Bargain Hunt


Bargain Hunt Experts

The Red team takes on the Blue team in a bargain hunt. Both teams have £300 and one hour at a fair to buy antiques which they have to sell at auction, hopefully making money into the bargain.

That's Bargain Hunt, presented by a team of antiques experts.

Once the teams have shopped for their antiques, the experts go shopping with any leftover money. Their purchases are 'bonus buys' and each team has to decide whether or not to take their expert's item to the auction. But there's a catch! Just because it has been bought by an expert doesn't mean that it's going to make money - it's a gamble all round.

Before the sale, our presenter and the auctioneer discuss the chances of each item making or losing money for the teams. The teams get to keep the difference between what they spend on an item and the hammer price at the auction house, so it's all to play for as the auction begins.

Why not check out Bargain Hunt's latest news and photos on our Twitter page @BBCBargainHunt.

More about Bargain Hunt

To apply

We love to receive applications from enthusiastic viewers who are keen to appear on the show. If you're game, please take a few minutes to fill in the online application form, taking care to complete all fields, as this will increase your chances of being successful.

Please note that both you and your team-mate must be aged 18 or over. There is no upper age limit so long as you're fit for the challenge. Applicants must not be employees of the BBC, nor have worked recently for, or with the BBC.

As we're a small team working on a programme that is broadcast daily, we regret that we don't have the time to reply to every application individually. If your application is successful at the initial stage you'll receive a call for an informal telephone interview a few weeks before filming. This could be several months, or even a year after submitting your application. Finally, if you're successful in reaching the last stage of the process, we'll meet you face-to-face and try to match good pairings of teams for each programme.

We wish you the best of luck!

Application Online
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Bargain Hunt
Broadcasting House
Llantrisant Road

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What happens on filming days?
We work hard to make being a Bargain Hunt contestant an enjoyable experience but before you apply it's important that you understand what is required. We need you to be available for two filming days - one at the antiques fair and one at the auction. You MUST be available for both days and we will give you filming dates when we contact you. You will need to be on location from about 8am until 5pm each day.

At the fair
You'll be welcomed by the Bargain Hunt team and meet our presenter and the other teams being filmed that day (we film the shopping for two programmes in one day). While shopping it is your choice what you buy and how much you rely on your expert. Some teams prefer to get more help and guidance than others. The expert will make sure that you buy all three items in one hour (if you're struggling they can help find items and negotiate with stallholders). Stallholders always consider offers, but everyone needs to respect that they are in business to make a profit on their goods.

The important thing to remember during filming is to be talkative and discuss possible items with your team-mate and expert. Don't be shy in offering your opinion about the desirability of an object, potential profit or loss.

You'll have one hour to shop, but as you are being filmed we need to stop regularly to get the shots we need to make the programme. There is only one camera to film you and your expert so we sometimes need you to repeat parts of a conversation or we need to reposition the camera to get close up shots of objects. One member of the Bargain Hunt team has a stopwatch so when we stop for filming reasons we also stop the clock. We restart it when you restart your shopping. This means that you always have an hour to look for items, discuss them with your expert and negotiate.

You must buy three items; the idea is to pick items you think will make a profit at auction, not necessarily things that you personally like. We pass on advice from the auctioneer about what is or isn't likely to sell well at your particular sale. We also have a few rules:
No weapons (including swords) or items made from animal parts.
Ivory items are OK as long as your expert is sure they are legal to sell.

When you've bought all three items our presenter will ask which items you like best and how much you've spent. Then it's time for lunch.

After lunch there may be more filming around the fair. We also film our presenter chatting to each contestant. This is used at the start of the programme so that viewers get to know something about each team member. We film this in the afternoon so that the teams can shop in the morning when the fair is at its best. It also means that contestants are more relaxed in front of the cameras by the time they have to talk about themselves.

At the auction
We start at about 8am. The first thing we film is each team being shown their expert's Bonus Buy. As we film four programmes at each auction, there are eight teams to film - hence the early start. Once again, we need your opinions, good or bad, about the object.

Each team needs to wait outside the sale room except from when their own lots are being sold. This is so that you don't know the results of your rival team. When not in the sale room you will be waiting in our Green Room - often an office or storeroom! To ensure absolute fairness we don't allow teams, experts or crew members to buy items for sale that day.

Just before your lots are sold you will join our presenter in the sale room. He will ask how you feel about the prospects of a profit and discuss what the auctioneer has said about your purchases. The sale of your lots is filmed live with our presenter calculating the ups and downs of the results as the hammer falls. There is time for a short discussion about the Bonus Buy before you decide whether or not to take it. After that is sold, our presenter announces the results with his usual reminder not to talk about it to the other team.

Once again, it's important that you react to the sale and talk to our presenter and your expert about the results. The director will ask you, our presenter and the expert to repeat the odd comment if the camera missed it first time round.

Depending on the timing of each sale we will offer you lunch once all eight teams' items have sold. The final part of the filming is of course when our presenter asks if you have enjoyed being on Bargain Hunt and hands out any winnings. Usually there would be commission to be paid on the proceeds of the sale, but for simplicity Bargain Hunt will award each team the difference between the hammer price and purchase price for all the objects - your three items and the expert's Bonus Buy if you took it on. We need to film this for all the teams at the auction but they don't take long. As each filming day is different the Bargain Hunt team will advise when you are likely to be finished.

Then we go back to our office to edit the programme. Transmission is up to six months later, but we let you know the exact date.