Play-along games coming to Antiques Roadshow

Date: 24.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.58
Guessing the value of the nation’s treasures has long been a tradition for fans of Antiques Roadshow, but when the series returns in October, viewers will be offered the chance to interact with the programme and test their knowledge against the experts.

Fiona Bruce and the team return with a brand new run of Antiques Roadshow, bringing the usual mix of history, art and personal stories that has sustained this ever-popular series for 35 years, along with some all-new features.

Using the red button on their remote control, viewers can play a live multiple-choice valuation game which follows the action on-screen and rates the player’s performance against the professionals. Whether you’re making a wild guess or an educated estimate, the game will bring an extra dimension to the long-running series.

Later in the run, the experience will become even more personal, with the launch of the Antiques Roadshow play-along app. This will allow multiple viewers in the same room to play along on their mobile devices, and rate their performances against each other. When launched, the app will work with the programme as broadcast, as well as with recorded episodes and programme catch up on BBC iPlayer.

In the first episode, an active airbase in Marham, Norfolk, plays host. Home to the RAF’s longest-serving squadron, Marham is celebrating its centenary year, and has opened its hangers to some of the area’s most treasured items. Objects brought in include a gold cup boasting a handsome history, as well as a stunning valuation, a poignant book depicting the hard life of a Victorian orphan, and in another break with tradition, two tattoo artists demonstrate a new form of artistic endeavour.

How it works

Press red while watching Antiques Roadshow on BBC One and you will be asked to choose a value for each of the objects in turn as they appear in the programme. A clock will indicate how long you have left before our expert gives their valuation. The system keeps a total of the objects you value correctly and gives you a ranking based on your result at the end of the programme: novice, enthusiast, connoisseur, or expert. You’ll need to get over 75 per cet to reach expert level, so good luck!