TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): The nation's favorite celebrities-- Ooh, I like that.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): --paired up with an expert-- Oh, we've had some fun, haven't we?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): --and a classic car.
It feels as if it could go quite fast.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Their mission-- to scour Britain for antiques.
I'll do that in slow-mo.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): The aim-- to make the biggest profit at auction.
Come on, boys!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): But it's no easy ride.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Who will find a hidden gem?
Don't sell me!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Who will take the biggest risks?
Go away, darling.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Will anybody follow expert advice?
I'm trying to spend money here.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): There will be worthy winners-- Yes!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): --and valiant losers.
Put your pedal to the metal.
This is the "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip."
On today's show we're joined by a couple of top presenting pals, Jules Hudson and Nicki Chapman.
JULES: You know what's interesting, Nicki, I mean we do work together.
I think we've worked together for 10 years.
But we-- I don't even know you.
But we've never competed, have we?
We've never competed in anything.
It's like we work together, but we very rarely meet.
I know it's bizarre, isn't it?
But we know each other intimately.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Oh, I say!
Nicki and Jules regularly front TV series "Escape to the Country."
But long before that, Nicki was one of the most powerful publicists in the music industry, representing megastars like the Spice Girls.
She found fame as a judge on music talent shows "Popstars" and "Pop Idol," and her career now spans both television and radio.
NICKI: The haggling-- that's what I'm going to be looking forward to.
I think your wily smile will-- will do a better job at negotiating than me.
Yeah, I reckon, I reckon.
Have I got a twinkle in my eye?
I think you'll walk in there and they'll say, h, my goodness me, it's Madam Chapman!"
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): As well as being a popular presenter, Jules is also a writer, broadcaster, and housewives' heartthrob.
See, I'm a bit of an old fogey.
- Are you?
- I was kind of young-- I was a young fogey years ago, and now I'm an old fogey.
But I've always been a fogey.
And I was called Granddad at school because I was a young fogey.
And, in fact, somebody gave me "The Young Fogey Handbook."
Somebody wrote that and I still have a copy of it.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): This morning are self-confessed fogey and Nikki are motoring around Herefordshire in this iconic cream Morgan 4/4.
NICKI: Now this is your neck of the woods, isn't it?
JULES: It is.
Yeah, I've lived in Herefordshire now for the last four and a half years or so.
JULES: It really is.
NICKI: Unspoilt, I think, this part of the country.
JULES: And it's very depopulated, that's the nice thing about it.
Is that why you moved here-- because you don't have any friends?
[LAUGHS] Something like that, yeah.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): On this journey, Jules and Nicki will be joined by "Road Trip" regulars, the ever-smiley Natasha Raskin and the self-confessed grump Philip Serrell.
NATASHA: I'm thrilled to see you, Phil.
How are you?
It's always a joy to see you.
It's always a joy.
I find that happy, smiley face so infectious.
I think I might smile today.
I think you've cracked one out already.
It's a bit early for that!
[LAUGHTER] TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Crikey!
This morning, they're whizzing towards the meeting point in this brilliant blue 1976 MGB.
PHILIP: What about Nicki and Jules?
What-- is this going to be boys v. girls?
Well, I-- I-- yeah, let's do that, actually.
We don't do that enough.
Boys v. girls, I'd like to do that.
I'd like to meet Nicki, actually-- properly-- because I was a big fan of all these "Popstars" and "Pop Idol" shows when I was a kid.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Once paired up our teams will hit the road with 400 pounds in their pockets.
Starting in Wormsley in Herefordshire, they'll journey all over the county, dipping into Wales and Oxfordshire, before finally finishing in North Finchley, in London, for auction.
Here we go.
Look, here we go.
Oh, they look cool.
Oh, look at this.
Are you OK getting out?
The ladylike way of getting out.
- Nice to meet you.
Lovely to meet you, Natasha.
Hello, how are you?
I'm very well, thank you.
Are you all right?
I think so.
You're folding yourself, mate.
[LAUGHTER] PHILIP: If you've got that trouble, Lord knows what I've got.
Well, it's tight.
NICKI: It's a little bit tight, isn't it?
[INTERPOSING VOICES] Nice to see you.
NATASHA: Nice to see too.
Boys v. girls?
Sounds good to us.
Yes, we can do this.
We can do it, Nicki.
We're a team Shall we hop off?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Teamed up, it's time to hit the road.
Which is the way in here?
Well, just squeeze yourself in.
Oh, see you!
So is Jules always that competitive?
- Oh, yeah.
- Oh, really?
He's already got a strategy.
Yep, he's already got a strategy.
He didn't give too much away.
PHILIP: This car is intimate, isn't it?
It's definitely intimate.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): This morning Nicki and Natasha will head to Bishopstone in Herefordshire to kick start their hunt for antiques.
NATASHA: Have you bought at antique shops before or is it a pastime?
It's not a pastime, but I have done it and it went well.
NATASHA: Well, wait a minute.
When you say it went well, does that mean your haggling went well?
Haggling was good.
I do like to haggle.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Well, that's handy.
First shop of this trip looks big.
Lord Nelson Antiques Centre.
NICKI: Ooh, it's looking good!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Hidden inside this deconsecrated pub are the treasures of around 20 dealers.
There's plenty to pick from.
Richard, nice to meet you.
Good morning, Richard.
So, this is-- for Nikki and I-- our first shop.
NATASHA: So, we'd better get started.
Shall we start at the top and work our way down?
Let's do that.
We're going to have to be disciplined, aren't we?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Game plan in place, the girls are off.
Oh my goodness!
Oh, this is huge.
There's so much choice.
NICKI: Look at this!
Are you talking about this trunk?
NICKI: This is a piece!
15 hundred pounds.
[GASPS] How good are we at haggling?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): I'm reckoning not that good.
Think a bit cheaper, Nicki.
NATASHA: What is that?
Where-- yeah, where would a woman be without a hairdryer?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): That'll do.
NICKI: Bakelite hair dryer and case.
NATASHA: Would you use this on your travels?
Beautiful, though, isn't it?
I kind of want to plug it in and see how it goes.
Apparently, it works.
It's been tested.
NATASHA: I mean you'd be a brave woman to get up in the morning, have an appointment to go to, and trust this piece to get you through looking good.
But it looks pretty cool, and the fact it's got its case with its mirror.
Is it worth having a haggle over this?
NICKI: It could be, couldn't it?
Do we think the price is good?
Get it for 20, it could be worth it.
I like this.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): The Bakelite hairdryer is noted for consideration.
