastic.
Here's the [INAUDIBLE].
We wanted a bit of the buoy.
That's so good because he wouldn't be selling the wheel, you know, I wanted that really but-- They wouldn't be able to give the buoy if you bought it.
With money, somehow.
Thank you very much.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
That is you're first buy.
Did you enjoy it?
I love that.
You know what, I love it so much, I'd go anywhere wearing it.
Look at that, eh.
Prince Alex, the Prince of antiques.
Thank you, my liege.
VENDOR: Pleasure doing business with you.
NARRATOR: That unexpected find gets their shopping up and running.
Elsewhere Clare and Paul have guided the triumph Herald 20 miles East to the village of Newhouse, where Greenside Antiques awaits.
CLARE GROGAN: OK. PAUL LAIDLAW: How is that?
CLARE GROGAN: Perfect.
No pressure, Claire.
Leave things in the bag.
We are sorted.
NARRATOR: Glad you both relaxed.
This seems the perfect spot for a gentle browse around.
[MUSIC PLAYING] PAUL LAIDLAW: Have you seen anything?
Well, I'm still looking, I think.
[MUSIC PLAYING] I'm always a bit drawn towards the glass cliff stuff but everybody sobered it, but it really just reminds me of my mom and dad's you know, little display cabinet room because as wedding presents, they got a number of sort of Clarice Cliff things.
NARRATOR: Clarice Cliff was a designer whose bold patterns helped create some of the most iconic and now collectible ceramics of the 20th century.
I've got a problem with that.
A/F, as found.
And what it's telling us is that there's an issue.
And if you look closely, there's at least one chip at the back, you see it?
CLARE GROGAN: Oh, I do see it.
PAUL LAIDLAW: If you see A/F on a label, it's warning you and it's and it's a very fair way of doing business.
It's pretty though, isn't it?
What are the odds there are any more Clarice Cliff in the building?
I think there might be a-- Didn't I see a Cliff?
Am I making that up, no?
I mean, it might have been somebody else, I thought.
NARRATOR: Let's leave them to rummage and take a peek at Anita and Alex.
As they wave farewell, their jaunt on the river has left them in the village of Kilcreggan.
And just a stroll down the pier is Kilcreggan antiques.
This former boatyard is crammed with interesting items.
And here to meet them is owner Roo.
Oh, it's lovely to meet you.
Lovely to meet you.
ANITA MANNING: Well, it looks beautiful.
Everything's sparkly and gorgeous.
NARRATOR: Sounds promising.
So Alex, isn't it so exciting, all this stuff?
All the stuff, I know.
Give me a shout if you see anything you like.
You know, actually, my eyes has fallen on this.
My missus has got a lovely mirror like this and it's a family heirloom and that's what it said, look.
ANITA MANNING: Uh huh.
And you can see that there's about quality there.
That's attractive, isn't the woods lovely on that, the finish it has.
- And when you look at it-- Beville mirrors.
The Beville-- the Beville, you-- you've got all the jargon.
You've got all the jargon.
Because that's important, I mean, that requires work.
ALEX NORTON: That's right, exactly.
ANITA MANNING: That requires a lot.
NARRATOR: I think Alex might be rather good at this.
ANITA MANNING: These do sell in auction but the ones that get best money and ones are in cases-- Ah, yes.
--a fitted case-- Yeah, yeah, yeah.
--or ones that are silver or enameled.
NARRATOR: Something to think about.
What else takes your fancy?
ALEX NORTON: This picture.
I like portraits.
ANITA MANNING: Yes, I do too.
ALEX NORTON: I think this one is rather well done.
I think it's somebody who knows what they're doing.
I don't think it's an amateur kind of Dalby.
ANITA MANNING: I agree with you.
ALEX NORTON: It's a striking portrait.
I certainly mind the quality.
There's something about the eyes, I mean they're really kind of vivid, aren't they?
It's a nice thing and you've been lucky with pictures before.
I have been lucky with a picture before.
So you know what, I'm going to I'm going to keep that in reserve.
I'm going to think about that.
You keep that on reserve, no, here's how we think.
It was placed up at 130.
And then it went to 95.
And then it went to 80.
