Restoration maestro Will Kirk and auctioneering expert Christina Trevanion are joining forces in The Travelling Auctioneers, a brand new format for BBC One Daytime.
Across 15x45 episodes, the talented pair take their auction house and workshop on the road across the UK, unearthing hidden gems and turning unwanted items into winning lots that could sell across the globe.
Sifting through one family home at a time, Will and Christina first need to identify the items that will sell best at a bespoke auction. Christina will call on her auctioneer contacts and expertise, whilst Will uses his incredible craft and restoration skills to bring new life to neglected treasures - ready for a thrilling on-site auction.
Christina and Will discover some amazing items, including a collection of pieces by the famed carpenter Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, and they breathe life back into some neglected furniture.
But it’s Matthew’s old toys that make the biggest surprise at the pop-up auction by the Trent and Mersey canal, with online buyers from around the world joining the auction to bid big.
Will Kirk says: “I’m thrilled to be part of such an exciting new project. Hopefully between Christina and I, we can open up the worlds of restoration and auctions to a wider audience and show people some simple tips to get their prized possessions in pristine condition.”
Christina Trevanion says: “It’s really exciting to be a part of such an innovative new series and working alongside Will. Whether it’s a cellar, a barn, a loft, or the back of a cupboard, I’m really looking forward to uncovering the hidden treasures so many of us have in our homes, and giving them a new lease of life – while making the world of auctions and restoration accessible to as many people as possible.”
Muslim Alim, Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime says: “I’m really excited that we’re bringing together two of BBC Daytime’s brilliant experts in an exciting new format, and I can’t wait to see them work their magic on some forgotten items hidden in homes around the UK.”
The Travelling Auctioneers begins Monday 31st October on BBC One.