NARRATOR: The nation's favorite celebrities-- I like surprises.
..paired up with an expert...
I got excited then!
..and a classic car.
BOTH: Here we go!
(CAR BACKFIRES) DAVID: Wowzer!
To scour Britain for antiques.
Am I on safari?
(WHISTLE BLOWS) The aim?
To make the biggest profit at auction.
(GASPS) But it's no easy ride.
Who will find a hidden gem?
(NEIGHS) Who will take the biggest risk?
(LAUGHS) Will anybody follow expert advice?
I hate it.
There will be worthy winners... (LAUGHS) ..and valiant losers.
DAVID: Double drat... ROSIE: Oh, no!
Put your pedal to the metal...
Spend, spend, spend.
This is the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip!
VO: Oh yes!
VO: On this road trip, we're rolling along in a lovely old Roller, driven by behatted chauffeur, Neil.
Oh my, look at him.
Have you had a chauffeur before?
No... Well, I mean, I've been in an Uber, if that counts.
I mean, I've had a million chauffeurs.
I've never had a chauffeur with a hat.
No, he kind of looks like a dude off Thunderbirds.
VO: Neil's driving two young stars of comedy.
I feel bad.
You can take the hat off if you want.
VO: ..and Jamali Maddix.
Yeah, you don't have to wear the hat on our account.
Bobby's a Canadian funny-man who's carved out a career right here in the UK, with acclaimed stand up and TV appearances.
We've had a slow-burning friendship.
Yeah, and it wasn't like we became great friends quickly.
No, I like that, though, you know.
It grew out of mutual respect.
I think though, it's only like in the last two years... Yeah.
..that I'd actually consider you a friend.
VO: While Londoner Jamali is also a comic in high demand on stage and screen.
Neither of these youthful jokesmiths can drive, though.
They're travelling in this lovely 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
It was manufactured before backseat seatbelts were mandatory, which is why the chaps aren't buckled up.
Nor are they buttoned up.
I could get used to being driven, I think.
Like, some people, you know...
I think I was a... ..a rich person born into a poor person's life.
OK, you've got champagne taste, lemonade money.
VO: We get a lot of that on the Road Trip.
These two are joined today by a pair of fresh-faced antiques experts, of vim and vigor.
Do you think that our comedians will have rehearsed set pieces?
VO: Angus Ashworth...
I mean hopefully it's gonna be really funny - two comedians, what can go wrong?
VO: ...and Natasha Raskin-Sharp.
You know that when comedians go on panel shows it all looks very natural... Yep.
..but actually, weeks have been spent preparing these lines.
I wonder if they've been doing the same.
VO: You never know, Natasha.
But it's time for comedians to meet experts!
Well, look at this!
I love how...
This is how you arrive.
Is this how you always travel?
So nice to see you.
Yes, it is.
How you doing?
Good luck with your future endeavors.
Suits you, I think.
Oh, he's gone.
The chauffeur's gone, right.
He's going job center.
Nice to meet you.
(ALL LAUGH) VO: With chauffeur Neil having had enough and scarpered, they've already decided that Jamali will pair with Natasha, and Bobby with Angus.
Yeah, let's go.
Let's go beat them.
VO: Both teams are hitting the road.
Angus and Bobby are travelling onward in a BMW 2002, dating from 1976.
Still sharp, though.
Yeah, I really like this car, I think.
I mean, I like that we're...
It's... it's compact.
So far, actually, you have a very...
I feel very confident with your driving.
So do you have, like, any advice?
Oh yeah, I mean, I am here to help in the best way I possibly can.
Eh... we've got plenty of money.
VO: You certainly do.
Both teams start off this trip with £400 to spend.
VO: In the other car, Natasha's checking out Jamali's form in the buying stakes.
Hit me with your knowledge of antiques.
You wanna know my... you wanna know my antique history?
I don't really buy antiques, but I go to car boot sales, and I bought, like, a plate the other day that was made in a prison.
You did not?
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
It said "made in HMP Wakefield".
That's really cool.
Like, I just...
I just buy tat.
Like, it's my, you know, my hobby.
So you, you're, oh, you're...
So you are actually into buying.
Not necessarily antiques, but stuff.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
The idea of buying something to sell and flipping it isn't an uncommon... isn't like a crazy concept for me.
VO: So, it sounds like Jamali's head's already in the game as they approach their first shop.
VO: On this road trip, our two teams will begin in the town of Halifax.
They will be buying throughout bucolic West Yorkshire, before heading for auction in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.
VO: Based in Halifax's 18th century Piece Hall, they're heading for Al's Emporium.
I sense... strange buys.
Yeah, I think...
I think we're gonna be alright.
VO: That's the spirit, Jamali.
Oh right, Jamali is off.
I'll go catch up with him, and we'll catch up with you in a wee bit.
VO: And Jamali's straight off into a browsing frenzy.
Oh, hold on.
What do you like?
I like a good ashtray.
What about the pipe?
How, when was that made?
What about, like, eh, the Christian, a white Jesus willow box?
A toy gun.
Oh, toy gun, OK. Is...
It's 1970s, 1970s.
Is this a bit of a scattergun approach?
VO: HA, Jamali's certainly taking an individual approach to antique shopping.
You love comics, you told me you love comics.
Yeah, I'm looking at this right here.
