Flog It! star returns as BBC launch yet another antiques show – Daily Mail

Flog It! star returns as BBC launch yet another antiques show despite MPs’ calls for the Corporation to stop relying on ‘collectables’ programmes

  • The BBC’s new antiques show Curiosity will be hosted by Paul Martin 
  • It comes three years after BBC was urged to stop relying on ‘collectables’ shows 
  • In a 2016 white paper the Government hit out at its reliance on such programmes

Susie Coen Tv And Radio Reporter For The Dailymail

As a daytime TV show format, it’s almost as old as the treasures it features.

But the BBC is launching yet another antiques show – three years after the Government urged the Corporation to stop relying on ‘collectables’ programmes.

The broadcaster has drafted in Flog It! host Paul Martin to front Curiosity – a show which sees two teams value and date items in the presenter’s fictional shop against the clock. 

The BBC has drafted in Flog It! host Paul Martin to front Curiosity ¿ a show which sees two teams value and date items in the presenter¿s fictional shop against the clock

The BBC has drafted in Flog It! host Paul Martin to front Curiosity ¿ a show which sees two teams value and date items in the presenter¿s fictional shop against the clock

The BBC has drafted in Flog It! host Paul Martin to front Curiosity – a show which sees two teams value and date items in the presenter’s fictional shop against the clock

The 15-part series, expected to start later this year, has been described by the BBC as a ¿new competitive format¿

The 15-part series, expected to start later this year, has been described by the BBC as a ¿new competitive format¿

The 15-part series, expected to start later this year, has been described by the BBC as a ‘new competitive format’

The 15-part series, expected to start later this year, has been described by the BBC as a ‘new competitive format’, but viewers may draw parallels with other BBC offerings such as Make Me A Dealer, which sees amateur dealers invest their own cash to buy items at auction before trying to sell them for profit. 

Bargain Hunt, meanwhile, focuses on two teams competing at an antiques fair to buy the most profitable items.

The broadcaster also airs Antiques Roadshow on Sunday evenings. It axed weekday afternoon series Flog It! in October.

In a 2016 white paper, the Government hit out at its reliance on ‘property and collectables’ shows. A BBC spokesman called Curiosity ‘a unique, new competitive format set in a studio that puts contestants’ knowledge of collectables to the test’.

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