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Antiques Roadshow at Oxburgh Hall
One of the BBC's top TV shows is returning to Norfolk, ready to shed light on the history and financial worth of the county's curios. Antiques Roadshow will visit Oxburgh Hall, near Swaffham, on Thursday, 17 July, 2008.
The red-brick Tudor setting of Oxburgh Hall will offer a fitting historic backdrop to BBC ONE's Antiques Roadshow when it unfurls its broadcasting set-up in the National Trust property's grounds on Thursday, 17 July, 2008.
The show is now in its 31st series with the killer 'how much is it worth' factor remaining timeless.
It's one of show-stopping moments which helps to draw around 1,500 people to each event, all keen to find out the hidden history and value of their cherished - but sometimes unloved - possessions.
People in Norfolk most recently had a chance to appear on the programme when it filmed at Norwich Cathedral in 2005 and Holkham Hall a year later.
Both episodes were presented by Michael Aspel, while this is the first series to have Fiona Bruce at the helm, who will be there on the day.
Paul Baldwin has worked on the show for 10 years
Cameraman misses out
Although large crowds are expected to turn out for the Norfolk filming, one familiar face who will be missing from the crew is Norwich cameraman and Antiques Roadshow regular Paul Baldwin.
Paul, who's worked on the show for the last 10 years, is disappointed at having to miss out on the local date as he'd already been booked to shoot The Open Golf Championships.
"I'll be sorry to miss this one," said Paul. "Antiques Roadshow is a lovely show - I get to work with nice people both in the cast and crew."
Paul, who moved to the city when he joined Anglia TV to work on series like Tales Of The Unexpected and The Chief, can normally be found operating one of the programme's five camera units and says the subject matter is what continues to captivate him.
"It gets really interesting when you're filming something dear to your heart and often they're the pieces that aren't worth that much," he said.
It seems the crew are just as spellbound by the valuations unfolding in front of their lenses as viewers at home.
"When the experts give the announcement, the punters really don't know what they're going to say, they're never told beforehand, so we're all there hanging on the edge of our seats," added Paul.
The crowds at Holkham Hall in 2006
The gates to the Oxburgh Hall event, near Swaffham, open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Visitors can bring along their heirlooms, car boot bargains and household treasures to test the knowledge of Britain's top antiques and fine arts specialists who will give free advice and valuations.
It's expected that the Norfolk-filmed show will go to air in February.
last updated: 11/07/2008 at 14:42