Sky Arts Commissions ITN Productions For Antiques House

Sky Arts announces a new competition series from ITN Productions which aims to test contestants’ knowledge of antiques and collectibles to find the best amateur antiques experts in Britain.

Hosted by Josie Lawrence, the series will see two teams of enthusiastic amateurs take on the grandeur of the Sky Arts Antiques House. They will be challenged to find selected genuine antiques in three different beautifully recreated period rooms in order to win points. As the teams race against the clock to complete their tasks, their progress will be keenly observed by Josie and antiques expert Lennox Cato.

The rooms in the Antiques House will include a living room, a dining room and an attic. In each episode the rooms will be expertly converted and decorated in a variety of styles including Georgian, Victorian, 20th Century Pre-War and Post-War.

The rooms will feature artefacts, furniture and collectables true to the period. From toys or vintage clothes to snuff boxes or delicate crockery, the rooms will brim with varying collectibles from all different eras and pose different challenges and tasks for the teams.

The competition is designed to test to the limit the skills of the competitors. Each team will be set three challenges which range from identifying genuine antiques, identifying the most expensive antique, and finding antiques related by designer, manufacturer or place of origin. The team with the most points will progress to the next round of the competition.

“Antiques House is about identifying beautiful rare objects so it will put the antiques knowledge of the teams and viewers’ to the test,” comments James Hunt, director of Sky Arts. “The compelling and accessible format will not only to find the best amateur antiques expert in the UK but also give Sky Arts customers an insight into the captivating world of antiques and ground them in the history of their original period-setting.”

“This is a fun, competitive, series in which the viewer at home will be able to play along as well,” says Siobhan Mulholland, Commissioning Editor of Factual and Features for Sky. “It will also give a fascinating insight into just how extensive amateur antiques knowledge can be.”

“We are thrilled to be making this innovative and original series for Sky Arts,” comments Emma Read, Head of Factual and Features for ITN Productions. “We’re confident this series will reinvigorate the viewers’ passion for the fascinating objects we have shared our lives with, over the centuries.”

Sky has commissioned the series from ITN Productions. The series will broadcast on Sky Arts 2 in January 2013.

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