Antiques Roadshow to return to TV with closed set after coronavirus delay

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Antiques Roadshow returns: TV favourite will say goodbye to the stately homes when it begins again with closed set and invited audience to stop spread of Covid

  • Antiques Roadshow will return this summer but will be filmed on a closed set
  • The show, like many others, had to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic 
  • Presenter Fiona Bruce will return, while a ‘small audience’ will be welcomed 

Antiques Roadshow will return this summer but will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience, the BBC has said.

It will be the first time in more than 40 years that the programme will be filmed on a closed set, to allow for precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

Episodes are usually filmed as large open events at castles and stately homes. The show, like many others, had to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic and is only now getting back on its feet.

Presenter Fiona Bruce and the team of experts will return and viewers are already being asked to contact the programme about their heirlooms.

Antiques Roadshow will return this summer but will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience, the BBC has said 

Bruce said: ‘Normally we welcome around 5,000 people to each Antiques Roadshow, but of course in these extraordinary times we will have to do things very differently.

‘We’ve come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories. I can’t wait to see what treasures you have hidden in your homes.’

Robert Murphy, series editor for BBC Studios, said: ‘To keep everybody safe and comply with current Government and WHO regulations we have planned our filming days very differently this year.

'We've come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories,' said Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce

‘We’ve come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories,’ said Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce

‘We won’t be holding large open events, but we will be inviting people who have written in advance to attend.

‘Our team of experts are looking forward to seeing your heirlooms and finds so do go to our website and let us know about your treasures. 

‘We could be inviting you on the show to find out if that mystery object that’s been gathering dust all these years is actually worth a fortune!’

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