NICKI: Natasha, how about these vases here.
This pair of Art Nouveau vases?
NATASHA: They are very Eastern European.
Now, while we know this style as Art Nouveau, in the East it was Jugendstil.
It was a sort of a young style, so people breaking away from the more traditional 19th century look.
NATASHA: Look at the beautiful design on these at the bottom.
NICKI: I love those.
NATASHA: You've got those really organic, almost like plants, growing off of them-- the stems at the bottom.
NICKI: What do we think?
NATASHA: So, well, look.
First of all, straightaway here-- the light just catches it, there are some splashes of green paint in the bodies.
Someone has had a go at repainting these little sort of leaves here green, and so they've managed to move their thumb or something across it and smudge it onto the body.
So not ideal.
Now, looking around, there's something at 300, 900, 400, and, at the back, 80.
This dealer knows that they're not worth a huge amount.
NICKI: What would you put an offer in at?
I mean, it's got to be half price.
I don't work for less than, you know, 50%.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): The vases join the hair dryer on Nicki and Natasha's wish list.
Time to talk money with Richard.
First, the Bakelite hair dryer.
What can we do on the price?
What's it got on it?
I'll ring the dealer.
- Can you?
- Can I speak to them?
- Yeah, sure.
Right, OK. - I hope it's a woman.
(WHISPERING) First time!
- Oh, you'll be fine.
- It is.
[LAUGHS] - Oh, it's a woman!
It's a woman!
NICKI: Is it?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Hey, Trisha, the vendor, is on the phone.
Time for Nicki to try to haggle.
What could be your best price?
Well, we were thinking around 25.
How does that sound?
27-- I'm very happy with that.
Look at that!
We have a hair dryer!
We have a hairdryer!
OK. Are we going to continue this theme?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Nicki's on a roll.
Next, the pair of Austrian Art Nouveau vases.
Brace yourself, Richard.
They're currently on for 80.
What's your best price on those?
The best I can do on them is 60.
Would you come down a bit more?
I mean, we were thinking sort of 40, 45.
They're quite dusty.
That means people haven't been picking them up.
RICHARD: [LAUGHS] NICKI: 50.
[GASPS] He's ever so good, isn't he?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): You certainly are.
Thank you, sir.
- That's a pleasure.
We're willing to take a risk.
Could you dust them before you pack them up for me?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): What a gent, eh?
Two very generous deals there means Nicki and Natasha walk away with two lots for auction.
[ENGINE REVVING] [LIGHT, UPBEAT MUSIC] Meanwhile, the boys are opting for a more chilled out start to their day, and have taken the Morgan 20 minutes East to just outside Hereford.
"Escape into the Country--" good fun?
I love it.
And, for me, it was an absolute joy because that's what I've done my entire life.
So it's a chance to kind of share my passion for country life with a lot of people who want to kind of get involved and do the same sort of thing.
So, yeah, it's an absolute joy, mate.
It really is.
PHILIP: But you've got a bit of a military background, haven't you?
I did spend about five minutes in the army.
Yeah, I went to Sandhurst, never won any medals.
But I grew up in an army town, you see, in Colchester.
My grandfather was in the army, and so I've always had this deep fascination with military history.
And every now and then they let me loose with the military history series.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Philip's decided to start their road trip by taking Jules to the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum.
I got to peel this off me, Phil.
I'm not sure if Charles Morgan made a bigger car than this.
They were small people in those days, that's for sure.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): They've come to learn about the regiment's part in one of the defining moments of the First World War, and are meeting Colonel Andy Taylor to find out more.
PHILIP: Jules, you better tell me if I got to salute anything.
[LAUGHTER] COLONEL TAYLOR: I don't there's any need to do that this morning.
Hey Good morning, Jules.
Nice to see you.
How are you?
COLONEL TAYLOR: Welcome to Suvla Barracks, and the home of the Herefordshire Regimental Museum.
JULES: Well, you've packed this, haven't you?
There's a lot packed into this small room, but then there's a lot of history to the regiment as well.
The barracks here has been the home of reserve soldiers from Herefordshire for over 150 years.
And they marched away from here to the Boer War, the First World War, and the Second World War.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): The Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey was one of the Allies' great disasters of World War I.
It was a failed attempt by the Allied forces to control the sea route from Europe into Russia.
Had it been successful, it would have allowed the Allies to link up with the Russians, and the plan was then to knock Ottoman Turkey, an ally of Germany, out of the war.
The naval and land operation started in 1915 and a battalion from the Herefordshire regiment was in combat not long after.
JULES: Gallipoli was notoriously bloodthirsty.
Yes, it was.
And the first landings took place in April, which were at Cape Helles and at Anzac Cove, and that soon developed into stalemate.
And a second landing was proposed to the north at Suvla Bay to try and break that stalemate.
And it was that landing in August which the Herefordshire Regiment took part in.
They landed on August the 8th.
There was a degree of confusion, as there was right the way through the battle.
COLONEL TAYLOR: The support, the organization, was not as good as it should have been.
And the Herefordshire Regiment landed-- they had no maps, they had no orders.
They were eventually given orders and told to advance to a dried up river course.
They advanced, didn't meet the enemy, but took a lot of casualties through artillery fire.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): For a campaign that lasted less than a year, the death toll at Gallipoli was very high.
With around 50,000 Allied soldiers losing their lives, but their deaths were not in vain.
COLONEL TAYLOR: In many ways, Gallipoli was the first amphibious assault, and the planning was not as detailed as it should have been.
And I think the lessons learnt were not to underestimate the enemy, not to underestimate the territory, to plan well, to support the forces well.
And I think that those lessons were learnt so the great amphibious landings of the Second World War-- D-day, for example-- would, perhaps, not have been successful as they were.
We've got here a collection of artifacts from Captain Ashton.
And Captain Ashton was the adjutant of the battalion at Suvla Bay.
And he was the first officer to land on the beaches there and he was also the last officer to be evacuated on the 12th of December.
Captain Ashton wrote a diary of his time at Gallipoli and later during the war as well.
And there are some extracts here, which you might be interested in.
"I had been the first ashore, I was the last to leave.
It was impossible not to notice the contrast that brilliant August morning.
750 strong, the battalion full of fight and high endeavor.
This dark December night slinking away under 100 strong-- weary, dirty, disillusioned.
And, yet, I was sorry to go."
Yes, I think there was a great survivor's guilt amongst those individuals.
They'd started the campaign with such high endeavor, they'd suffered so much, they'd lost good friends-- either killed or wounded-- and they had achieved next to nothing.