And it went 70, so that means that it's been here for a while.
NARRATOR: Looks like Anita spies a deal.
Good find, Alex.
Now, how are things going in the search for Clarice Cliff?
It just reminds me of mom and dad so much and there's just something lovely about thinking, I can keep going with this Clarice Cliff story in my life.
I've noticed, though, that it does have that A/F thing on and it's talking about-- That, this is-- I think we need to get in there and find out exactly what A/F means.
NARRATOR: Sounds like a job for owner, Alan.
The coffee service has an 85 pounds ticket price.
OWNER: On the lead, I see we have a couple of wee things there.
PAUL LAIDLAW: What pot itself is good?
OWNER: And the two cups with small dent, you want to get a [INAUDIBLE] with it.
I'm pretty sure yeah, there are tiny, tiny line there.
So is there anything that can be done with the 85 pounds asking price?
As for the damage, to help you along, I make that 40 pounds for you.
[LAUGHS] Sorry, we're rubbish at poker.
All right, make it [INAUDIBLE].. No.
Oh, now you're talking.
[LAUGHS] NARRATOR: That's more Clare style.
We know what we're doing here, don't we?
Yeah, I think so.
Yes, 40 pounds.
It's a deal?
NARRATOR: Thanks to Alan's generosity, that's a 45 pounds discount for the Clarice Cliff coffee service.
Are you sure?
Clare, Clare, enough.
NARRATOR: Quit while you're ahead, all right, Clare?
Back at Kilcreggan, Anita has her eye on something else.
There's a wee, wee, wee tiny parts here.
It's a souvenir from the Glasgow exhibition, probably of 1911.
Edwardian were having a wee look art nouveau, you know, wee bit of art nouveau, about it.
And you open this weak clasp here and there's a wee compartment.
And it shows you images of buildings at that time.
Of the exhibition?
NARRATOR: The exhibition of 1911 was a six-month long fair, impressive buildings were assembled just for the event, which attracted over 9 million visitors.
I love that.
I think that's great.
Oh well, don't say it too late because Louise is standing here.
Now it's terrible, it has no bar.
The pity to know that you like arts and crafts really in around about that period as well.
You know what, that's perfect.
It's been a cheap souvenir of the exhibition.
It would be a wee remains of something that's-- Something affordable that you could take back home.
NARRATOR: It was in 1911, but is it still affordable?
The price I had on that was 24.
But as real Glaswegian, I could do it for, how about 16?
I'd be happier if we got it for 12.
Well, charm offensive, Alex, charm offensive.
I really, really like it but I don't think it's going to make a lot more, if any more at auction.
Is there anything else that you've seen here that we could maybe make a little bundle or-- Well, that's a possibility too.
NARRATOR: Time to have another look at that portrait.
It's priced at 70 pounds.
ALEX NORTON: I keep getting drawn back to this portrait and-- ANITA MANNING: It's mesmerizing.
ALEX NORTON: It's kind of mesmerizing.
But I think it's done with a good hand.
The thing about it is it's been there for a certain amount of time.
It hasn't sold although it has quality.
The fact that is is a portrait, but it's a good looking guy.
It's not an old, ugly guy, you know.
He's nice, he's fine, civil.
I'll tell you, if I can get that for 30, I'd be very happy with that to get off your hands.
NARRATOR: Bold move, Alex.
How about 14 for the Glasgow house and 30 for that?
You can't have your cake and eat it.
Yeah, that sounds good to me.
I think that's-- Let's do it.
I think that's deal.
It's like smashing-- these two things are lovely things.
NARRATOR: Well done, you two.
That generous discount gets you the silver souvenir purse and a portrait.
And you're shopping for today is done.
ALEX NORTON: Thank you.
All the best.
Thanks a lot.
NARRATOR: Time for a well-earned rest for everyone.
[MUSIC PLAYING] A new day and a chance to reflect.
So how did you go on yesterday?
I bail a little but what [INAUDIBLE]..
I bail, um maybe.
Everything we bought, a top in my house.
I'm feeling very confident today.
You really think you've cracked it, didn't you?
You really think-- I know I've cracked it.
It's like you're in the home straight night and it's like, it's all yours for the taking.
Oh, just you wait.
