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Antiques Roadshow set to visit Stormont in July

By Staff Reporter

The Antiques Roadshow will travel to Parliament Buildings at Stormont next July as it celebrates its 40th series.

The show will begin recording its anniversary series four decades on from the date of its first episode at Minehead Railway Station, home of the West Somerset Railway, the longest heritage railway in England.

The team will visit the Stormont Estate on July 29, also taking in Floors Castle in Scotland, Cardiff Castle in Wales, Queen Victoria's former royal palace Osborne, on the Isle of Wight, and the gardens at Nymans in West Sussex.

It will also film a special show outside the Queen Vic pub on EastEnders' Albert Square set at BBC Studios in Elstree, where invited guests will bring objects from the worlds of film, music, theatre and television to be appraised.

The Antiques Roadshow was first recorded as a pilot at Hereford Town Hall on May 17 1977, presented by Bruce Parker with antiques expert Arthur Negus.

Current host Fiona Bruce, who will mark her tenth series on the show next year, announced the venues in a special episode of the programme looking back at the highlights of 2016 and updating the audience on stories from the year.

Bruce, who has presented the programme since 2008, said: "Where does the time go? Meeting fantastic people, hearing their stories, going to fabulous locations and, best of all unearthing hidden treasures clearly makes the time fly.

"I hope as many people as possible come along to see us in 2017 at one of our fascinating venues. It's a great, free day out, you can see behind the scenes of one of your favourite shows, and who knows?

"We'd love to make your 2017 extra memorable with surprising news about your treasures."

Simon Shaw, executive producer of the Antiques Roadshow, added: "We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to each Antiques Roadshow in 2017.

"It's a real chance to be part of the programme's history and to have an informative, enjoyable free day out, seeing how the programme is made and meeting everyone who features on it."

More information on attending the Antiques Roadshow can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

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