[INTENSE MUSIC] TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Back with the girls.
And they're popping over the border into Wales, heading for the pretty market town of Hay-on-Wye.
NATASHA: I must be right in saying, having worked with Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell and everyone, you must have worked with the Spice Girls.
I did, yeah.
Way, way back.
When you were probably at primary school because you're just a lovely young'un.
NATASHA: So what were some of the highlights?
Apart from, of course, working with the Spice Girls.
Give me some names.
Which was tremendous, really great time.
But then I also worked for very different artists that, for me, were true idols.
People like Annie Lennox and the late David Bowie.
I looked after Prince, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Van Morrison.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Nicki may have worked with all the top names in the music business selling records, but today it's all about buying collectibles.
Next stop, Hay Antique Market.
Home to over 20 dealers.
There'll be plenty here for this pair to pore over.
So we need to find that one.
[LAUGHS] I was going to say, we need to find that one item.
We've found a mini bath.
NATASHA: In a way, is that quite cool?
It's a hip bath.
Is that what it's called?
It's for traveling, so, obviously, it has the look of one of those standalone, cast iron baths, but-- NICKI: So they'd have taken it with them on their travels?
NATASHA: Yeah, that's for traveling.
It's for a quick-- a quick rinse, isn't it?
Of the delicate parts.
How old is it?
NATASHA: It's a late 19th century, 19th century idea.
This one's probably 20th.
You know, we are so lucky.
We go to our hotel, we walk into a running shower.
You know, you're traveling, you go to an inn, there's not necessarily going to be a bath for just you.
It might be a shared area.
And it might be out the back.
You take your hip bath, you go and get some warm water, you fill it up, and you dip your hips.
You do, or your maid does.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Definitely a job for the hard help, methinks.
The hip bath's a possibility.
NATASHA: [GASPS] That's fab on the wall!
Ha, ha, ha.
You love this, do you?
That is beautiful.
NATASHA: I think that's quite fab.
Now, is it silk?
Yes, it's raw silk.
Really nicely lined-- probably relined.
You can see the stitching here.
I think that someone's taken the time to reline it.
NICKI: How much is the asking price?
NATASHA: Mm, 69.
As you were walking towards it-- Yes.
This is a bit far-fetched, but look here, at the back of his cabinet, it's a fan.
We're creating a bit of role-play here, aren't we?
NATASHA: Can see an auction lot-- one vintage silk kimono of abstract design together with wooden fan?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Huh, I'm a fan.
The kimono's a hit, so time to call on dealer Jill to find out more about it.
JILL: I think it's been handmade around the 1930s by a housewife.
You think as early as the 30s?
NATASHA: So you've got 69 on the kimono-- Yeah.
--and five on the fan.
How much would you be willing to let go of the two for?
For the two?
What if we threw in the hip bath?
I could do that for 70.
If you're having the three, I could do 120.
That would be.
NICKI: How about 110?
No, it'd have to be 120, I'm afraid.
NICKI: I like them.
I think a punt.
Let's take a risk?
Take a risk.
Let's do it.
OK. Jill, thank you very much indeed.
Thank you TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Their little jaunt into Wales sees the girls leave with the hip bath for 70 pounds and the kimono and wooden fan together for 50 pounds.
[SWING MUSIC] Meanwhile, yet to spend a penny-- well, maybe not-- the boys have motored to Ross-on-Wye.
They've arrived at Elizabethan House Antiques.
This 16th century building has three floors full of everything from pictures and prints to decorative items and antique furniture and the rest.
Nice to see you, I'm Jules.
- I'm Maggie.
Philip, how are you?
Well, Maggie you've got a lot for us to explore here.
Do you want to go that way and I'll go that way?
We should divide and conquer.
BOTH: All right then.
See you in a bit.
See you back here.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Right, boys, you have 400 pounds to spend.
Let the hunt begin.
[SWING MUSIC] [SHUTTER CLICK] Bellows.
I know what Phil would do with this.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): I would dread to think.
That, if I'm not wrong, is an old door off a prison cell.
What are the chances of finding something like that here?
That is fabulous.
And look at it.
The important bit-- the really expensive bit-- the lock has obviously been removed.
But the door itself, with all of its bolts and other metal fittings, is all there.
That is fantastic.
Let's feel the weight of it.
[CLANKING] Crikey O'Reilly.
Yeah, that was definitely from a prison.
I might have to get Phil to help me with that.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Phil, you're needed.
It's an emergency.
I love that.
JULES: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
PHILIP: It's an old prison door, isn't it?
JULES: Yeah, exactly.
I'll tell you little secret.
I bought one of these on a road trip once for about 15 quid and sold it for about 200 pounds.
Yeah, but I was lucky.
I think we need to try and buy this for somewhere between-- 50 and 100?
No, 40 and 60.
- (WHISPERING) 40 and 60?
Good cop, bad cop-- and I think I've just become the bad cop, haven't I?
OK. You're really bad.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): It's been said before.
With a ticket price of 90 pounds for the 19th century prison door, the boys have asked Maggie to try and broker a deal with its vendor, who's probably still inside.
JILL: He said he could possibly do it for 60.
PHILIP: We can tweak it to 55, how's that?
Well, I think if you said yes-- I don't know.
I think he'd probably just jump at that.
To be honest with you, I don't think 60 in itself is bad, actually.
[GROANS] What are you doing?
What are you doing, man?
But if it was 55-- I'm going with you.
--if it was 55, he'd leave me alone.
[LAUGHTER] I'll phone you back in a minute, all right?
No, I'll tell you what, we'll think about it at 60.
There's a couple of other things it's probably worth having a look at.
Hang on to it for us for five minutes, all right?
Well, I'm just going to go and beat him up in the corner.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Ha, ha.
Haggling clearly isn't his forte, but Jules has a keen eye for unusual items.
PHILIP: What on earth is that?
Well, according to the card, it says, First World War officer's map torch.
I'm with the right bloke then.
JULES: I'd love to have a closer look at it.
PHILIP: Can we-- - I can go.
Could you, Maggie?
Could you open that for us?
That's great, yeah.
JULES: Ha, ha.
Look at that.
No, I've never seen one of these before.
PHILIP: OK, boss, talk me through it because you're the militaria man.
There's "1917" written on it.
PHILIP: So used in the first World War trenches?
Well, is that not just a bit-- Bulky?
JULES: Well, but think about it, batteries-- back in 1917-- how big would they have been?
Yeah, really bulky.
And presumably, you unscrew that and they'd have gone in there somewhere.
They've got 35 quid in it.
