The BBC has learned of the very sad passing of David Barby, one of daytime TV’s best-loved antiques experts.
David died in hospital in Coventry earlier this week following a short illness, with his family at his bedside.
David was a stalwart of Bargain Hunt, Flogit! and Antiques Road Trip. His hundreds of appearances across 12 years have made him a familiar and much-loved figure to millions of viewers.
On Bargain Hunt he was one of the longest-serving and most popular experts, having appeared in over 200 programmes, including editions marking the 500th show and last year’s Australia Specials. He was also the expert on the very first episode of Flogit! in January 2002, and has been a key personality on that series ever since.
David had a huge sense of fun, a charming personality, and a great knowledge of and passion for antiques. This endeared him to the hundreds of people he worked with and to millions of viewers at home. He was an ambassador for antiques TV and helped to popularise the subject for a whole swathe of the population.
BBC presenter Tim Wonnacott said: "It was a tremendous shock for me and the entire Bargain Hunt team to hear this most sad news. A lot of us have worked with David over many years and his high standards of professionalism as an expert plus his wicked sense of fun will be much missed. On a personal level I have lost a dear friend and colleague and as a result the world of antiques is a lesser place."
Philip Serrell, the expert who worked with David on his first episode of Bargain Hunt, paid this tribute: “I, and his television friends, respected David’s knowledge and were humbled by his disarmingly generous nature. We are going to greatly miss his friendship and enthusiasm for life.”
There will be further tributes to him over the coming days and weeks but in the meantime we send our condolences and best wishes to his family and many friends at this difficult time.
BBC Press Office