I don't think so.
Mr. Norton, no.
NARRATOR: Yesterday, Alex and Anita bought a flag from the Waverley, a pastel portrait and a silver souvenir purse.
I love that, I think that's great.
NARRATOR: Leaving them with a rather grand 326 pounds in their pocket.
While Clare and Paul have a hall comprising an art nouveau lamp, the sherry glasses and decanter, an art deco vacuum cleaner, and a Clarice Cliff coffee service.
Are you sure?
NARRATOR: All of that leaves them with 175 pounds left to spend.
How did your date with the gorgeous Clare go yesterday?
Don't put it that way.
At the end of the day, she says, you know what, it feels like we're setting up home, we're just buying bits that we need around the house.
It's too light.
We had glow.
[LAUGHS] How has it been, Alex and you?
Oh, I tell you, we hide, you know.
Well, what's to worry about in a lovely day like today?
NARRATOR: Well exactly, Anita, all will be resolved later at an auction in air.
For now, our teams are headed to the Perthshire town of Doune.
Yet to come?
Hey Clare, we were just complaining about you, two, keeping the talent waiting.
[LAUGHS] ANITA MANNING: How are you, dear?
[INTERPOSING VOICES] ANITA MANNING: Well, go have another lovely day.
ALEX NORTON: All right.
Shall we go?
CLARE GROGAN: Yes.
- Let's do this, shall we do it?
Are we not going to the same place?
It's a race, all right.
Oh, hurry up, hurry up.
Go get them before they got to the bargain.
[LAUGHS] Come out like you always do!
[INTERPOSING VOICES] [LAUGHS] [INAUDIBLE] over there, Alex.
Let's do this.
NARRATOR: Slow and steady, chaps.
That's the way.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Now, how's everyone feeling about the day ahead?
Superficially, we are really relaxed and just fine.
Charming little things that just-- they talk to us but just underneath that relaxed veneer, there is a machine at work.
Our ruthless we're going to have you.
You're going down, Manning.
NARRATOR: Ah, fighting talk.
I'd expect a more considered approach in the other car.
What do you fancy buying?
I want to get something, you know, I love the stuff of God.
I'd like to get something that's just-- I don't know, a bit more pizzazz.
Something of a substance.
Arts and crafts.
If I can see any arts and crafts stuff, I'll be after that.
NARRATOR: Well, you'd better get a move on.
Your sharing your next shop.
And first to arrive is team Grogan and Laidlaw.
No sign of them.
[LAUGHS] They said, well the bargains are ours.
I know, so let's get in there and grab all the best stuff before they get here.
NARRATOR: Grab away, chaps, grab away.
[MUSIC PLAYING] PAUL LAIDLAW: Oh no, you know what that's worth at auction?
2025 and I would say-- OK, put it back where-- put it back.
I think maybe we do have to put our little hats on that make us think we've got to go for the killing-- Yeah.
And that's over to you.
Ah, no pressure.
Ah, after you.
Thanks for that.
Because I would just buy all the silly stuff.
Actually, a weight appeared on my shoulders.
ALEX NORTON: They made it before us.
NARRATOR: Better late than never.
I hope they're not liking all the good stuff.
Oh no, don't you worry.
They haven't got a clue what they're looking for.
NARRATOR: Stand by everyone.
ANITA MANNING: Do you need any help?
No that we'd get there.
Let me tell you right now.
So have you seen anything?
I'm just, like we tell you.
If we get no help here, we're going to have to do this on our own.
- On our own.
We can-- If can make the pleasure of beating them, all the sweeter.
[LAUGHS] Right, what were we seeing there?
[LAUGHS] That is just so much stuff.
I just found myself getting kind of blinded by-- Anita, Anita.
Oh, it's the Waverley.
Can you believe it?
Are we going for profit or are we pay jailed?
They are not jailed, seriously.
They're on a mission to win this.
(SINGING) You take the high road and I'll take the low road.
Then I'll be in Scotland and for you.
I'm born on fear.
I'm telling you.
I'm not sure.
I'm not sure, either.
This is bravado.
[LAUGHS] NARRATOR: And maybe, you should be.
Looks like they've spotted something shiny.