I'm thinking, because we are in the midst of the centenary of the First World War, that could be quite attractive to the right kind of collector.
I don't think that's bad money, really.
I wish you wouldn't keep saying things like that.
[LAUGHS] I'm not saying we should pay that for it.
I'm just saying-- Let's just rehearse this one more time.
(LOUDLY) The trouble is, it's the price, really.
Yes, it's the price, Phil.
It's the price, really.
It's far too expensive.
Yes, far too expensive.
Yes, let's look at the price again.
They normally do a lot cheaper than this normally, don't they?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Normally?
Right, let's get serious, shall we?
What can we do?
[SIGHS] I think the very, very, very, very best on that one would be 28.
So, my maths is really lousy.
So what we're talking about really is-- 28 plus the door.
28-- so we're talking 70 quid for the two, aren't we?
Is that maths right?
We are talking-- 70 pound for the two, yes?
[LAUGHTER] TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Nice try, Phil.
It would actually be 88 pounds total.
JULES: I'm happy.
PHILIP: That'll do, Maggie.
You're a star.
Thank you, my love.
Thank you very much indeed.
The only question is, mate, I'll carry this out, how are you going to manage the door?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): With great difficulty, I imagine.
A successful bit of shopping gets the boys the prison door for 50 pounds.
And the map torch for 25.
And on that note, both teams bid farewell to the first day.
It's a new morning and Nicki and Jules are cruising the Morgan through rural Herefordshire.
I feel this is the life from now on.
NICKI: I think when we're escaping to the country, it needs to be in a classic car.
JULES: I've argued that for many years.
[INTERPOSING VOICES] Yeah.
This is the way to do it.
Stopping off at a few antique shops along the way.
JULES: And what a lovely, immediate, way to experience the countryside.
With the roof off, the air running round your hair-- And a very attractive driver by your side.
Oh, a beautiful driver.
There you go.
I knew you were going to say it.
I just thought I'd help you.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): So far Jules and Phil have bought two items.
The 19th century prison door and the World War I officer's map torch, which means they still have 325 pounds to spend today.
While Nicki and Natasha have an impressive four lots The vintage Bakelite hair dryer, the Austrian Art Nouveau vases, the early 20th century hip bath, and vintage kimono with wooden fan-- leaving them with 198 pounds to play with.
Natasha and Philip have also hit the road and are making their way to Ford Bridge to meet their celebrity partners.
Tell me what's Nicki like.
Is she nice?
Is she really, really nice?
Is that a wee Spice Girls reference?
That was it.
The the one thing I've got in there.
She is so cool.
And what about Jules?
Is it an old boys' club these days?
PHILIP: You know, he's a nice guy.
I think we're both local country boys at heart and I enjoyed his company.
NICKI: I've still got some money left in my back pocket.
I'm feeling confident today.
Natasha and I are a good team.
Still got more buys to be had, I think.
I should say so.
Girls v. boys, bring it on!
NATASHA: Good morning!
BOTH: Hello NATASHA: Oh, nicely.
I'd get out of the way if I was you.
She hasn't found the brakes yet!
I have a problem with first, that's the truth.
You look wonderful.
How are you?
- Good to see you.
- Hello, hello, sir.
How are you?
I'm very good.
Am I allowed to-- am I allowed to fraternize with the enemy?
- You can.
- Oh, please.
- He's gorgeous, though.
- Oh, shut up!
- He's gorgeous.
- So are you, love.
How are we?
NATASHA: Oh, wait a minute.
Nicki, we're going to the same shop.
- Are you ready?
NICKI: Are we?
NATASHA: They're getting in the car first.
- Right, OK. Oh.
Boys, let me have a head start.
I won't be able to find first in this either.
NATASHA: Oh, no, go, go.
[ENGINE REVS] Look at the sound of that.
Oh, you rotters.
NICKI: You rotters.
NATASHA: We'll see you there.
Catch us if you can.
NICKI: Let's see how I get on, shall I?
NATASHA: There she goes.
I'm behind you.
NATASHA: Oh, look at them cozying up.
Arm behind the headrest.
Look at them!
They're buddies, aren't they?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): This morning our two teams are hurtling towards the heart of Herefordshire and Leominster to start the day's buy.
JULES: They're going to be there too, aren't they?
So, we don't want to give the game away as to what we are thinking about.
No, but they'll be at the makeup counter, you know, doing lippie.
JULES: And we'll be amongst the boys' toys, no doubt.
No, we'll be there with them putting lippy, bit of slap makeup, you know.
NATASHA: Oh, it was good fun yesterday, but today is going to be equally exciting.
And we don't have much to buy now.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Looks like the boys are first to arrive.
Thank you, mate.
Did they get here before us?
NATASHA: Oh, they did.
Oh-- BOTH: No!
Here they come.
Ah, ha, ha, ha.
Come on, Phil.
You're so bad.
NICKI: Damn you.
- Let's go.
Do we need to rush in, or should we let them think they've got first dibs?
Yeah, let's pretend.
- We'll just breeze in.
- Cool and calm.
- Here we go.
Yeah, we're not in a hurry.
[LAUGHTER] Let us in!
Oh, they've locked it!
Come on, that's not-- Let us in.
We've cleared it out anyway.
There'll be blood everywhere if you don't let us in.
This is like the Brownies and Scouts.
You can have first dibs, go on.
Off you go.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Ah, they're gents, really.
And there's lots of antiques on offer, so no need for squabbling, eh?
NATASHA: We need to find something completely weird.
Because look how beautiful everything is.
We need to find something weird that has the edge.
It smells a bit fishy.
NATASHA: What is it?
Is that a mask?
NATASHA: I think it is a mask, look.
[LAUGHS] TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Ooh, imagine the smell inside.
Guys, I've got someone here who'd like to meet you.
[LAUGHTER] I could smell something fishy.
It's just Crocodile Jackman.
Is that not amazing?
That's good fun.
But isn't it brilliant?
Just for me, Phil.
Just for me, go on.
- Just for you?
NICKI: Yeah, go on.
[INTERPOSING VOICES] Here, let me see your glasses.
Yeah, that's it.
NATASHA: He is a pike.
[LAUGHTER] TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Holy mackerel!
There's one problem.
I've got my bloody ears stuck!
It's a tight fit.
You just have to wear it all day.
Should we just leave them?
NATASHA: Go, go, go.
OK, nice to see you.
NATASHA: Be careful.
It's nearly 300 pounds that.
It's going to hurt you more than me.
What about my ear?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Well, if you will play silly beggars!
