Flog It! comes to Skegness
UPDATE: We hve been alerted by our esteemed friend, Mr Bert Crawshaw, that the Flog It which was filmed in Skegness as described below will be televised on the afternoon of Thursday, 29th January, 2009.
The popular BBC2 antiques programme, Flog It, presented by Paul Martin, is coming to Skegness at The Embassy Theatre on Wednesday 17th September.
Flog It! – the major BBC2 antiques series – regularly gets an audience of 2 million viewers each weekday – around 25% of the television audience.
The Embassy Theatre will be hosting the Flog It! Valuation Day. Rather like a treasure hunt, members of the public are invited to bring along the antiques and collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued, the owner and team of experts decide whether it should go forward for auction. If the item is chosen it is sold a few weeks later – often with the owner making a tidy sum. Everyone who goes along to the Valuation Day will receive a valuation – even if their antiques are not chosen to go forward for auction.
Previous programmes have seen a small cream jug sold at auction for £1,300; a ceramic bowl, bought for £4 at a car boot sale, achieving £1,500; and a lady in Aberdeen sold a Shelley tea set for a huge £3,400! So if you’ve ever wondered how much those boot sale bargains or clutter in the loft might be worth, now is your chance to find out.
Presented by Paul Martin, Flog It! will be at The Embassy Theatre, on Wednesday 17th September from 9.30am until 4pm. The auction will take place on Wednesday 8th October at the Golding Young and Company , Grantham, Lincolnshire and will be broadcast as part of the seventh series later in the year.
More about Paul Martin
Paul Martin was discovered when he was interviewed about his passion for oak furniture by a team from BBC Bristol. This was the extent of his television experience! The team were so impressed by his natural confidence in front of the camera that he was signed up immediately to present the exciting BBC2 daytime antiques show.
Paul Martin owned an antique shop specialising in 17th & 18th century English and Welsh oak furniture until his television commitments meant that he could not give the business enough of his time. He’s a romantic man who cares deeply about life and people; a charismatic person endowed with youthful enthusiasm. He is obsessed with beautiful furniture and is most eloquent when talking about the look, the feel and the smell of wood.
Paul was educated at Falmouth Grammar School in Cornwall and studied art and woodwork at Falmouth College. He spent two years as a scenic painter on film sets at Pinewood Studios. From the age of 25 he ran a pitch on Portobello Road and participated in various shop-share schemes. Later Paul worked as an antiques props stylist for magazines like ‘Marie Claire’ and ‘New Woman’, and designed antique sets for TV shoots for the Clothes Show and Granada TV. Paul enjoys drumming and in the early 90’s played in rock bands like `The Quire Boys’ and the ‘Dogs D’Amour’. He still loves to play in local jazz and blues bands. He enjoys still life drawing and walking his dog Bluebell but his passion is restoring antique country furniture.
Paul travels around the UK filming Flog It which means he is in and out of auction houses and meeting craftsmen day-in and day-out. He says “I have learned so much. Meeting people in the antiques trade or people who make their living by skills learned over tens of years is always a treat.”