VO: It's not an antique, but the collectable toy market is buoyant.
This 1980s official bit of movie memorabilia is ticketed at £35.
It's hitting that comic book market.
Yes, yes, yes.
Yeah, sorry, sorry.
What do you make, then, of the condition of the...
I think good condition.
I would prefer it if it were die cast metal.
I'm suspicious it's plastic, right?
I think actually, around the 19... around in 1988, I don't think they were allowed to do a metal cast in toys.
I just made that up, I don't know.
But it sounded legit though, didn't it?
You had me.
If you were buying for yourself...
I'm leaning towards this one.
Condition-wise, that looks like it has been used and loved.
Yeah, it's pretty bad.
The kind of... the wrap, the blue wrap on the plastic on the police car.
Can we, eh... Can we, like... you know, paint on it or something?
Em... Can we refurb it, and then say we didn't?
But... VO: You certainly cannot!
Them's the rules.
(HE LAUGHS) I didn't realize I was hanging out with a renegade.
Those are the rules, OK?
Stick with them, stick with them.
I'll think about it.
I'm gonna think about this.
Have a think about it.
That would be full price.
Would it be a bit of a risk?
VO: Jamali's keen but Natasha's not so sure.
So, they browse on.
VO: Meanwhile, Bobby and Angus are also on their way to their first shop.
Are you excited?
I'm... Yeah, I'm really excited.
Yeah, I mean, I can tell.
Do you think there's any one item that jumps out?
That you think, oh yeah, I wanna get a... A... a Van Gogh.
If there's any Van Gogh...
..I've heard he's quite valuable.
Well, they getter "go, go, go" if they're going to be that ambitious.
VO: This morning, they're driving towards the village of Thornton, West Yorkshire where they're headed into Field House Antiques.
Here it is.
It is... a confined space, definitely.
VO: But good things come in small... shops, Bobby.
Time to get on the hunt.
Anything jumping out at you?
First impressions when you've come in?
I saw that horn.
I feel like... How are... How's the instrument market?
Well, it can be quite good.
Em... Oh, I'll pull it down.
So it's a military bugle.
(AIR BLOWS) It doesn't work.
Well it does, you just gotta... Well, how do you make it work?
Well, it's quite a knack, is... (HE YELLS) Well I'm just making the noise now.
You sound like a moose.
VO: He does rather.
(YELLS) But no, if the horn doesn't work, I'm not gonna buy a horn that doesn't work.
Why would anyone... (ANGUS LAUGHS) It's a very tricky thing to play.
Well, why would they make it that tricky?
Let's keep looking, shall we?
OK, yes, let's keep looking.
We don't want to fight.
Better look for something completely different.
VO: Ooh... Not another horn!
Ooh, this looks good.
(LAUGHS) Well, have... Yeah, I like your thinking.
And it says it's a brass and copper equestrian hunting horn.
So like... rich people have horses.
This is an equestrian horn.
This is a rich people horn!
BOBBY: And it's only £38... ANGUS: Yeah.
..for a rich person horn!
This isn't for battle, this is... Yeah, this is just for, yeah... ..for horsies.
I mean, you really like that, don't you?
I just think it's a sign, you know.
So I wanna get it.
ANGUS: Well, let's have it then.
BOBBY: OK. Yeah, let's go.
VO: Yes... Looks like they've settled on that evocative equestrian hunting horn for rich people.
Made in France.
Run out of puff.
VO: Back in the shop in Halifax, are Jamali and Natasha hearing the call of antique bargains?
Do you know, I'm liking these... these photos.
The photos... Yeah, the stereograph cards.
So these are really cool.
Do you know how they work?
So, you need... To look at them properly, you need a stereoscope, which is a viewer.
So usually wooden, with the lenses at the bottom.
And these photographs are taken a slight distance apart, so that when you put them into the viewer... Yeah, yeah, yeah.
..the left eye and the right eye, and it all lines up in the middle.
Ah, I see.
And they actually are 3D.
VO: The large collection of cards are priced up at £6 each, and feature images of troops during the Boer War and World War I.
This is maybe an official war photographer, sent out by a company specifically for the purpose of making stereograph cards for a stereoscope.
VO: They both seem keen on those, so it's time to consult shop owner, Al.
Wow, that's a necklace of keys, Al.
Shall we have a wee look?
Shall we get Al to have a look?
Al, boss man?
These are really interesting.
I like these, Al.
Over the time that you've had these in the cabinet, do they... Oh, sorry.
Do they tend to sell singly?
Or are people buying big bunches of these?
They tend to buy bunches.
And do me a deal, cuz I've gotta...
I've gotta buy stuff.
And I'm gonna buy something else off you, cuz I like you and your keys, so... Oh, thank you!
..what are we looking at, Al?
NATASHA: Is £2 a card too cheeky?
Al: £2 a card, I will do.
Are you sure about that?
I will do that.
OK, so £2 a card.
Is there a stereoscope viewer in the shop?
Cuz it's so magical when they come together, isn't it?
VO: It is.
But Natasha can sort through the box and pick out the choicest cards.
Al, thank you so much.
VO: Hmm, what's Jamali doing back at that cabinet?
My brother, I'm gonna take that Robocop, you know.
You're gonna take the Robocop.
I'm very sure.
VO: Jamali wants the Robocop, even if Natasha wasn't sure about it.