While Phil's busy feeling sorry for himself and his ear, Nicki's spied something she likes.
NICKI: I love this.
Can I put it on?
NATASHA: That is cool.
[GASPS] NICKI: See, that's beautiful, isn't it?
NATASHA: If you'd just turned up this morning wearing that, I'd be saying how chic.
Ye-- now, 78 pounds.
It's so '70s, isn't it?
It's so smart.
Now, it says silver, do we have any marks on it?
This is a London mark, so is it the London-- look, It's 1972.
That is smart.
What do you think?
We've not been everywhere.
Shall we hop upstairs, keep that in our hands, and then go visit Ben at the counter?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Now, how are the boys getting on?
I like these.
JULES: These little benches?
Yeah, fairly sturdy, aren't they?
PHILIP: How much is the price then?
Can we-- - Let's have a look.
Take it out.
It's at other end.
[LAUGHS] PHILIP: Pull it straight through there.
Let's not trash the rest of it.
There we are, mate.
Let me see that.
Yeah, well, you see at auction they're going to make 100 to 150, I think.
Yeah, but I like them.
Do you like them?
I do like them, actually.
I'll be honest with you I would happily put those in my own house, actually.
PHILIP: OK. Yeah.
If we could get those for the right money.
Well, they've got to be 80 to 100 quid, really.
It's quite a big drop, though, from 225.
Do you think they'd do that?
Well, you don't know.
It depends what they bought them for.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): As the boys consider the benches, on the other side of the shop, Nicki's on a roll.
This is cute.
NATASHA: The, uh, do you know what I hope that when you open the drawer-- yes!
It's wee tiny samples.
So these are for collectors of specimens.
You could use it now for jewelry.
You could use it for a million different things.
And for some reason, Nicki-- and I actually have no idea why-- these sort of mid-20th century collectors, or specimen cabinets, have become really cool.
NICKI: Have they?
And look at that price.
Do you know what I would expect?
A one in front of that.
That's at 65.
NICKI: At auction?
NATASHA: Well, at auction, I think it's a good 40 to 60.
So that has potential for us.
For sure that has potential.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Another possibility.
Anything else, girls?
NICKI: Yeah, I like that, actually.
Totally trendy-- hat stands-- for some reason.
I mean, we've been talking about it, we've said it a million times, but in London you're fighting for space when you've got your flat.
So what a cool way to hang up all your coats and hats and everything.
NICKI: You could see that in a restaurant, couldn't you?
NATASHA: That is cool, but I think they'd be willing to let it go for not too much.
Yeah, I wouldn't want to be spending 85 pounds on that.
As lovely as it is.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Back with the boys, Jules has spotted a rather nice enameled sign.
As you do.
JULES: I could see that going into a refurbished kitchen or a little "chi-chi" London coffee shop maybe.
PHILIP: It's quite cool.
I think one of the things about those is that, you know, there are so many enamel signs over the years that farmers' sons have used for air gun practice or they're blocking up a hole in the garden shed roof.
JULES: Yeah, yeah.
PHILIP: Actually, it's not too battered, is it?
Not at all.
And, in fact, it's still got the enamel on the back.
PHILIP: So that's 235.
These are 225.
That's 460 quid if we-- That's more than we started with.
[LAUGHS] - Yeah.
Not boding well.
So, now then, I am clearly going to leave the negotiation to you, mate.
Because we're looking to drop quite a bit on both of these, aren't we?
What I'm going to ask you to do is sit in that chair, say nothing.
I'll be back.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Meanwhile, Nicki and Natasha have located dealer Ben to talk money.
Look out, Ben.
NICKI: So the specimen drawer and the hat stand together comes to-- NATASHA: 150.
Where does 100 sound for the two?
But it is a bit high because I've still got my eye on something else.
What were you thinking?
It's a good deal.
And then 100 for the two upstairs?
NATASHA: It's a bit scary for me.
I don't like three figures.
Oh, I see.
To get down to the two figures, we'll go 99.
We're taking two pieces and then this for 40.
BEN: OK NICKI: Yeah?
NICKI: It's a deal?
Thank you so much.
BOTH: Well done-- - --partner --partner.
Yeah, I think we should all shake hands.
It's like ceilidh!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): No wonder they're dancing, as they've just bagged the vintage brass coat stand and specimen chest for 95 pounds and a modernist silver cuff for 40.
As the girls pay up and make a quick getaway, Phil's gearing up to do a deal with Andrew on the benches and the sign.
The combined ticket price is 460 pounds.
Now, Jules and I quite like what we're sitting on.
- Oh, right.
- These benches.
PHILIP: And we also like the coffee sign.
And we were thinking, that we've got to get-- this is the point where I-- Be gentle.
--I'm really glad you're sitting down.
See, I was thinking that we'd like to try and buy the two for like 180.
It's down to what you've bought them for, isn't it?
ANDREW: At the end of the day yes.
PHILIP: Because you can either do a deal or you can't.
I think it's a bit too friendly, actually.
OK, what else-- what could you do then?
180 you wanted them for?
PHILIP: Yeah, that's the benches and the sign.
I'll get close.
I'll do 200.
But there is no, I'll go and have a think about it.
You've got to make your mind up now.
Now, we'll make our mind up now and give you 190 quid for the three.
The two benches-- 195 195.
You're a gentlemen.
Thank you very much.
[LAUGHS] Can I talk now?
Yeah, go on.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): That incredible discount means the boys have bought the benches for 95 pounds and the enameled sign for 100.
Natasha and Nicki have finished their shopping and have headed to Kington.
Now, if I was to say clogs, you're more likely to think of Holland than Herefordshire.
But here, in this picturesque village, resides the sole remaining hand carver of clogs in England.
Nicki and Natasha have come to meet the man himself, master craftsman Jeremy Atkinson, to find out about what was once a thriving industry, right here, in the UK.
Lovely to meet you, Jeremy.
Now, when you think of British footwear, you don't necessarily think of clogs, do you?
You think of them more being in Europe, but that's obviously not the case.
No, they were probably worn just as much in Britain, actually.
NATASHA: When I think of a clog, I think of the wooden touristy affair.
Is that a purist definition?
JEREMY: Not quite, no.
The British version was always a mixture of leather and wood.
NICKI: But it looks so elegant.
NICKI: So if we go back in history, what type of person would be wearing a shoe like that?
Workers or would it be landed gentry?
It's more by area.
Wales, Scotland, Lake District.
It seemed to be very regional.
A lot of it comes down to soil type.
Go on, explain.
Well, if you've got a thin soil, it don't clog up because the peaty soil's too light to clog up.