Oh, isn't that gorgeous?
That is gorgeous.
Really medieval quest.
I love the shape.
- The shape is terrific.
And I like the motif here, the shapes that we bought-- That's right.
Well we are into boats at the moment.
What's the price on there?
Well it's 165 in asking.
But it's not-- that's not too bad.
I bet these PCs are popular just now and they are handmade, handcrafted.
This is-- Yeah, even if I got a wee bit of money off it, do you think I could turn a profit on that?
There is every possibility.
NARRATOR: That sounds like the trinket box is a contender.
I just not this as we came in here, let's see this here.
It just looks great.
And again, it's good and back to that medieval look-- Handmade, hand hammered, everything was made by somebody, not stamped in the machine.
79 quid, it's not expensive.
It's not a lot of money.
But the the question is, would people would-- I like it.
Would people hang that on the wall?
NARRATOR: Well, that's the big question, Alex.
So that's the copper charger plate and trinket box to mull over.
Now, how are the others getting on across the shop floor?
Look, I found something.
That it's a fully blown glass fishing flute.
It's of no great consequence, charming object, but what you're going to do with it?
But behold, hand anomaly.
And there's some edge to that, I put it to you that that is 19th century.
Oh, it's honestly magical-- do you know my heart skipped a beat.
So talk me through this bit, I just-- This is the badge of the Cameroonians.
The Scottish rifles are regiment of the British army.
What the link is between the Cameroonians and a fishing flood?
Frankly, I've got no idea.
It's a conundrum, but it's a charming conundrum.
It's got poetry to it, hasn't it?
I kid you not, two digits, 28 pounds.
I got to have it.
I think it's in.
NARRATOR: It sounds like you should seek out someone in-charge.
Time for a chat with Shirley.
- Hello there.
How are you?
I'm fine, thank you.
How are you?
Well, we play good now.
What have you found?
So we've got fish and float, Cameroonians, we love.
We also like the price tag but is there-- we-- just let that be taken off that?
Oh well, I can do 26.
It works for me.
Let's do it.
I've got the money.
Thank you very much.
NARRATOR: That was quick.
26 pounds agreed and another deal done.
Over in arts and crafts corner, there's a ticket price of 165 pounds on the trinket box and 79 pounds on the copper plate.
Shopkeeper, Peter, has the vendor on the phone.
Well, this won't take long because you'll be so delighted with my haggling that we'll get this done quickly.
Now, if we could get the two of them for a decent price, I'm thinking of 120 for the box and I'm thinking of 45 for the charger.
OK, well, OK. Well, tell me your lowest price that you prefer so let me go for it.
150, uh huh.
You see, the thing is I've got to make a profit on this when I sell them.
Otherwise, I'll lose the whole thing.
I know you do as well.
And I want us both to go home happy.
Two or five, hm, I'll give you 200 for two.
OK, it's done.
Good for you.
All right, all the best.
Bye bye, Ed, bye bye.
NARRATOR: Top work, Alex.
I think I could learn a wee bit about haggling from you my darling.
NARRATOR: That works out as 145 pounds for the trinket box and 55 pounds for the copper plate.
NARRATOR: Meanwhile, Clare and Paul are headed South towards Stirling, an ancient capital city that sits dramatically on the crossroads of the Scottish highlands and lowlands.
They are at Stirling Castle to hear the incredible story of one of the most ambitious restoration projects in Britain to produce a tapestry that would bring a 16th century palace back to life.
Brian Gibson, a steward at the castle, is on hand to unravel the tale.
So Brian, what original tapestries were we recreating back in 2002 and why?
Well, it was part of the overall restoration program at the castle where we recreated the interiors of the royal palace of King James V of Scots.
James V was crowned King of Scotland at Stirling Castle in 1513, where nearly 30 years later, he built a grand palace in honor of his French Queen, Mary de Guise.
And he filled it with every luxury of the day.
BRIAN GIBSON: In there, we know we had a number of tapestries, and so we wanted to recreate taxes to hang in his rooms.
And so this set were chosen because they matched the descriptions in his inventories.
The set of tapestries known as the history of the unicorn.