I've... Oh, you've got something.
I've got something.
I've got something that's actually gonna win us the thing.
Did you take that out the cabinet?
Yeah, yeah, we're buying it.
Right, OK. What was it, £35?
I don't know.
I mean, do you know what?
It's a risk.
Yep, going for it.
You gotta take a risk.
I've chosen 25 cards.
I hope you're into them.
OK. £50, Al.
Cool with that?
And then we've got this is... Al: Yep.
Al: It is 35.
JAMALI: So... Ooh, how's your maths?
Are we shaking?
You've gotta shake the hand, you've gotta make it legit.
JAMALI: Alright, mate.
My handshake... Oh, you left... you left a man hanging!
VO: So, they've bagged their first two lots.
I fancy your chances a bit more with the stereo... stereoscopes.
Do you know what, Al, mate?
I know your faith in Robocop!
I don't know, Al.
I don't think you believe in dreams, bro.
I'm just letting you know.
Let's get out of here.
Al, thank you so much.
I'm a big dreamer!
Thank you, Al.
Al, you're a star.
VO: Meanwhile, Bobby and Angus are still back in their first shop in Thornton.
Bobby, I wanted to show you these.
And I know these are artillery shells.
OK. Eh, First World War, probably.
And a lot of them are being converted into what we call trench art.
So they decorated the shells, the men in the trenches, First World War, all the artillery.
So, the men in the trenches decorated them?
VO: The term "trench art" describes objects made from the debris of warfare.
The nicest ones, I'm gonna pick out, is this pair here.
So you can see on here.
Sort of, quite a lot of them, would have done for battles.
And this has all been handworked back.
This has been pinched in at the bottom, which is quite a nice feature.
I think this is really cool, and I like, the history of it is amazing.
Like, a soldier at war crafted a piece of art.
Ticket price, a little bit pricey.
I think they're magnificent, so yeah, I'd be happy to get this.
Cool, OK. Well, let's see if we can go do a deal.
VO: Bobby is also still keen on the equestrian hunting horn - sorry, "rich people's horn" - they found earlier.
So dealer Chris has a twosome coming his way.
Look, my ticket price is... 148.
What's the best you could do for the two?
I could probably do about 120 on them.
You look a bit shellshocked.
VO: Leave the jokes to Bobby, thanks Angus.
I can do another tenner off.
Is that any good?
So that's one... That's 130.
No, he's gone the wrong way.
You're... You're trying to trick me!
You can do 110?
OK. 110, before you change your mind.
Hold the horn.
VO: That might take a while.
But they got the horn for £28 and the pair of trench art vases for £82.
VO: The other team, meanwhile, are motoring onwards.
With Natasha at the wheel, naturally.
And you don't drive?
I don't drive, no, no.
I really take the "road trip" out of it.
The road trip I've worked hard to provide us.
Yeah, it's not really a road trip for me.
It's more just a sit back and relax trip.
VO: With two items in the bag already, Jamali and Natasha are embracing that spirit of relaxation, and taking a little break from shopping.
VO: This afternoon, these two are heading for the city of Bradford where they're visiting the National Science and Media Museum.
VO: Here, they celebrate the history of image and sound technologies, from cinema and photography to today's high tech games.
VO: Jamali's a keen gamer and film fan so, after a good look around the museum floor, he and Natasha are heading down to the VIP backstage area, the museum's collections and research center, where the museum stores objects not normally on display to the public.
VO: There, they'll learn about the very earliest inventions which set the stage for today's games and cinema.
They're meeting associate curator, Philip Roberts.
Thank you for allowing Jamali and I backstage, as it were.
We want to talk about optical toys.
VO: Optical toys were the forerunner of the moving image, and Philip has a very early example.
This is a magic lantern.
This is a very special magic lantern.
This is an improved Phantasmagoria lantern.
And this goes way, way back to the 17th century.
So these are very, very special slides.
They go in this little hole here, and you put a little light inside the magic lantern, and then you project these images on the wall.
They're all still, they don't do anything yet.
But you could use them to tell stories.
And it was used to present, kind of, sort of ghost shows.
People would use it to look at grotesque pictures, to do satires, to tell stories to each other.
The early lantern performances were made by... by travelling entertainers.
So they would move round from town to town.
They would have one lantern, maybe six slides, and they would tell all kinds of different stories.
VO: The early magic lantern performers would craft a story for their audience, which could be moving or funny.
Much like today's stand-up comics, you might say.
I think I would have...
I would have killed it back then.
I would have had a real good career back there.
I would have had me one of them bad boys.
This is a, um... a picture of a magic lantern show from the early 19th century, but it's actually a transparency.
So if you hold it up to the light... Oh, wow.
That is gorgeous!
So here's a lantern show in action.
So, this one's quite sophisticated, cuz there are two characters that have been projected.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
And look at everyone, they're so enthralled.
Yeah, that... that person's so happy, she's looking at us.
Like "can you believe what's going on right now?"
It's kind of like a side wink.
Yeah, yeah, right.
This is... this is insane.
VO: The magic lantern proved immensely popular.
And as the decades wore on, more optical toys were invented.
This here is a curious little toy called the thaumatrope.
And if you look at it, it has... ..a little man on the front, and a little horse on the back.
And if you wind up the strings, and then let it go, it'll superimpose and you'll see both at the same time.