Now, "clog up" comes from clogs picking up mud and getting ever higher.
Because the sole doesn't bend as you walk, it just, it gets-- it picks up divots and they just get higher and higher and higher, and they had to kick them off.
So that's where the phrase comes from-- clogging up.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): It was during the Industrial Revolution that the wearing of clogs really took off in Britain.
With workers in the mills, mines, workshops, and factories requiring strong, cheap footwear.
NICKI: So people wearing clogs every day, and also using them for industry, how would the cost have compared, say, a clog to a boot?
A leather boot would have been about a week and a half wages, and a clog was a day and a half [GASPS] Oh, wow.
That's a lot of difference, isn't it?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Clog dancing can be traced back to the Middle Ages, but the dance as we know it today took shape during the Industrial Revolution.
Initially started to alleviate boredom and warm up in the cold, industrial towns, its popularity grew and the World Clog Dancing Championships began back in the 1880s.
NICKI: When do you think people stopped wearing clogs, sort of mass scale in the UK?
It petered out in the '50s.
It went to the 1950s?
Because in the Second World War you didn't need coupons for them.
What's the time frame?
How long would it take to create a clog just like this?
JEREMY: About 8 to 10 hours for something as simple as this.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Keen to see Jeremy in action, he's going to show Nicki and Natasha what it takes to carve a clog from scratch.
Come on, Jeremy.
Ah, there we go.
NATASHA: Here it comes!
And I should-- [CRACKING] --be able to cleave it out.
NATASHA: How good was that?
It's so physical.
So-- NICKI: It's incredible.
You really can see it taking shape.
So that's fairly broad pattern.
It's been blocked out.
NICKI: Jeremy, thank you so much.
It's fascinating, the whole process.
Just to see the first stage of it, and let's hope these skills continue for future generations.
JEREMY: OK, thanks.
How unbelievable was that?
Can you imagine just walking past here?
- Look he's still doing it.
- Look at him.
What an artisan.
NATASHA: Tour de force, The Clog Man.
The Clog Man.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Back with the boys, and they left Herefordshire and made their way to Burford in Oxfordshire.
Considered the Southern gateway to the Cotswolds, this beautiful old town is home to the chaps' final stop.
JULES: Oh, this is nice, Phil.
Look at that!
PHILIP: It is, isn't it?
JULES: And a country house thrown in.
PHILIP: Now, I might need a team of surgeons to help me get out of this thing.
Come on, mate.
There you are, sir.
[GROANS] That's me knee knackered.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Unhand him.
Just as well it's your last shop then.
- Hi, how are you?
- Oh, hi.
Yeah, good to see you.
Adrian, Jules, very nice to see you.
And let me just tell you, this shop looks like seventh heaven to us, and we'd like to buy one or two items?
See how we get on.
But from this moment on, I'm not going to say another word.
So the dealing's left to me?
The dealing's left to me then.
I'll do my best to take all your money, Jules.
You probably will.
You probably will.
[GASPS] Phil, trust me.
It's going to be all right.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Right, you've got 130 pounds left to spend.
Off you pop.
JULES: Look at that.
I have always fancied one of those.
A genuine safe.
Oh, mind you, a bit more money than we've probably got.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Just a tad.
Let's get Phil over.
Look at this, mate.
PHILIP: Oh, I saw that.
You got a good eye.
I love that.
T Withers & Sons of West Bromwich.
(IN AN ACCENT) West Bromwich, seriously?
JULES: [LAUGHS] PHILIP: I would be trying to buy that for somewhere between 50 and 80 quid, so there's your challenge there.
JULES: (WHISPERING) 50 and 80?
PHILIP: And you've got no chance of matching me.
Not a chance.
All right, I'm just laying down the law here.
We've established that.
You can stop talking now.
You can absolutely-- you can absolutely-- you could absolutely stop talking now, mate.
Off you go.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Serrell silenced?
Well, there's a first.
The ticket says 225 pounds, has Jules learned enough to get a good deal on the late 19th century safe?
JULES: Realistically, I think it needs to be somewhere around the sort of 40 to 50 quid mark.
Yeah, I've dived straight in with a pretty tough offer.
Oof, that was harsh.
Did that hurt?
Um, you know, we're not a million miles away.
That's one of those items that I bought with the right money.
What about if I met you somewhere close to where you want to be?
What if we-- we'll split the difference at 55?
60 and you've got a deal.
JULES: 60 quid on the safe, Phil.
Now that leaves us, I think-- if I've finally got my sums right-- with 70.
Anything in here that you would be happy to let go for that sort of money, bearing in mind, I do need to turn some sort of profit on this.
OK. Yeah, I've got something in mind, actually.
Come on then, show me.
ADRIAN: What about something like this lamp, Jules?
JULES: Old fire extinguisher?
ADRIAN: A garden sprayer.
JULES: A garden sprayer?
JULES: I love it.
And you've sort of burnished it up and mounted a-- a lamp on it.
(WHISPERING) He's got no chance of buying that for that money.
- Is it certified?
ADRIAN: Yes, it's been properly done and tested.
No way is he going to buy that for 70 pounds.
Not a chance.
JULES: Oh, 165.
He's never gonna-- Will you shush?
But, as I said to you, I bought it right because it was in rough condition.
It was a relatively cheap item.
And I think, at a squeeze, I'll let it go for 70.
JULES: So the whole lot-- He's bought it.
JULES: --the safe and that for 130 quid?
Yeah, that's your budget done.
You may speak now, if you wish, sir.
[LAUGHS] I think, actually, he's genuinely lost for words.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Trust me, that never happens!
Two very generous discounts though secures the boys' final two lots for auction.
With both teams all spent, time for a spot of show and tell.
Phillip, you're poking out!
[LAUGHTER] I wonder what one of the things are that they bought.
Shall we, um-- Go on then you reveal first.
PHILIP: You ready?
PHILIP: Look at that!
NICKI: Oh, my word!
NATASHA: Is that a prisoner door?
PHILIP: That is a prison door.
JULES: And last, but not least, girls, how about this?
Are you ready?
BOTH: A safe!
Is that a spraying machine?
PHILIP: It's a garden spray that's been converted into a table lamp.
- Is this yours as well?
We've missed something else.
- Oh yeah.
PHILIP: There's two benches.
JULES: Two French benches.
NATASHA: How much have you spent?
JULES: Every penny.
PHILIP: Every last penny.
JULES: Every cent.
PHILIP: Yeah, every penny.
Can I just say, you're so predictable.
Boys v. girls, and how macho have you gone?
