The Bidding Room series 4: who are the dealers?
Nigel Havers presents the fourth season of BBC auction series The Bidding Room as dealers compete for a bargain
Nigel Havers presents the second season of BBC antiques show The Bidding Room which sees expert dealers compete in bidding wars in the hope of buying the items that catch their eye.
Audience members will show off the valuables they want to sell, each item will be rated, and then five merchants will battle it out if they want to take them home.
The auction house is the ancient world’s equivalent of the Dragons’ Den business program, which features five entrepreneurs vying for stakes in a company.
What is the Auction Room?
The Bidding Room is a BBC One show that sees members of the public bring unique and interesting items up for auction.
Pieces are appraised by auctioneer Simon Bower, who will explain the history and provenance of the item they wish to sell.
The item will then be presented to five of the show’s eight expert resellers, and if they like what they see, they will bid on it – but each reseller bids against each other, hoping they will be the alone to get their hands on the piece at a fair price.
All money spent in The Bidding Room is real dealer money, so pressure will be on to make sure they aren’t being overly generous.
Where is The Bidding Room filmed?
The auction room is filmed at the Andy Thornton West Vale showroom near Halifax, West Yorkshire.
When filming is not taking place, the location is used by a furniture supply company which supplies Yorkshire pubs and restaurants with antiques, furniture and lighting.
Who are The Bidding Room resellers?
Natasha is an antique collector and the founder of vintage goods dealer The Urban Vintage Affair.
The company sells unique, vintage and handcrafted items, but Natasha is most interested in Victorian cutlery.
James is a furniture specialist, antique dealer and auctioneer – he is an antique enthusiast.
In his spare time, James enjoys visiting museums, working out and getting tattoos. He owns the furniture company James Broad Interiors.
Interiors expert Jane has a particular love for vibrant 1970s homewares and says she only buys items she likes – so she can be hard to impress on the show.
Jane spends her time visiting fairs and antique shops in the UK and France to find the perfect items.
Adi is a merchant who has lived in France for 20 years and has developed a love for unusual objects and fun mechanical objects.
He runs a dealership, Hoof Brocante, with his wife Tara from an RAF base in Kent.
Ian loves beautiful objects from the 17th to 20th centuries and sells items online and in his shop in Worcestershire.
His shop sells everything from barber dummies to antique furniture and silver cigarette cases.
James is a collector with a particular interest in objects from the Victorian period and the early 20th century.
He started working for an antique shop two days a week and worked at a pet store in between to make ends meet – but in 2008 he started his own business, Doe & Hope.
Moses is primarily interested in mid-20th century objects and is artistic director of Bleu Furniture, based in London.
He previously collected antiques in his spare time when he worked as an engineer, but eventually made the decision to pursue antiques full time and didn’t look back.
Lucy Ryder Richardson
Lucy is interested in furniture and trinkets from the 40s, 50s and 60s, although she worked as a journalist before entering the world of antiques.
She decided to go into antiques after buying a painting and auctioning it off at a handsome profit.
When is The Bidding Room on TV?
The auction room airs on BBC One weekdays at 4.30pm and is repeated the following day at 7.15am.
There are 30 episodes in season four, and the episodes will be available for viewing on BBC iPlayer shortly after they first air.
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