And when was this made?
This was made in 1825.
And that's the same string from then?
VO: The idea behind the thaumatrope - moving static images so quickly that they seem to blend together - was soon refined in more sophisticated ways, as in this zoetrope.
As you spin it... Oh, lovely.
..the strip comes to life.
You can take your strips out, you can put different strips in it.
You can reuse it.
So it's incredibly clever.
And later in the century, some... some innovators started to put all of these things together, to take the animation tricks of the zoetrope, take the projector of the magic lantern, and to take photography, and put it all together to make living, animated, photograph pictures.
VO: All of these early inventions together combined to become that technological miracle of the turn of the 20th century - cinema.
For the very first time, people could record and watch moving images.
VO: But Natasha has one more optical toy related question for Philip.
But do you know what, Philip?
In a really genuinely weird turn of events, we were antique shopping earlier, and we bought a bunch of stereographs.
And what could we not find?
And on your trolley, I have clocked not an antique wooden one but a plastic stereoscope.
Can we borrow it?
This is a museum-grade stereoscope.
Jamali, if you have some of them on you, this is honestly going to blow your mind.
I think so.
Look at that.
Are you keeping antiques in your pocket?
Well you know, it's the only way to carry an antique.
I mean, you know.
Wait till you see this.
VO: Despite their decided non-museum-grade antiques storage, what does Jamali make of the stereographs, the forerunner of today's 3D movies?
Like, you know, this is pretty sick.
I was desperate for Jamali to see these stereographs come to life, so thank you very much for facilitating that, and thank you for...
It's like it's 3D, man!
I don't think he's going to get over it, Philip.
VO: Optical toys, from the magic lantern to the stereograph cards they've bought for auction, all led to the films, TV, games and new media we enjoy in such glorious abundance today.
Thank you so much for teaching us all about the history of optical toys.
I can't believe how much we learned in that short space of time.
I know, I'm so excited.
Thanks so much.
Thank you so... thank you so much, Philip.
VO: Meanwhile, the other team are back in the Beemer.
And Angus is quizzing Bobby on his life as a stand-up comic.
I mean, you must get quite a buzz off being on the stage.
You just come off stage, you're packed full of adrenaline.
It's amazing, like...
Right when you get off stage you're like... VO: So with their danders up and energy high, they're on course to their next bout of shopping.
Bobby and Angus are aiming for the village of Cullingworth where they're visiting Antiques at the Mill.
Yeah, you know what?
I do think I could teach Angus a thing or two about antiques.
If I just had the chance to really immerse myself in the world.
So I'm not saying that I'm a better antiques dealer than him, but I do think that I have a natural flair for this that he might lack.
He's learned his craft.
I think I have a natural flair.
VO: Let's put that notion to the test then, Bobby.
Yeah, I really like this large macaw, cuz I really feel like...
It would just...
It'd be nice to have in your house, this bird just looking at you.
I think it'd be hard to have a bad day with this bird in your house.
So I'm gonna run it by Angus, see what he thinks.
Angus, look at this bird!
Yeah, it's a beautiful macaw.
I mean, we could try and do a deal on it, and I can see why you love it.
But we are on the "Antiques" Road Trip, and that's probably like five years old.
I'd love to see what you found.
Why don't you show me what you found?
Don't be like that, c'mon!
I'll get you an ice cream on the way home.
An antique ice cream, I assume.
VO: It's a no to the very modern macaw, but what else might they crow about?
Bobby wanted a parrot... but I wanted an antique parrot.
So, here is a Copeland Spode parrot.
Quite nice, good condition.
I mean, it's only £25.
Um... Obviously, he was a little bit upset when I put my foot down about the parrot.
And I promised him an ice cream, but I think this might make him smile.
VO: Copeland Spode was the brand of a Staffordshire pottery maker, in production during the 19th and 20th centuries.
What do you think, Polly?
I'd very much like that.
Would that make you happy, if we got a parrot?
OK. And I also think...
..that that parrot does actually look quite valuable.
And if we buy it for £25... Mm-hm.
..we can maybe sell it for more than that... That's the plan.
..and beat Jamali.
That is also the plan.
VO: By Jove, I think he's got it!
Peace restored by a parrot-based compromise, these two will keep browsing.
VO: Ah, 'ello 'ello.
What is it?
It's a lady's compact... or, I suppose, gentleman's.
It's a little compact, silver and enamel.
So this is all enamel work on top of silver.
And what's a compact?
So you would put your... You'd have your powder on there for your face.
This is all gilt, so that's gold over the top of the silver.
Oh, wow, OK. You've got the mirror there.
You would have had, originally, a little puffer that sat on top.
So you'd have your powder in, you do that, and then you'd, you know, your blusher.
VO: Ticket price is £90.
If you think that this is... could possibly make money... Mm-hm.
..and that we could beat Jamali... Yeah.
..then... yeah, I think we should go for it.
Let's see if we can do a deal on both items.
Yeah, OK, let's go.
VO: Dealer Helen is just the lady to help with that.
Are you alright?
Very good, thank you.
We found a couple of items, haven't we, Bobby?
Oh, I'm glad you've found something.
Combined ticket price on the parrot and the compact is £115.
But could Helen do a little better?
Let's say 80.
What do you think to that?
I mean, I like it.
But it's so much less than the original price, it makes me think... Don't talk the price up, Bobby!
