Antiques Roadshow returns for a new series and celebrates 40th anniversary
Interview with Paul Atterbury
I like stories rather than objects and I often get wonderful love stories with a military background.Paul Atterbury
What has been your personal highlight from your time working on the show?
Quite a long time ago we went to Belfast and I saw some photographs brought in by two ladies, who were the direct descendants of two girls who foxed the world with fairy photographs in 1917. They were the daughter and granddaughter of one of those girls. They had the camera that had been used and the photographs. It was a story I knew very well but to actually touch it was wonderful.
What would be your one tip to look out for as a future antique over the next 40 years?
If I knew that I wouldn’t be sitting here! However, the future is going to be technology. And although it sounds a bit ridiculous, people are going to start collecting interesting diesel cars.
What highlights can viewers look forward to when the new series returns?
I like stories rather than objects and I often get wonderful love stories with a military background. For example, a couple who met in extraordinary circumstances and have made it through difficult times kept together by letters or by some gift. It’s just magic because you can bring those stories back to life.
Why do you think the programme continues to be such a big hit with viewers?
It’s a very simple thing - it does what it always has done. It shows an interesting and apparently private conversation between two people, a conversation that is often highly personal. And the fact that they’re being overheard by 5 million people disappears completely.
What would be your dream item for someone to bring along to a valuation day?
For me, wonderful things and wonderful stories are what I enjoy. I try not to sit there thinking “One day, I wonder if…”
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