NARRATOR: The exact design of this tapestry is unknown, but the weavers at Stirling attempted to recreate what might have hung from the walls of the palace using traditional methods.
A painstaking project that would last for over a decade.
CLARE GROGAN: I'm very interested in tapestry because my great grandmother created some really beautiful tapestry.
But I have absolutely no idea about the process of that and it seems incredibly complicated to me.
BRIAN GIBSON: Well, we've gone back to the original medieval methods and techniques to recreate these tapestries as closely as possible the way that they would originally have been made 500 years ago.
And it's basically a simple process of weaving colored threads through plain, white threads.
But to create something as complex and design as these tapestries are, it becomes a very complex process.
CLARE GROGAN: And how many weavers were involved in this little project?
BRIAN GIBSON: Well, we would have three weavers working at a time on the loom.
But in the course of the project, which took some 13 years, there were almost 20 weavers involved.
How much are they producing per hour or per day?
Not very much at all, but that much in the day.
That's an extraordinary patience.
It was an extraordinary project altogether.
We think this is the first time since the Middle Ages that anyone has attempted to make a whole set of tapestries in the authentic medieval method and technique.
And it's certainly the biggest project of this kind ever done in Britain.
NARRATOR: Because of the skill and labor required, tapestries were the preserve of the very rich.
King James, himself, had around 100 tapestries.
His palace was a grand Renaissance affair and these magnificent works of art were symbol of power and wealth.
Visitors were supposed to be awestruck by the splendor of their surroundings.
And with the new tapestries now lining the walls, that sense of wonder can be felt once again.
BRIAN GIBSON: Well, here we are in the royal palace, in the Queen's inner hall with the tapestries hanging on the walls all around us, showing the magnificence of the Palace of the King and the Queen.
Honestly, when I came through that door, I felt teary.
I really genuinely felt quite overwhelmed.
I'm shocked at how colorful it is.
BRIAN GIBSON: Yeah.
Yeah, a lot of people are.
CLARE GROGAN: The dark ages or something.
Like, I don't know, but you know-- And it's so I'm quite surprised, genuinely surprised by the extent of the color and pattern.
I think at that time, probably no one in Scotland would have seen anything like it, unless they'd been to France because that was where the ideas were coming from.
NARRATOR: The complexity of the panels is astonishing.
And the story and meaning within each tiny detail would have been clear to a 16th century audience.
The seven panels in this tapestry tell the story of a hunt, some suggest it's a story of beguiled lovers.
To others, the unicorn represents innocence, purity, and healing, leading many to regard the work as a biblical tale with the unicorn as a Christ figure.
Regardless of the hidden meaning, the beauty of the panels is clear for all to see.
CLARE GROGAN: It's just so funny because I never think of the school as being sure, apart from myself obviously.
The world's biggest jewel, but there was someone came before me.
It seems the Fifth certainly was.
NARRATOR: James the Fifth Palace was bold and ostentatious.
And Thanks to this spectacular restoration project, visitors can experience the beauty of these tapestries and see what life in a King's palace was like nearly 500 years ago.
Further North, Alex and Anita had been back on the road and have made their way to Rait in Perthshire.
They've arrived at their final stop of the trip, Rait Antique Center.
ANITA MANNING: Hi, folks.
Lovely to be here.
And this is my sidekick.
ALEX NORTON: I'm Alex, how you doing?
Nice to meet you.
ANITA MANNING: Everything looks lovely.
ALEX NORTON: It does, doesn't it?
Look right, his eyes are glowing.
I know, I know.
The radar is going here.
Let's go over to hunt.
NARRATOR: There's an eclectic mix of antiques and vintage items.
Being a top Thespian, it's no surprise that a theater poster has caught the actor's eye.
Oh no, I'm talking here.
Anita, come here and see this, look.
That's an old teaser poster.
It's an old teaser poster called, "Streets of Glasgow", and it's written by, according to this, Mr. Dionne Boucicault, who was a-- You heard of him?
Oh, yeah, yeah.
He was a very famous writer.
And as far as I know, he never wrote a play called "Streets of Glasgow".
I think this is a pirate production because I have all the time in those days-- because it says here at the bottom, there's a big scene of a house on fire.
Now, that was in one of his London productions and it was a sensation of the age.