- OK. We spent every penny.
We bought a prison door.
Come on, girls, then.
It's all about the size in that corner.
It's all about the size.
And what does that tell us?
I won't go there.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Enough of the boys' bulky buys, girls, it's your turn.
NATASHA: Fine things, gentlemen.
NATASHA: Yes, elegance indeed.
JULES: Ooh, very elegant.
Look at the fan!
NATASHA: Jules, how's your hair?
You want a borrow our hair dryer?
[LAUGHTER] Have you tried that out?
NICKI: Yes, it works.
Here, look, so we have our stand here.
JULES: Yeah, that's nice.
Oh, I love that.
[INTERPOSING VOICES] JULES: That is lovely.
It would make a great jewelry box, wouldn't it?
NATASHA: It's beautiful, isn't it?
PHILIP: How much then for the kimono?
NATASHA: And the fan.
- Even better.
- There we are.
A cheap outfit.
I love the bath, though.
JULES: I love that.
We have-- --played safe.
I think on that kind of lousy joke we should get out of here, Nicki.
Think about what you've done, you two.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Bad jokes aside, what did they really make of each other's lots?
PHILIP: I know they're girlies, but they have bought girly stuff, haven't they?
It-- it wouldn't be for me.
PHILIP: I'm not too sure about Dame Edna's dressing gown.
[LAUGHTER] NICKI: I looked at theirs and I loved the lamp.
You know, that unusual lamp.
NATASHA: It's so cool-- so Philip.
And those benches.
But I wouldn't have picked those.
I'm happy with everything, Natasha.
Oh, I'm so please.
I'm really pleased with them.
When I stood there and I was looking at them, and I looked at your face as well, I thought we're proud of this.
I think we've done well.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Hey, famous last words?
After starting in way back Wormsley in Herefordshire, Nicki and Jules are now hurtling towards auction in North Finchley in London.
NICKI: Jules, how many auctions have you been to in your lifetime?
I've gone to quite a few, actually.
They are rather addictive.
Once you get the bug, it's hard to let go.
You have the old right hand syndrome, do you?
Oh, I tend to sit on him if I can.
It's cheaper that way.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Remember, no bidding for you today.
You're selling, sir.
Natasha and Philip have already arrived at NL Auction Rooms and are waiting for the celebrity partners.
Oh, hello, hello.
How are you?
No time for pleasantries.
NATASHA: Out of the wind and the rain to Profitland.
NICKI: I know.
PHILIP: You've mastered getting out of that thing!
NICKI: We are so looking forward to this.
Go on in.
NATASHA: Get in.
Come on it started.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Let's remind ourselves of the purchases.
Nicki and Natasha spent 337 pounds on six lots.
The chaps also bought six lots, spending each and every penny of their 400 pound budget.
Today's auction has buyers both online and in the room, and the man with the gavel is David Palmer.
What does he make of our teams' lots?
The selection today is surprisingly good, I think.
They're proper things that they've found.
The last item is the one that I'd buy, the lamp base.
My wife would accept that as something to bring home and have in the house.
The piece that I cannot comprehend why anyone would buy it is that kimono.
Why did they buy it?
You were there.
Why did they do it?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Don't blame me, David.
Fingers and toes are crossed the buyers will love it.
Our teams have taken their seats.
Who will be victorious, the girls or the boys?
Time to find out.
The girls are up first with their vintage Bakelite hair dryer.
Fully tried and tested, so which one of you tried and tested it then?
I promise you it works!
And it gets very hot.
Comes with a provenance.
You did a very fine job.
That-- have you ever-- just the ones at the back haven't seen-- there's a gentleman I know is very keen at the back.
The bald gentlemen.
Thank you, sir.
I will sit down now.
She's just shown it to a bald bloke!
I think I'd better give up.
[LAUGHTER] Right, there we have it.
So you've seen it handled by the lady there.
NICKI: [GASPS] You are so cheap.
DAVID PALMER: At 10, I sell here at 10.
Take a 2 now.
10, 12, 15, 18.
DAVID PALMER: Bid now.
I'll tell you what, gents, if you want to bid on this, I'll throw the lady in blue in with it as well.
[CHEERING] It's a deal.
It's a deal.
You'll get a kiss.
Can someone lend me some money, please?
[LAUGHTER] You can have a kiss too.
DAVID PALMER: Stalling at 22.
The bid is over at 22, and I'm selling then at 22 pounds.
[BANG OF GAVEL] BOTH: Oh!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Despite the tempting offer of a smacker from Nicki, the hairdryer makes a loss.
Get that smile off your face.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): It's a little soon to be so smug, Jules.
And, look out, here comes your 19th century prison door.
20 pounds for it then.
20 on bid.
20, take the two now.
Goes the 20 and 2--22, 25, 28!
Over at 28.
30, 5, 40.
It's with the gentleman at 40 pounds.
It's got to be 50 quid at least, surely!
Well, it was when we bought it.
You could sell back there at 40 pounds.
[BANG OF GAVEL] TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): It's a tough crowd today.
That's a loss a piece.
Right, I know we're two teams against one another, but seeing as we're all making losses, can we all just be in it together from now on?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Let's see if Nicki's Austrian Art Nouveau vases fair a bit better.
Start at 20.
20 on bid.
I like that lady.
DAVID PALMER: Goes on the 20.
All done at 20.
Finishing on a 20.
[BANG OF GAVEL] Come on.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Oh, dear.
Not the result they were hoping for.
I would have taken everything we bought home with me.
You might have to.
Well, I wouldn't mind.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Unfortunately, you can't buy your own lot, so let's hope someone else does as your World War I officer's map torch is up next.
20 pounds for it.
Come on, take home a bit of history.
22 behind you.
This is uncharted territory.
I'll go 30.
At 28, with him at 28.
I sell with him at 28 pounds.
He's not a relative of yours, is he?
At 28, selling now.
[BANG OF GAVEL] We're not lucky charms, are we today?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): First profit of the day though, albeit a small one.
You know, it's the same, but somebody's taking home something that's really fascinating and genuinely unusual.
Jules find is next to go.
His big enamel sign.
The net's bid 20.
Take a 2 in the room.
Goes a 20, 22.
30 on the net.
Oh, it's all over the place.
DAVID PALMER: 40, a few.
NICKI: Oh, oh, oh, oh.
45 50, madam.
50 to the lady.
This is good.
Sold to the lady here at 50 pounds.
[BANG OF GAVEL] Oh!
Cheap at half the price.
It was half the price.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): London does not love our teams today.
