Are you a collector of pop culture, memorabilia and collectibles in the US?

Is your collection enormous?

Is your collection incredible?

Do you want to be on TV?

If so, the makers of BBC2’s primetime TV series ‘Collectaholics‘ want to talk to YOU about an exciting new American TV series!

Comics, Rock & Pop Memorabilia, Americana, Disneyana, Toys from Tinplate to Star Wars and Transformers, Christmas,  Halloween and Coney Island Memorabilia, Funky Specs, Fashion, Fifties & Sixties stuff and Costume Jewelry are just some of the things we’re interested in…why not surprise us?!

To find out more email collectibles@rdftelevision.com or contact them via Twitter on @rdfcollectibles.

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Although they’re far from being the sources of great, inexpensive pieces that they used to be (I blame eBay and people who write books…), I still can’t resist popping into any charity shop I walk by. A quick browse at the ceramics and glass shelves comes first, followed by a scan of the jewellery counter, and my visit ends with a browse through the books. I’ve learnt to always pull out publications that are too slim to have identifying spines, as sometimes a bargain or rarity is revealed. A good example was a selection of Granta magazines from the mid-1950s that had been well-cared for by their (possibly recently deceased) owner but were now languishing in Oxfam in Marylebone, London. Named after the river that runs through Cambridge, Granta was founded in 1889 by students of the university. Since then a geat many hugely important literary figures have written for it including Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Haruki Murakami. But it wasn’t the literary content that interested me, it was something far more superficial …

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In these days of ‘celebrity worship’, it’s always significant when one of them shows their love for antiques. Where they go, a great many follow. When Harry Styles from One Direction (right) was spotted at an antiques fair last year  buying “a van load” of antique furniture for his new flat, it caused a new sensation to ripple through his many millions of followers, many of whom are dedicated followers of all things vintage already. And he’s not the only one, as country music singer Taylor Swift is apparently a a fan of antiques and vintage too. So much of a fan that it was apparently one of the reasons why antiques-loving Styles split from her! Antiques cited in global superstar singers’ relationship problems. Who’d have thunk it? But getting back on track, these are important as they show that antiques are still loved by many, including young pop sensations. Regardless of what you may think of them or their work, they are influential to many millions of people and …

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I’m delighted and excited to announce that I will be co-presenting a new primetime, evening show for BBC2 in early 2013. The subjects are collecting and collections – both are so close to my heart, they’re probably a rather large part of it, and the blood that it pumps around me! In three one hour shows, Collectaholics focuses on the stories and passions that lie behind Britain’s collectors and collections. Certain objects and themes will then act as springboards for us to look at the fascinating social history or story behind them. I’m lucky enough to be co-presenting it with the utterly wonderful, witty and warm Mel Giedroyc, of Mel & Sue fame, who most recently presented three hit series of The Great British Bake-Off. And we need your help – if you’re a true Collectaholic, we want to hear from you. If you’re worried that the aim is to have a laugh at your expense, or not take you and your collection seriously, I can assure you that this isn’t the case. As a diehard collector with …

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My Blog Rated In Top Six Antiques Blogs

I was delighted to find that my blog was rated as one of the ’50 Best Blogs’ for 2012 by Homes & Antiques magazine. All 50 were profiled in the August issue of the magazine, which was also the ‘vintage special’. The 50 top picks were divided up into different categories, from ‘Eat, Drink, Travel & Garden’ to ‘Craft Me Beautiful’, and ‘Designs We Love’. My blog featured in ‘Out Antiquing’, which was narrowed down to only six entries. Joining me were my Antiques Roadshow friends Judith Miller and Katherine Higgins, regular fair goer Liz van Hasselt, Vintage Rescue Squad, and the marvellously named Serge & Tweed. About my blog, Homes & Antiques said, “Dapper Roadshow expert Mark Hill’s posts are as elegant as the man himself. Glass is a popular topic as you’d expect, but plenty of other subjects get a look in too, as you discover where Mark’s been and the fascinating finds he’s picked up along the way.” Well, how lovely, and thank you very …

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2006 saw the 40th anniversary of Dartington Glass, one of the UK’s only surviving independent glass companies. To commemorate this event, Graham Cooley exhibited hundreds of pieces of Dartington Glass dating from 1967 into the 1990s from his private collection. In conjunction with that, I wrote and published a book with Eve Thrower, the daughter of their chief designer Frank Thrower MBE, who sadly died in 1987. An hour long documentary on the company, the man behind it, and the designs he produced was also filmed, and sponsored by the Glass Association. Filmed by Nigel Edwards of inHouse Productions, who also produced the Fat Lava short film and DVD, it was sold on DVD and has been broadcast three times on Sky Arts. It includes interviews with Graham Cooley, almost certainly the UK’s most important and influential 20thC design collector, Charles Hajdamach, esteemed glass historian and specialist, Franks’ daughter Eve Thrower, Peter Robinson, Dartington’s Sales Director from the late 1960s-80s, glass designer and Frank’s mentor Ronald …

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Antiques Roadshow in Scarborough

This year seems to be flying past already, and I’m now well into my list of Antiques Roadshows that I’m attending this season. Most recently, I travelled to Scarborough where the Roadshow was held in the Victorian grandeur of the Spa. I usually switch between the Collectables and Miscellaneous tables, but this time I was on Collectables. As ever, I saw plenty of treasures to interest, intrigue and delight. The highlight of the day for me was spotting an extremely lovely and very intricate Russian silver perfume bottle in a case at the bottom of a box. The quality was superb but, as it’s not at all my area of expertise, I showed it to Geoffrey Munn who became very excited by it. Now, I know what you’re thinking, but you’ll have to find out whether you’re right or not by tuning in! Another treasure found was this fabulous Moorcroft Florian double-handled vase. These early pieces are scarce and sought-after anyway, but what made this particularly interesting was the highly desirable celadon glaze. The owner had …

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New BBC2 Show: Antiques Uncovered

I’m delighted and excited to announce that I am co-presenting a new BBC TV series on antiques with Dr Lucy Worsley. Called ‘Antiques Uncovered’, it focuses on the social history, collecting, and creation of antiques, rather than viewing antiques purely as financial commodities. Many of you will know and love Lucy from her numerous history series including ‘If Walls Could Talk‘ for BBC4.

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The Phabulous Phartlehorn

Wow! An amazing discovery by the marvellous Mel Giedroyc and I…a unique Phartlehorn! If you’re a child (even a big one!) who hasn’t read about Bruno Pockley’s adventures in The Fabulous Phartlehorn Affair by M L Peel and Hannah Shaw yet, you’re missing out. Click here to find out more and buy a copy.

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The Britain’s Best Antiques Shop awards came to an exciting climax last week at The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair. Organised by Homes & Antiques magazine and Antiques News & Fairs, voting began back in October as part of National Antiques Week. Many thousands of votes were received from across the country – and even from outside the country, showing just how vibrant and loved Britain’s antiques scene is. The Pavilion that holds the fair was packed, and not just with buyers, as much of the crowd was also there to find out who the winners were. Or, in a few cases, to find out if they were the winners! We were delighted to welcome homes, crafts and interiors guru – and major antiques lover – Kirstie Allsopp to present the awards after I had read  the list of the final nominees. In effect the antiques and vintage version of the Oscars, the crowd waited with baited breath! The winners were: 1. Britain’s Best Antiques Shop – Blighty Antiques, Cheltenham (shown …

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