So I think they've just ripped it right off, called the Streets of Glasgow, and stuck on somewhere in Glasgow.
I've got to-- listen now, I've got to have this.
Oh, you've got to have that.
You know the trouble?
Look, see the bottom?
Not for sale.
Oh I knew.
NARRATOR: So the posters are no go.
Thankfully, he's found something else that floats his boat.
You never look at this.
(LAUGHING) Do you think we've cracked it?
ALEX NORTON: Look at this.
ANITA MANNING: Wow, that's fabulous.
Oh, I love this.
What's it say?
I'm an old God.
I feel it, just look at the ticket.
ANITA MANNING: 30 pounds.
ALEX NORTON: 30 pounds.
ANITA MANNING: We could put that with the red and say-- We could, couldn't we?
NARRATOR: Nice spot, Alex.
The ship's compass could help make a nice nautical lot.
Time to call on David.
Alex has found this compass.
ALEX NORTON: So do you know anything about it?
DAVID: I don't, personally.
It's not my piece.
All I know is it's a ship's compass of some-- I don't even know what age it is.
ALEX NORTON: No.
ANITA MANNING: The box may or may not be original.
ALEX NORTON: I'm thinking that.
I'm thinking the boats might not be original.
ANITA MANNING: That, I would say it's the first part of the 20th century.
ALEX NORTON: Yeah, yeah.
I would like to offer on this, 60 pounds on this.
DAVID: It's not my piece.
ALEX NORTON: No.
It belongs to Tony.
But I will give them a ring.
ALEX NORTON: Would you?
I think you may be in with a shot at that.
ALEX NORTON: Good.
If I could get that for 60, I'd be delighted.
NARRATOR: David's got the vendor on the phone.
Which way is this pointing?
Tony says 60 would be acceptable and that's what you offered.
So I think we got a deal.
Tell him we have a deal.
NARRATOR: A generous 30 pounds discount means Alex and Anita bagged the ship's compass for 60.
Anita, we stand a really good chance of winning this.
Do you know something?
I think you're wonderful.
I think you're wonderful also.
I say we hug.
[LAUGHS] NARRATOR: And on that lovey dovey note, our celebrities are all bought up.
Time for a spot of show and tell, me thinks.
Well, I have had an absolute ball.
Oh, I-- I really had.
Yes, I have loved it.
And I don't even care if you don't like our stuff because I love it.
I'm sure they will be wonderful.
And we're going to get a look at that.
Would you like to see the wonder?
ALEX NORTON: I think we do.
I think we deserve to.
PAUL LAIDLAW: How are we doing this?
CLARE GROGAN: You're going to be amazed.
Oh, I say.
And wait for it.
Piece de la resistance.
It's got [INAUDIBLE].
ANITA MANNING: Oh, Paul Laidlaw.
ALEX NORTON: I'd say that's very, very nice.
PAUL LAIDLAW: This is a good night in and the aftermath.
We're going to start with drink sherry, it's deary good at the moment.
Coffee for afters.
ALEX NORTON: Right.
PAUL LAIDLAW: I have no idea what we're doing with that.
It's a party game.
This is just another case.
And in the morning-- [INTERPOSING VOICES] PAUL LAIDLAW: --is taking care of.
ANITA MANNING: Could you tell me about your little coffee set?
Is that Clarice Cliff?
PAUL LAIDLAW: It is Clarice Cliff.
ANITA MANNING: Oh, wow, you've got a big name there.
And we can't help but feel that we'll do [INAUDIBLE] [INTERPOSING VOICES] OK. Well you've seen ours, let's see yours.
Oh, they're going to be so jealous.
ALEX NORTON: I know.
ANITA MANNING: Let's be very, very gentle.
CLARE GROGAN: Oh yeah.
Such an arts and crafts in there.
ALEX NORTON: Uh huh.
ANITA MANNING: Yes.
And a touch-- a touch of the sea?
- Yes, and were on the Waverley.
PAUL LAIDLAW: Of course.
ANITA MANNING: We have a Maritime museum, isn't that wonderful, Paul?
I think it's magic.
ALEX NORTON: Yeah?
It boggled by that.
