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      05.01.2012 15:45

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      Why is this british programme being filmed in Australia? who is paying for the BBC presenters to go there? Has GB not have enough participants or running out of bargains? Australian Bargain Hunt programme would not be appropriate for british participants and I now have completely gone off watching this programme.

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      14.06.2011 14:49

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      tim wannacot the man who put the `r` in off and despite his airs and graces is unaware that sunderland has never been part of northumberland since the saxons ruled northumbria

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      03.06.2011 18:24

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      In the last episode my grandmother was tricked and bullied into getting 20 pounds for a 89 pound item which was then sold by them for 49 pounds it was a canton teapot

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      30.06.2010 16:54
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      good lunch time show

      Bargain Hunt is an antiques show where 2 teams compete to find items for a bargain and hopefully sell for profit at auction.

      The two teams, red and blue, each consist of two people whether they be friends, or relatives. Each is given £300 and a so called "expert" to go around an antiques fare in search for a bargain. Each team must get 3 items to sell at auction and any left over cash is given to the expert in order for him or her to get a bonus buy using their sole judgement. The items are then presented to the auctioneer where he gives his own independent evaluation of the items before the auction commences.

      So that's the rules. The show itself is presented by Tim Wonnacott who does do a pretty good job in making the show interesting. He's quite a wacky character. Unfortunately Tim does make the show a little repetitive in places by using the same old phrases and expressions each and every episode. These being "leftover lolly" which is the leftover cash given to the expert for the bonus buy, "wiped its face" where an item sold is sold at the price it was bought for and thus makes no profit or loss, amongst others. I find myself getting irritated at the fact that he simply cannot vary it at all and resorts to using the same old sayings.

      Apart from that, you find that the teams rarely make a profit, by paying far too much for sometimes rubbish items which has been advised by as I said before these so called "experts." Some are better than others but they are generally pretty wrong most of the time. Even when a team does make a profit its rarely more than around 30 or 40 pounds. But it's more for fun than anything else, and some of the items can be interesting.

      Good old Tim will always take us to some country home during the interlude in which he blabbers on about some Duke or Lady's old garments or crackpipe or whatever happens to be in there at the time. It's not always dull but just never really seems to vary. You may get a castle if you're lucky. Also like many other reality programs, some scenes can be pretty cringe inducing, what with the narrator constantly cracking puns on every item that goes to auction in what it will collect. Ie if it's a boat will it "sail through the auction" or if its say an old walking cane "lets hope it will climb to the top of the auction." Ok sometimes its amusing, but please not every damn item.

      All in all, an entertaining show regardless of its flaws and a good lunchtime light-hearted program.

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      23.05.2010 12:20
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      Great light hearted day time show!!

      I enjoy dealing in Antiques, and find it very therapeutic going to Antique Auctions buying items and then selling them on. Sadly for me, since the onset of Bargain Hunt in 2000, the bargains are a lot more thin on the ground.

      Bargain Hunt is a programme, initially hosted by David Dickinson, on BBC lunchtime. It usually lasts for 45 minutes, although there have been shorter and longer editions.

      The idea of the programme is to have a Red Team and a Blue Team, who will compete against each other to find the bargain of the day. Each team comprise of two people, and they are usually friends or related.

      In the early days each team would be given £200 to go and find a bargain, at a car boot or trade fair.The rules were simple. The antiques would be sent to auction, and the ones who made the most cash were the winners. This isn't as simple, as it sounds though. Most would lose money, at best make a few pounds.

      When David left the show it was taken over by Tim Wonnacott, who is a rather eccentric kind of guy. I haven't met him, although I've seen David a few times at Auctions. I get the feeling that Tim is a lot more genuine.

      Don't get me wrong, I don't think anything badly about David, just that I think his appearance is more stage managed. Tim now gives the contestants £300, and he has also added a bonus feature.

      I must admit a flaw for me is the auction itself. Many a time, at an auction, I have seen the BBC crew discussing the antique in question, and I could have quite easily bid, just to have my 60 seconds of fame - although I have been seen in the background sometimes:-)

      Would I recommend it? Well in short yes. It is light hearted and I don't watch it day in day out. I have also learnt a lot from it, and have a better idea of what to look out for. Give it a try.

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        23.05.2010 00:50
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        Find collectables and try and sell them for a profit

        When Bargain Hunt first appeared on the BBC it was new and fresh and although I like The Antiques Road Show it was kind of like its younger and cooler brother. The format of the show is particularly simple; two teams of two are given a budget which if I remember correctly was £200 when I used to watch it. With the assistance of an expert the teams have to try and find items at an antiques or collectors fair which they can then try and sell at auction for a profit. Whichever team makes the most is the winner, unfortunately though the winner almost always seems to be the pair which makes the smallest loss in my experience of seeing the programme.