OK, fine, fine, 80.
80 for the two, are you happy with that?
There's no pleasing some people.
But those two have had their last buys of the day.
And with that, it's almost the end of a fabulously hectic first day on the road trip.
Been a good day hasn't it, I think?
Yeah, I think we did alright, considering.
What does tomorrow hold?
What do you reckon?
It's gonna be pure shopping tomorrow.
Shop... shop till we drop.
VO: I like to hear it.
VO: And the morning finds our teams back on the road and raring, indeed, to go.
Jamali and Bobby are back in the chauffeur-driven Rolls - Hello, Neil!
Keep your eyes on the road - and comparing their progress so far.
OK, will I... Give me one of your items.
The best item I really bought was this.
That is... That is... Let me see it.
It's... That sucks, man.
That doesn't suck!
That is... that is like...
This is... this is the exact reason... You basically got a tube that's been bended.
No, it's an equestrian horn!
So what you... How old is it?
It's an antique!
JAMALI: I don't think so.
BOBBY: No, but... Let's see your amazing purchase, then.
I bought a Robocop toy.
Is that an antique?
It's a 100-year-old Robocop toy?
It's in peak condition.
It's a broken toy!
I'm gonna win!
VO: And Angus and Natasha are back in the Beemer, and sharing thoughts on their comic charges.
Angus, tell me.
NATASHA: Bobby, comedian... ANGUS: Yeah.
..through and through, making you laugh?
Oh, there was moments he had me absolutely in hysterics.
Jamali is a lovely guy, and he's funny.
He's... His... His funniness, I would say, is inherent.
It's sort of just...
He's chill, and he takes a step back, and he sort of reviews a situation.
I think I've got this one.
I've never felt more confident I'm gonna win anything...
I've never felt more embarrassed for you... ..in my life.
With your horn.
I'm actually ashamed to be your friend right now.
(IMITATES HORN) It's really hard to play.
Can you play it?
No, I can't play.
VO: Time to reunite out two teams.
The fact that you let him buy that Robocop... Can I pick up... can I pick up on something?
"Let him buy"?
Angus, have you been running a bit of a... a bit of a dictatorship?
Ours is a democracy.
It's a democracy.
And I'm not being funny, but people don't let you run with scissors either.
VO: Ooh, cutting!
Anyway, what do the teams make of each others' buys?
Right, so, this was... a little parrot.
You know, cuz... That sucks.
Bobby, Bobby really wanted a parrot.
It's nice, innit?
But look at that!
Silver enamel, and inside, it's gilt.
How damaged is the enamel?
I want a big crack.
Gold or gilt?
How much did you pay for it?
80 for the two, didn't we?
NATASHA: So 55?
That's... that's cheap.
That's really good!
Yeah, cheep cheep.
Leave the jokes to the comedians.
OK, fine, I'm not a comedian.
VO: Yeah, I would.
Remember, Bobby and Angus also have the equestrian hunting horn and the pair of trench art vases.
They still have £210 left to spend today.
Now, what's in the boot of the Roller?
But one thing that we don't have is the viewer, the stereoscope.
Why are you a grass?
How do you feel about our stereo cards, stereographs?
Well, I feel very comfortable now that we're gonna win.
They're just a bunch of cards!
OK, do you wanna know how much we paid for them?
But you can... you can make a stereograph.
Yeah, you can, yeah.
Well, we bought 25, at £2 each.
We paid £50.
It was quite steep.
VO: Jamali and Natasha also have the Robocop toy, leaving them with £315 left in their kitty.
Actually, all joking aside, there is a collector for that sort of military history, so I don't think you've done too bad there.
We've got a thing.
We've done better, I think, but they've done alright on those.
But hey, it's not over yet.
VO: Certainly is not!
Let's get on the road.
VO: Both teams are off and joshing.
Jamali, tell me about the first time you stood up in front of people and told jokes.
When I was in primary school.
I can't remember, I must have been year five or something.
I was doing like a talent show.
The teachers looked at me and said "Just go out there".
And I said "And do what?"
She goes "Just go out there", cuz I just started doing, like, Harry Hill impressions.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, and just like, doing like, just like... going to shake someone's hand and pulling it back, saying "You can't...".
Just dancing, just running around, and just murdered, just killed.
Did the crowd go wild?
Oh, killed, blew the roof off.
VO: And much the same is happening in the other car.
How did you, um, get into comedy?
I was an attention-seeking kid.
ANGUS: OK. And then I had a really funny neighbor, and I thought 'I wanna be like him'.
So I think since I was about six years old, I've spent my entire life endeavoring to be this guy.
OK, so that's quite cool.
So you're doing what you've always wanted to do.
Oh yeah, definitely.
If I can make somebody happy, then I feel happy.
That's a good day.
VO: I can see that, Bobby.
But what of the other team's plans for today's shopping?
So my tactics today, I'm thinking buy one small item, maybe two small items, then buy something big.
VO: That's a very decisive game plan, as Jamali and Natasha head for their first shop of the day.
VO: This morning, these two are heading towards the village of Oulton, and the originally-named Vintage in Oulton... where they'll be looking for their first buys of the day.
You always just fly into these shops.
You love a car boot sale.
I do indeed.
So what about the car boot sale, compared to this?
Is it a slightly different environment?