PAUL LAIDLAW: I love it.
ALEX NORTON: I think it's a great thing.
What;s the tiny wee thing?
Ah, now, you're asking.
Would you like to demonstrate?
ANITA MANNING: OK, now, this is a tiny, tiny wee souvenir of the international Glasgow exhibition of 1911.
Inside, there are photographic images of some of the buildings in the exhibition.
PAUL LAIDLAW: Oh, that's sweet.
CLARE GROGAN: That is special.
ALEX NORTON: It's that nicely thing.
ALEX NORTON: So there we are.
It's going to be very interesting, I think, to see what they'll price in the auction.
Because we've bought quite different types of things.
OK, we'll see you there then.
ALEX NORTON: We'll see you there.
NARRATOR: All very complimentary, but what do they really think?
Well, I think we have some competition with our stuff.
Uh huh, I kind of liked it.
Would you swap?
I love that.
I'm not so sure about the Hoover.
It would be our conversation piece at your dinner table.
They'd have a Hoover at the dinner table.
They don't need a Hoover when I'm at the dinner table.
I'll Hoover the lap.
[LAUGHS] I think it could be quite even stevens.
I think it's dead or thereabouts.
CLARE GROGAN: We'll soon find out.
PAUL LAIDLAW: Come on.
NARRATOR: Well, not long to wait, chaps.
After a successful trek around central Scotland, our intrepid road trippers are heading South for auction in the seaside town of Ayr.
I am slightly trepidatious about this auction this morning.
- Are you?
Yeah because I was feeling quietly confident at one point.
But now I don't know.
Now that we come to the crunch, I'm not so sure.
I feel quite attached to the things that I got and I really want someone else to look them as much as I did.
And I hope that happens.
NARRATOR: Thomas Cullen auctions have been in Ayr for over 80 years.
So they should be the perfect place to find your lots a new home.
Oh guys, hello.
He steal our pockets, bud.
[INTERPOSING VOICES] NARRATOR: No time to stand about chatting.
Let's remind ourselves of what they bought.
Clare and Paul spent a total of 251 pounds and have five auction lots.
Anita and Alex parted with the most cash, spending 334 pounds on five lots.
But there's only four lots in the sale.
Anita has some bad news for Alex.
Our little purse with the photographs in it has been lost.
- Oh yeah.
- Oh no.
It's so disappointing but these things happen.
That was my favorite wee thing.
Aw, I know.
I love that wee thing.
I know, I know.
Do you know what the insurance estimate actually was?
Yes, I can give you the auctioneers insurance valuation on it.
And it was, wait for it, clear 75 pounds.
ALEX NORTON: Really.
NARRATOR: Yep, really.
Which means that they have a 61 pounds profit in the bank before the auction even starts.
But what does auctioneer, Michael Coghlan, make of the rest of their offerings?
There's actually lots of collectors of arts and crafts and decorative arts.
This is a lovely copper trinket box.
I think a box like that will make about 60 to 90 pounds.
Pick of the bunch has got to be the art nouveau table lamp.
It's a great size, it's in fair condition, and it's been much admired through the viewing yesterday.
NARRATOR: Time to get settled in and get things underway.
First up is Alex and Anita's arts and crafts copper plate.
40, below the corner at 40 and advancing at 45.
It's in the corner at 60.
Any the advance in 60?
In the corner of 60.
All finished in at 60 pounds.
NARRATOR: That's a great start.
Clocking up a profit on their first item.
This is bringing out something in me I don't like.
We started well.
Will the good stock continue with the sherry glasses and decanter?
ANITA MANNING: Yes, come on.
20 on bid.
Any advance in 20?
Any advance in 30?
They're really nice cool [INAUDIBLE] Any advance in 30?
CLARE GROGAN: The closer you get-- ALEX NORTON: The decanter is empty, that's the problem.
Any advance in 30 pounds?
It's at 30?
Come on, please just a little more, just a little more.
Our opening set in the corner at 30.
NARRATOR: With some gentle encouragement from Clare, the glasses and decanter break even.
Look at the bright side.
I said, there isn't one.
[LAUGHS] NARRATOR: Never fear.
Time to see if your art deco vacuum will clean up.
60 for it?
