Hidden treasures hunt

Experts Paul Laidlaw and Catherine Southon are taking the Antiques Road Trip challenge to Angus and Aberdeen in the first week of the New Year.
Experts Paul Laidlaw and Catherine Southon are taking the Antiques Road Trip challenge to Angus and Aberdeen in the first week of the New Year.
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One of the most popular television programmes is coming to Scotland next week, including an antique-hunting tour through Angus before a final auction battle in Aberdeen.

Long-running hit Antiques Road Trip is back on the road with Britain’s favourite experts who compete to make the most money at auction.

The programme’s winning formula remains the same - five pairs of experts, with a starting fund of £200 each, set off on a scenic trip through various parts of the British countryside, driving an array of classic cars as they seek out hidden gems in antique shops and stop off en route to visit local historic and cultural sites.

In week one, January 4–8, antique hunters Catherine Southon and Paul Laidlaw kick off the new series in Omagh, County Tyron, then continue to Scotland where they go head to head at auction in Galashiels.

The experts then travel to Edinburgh, Callander, Kinbuck, Perthshire and Angus, before a final auction nail-biter in Aberdeen.

Andrew Robertson, executive producer at STV Productions, said: “I hope the show’s loyal fans enjoy following our colourful antiques experts as they get back on the road to hunt down weird and wonderful antique bargains across the country.

“Antiques Road Trip is a real winner for the BBC and continues to entertain with plenty of laughs, friendly rivalries and charismatic characters.”

The programme, which attracts audiences of more than three million viewers, is broadcast weekdays at 4.30pm on BBC One.