It is, yeah.
This is like...
There is a vibe here that this is stuff found in someone's house.
Which is a good thing.
That's how people make their money!
VO: But will this homely "vibe" harbor anything Jamali and Natasha want to take away?
I'm looking at bigger things, looking around.
I'm afraid that...
I just wanna know your taste.
For example, this copper jug.
Does that do anything for you?
NATASHA: It does?
In what sense?
I'm just lying, I'm sorry.
You don't like it?
VO: Jamali's unconvinced, but Natasha doesn't give up that easily.
Have a wee look at it.
Have a closer look at it.
Do you want to get it... or shall I, then?
I think it's a nice thing.
I mean... Actually, looking at that, it is quite nice.
Do you know, one thing I've never asked you is what's your house like?
What's your flat like?
What's it like where you live?
What's your interior design setup?
Even though you love car boots?
Like, I'm minimalist, like I have a mattress on the floor.
No, you don't.
VO: Jamali's home comforts aside, what do they make of that jug?
Do you not wanna inspect it?
Good tip - you're buying a jug, hold it up to the light, look through the hole.
Can you see any holes?
If you look through the top hole... Oh, no way!
That's... ..and then you can see if there are any breaches.
Do you know what?
You really are an expert!
VO: She really is.
The unusual copper jug probably dates from the late 19th or early 20th century.
It's ticketed at £25.
This is made by hand.
This is arts and crafts.
You've sold it to me.
This is probably not going to make any money.
(LAUGHS) I'm going for it.
You think it won't make money?
Then we're taking it.
You like this?
JAMALI: I'm taking it.
NATASHA: OK. You've sold it to me now.
Do you know why?
Because it's an underdog.
It's an underdog.
And I... and I want it now.
VO: That's an unusual tactic, Jamali.
But, convinced by Natasha's expert know-how, if not her sales estimate, the underdog jug is now firmly in Jamali's mitts.
VO: And in the window outside, something else has caught Natasha's learned eye.
Your mum collects tea china, am I right?
She does, sadly.
Why is that sad?
And why does she do it?
Why does she collect it?
Does she love it?
Yeah, yeah, she just likes buying teacups.
But is it all mismatched, her stuff?
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
All mismatched, yeah, yeah, yeah.
What I find really beautiful about this one is it's quite the opposite.
It's extremely matching.
It's quite a kitsch design, is it not?
OK. Yeah, it is.
You've got the...
In fact, it is a Dovecote design.
That's what it's called... JAMALI: OK. ..the Dovecote pattern.
What year is it?
So this is '70s.
It's got that '70s vibe to it.
VO: The tea service was made by Staffordshire pottery manufacturer Carlton Ware and is priced at £40.
I think it's well worth a look.
I just think that this is super saleable.
What do... what do you actually think about it?
Are you into kitsch?
Em, I appreciate it, I think it looks good.
I'm really into it!
I think it's a good piece.
I think it's a solid piece to take to auction, and I think we should go for it.
Loving your work.
Let's do it.
VO: With two lots decisively agreed upon, this team seem to have found their groove.
Off to dealer Amy they go.
I think we should shake on it.
NATASHA: Go ahead.
Thanks so much, appreciate it.
AMY: Thank you.
NATASHA: Thank you so much.
VO: Two more lots bagged for £65, all in.
VO: Meanwhile, the other team are on the road, and on their way to the proud city of Leeds.
VO: And Angus is learning a little more about Bobby's comedy curriculum vitae.
You do sort of writing, and... Do you write scripts and stuff?
You know, my days are usually filled with writing either stand-up or scripts, or anything I'm working on, preparing for panel shows.
And then at night-time, I perform.
VO: Since Bobby is a professional wordsmith, these two are taking a break from shopping to learn about the great Leeds legacy as a worldwide capital of the printed word, and the place from which the modern printing press was exported around the globe.
ANGUS: Pre-printing, you'd have to write them all by hand.
You know, Shakespeare-style.
You'd have to do about TEN copies.
I mean, it's a good job the printing press came along, innit?
Also, you know... 800 years ago, I'm writing a TV script... Yeah.
I pull out my camera... Yeah.
Everybody calls me a witch!
It wouldn't go well!
VO: Good point.
On the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, they're meeting Leeds Industrial Museum's Chris Sharp.
Glorious day in Yorkshire, walking by the canal.
I mean, how did the canal all come about?
So, the Leeds Liverpool canal opened in 1816.
This section opened slightly earlier.
So wait, a canal...
It's not a river?
So this is a man-made water channel.
No, all done by hand.
That is... that is back-breaking work, I imagine.
VO: It certainly was, Bobby.
Before the Industrial Revolution, Leeds was a small market town.
But technological innovation like this canal helped to transform it into a sizeable city and industrial powerhouse.
And that must have really propelled Leeds on the map.
It linked Leeds with Liverpool and the coast.
It became known as "the city of a thousand trades", with industries such as engineering, the woolen industry, printing.
It really is.
VO: Of course, it's the Leeds connections to the printing industry that Bobby and Angus are really here to learn about today.
Inside is the museum's collection of antique printing presses.
They're incredible, aren't they?
I mean, they're works of art for... for machines.
They're beautiful, aren't they?
VO: The European printing press was first invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1400s.
But by the time of Leeds' industrial awakening in the 18th century, the modern printing press was poised to transform society.
