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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Saltaire 2

Clive Farahar (right) discovers an onyx inkstand given to Charles Dickens.
Courtesy of Olwen Gillespie/© BBC 2011
Clive Farahar (right) discovers an onyx inkstand given to Charles Dickens.

Airs Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

A national and international treasure, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (UK Version) has been thrilling the public for more than 30 years, attracting large crowds intent on finding out what their possessions are worth. This time around, the team of specialists encounter objects from all over the world.

Rupert Maas examines some etchings signed by Dame Laura Knight.
Courtesy of Olwen Gillespie/© BBC 2011
Rupert Maas examines some etchings signed by Dame Laura Knight.
Host Fiona Bruce is doubtful about the “cot” for nagging wives.
Courtesy of Olwen Gillespie/© BBC 2011
Host Fiona Bruce is doubtful about the “cot” for nagging wives.

With its fascinating tales and air of anticipation as owners and viewers wait to hear whether a piece is about to be revealed as a priceless find, it's easy to see why the series was BBC One's highest rating factual series for 2010.

The program is hosted by Fiona Bruce, produced by Michele Burgess and the series editor is Simon Shaw.

"Saltaire 2" - A return visit to Saltaire, near Shipley in Yorkshire for Fiona Bruce and the team where one of the longest queues awaits the experts.

Cameras focus in on a series of objects with famous connections including a lace fragment believed to have been part of a dress worn by Mary, Queen of Scots, Charles Dickens' inkwell, and a battered school book of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with handwritten notes by a young Diana Spencer.

Meanwhile Fiona tries out a local curiosity as she climbs in to a "Wife Taming Cradle" from Victorian days.

Visit the program website to view photo galleries of antiques, and learn more about the appraisers.

A BBC production 2011

Antiques Roadshow's Highest Valuation Ever - BBC One