My glass is always half full.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): You may need that positive energy, Nicki, as it's your lot the auctioneer dismissed-- the vintage kimono and wooden fan.
Off you go.
Show us what you're made of, girl.
DAVID PALMER: Lot 86.
JULES: Oh, look at this.
Bit of glamour in the room.
Lady's royal silk Japan-- Japanese kimono showing now, and the fan.
- Absolutely brilliant.
- Nicki is rocking the kimono.
Can you all see?
DAVID PALMER: There's the kimono.
OK, showing there, being nicely modelled.
There must be a price for me just modelling it, mustn't there?
OK, tenner then?
Come at 10.
- A tenner?
DAVID PALMER: Anyone, 10 pounds?
You get the hanger as well.
Tenner bid over there.
At 10, take two.
Goes then at 10.
With the fan!
With the fan!
15 on the net.
The net at 15.
Room at-- 20 in the room.
I'll take you at 20.
22 in the back.
It's been worn by a famous person!
30 on the net.
This side at 32.
Net, are you in at 35?
It must be worth at least 40 for that.
Come on, get back over here.
Sold at 35 pounds.
[BANG OF GAVEL] I think she's been sold with it!
NICKI: Thank you.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Hey, I hope that Nicki would be worth more than that.
We got a booking for the Widow Twankey.
[LAUGHTER] TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Hey, I could see you playing that role, Phillip.
Here we go again.
It's the turn of the boys' benches.
100 on bid.
100, take 10 now.
- That's a result.
- No one else?
I sell at 140.
The phone then at 150 now.
And I'm selling on the phone at 150.
Nets, nothing on you?
At 150 pounds.
[BANG OF GAVEL] Yay!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Now that's more like it.
You are the legend.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Nicki and Natasha need a profit here.
It's their miniature specimen drawers with vintage brass coat stand next.
And on 20.
20 here with the lady at 20 now.
Take it 2.
DAVID PALMER: 30, 32, 35, 38.
40 to the lady.
The lady now 40.
Finished and done at 40 pounds.
[BANG OF GAVEL] Oh!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Someone's walking away with a bargain, but another loss for the girls.
You live you learn.
We've learnt a lot today.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): The boys' late 19th century safe is up next.
Let's say 50 for it.
Anyone 50 quid?
Cheap at 50.
The top's warm.
We've got a lady sitting on it.
25 for the safe.
He's really trying for us.
I love him.
At 10 now, goes at 10 You are joking.
DAVID PALMER: I sell then, on the maiden bid, at 10 pounds.
Selling then at a tenner.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Lordy, it's a buyer's market today.
We bought the right stuff.
We're selling it on the wrong day.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Surely the girls' modernist silver cuff will pull in a profit.
Come in at 10 for it.
A very decorative piece.
We haven't got a bidder.
You'll go 10.
- Oh, I feel sick.
DAVID PALMER: I have 10 here.
The bid is here at 12.
The lady at 12 now.
Over there at 15.
Am I allowed to sulk at this point?
We could have a team cry.
Back down here at 18.
Come on, it's gorgeous.
I sell the lady, here in the middle, at 22 pounds.
I can't believe that.
[BANG OF GAVEL] Of your items is that one of the things you'd have taken home with you?
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Nothing but losses for Nicki and Natasha.
We go to Herefordshire, where you think you'd pick up a bargain.
We come to London that has this reputation for paying over the odds for everything.
It's been the exact opposite.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Can our girls finish up on a profit, I wonder.
It's the early 20th century metal hip bath.
20 pounds for it.
Come at 20.
20 quid over here.
At 20 now.
- Thank you!
DAVID PALMER: 28.
At 32, 35.
DAVID PALMER: At the back at 40.
At 40 I sell then at 40.
[BANG OF GAVEL] 40 pounds is all right if we hadn't paid 70 for it, but it's still all right.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Oh, dear.
Well, you can't win them all.
Or any of them it would seem, girls.
You know, whatever it went for, it's still a lovely thing.
It is a lovely thing.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Time for the boys' final lot.
The Edwardian spraying machine converted into a lamp.
30 on bid.
With the lady at 30 pounds.
It could climb.
Come on, fight over it.
35 on the net, now 40.
40 in the room.
The room at 40.
The net at 45.
Put it up to 50.
Sell on the internet then at 45 pounds.
With the lady at 50 now.
That's more like it.
The room has it up 50.
Up, up, up, up.
Done at 50.
How-- where did you get that one from?
It's crawling it's way up.
Oh, go on.
- I'll take it.
It's an upward bid.
So they're heckling the auctioneer.
Don't be outbid by a mere pound.
I sell at 53 then.
50-- they've gone 54.
NATASHA: Good on you, internet!
At 55, I sell then, here in the room, at 55 pounds.
[BANG OF GAVEL] Good work!
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Not that good.
It's still a loss.
Shall we slink out through the door?
- Yeah, come on.
- Come on.
I'm going to hold my head down in shame.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): It was a tough room, Nicki.
After beginning with 400 pounds, sadly, the girls made a loss of 190 pounds and 22 pence after paying auction costs, most dreadful.
Which means they end their road trip with 209 pounds and 78 pence.
The boys also kicked off with 400 pounds and, unfortunately, they too made a loss.
Losing 126 pounds and 94 pence after auction costs, so as their loss is less-- so to speak-- they're today's winners, got it?
Finishing with 273 pounds and 6 pence.
And just like that, the journey has come to an end.
Gosh, I thought they deserved better, didn't you?
You two had been such good fun.
We have loved it.
- Thank you, Phil.
You've taught me a lot, mate.
NICKI: Thank you.
We had absolutely loved it, and I think we've learned a lot as well.
- I hope so.
You've learned how to lose money.
Thank you, Tash.
You know what we have learned?
Never underestimate an auction.
It's going to start to rain.
You're still my antique panther.
[ROARS] [LAUGHTER] NATASHA: Take care.
Come on, Nicki.
If I can find the gear, I'll buy you lunch.
What an amazing few days it's been.
JULES: It hasn't been long enough for me.
I absolutely loved it.
I certainly think I've got a bit more insight.
I mean, learning from the master.
Gosh, he drives a hard bargain.
I shall never walk into an antiquery again without him whispering in my ear.
Well, the antique panther herself, Natasha, did a splendid job with me.
I've still got a lot to learn.
But I think, rest assured, I've now got a real taste for it.
I've learned some lessons today, but I've come out with a smile on my face.
TIM WONNACOTT (VOICEOVER): Now that's what we like to hear.
What a trooper.
Fare thee well, road trippers.