        Originally the host was David Dickinson and although he was not appreciated by everyone I thought he was really good in this role, he was friendly, down to earth, very passionate and obviously had great knowledge on the subject of antiques. The show is now presented by Tim Wonnacott who has a different style to Dickinson and although he is undoubtedly knowledgeable as well, I think the show suffers without the original host.

        The experts who differ depending on the episode and I would include Dickinson in this are a new breed of antiques expert compared to some of those that featured for many years on Road Show, they seem to have a bit more of a relaxed style as they wander around various collectors fairs. These guys give no guarantee of making a profit though, they do obviously know what is in vogue and have an idea of potential value but an item is only worth what someone is willing to pay at auction and so having a success does rather rely on having two bidders in the room that are very keen.

        I was a regular viewer of Bargain Hunt when it was original but as the television schedules became crammed full of shows relating to antiques and when Dickinson went I just lost interest and now I never watch really as I have just got tired of it really.

        Despite this it is a light hearted programme to watch while eating your lunch and you may see some items on there that you have and you realise it has a value.

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          19.05.2010 14:00
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          Watchable

          Bargain Hunt is a daytime BBC1 show presented by the slightly eccentric David Dickenson. The show is based around how much profit you can earn buying goods at boot sales/fares and selling them on at auction.

          Each episode features 2 teams each with 2 people in them (each coule being friends or relatives of each other). The teams are assigned an antiques expert each who helps them choose what to buy. A visit to a car boot sale with £300 spending oney each then ensues where the teams have 1 hour to buy up to 3 items which they think will make a profit. Any money they have left of the £300 after this hour then goes to their expert who buys something of their choice as a bonus buy.

          At the auction, the goods they have bought are sold on. The teams then choose whether or not they want to go with the experts bonus buy or not. At the end the profits (or losses) are counted and whoever has the highest profits wins - the teams get to keep any profits they make.

          What's right with it?
          This is a good fun programme that is watchable if you've nothng better to do with our day. Each episode features a different part of the UK where the presenter will do a short piece on antiques pertaining to that region which can be interesting. Some may find David Dickenson to be annoying but I think he's quite comical and good at presenting the show.

          What's wrong with it?
          Let's be honest, this isn't the most intellectual or productive of programmes and it does get a bit dull and repetative since it's on every day.

          On a rainy day if your off work and there is nothing to do then this is probably what you will end up watching.

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            18.05.2010 13:19
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            An interesting programme that challenges the mind

            I've always wished that I could have the skill to pick out items, for example in a car boot sale or at an auction that would then be worth alot more than I paid for them. I think you need a bit of luck but also need to know what you're doing to succeed at this. That's why Bargain Hunt is quite an interesting programme to watch.

            Bargain Hunt is a British television programme which challenges contestants to buy antiques at a fair and then sell them in an auction for a profit. The show was first broadcast in 2000 and is still running now ten years on. David Dickinson was the host when it was on in the daytime and also went on to present a prime time version. Unfortunately I'm not the biggest fan of him even though he does have a lot of energy for it. I just find him slightly irritating.

            The format for each episode has changed a bit over the years but fundamentally is the same. There are two teams that start the show and compete against each other. The teams consist of two members each and are in red of blue. Each team is also assigned an antiques expert to help them find the right bargains and push them in the right direction. Normally the teams are members of the public.

            As the show commences each team is given a set amount of money with which they must purchase their antiques. From what I can recall this is something in the region of £200 usually. The idea of the game is to locate items that will earn the team a profit when they are later sold at an auction. Once each team has chosen their items we get to hear what the auctioneer thinks of these items and how much he or she estimates they might fetch. We then get to the auction which is the most interesting part of the show as auctions always are exciting and we see the bids come in for each team's items as they stand and watch things go well or fail badly.

            After this the totals for each team are totalled up and the winner is announced based on how much profit they have made. So the amount they paid for the item is taken into account and how much they sold it for and the difference will be their profit margin. The team then receives that amount in cash as their prize or gets nothing if there is no profit. I guess it would make it even more funny and interesting if the team had to pay if they lost money!!

            It's an interesting and entertaining programme really that stimulates you into trying to find bargains yourself for profit.

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            17.03.2010 09:42
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            Antique programme

            Bargain Hunt is one of those rare programmes that I actually wouldn't mind going on. It's such a simple idea for a programme but has been incredibly successful for many years.

