One of Hampshire’s most famous landmarks will host one of the longest-running shows in the UK this weekend. The Antiques Roadshow will be presented from Portchester Castle after filming in the area in 2021.
The castle, in the borough of Fareham, has been a popular location for BBC One filming. It was used for a taping that aired in February 2022 and the show later returned for another episode, which will air on Sunday May 15.
Hosted by Fiona Bruce, the program allows members of the public to bring in historic artifacts and family heirlooms to be appraised by industry experts. The show often sees war memorabilia brought in with personal stories attached to them.
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This episode is no exception, with Mark Smith receiving the rare Victoria Cross medal, the highest award for gallantry in combat. Viewers will hear a story of incredible heroism during World War I before a ‘staggering assessment’ that left the owner ‘lost for words’ is made.
Additionally, Clive Farahar will see a remarkable work of literature when an unpublished poem by war poet Siegfried Sassoon is presented to him.
There will also be cinematic and artistic treasures, with Mark Hill valuing the Dunhill “aquarium” cigarette lighter that once belonged to Hawaii Five-0 actor Jack Lord, and Amin Jaffer showcasing a painting by the pioneering Indian artist KH Ara. The expert will also see a collection of artefacts from Zanzibar and Oman which reveal the surprising story of the last Sultan’s exile and how he came to settle in Portsmouth.
The Titanic has strong ties to Hampshire, as the supposedly ‘unsinkable’ liner left Southampton in 1912. Hilary Kay will hear the story of plate washer Sidney Daniels, who survived the sinking by clinging to a raft safety.
In addition to hearing about Daniels’ remarkable survival, viewers will see the water-damaged letter that was in his pocket that night.
As part of the weekly “basic, better, best” competition, host Fiona Bruce will be challenged by Lee Young to rank three car models in order of value. There will also be a special surprise in store in the form of a real historic racing car worth a small fortune.
The Antiques Road Show from Portchester Castle airs on BBC One at 8pm on Sunday May 15.
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