We are all very proud here at Hungerford Arcade to be involved in such prestigious events involving TV and the media. We hope you enjoy looking through our past and present history on these pages as much as we did taking part.
Hungerford Arcade once again played host to the BBC’s Bargain Hunt this week. They filmed two shows, one in the morning and the other after lunch. It was as usual, a very happy event loved by staff and customers alike.
The shows were hosted by that “very cheeky chappy”, Charlie Ross and as usual, he caused quite a stir. Everyone seemed to want to shake his hand and have their photographs taken with him (I was no exception!). He was such good fun and between filming enjoyed chatting to everyone.
BBC Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 2017
We were joined for a day of filming with expert James Braxton and Opportunity Knocks poetry star, Pam Ayres. It was a fun day as always and James and Pam went away with armfuls of bargains to try to sell for a profit later on. We also made it into the local paper when their fantastic MG broke down at the end of the day!
Newbury Weekly News November 2016
Newbury Weekly News September 2016
Hungerford Arcade Bargain Hunt
The BBC arrived at Hungerford Arcade to film
two episodes of Bargain Hunt. The programme, hosted by Tim Wannacott had the Blue Team advised by Hungerford Arcade’s dear friend, antiques expert, Mark Stacey, while the red team’s expert was the lovely Natasha Raskin. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to tell you what they bought, but we can tell you that we all had a great time and everyone enjoyed themselves. Natasha said that although it was an extremely hot day, the day before (Monday) they were filming at the Newbury Antiques Fair and the heat was almost unbearable so they were very grateful for the cool atmosphere of the Arcade.
Filming BBC’s ‘Bargain Hunt’ last week at the Arcade. Staff Liz and Linda with presenter Charlie Ross.
Tomorrow and Tuesday, the BBC will be filming Bargain Hunt at Hungerford Arcade hosted by Tim Wonnacott. Tim will give three hundred pounds to each team (there are two teams of two people, the Red team and the Blue team). Each team has an antiques expert to guide and advise them, although they make the final decision themselves on what to buy. Any money left over is given to the expert to buy something of his/her choice. Each team can purchase three items only, to take to auction. After their lots have been sold, each team is given the option to go with the expert’s buy when it is auctioned. This can sometimes decide who wins and who loses as the team which makes the most profit is the winner! The prize is the profit they make at auction, if any! No profit – no prize!
Good luck to the teams!
BBC Radio Berkshire
BBC Radio Berkshire presenter, Maggie Philbin from famous TV shows such as Tomorrow’s World, the women’s documentary series, The Doll’s House and many, many more, both on television and radio, presented her show live from Hungerford Arcade. It was such good fun. She interviewed stallholders and customers and had lively chats with everyone she met. The customers loved it and those who stood around watching the programme being made (which were many) enjoyed the fact that it was actually being broadcast as they looked on.
Maggie has had many incredible adventures, not least of which was when Maggie flew upside down in a Hawker Hunter as part of the Tomorrow’s World at Large series and also drove a Top Fuel dragster, earning her International Racing Licence.
We had another fabulous day at Hungerford Arcade with the BBC filming more episodes of Bargain Hunt. Tim Wonnacott, Kate Bateman and Nick Hall were, as always, on good form. The filming of Bargain Hunt is very serious as they have to work to very tight schedules. Just as you see it on television. The two teams (Red and Blue) get just one hour each to find their three items.
After much hunting, for each item found they have to get their expert, Kate or Nick to explain the history and advise as to whether or not it will make a profit at auction. They then have to negotiate the price and finally, purchase the item.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
What a fabulous day we had at Hungerford Arcade when the BBC arrived with antiques expert, Catherine Southon. They had come to film Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
This is the show where two antiques experts use their own money to buy items from an auction, car boot sale and antique shops/centres and are pitted against one another to see who can make the most profit which then goes to charity.
Big In Japan
Earlier this year, we were visited by a roving reporter working on behalf of a magazine which is published quarterly in Japan. The magazine, RSVP, is like a Japanese version of Homes and Antiques and focuses on English tea culture and antiques in fashion. We had a chat over a cup of tea and she took a few pictures and then left and we forgot all about it – until a copy of the magazine arrived in the post!
Tomorrow and Tuesday the BBC will be filming Bargain Hunt at Hungerford Arcade, hosted by Tim Wonnacott. Tim will give three hundred pounds to each team, (there are two teams of two people), the Red Team and the Blue Team.
Each team has an antiques expert to guide and advise them, although the teams make the final decision themselves on what to buy. Any money left over is given to the expert to buy something of his/her choice.
Each team is given the option to go with the expert’s buy when it is auctioned. This can sometimes decide who wins and who loses as the team with the most profit is declared the winner! The prize is the profit they make at the auction if any! No profit – no prize!
Good luck to the teams!
What a wonderful two days we had at the Arcade on Monday and Tuesday (11th and 12th February) with the BBC’s Bargain Hunt hosted by the wonderful, Tim Wannacott. The customers were enthralled watching the programme they love being filmed! Some were camera shy and stayed out of shot, which was quite funny, while others just ambled along with one eye on the camera.
There were two separate film crews. One filming the two Red Teams and the other the Blue Teams. They were filming two shows over the two days. The camera men, Mike Caine for the Blues and Giles Edwards for the Reds were very patient and kind as were the lovely directors and runners.
Each team had their own antiques expert. James Braxton for the Blues and Colin Young for the Reds. They were wonderful and such good fun! Each team gets just sixty minutes to choose their three items and not a second longer.
The directors are very strict and time it all on a stop-watch! If any team runs out of time, they have to go to auction with what they did manage to buy. This would greatly mimimise their chances of winning! Thankfully, the director keeps them on their toes!