Thousands queue to ask the experts if their heirlooms are priceless or worthless
Fiona Bruce was in Exeter this week for the filming of the popular BBC series Antiques Roadshow, which was recorded at Exeter Cathedral.
The team of experts – Henry Sandon, Eric Knowles and Hilary Kay – spent the day making valuations and talking to people about the history of their possessions which included everything from books and jewellery to swords and other odd items of interest.
Around 5,000 turned up for filming. The last time Antiques Roadshow was in Exeter was exactly 20 years ago, following a previous visit to the city in 1981.
Series editor Simon Shaw says: "As a television producer it's a scary prospect when we turn up for a day's filming and no knowledge of what might turn up. I often look at the queue first thing and say a quiet prayer that there really are interesting pieces in all those bags. Amazingly we still keep finding fascinating pieces – and some of the best aren't necessarily the most valuable."
Those who did not get to meet the team had the chance to look around the cathedral itself, which opened its doors as part of Heritage Open Days.
There is no date yet for the screening of the Exeter programme.