It completely changed the way that people could communicate.
It's just like an information revolution, right?
Because then everybody is now... Has access to this information that before, such a few amount of people did.
I mean nowadays, we think of the worldwide web and the internet as a revolution in information.
And people being able to access information.
The book, the printed page, was very much the internet of its time.
So how did printing come to Leeds?
So as we've discovered, Leeds was a growing town.
In the 1700s, the Leeds Mercury was the first newspaper in the city.
That's probably when we can date the start of printing in Leeds.
VO: From the 18th century onwards, Leeds grew in stature as a center of the new industrial printing business.
OK, so can I try to print something?
VO: Seeing the museum's functioning antique presses, Bobby's itching to try his hand.
I'd love to show you how, Bobby.
Shall we have a go?
CHRIS: OK. Now, what do I do?
So, this is an 1850 London-built Albion press.
The first thing we need to do is wind the bed out, so we can set some type.
VO: After a quick lesson from Chris...
So we'll be rolling ink onto a message and printing that onto some paper.
VO: ..Bobby can get on with that, while Angus learns more about Leeds' printing history.
And presumably, the press is developed further, to make that even more efficient?
There were various evolutions in printing presses to make that faster and cheaper to print.
A really big one locally here is the Wharfedale press, invented in Otley in Wharfedale, late 1800s.
It was an automatic press, whereas the sort of press we've left Bobby using could probably only print one or two pages a minute.
The Wharfedale was able to print many, many, many more.
VO: The world over, engineers had struggled to perfect printing on an industrial scale.
Yorkshire grit and ingenuity solved the problem.
The Wharfedale stop-cylinder press used a revolutionary travelling print bed, that could produce printed pages continuously without stopping.
VO: Mass-production printing was born, right here in Leeds.
Big, big revolution.
And that led...
Presumably with the development in Yorkshire and around Leeds, that then developed into it becoming a capital of sort of printing.
So it led directly to printing companies in Leeds setting up.
Alf Cooke's had the biggest printworks in the world at the time, in the early 1900s.
There were about 8,000 people employed in printing.
That's a big industry in the day.
Absolutely, by the early 20th century.
Absolutely, and still is today.
Now, how's Bobby getting along with his printing project?
So now I pull this?
You pull that, and it'll print your page.
Put some effort into it, Bobby.
Be quiet, Angus!
Well, that's nice.
I mean, maybe probably needed a little bit more ink, you know.
It's supposed to say "a tree died to print this pointless message".
Which actually, since you cannot really read it...
It's emphasized the point more.
The medium is the message, right?
That's what people say.
I think that's...
I think you've been very clever there.
VO: Eh... yes.
Well done, Bobby.
Now, maybe you'd be best to get back on the road?
VO: Jamali and Natasha, meanwhile, are in the Roller, and contemplating the auction ahead.
Have you ever been to an auction before?
Ever, in your life?
I've only been to, like, charity auctions, but I kind of think I'd be a good auctioneer.
I think it's like...
It looks, you know... What's really the difference between stand-up and auctioneering?
You know, it's basically... auctioneering is kind of similar.
Well, I guess it's like... You've gotta keep everyone entertained.
It's like as an auctioneer, you're selling items, where a comedian, you're like selling your soul.
Yeah, selling... No!
No you're not!
I thought you were gonna say story!
I thought you were agreeing with me, and then you went "Oh, yeah, no, no".
VO: Oh lordy... VO: Their final destination today is the town of Ossett, West Yorkshire, where they're dashing off into the tranquilly-named Spa Farm Antiques.
We have everything riding on this.
VO: And Jamali's off like a shot once more.
Again, you're just in.
VO: They still have £250 left to spend, so Natasha's got a mission for Jamali.
Jamali, I think the final push here...
I need you to find something that you want to spend money on.
I think I can.
Something you love... the splash you wanna make... show Bobby up.
You can do this.
Yeah, there's a lot of stuff here.
I'm sure I can find it.
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it.
I'm gonna keep looking too, but... Go looking!
VO: And with the gauntlet thrown down, Bobby and Angus are now on their way to the same shop, too.
Right, last shop.
Here we go, Bobby.
All to go for.
OK. 210 quid.
What are we gonna do?
We're only gonna buy something that when we show it to people, they go "wow"... Wow.
..and they get their wallets out, and they spend.
VO: That's the name of the game, Bobby.
But back in the shop in Ossett, not everything's going according to plan.
I think I've lost Jamali, both physically and mentally.
Where's he gone?
Is he outside?
VO: Well, you did send him off to find something to buy, Natasha.
Is he making a cup of tea?
No, he's definitely not making a cup of tea.
VO: But just as Natasha finally finds Jamali outside... You would have that in your home?
It reminds me of...
I've got one of them in my house.
I've just... Jamali, news just in, quite likes this fireplace.
Do you like that?
We've got it all under wraps haven't we, Bobs?
We're a very tight team.
OK. Yeah, so are we.
We kind of think as one mind.
Oh right, OK. Jamali, let's go.
That's one crazy mind.
We're on fire today, aren't we?
That's one sad mind.
Let's step away from the hive.
It's a very happy mind, Jamali!
VO: So, both competitive twosomes are now on the hunt in here.
VO: But can Jamali live up to Natasha's challenge and find a star item?