            Two teams accompanied by an antiques specialist are given £300 and 1 hour to go around an antique fair or antique shop and buy three items. These items are then sold at auction and the winners are the team who either makes the most money or loses the least amount of money. The best bit is that they keep their winnings.

            The actual teams are made up of pairs who know each other as relatives, friends, neighbours or work colleages. This is good but I feel if you made up the teams from complete strangers it could add another dimension to the show, especially when it comes to deciding what to buy,

            My favourite part of the programme is when the items go up for auction. I love to see the reactions of the contestants, especially when they have bought something for a couple of pounds and it sells for over a hundred. The only thing I think is strange is they are in the room while the auction is taking place so do the bidders realise it is a lot that will appear on tv?

            The programme lasts about 3/4 hour which to be honest is about the right length of time. Any shorter and important bits of the decision making process or the auction would need to be cut. Any longer and the programme could easily be seen to be dragged out. It can be found weekdays and sunday lunchtimes on BBC1.

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              20.02.2010 22:38
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              Bargain Hunt - Find items at a fair and sell for profit at auction.

              Bargain Hunt is a programme shown on BBC1 on weekdays at around 12.15pm. It was first aired in March 2000 and hosted by David Dickinson, but since 2003 it has been hosted by Tim Wonnacott.

              Bargain Hunt challenges two teams (the reds and the blues), to visit an antiques fair where they have to purchase three items, they believe they can make a profit on. Each team has two members, who are usually related or close friends and they are given £300 to spend. To help them out, they are given an expert to advise on what purchases to make and what they should steer clear of.

              After they have made their three purchases, any leftover money is given to the expert, who then purchases a 'bonus item'. The team can choose to accept or reject this item, later at the auction.

              Next, we get to see the auctioneer and Tim Wonnacott discuss each item the teams have purchased. The auctioneer gives an honest opinion on whether the items will make a profit or whether it's just plain 'tat', which many purchases seem to be (occasionally even the expert's purchase!)

              At this point in the programme, Tim Wonnacott visits a nearby stately home and shows us a collection of antiques and gives us information on their history.

              Later, when each teams items go up for auction, we get to see what loses and profits they make. After their items are sold, they then choose whether to accept or reject the bonus item. If they accept it, the profit or loss is then added to their total.

              At the end of the programme, the team with the most profit or the smallest loss is the winner. If they do happen to make a profit, they get to keep it, but this hardly ever happens.

              Bargain Hunt is quite interesting to watch and it can improve your antiques and collectables knowledge. I would like to see more 'bargain finds' though and a lot more profits too. I also wish the 'experts' would do a better job, but they don't seem to take it seriously enough. If they make a professional living out of buying and selling antiques and collectables, you would imagine they could easily find items that would make a good profit. Unfortunately, they seldom ever do!

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              01.02.2010 15:09
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              Watch The Antiques Roadshow instead

              Bargain Hunt is a formulaic and low-budget hybrid The Antiques Roadshow and a gameshow, whereby two teams of members of the public, the blues and the reds, walk around an antiques fair each accompanied by an antiques 'expert' looking to pick up a few item in order to turn a profit by selling them at the auction at the end of each programme.

              The chap that hosts the programme comes across as a complete prat, what with his tweed jacket, reading glasses, irritating voice and mannerisms and front teeth that you could drive a bus through. Also, the programme is very dumbed down, and is nowhere near as informative as Antiques Roadshow. It often comes across as quite patronising, and feels dreadfully amateurish and cheaply put together.

              Still, there is some entertainment to be had from the descriptions of the various items that are examined, and the host also presents short segments in which a local heritage location (eg a famous mansion say) is briefly explored in between the main body of the programme. Also, despite the dumbed-down format there is still some entertainment to be had from trying to ascertain an item's worth, and the show will appeal to anyone who enjoys browsing boot fairs, antique fairs and the like looking for bargains and hidden gems. All in all, Bargain Hunt is mediocre, cheap and tedious, but it is at least slightly interesting and educational and therefore not completely mindless.

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                27.10.2009 14:02
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                Daytime telly as it should be

                Bargain Hunt has been a staple part of my daytime telly diet since I first started university, and I still wathc it now. Bargain Hunt airs every weekday at 12.15 on BBC1. Presented by Tim Wonacott, the show features two teams, red and blue and an appointed experts. The experts are the familiar faces who seem to do the round of BBC antiques shows. The teams are given one hour and £300 to find three 'antiques' to sell at auction later in the show. The show also features a section where a country house of some sort usually is visited by Tim and its antiques are nosed at.