20 on Big Ben.
At 65, any advance in 65?
More left at 65.
You bet at 70.
Behind me, at 70.
Any advance in 70 pounds?
Fair warning, behind, I'm selling it at 70 pounds.
The gavel goes down on an incredible profit.
Well-- Take that.
Well, I am gobsmacked.
You really like me.
NARRATOR: Steady, Clare.
Alex and Anita's compass and flag from the Waverley are next.
At 120, Seated at 120.
Have you a bit of history here?
Any advance to 120?
You all like 120?
Come on, come on, come on.
Seated here at 120, selling it at 120.
That'll do me.
NARRATOR: That's a very good profit for a little slice of history.
That's the face of relief because I thought there was more in it than that.
Oh-- I know, you'd know.
NARRATOR: Next up, it's Clare's Clarice Cliff coffee set.
40 and bid.
At 40, any advance in 40 pounds?
With the laden, you bet at 90.
Any advance in 90?
All finished then.
Selling at 90 pounds.
[LAUGHS] NARRATOR: Yeah, it's time to break out the victory dance.
A superb profit.
It was just so important to me, that one, because it just-- my mom, my dad-- a lot of emotion tied up in that one.
I can relax a bit now.
NARRATOR: You relax, Clare, while Alex feels the heat of the auction.
It's the pastel portrait up next.
60 in bid.
At 60, any advance in 60?
At 100 pounds, any advance in 100 pounds?
110, new bidder.
At 160, I'll be all out.
Fair warning, selling at 160.
I'm so happy for you.
Alex, you have got a good two wee eye.
NARRATOR: That wee eye has just bagged a three-figure profit.
Fantastic work, Alex.
That was great.
NARRATOR: So with Alex and Anita storming into the lead again, the pressure falls on the glass float.
Will it be a floater or a sinker?
40 at the back of the room, at 40.
Any advance in 40?
Oh, the fate of it.
At 65, my left here at 65.
All finish and fair warning at 65.
NARRATOR: So that's great profit, that keeps them in the game.
So I think with that.
NARRATOR: Alex and Anita's final lot was their biggest outlay.
The trinket box is next.
40 and bid at 44.
At 90, my left at 90.
Any advance in 90 pounds?
On my left here, all finished then.
Selling then at 90.
[LAUGHS] NARRATOR: Not quite the sympathy they were looking for, Clare.
That first loss of the day puts Paul and Claire in with a shout of winning with one lot to go.
I'm going to say family, family.
I'm fine now.
Well, the drama is not over yet.
Claire and Paul's last lot is the art nouveau lamp.
One, two, three commissions.
And I can start at 10 pounds.
(LAUGHING) - Is that even allowed?
Well, this is it.
At 210, front here at 210.
Any advance in 210?
All finished then?
Selling in the front at 210.
A naked lady will always win in the end.
[LAUGHS] Certainly be true with my life.
[LAUGHS] Well done, Darling.
NARRATOR: Well, quite an amazing prophet.
But has it won the day?
Time to find out.
What do you think of that, baby?
I do not know.
Nothing in it.
It's going to be close, isn't it?
NARRATOR: Alex and Anita started off with 400 pounds.
They made a cracking profit of 80 pounds and 10p after auction costs giving them a final total of 400 and 80 pounds and 10 pence.
Clare and Paul also started with 400 pounds and after costs, they collected a superb profit of 130 pounds and 30p, giving them a grand total of 530 pounds and 30 pence, making them victorious today.
All profits, of course, go to children in need.
Well done, darling.
We plead I [INAUDIBLE].
I'd like-- I'm looking forward to going back to normal life.
Mine will never be normal again.
But you all had a great time.
Thank you so much.
I enjoyed that one.
We're still friends?
But we're still pals.
So we're going to get a cup of tea.
- Let's go.
- Bye bye!
That was magic.
[INTERPOSING VOICES] ALEX NORTON: Well, I have to say that was really interesting.
It was, wasn't it?
I really didn't know quite what to expect.
No, it's not exactly what all I was expecting.
And did you see it?
I've even quite enjoyed being with you, Alex.
Darling, did you really?
I quite enjoyed being with you too.
Let's not go too far.