                The best things about the show are the host in Tim Wonacott. He really is a true English eccentric, with crazy outfits and mad glasses. His catchphrases (which he uses unfailingly) like leftover lolly are pretty rubbish. The guests often look a bit frightned of him but the charm of this show lies in how rubbish it is really!

                Because basically, the profits are crap and the people on it are generally boring. But it is worth watching because it is so naff that there is entertainment value. There are not many shows on TV where a £10 prize is considered worth having but you wopuld seriously think some people had won the lottery they get so excited to win this show. The majority of the time they lose money, but this show is the prime example of the saying it's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part.

                The show has run for many years now, and while I doubt very many people class it as unmissable TV it is better than the dross on ITV at the same time (Loose Women, I mean you!). While very repetitive (disengage your brain before watching) Bargain Hunt simply is what it is - low budget, low rent telly which is eminently watchable but never unmissable! A daytime staple, because it is exactly what daytime telly should be.

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                  09.07.2009 00:00
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                  Ok but has started to fade over the years

                  Bargain Hunt is an antiques programme that has two teams pitted against each other to buy antiques from fairs and then sell the items an antiques auction.

                  The show was originally presented by David Dickenson but he left after a couple of series and the show is now presented by Timothy Wonnacott. The presenter that I prefer was David Dickenson, as he made the show enjoyable and an antiques expert that made the subject entertain and this is what gave him his cult status that he currently holds. Wonnacott is not as good in my opinion, because if the programme was originally presented by Wonnacott I do think the show would be as population has it has been. Another problem that I have with Wonnacott, is that he seem as an old fashion type of character in the way that he presents, that for some reason I just do not like.

                  Within the contest itself there is a blue and a red team, and within each team there are two contestants that have a connection with each other such as family or friends. Along with each team there is an antiques expert. They are called an expert as the majority of these people work in an auction house, often as the main auctioneer. Although I would call into question the credentials of these experts as often the teams make a loss on the items that they purchase, as the auctioneer of the place that they are to be sold at often gives a lower valuation that the expert.

                  One of the disappointing aspects of the show is that it seems to become the norm that the teams make a loss when the aim of the game is to make as most money has possible.

                  Overall I would have recommend the programme if it was a couple of years ago, but as the show is not new and has gone on for a number of years the format has become tired and out dated' although the producers have tried to reformat the show with celebrities, being able to spend more money and the ability of the experts to by items with left over money. The show has been over taken by more modern formats of show and selling antiques. Therefore if there is nothing else on TV, then I would suggest watching the show, but I would not suggest that you go out of your way to watch it.

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                    29.06.2009 21:57

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                    I think this programme could be improved further by spending more camera time on the objects and less on peoples faces. It is not necessary to keep going from one to the other every time someone speaks. The "antiques" are the object of the show and are sometimes only shown for a few seconds.It would be appreciated if the presenters of the programme were to take note of these comments, and by spending more time showing the artifacts make a good show excellent

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                    Time For It To Be Permanently Archived In My Opinion.

                    Bargain Hunt is a BBC television programme that has been on air since the year 2000. It pits two 2 player teams against each other in a challenge to purchase a few antiques or second hand items from an antiques fair or market and then resell them at a proper antiques auction, hopefully for a profit, but in reality it's usually for a loss.

                    The programme was initially hosted by David "Cheap As Chips" "I'm Gonna Say To You" Dickinson (an antiques expert and dealer of 30 years background who has the antiques dealer's regulation mullet hair cut and often sports a three quarter length coat). He hosted it until 2004.

                    The current host is Tim Wonnacott who started in 2003 (when there were two programmes running concurrently) and took over exclusively as the presenter in 2004 and is still there presenting it now. He is posher than the Northern born and bred Dickinson and has a background of working at Sotheby's the auctioneers and is now very high up in their organisation.

                    The two teams of contestants are assisted by an expert each who helps them select items to buy or to reject. The expert also takes some of any remaining money left after the amateurs have made their purchases and buys a so called "bonus buy" which after inspecting and discussing it they can opt to add to the items that they are taking to auction (or "okkshnn" as Dickinson used to call it)

                    After all of the auctions have taken place the team with the biggest profit (or smallest loss) is declared the winner.

                    If the winning team managed to make a profit they receive that amount of profit in cash. The losers get nothing

                    Like many antiques/reality programmes this was very good in the early years but the novelty wore off a long time ago and I now find it a bit pointless.

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