JAMALI: I really like this.
Which is a, eh, coat hanger, with oar legs.
And I think it's sort of part of the early 2000 period.
If you can see here, it's got a nice sort of like goldish finish.
And you see... Do you hear that?
Nice bit of brass right here.
You hear... you hear the wood?
VO: It's an unusual coat stand, modeled from replica rowing oars.
Ticket price is £130.
It's either "oar", isn't it?
OK, do you know what?
Do you know something?
For some reason, I quite like this.
This is for... the gentleman or the lady who has everything, and is really into rowing.
Where is our auction room?
I don't know, you tell me.
It's on the Thames!
Oh, no way!
It's literally on the Thames!
I want you to haggle for this, though.
OK, how much... how much do you think?
What's the most you think I should pay for this?
Start at 70.
NATASHA: Do it.
NATASHA: Do it.
I'm down for that.
Let's hope the haggle's all plain sailing with dealer, Judith.
I'm gonna offer you 70.
Now, I know... Judith, Judith, I know.
I know, but just...
I'm gonna take it off your hands.
£70 right now.
I think what I'd like to say...
I'll come back to you on that one, and I'll do 110.
Oh, but Judith... That's... that's like... Alright.
VO: There, there, Jamali.
I'm gonna say...
I'm gonna say £90.
Now meet me in the middle here.
You get, you know... You can go... you can go Harvester with that, and eat like a king.
Oh my God, Judith.
It would have to be £100, and I think that's a really good deal.
JUDITH: And 50p.
You've got it.
There we go.
VO: Jamali really comes into his own.
Do you know, I'll do something.
I'll give you 100, cuz you do drive a hard bargain.
Jamali, you are a star.
VO: And they've got the rowing-themed coat stand for a round £100.
Thank you, Judith.
You're... You don't mess around!
You don't mess around.
VO: Now, Bobby and Angus are also skulling about, desperately.
They still have £210 to play with.
(ANGUS GASPS) Hiya.
We're not getting that.
No, we're not getting that, no.
VO: Glad to hear that.
What's this languishing outside?
OK, what do you think to these rather impressive bits of stone?
Well, they... they look like bits of stone.
Sell me on them.
So, they're Yorkshire sandstone.
And that's more sort of Georgian in design, so that's probably earlier.
And this is a bit later.
So that's probably early 19th century, this is late 19th century.
But... that's got a bit more work to it.
It's an impressive bit of carving, all hand-carved.
Out of the two, I like that one better.
I think it has more character.
VO: It's a carved stone cross, which would originally have sat on a church roof.
They're just garden feature architectural antiques.
Look, I'm not crazy about them, but I have grown to now trust you completely.
So if you think... Oh, no pressure.
If you think we should get one...
I mean, I...
I'd get that one cuz it looks cooler.
OK. Well, let's see what we've got on price, and then see what we can do.
OK. OK, let's go get the lady.
VO: She might not want to be "got".
So, what have you spotted, gentlemen?
Have you seen anything that you'd like?
We found these giant rocks... OK. ..and we wanted to know the price of the rocks.
VO: The rock in question is a crucifix from Saint Faiths church, near Wakefield, built in 1871 but since demolished.
OK, well, the crunch, what... what's the ticket price on it?
Cuz it didn't have a ticket on it.
No, it doesn't.
I'd be looking at a good price, which is really a good price for that, at £240.
VO: It's a substantial price, but it is a substantial rock.
OK, look... OK. We have £210.
No, don't tell her that!
No, you shouldn't have said that.
We've got less.
We have less than that!
I don't believe you.
VO: Very wise, Judith.
I'll take it to 200, but no less.
That is the final offer.
That is a deal.
ANGUS: Yeah, excellent.
JUDITH: Shake my hand.
ANGUS: Thank you very much.
VO: Bravo, Judith!
Both our teams are all bought up.
Well, that's the end of the buying.
That's all we can do.
NATASHA: We tried our best.
JAMALI: We did.
Come on, then, let's get to the auction.
OK. See you there.
Come on, Jamali.
VO: Towards the auction they go.
(GEARS GRIND) VO: Oh dear.
Two of them do, anyway.
I hope you don't have to sleep in the car.
VO: Sweet dreams.
VO: But the morning finds our tussling celebrities back on the road and ready for their auction showdown.
How you feeling?
Yeah, I mean, I feel pretty confident about what I bought.
Well I think my coat hanger, oar...
Coat hanger made out of oars, like a coat rack that's made out of oars.
I think that's gonna be my big seller.
Yeah, actually, that's the only thing you bought that I think has any value.
What do you mean?
Most have them have value.
It's like you're just a kid who wants to buy toys.
But if someone gives you £400, and just says, yeah, go and buy some stuff... You know what I mean?
VO: I do know what you mean, Jamali.
VO: On this trip the teams began in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and are now almost at the auction in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.
It is quite nice here.
It is lovely here, innit?
VO: Glad you like it, chaps.
There's my man!
There he is!
Jamali, I'm with you, I'm feeling good.
How you doing?
I'm alright, I'm alright.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
VO: Here at Bourne End Auction Rooms, it's certainly time to get inside.
VO: Both our teams started this trip with £400.
Bobby and Angus spent £390 exactly on five lots, including the stone cross they spotted in the same shop where their rivals were browsing.
Do you think we've missed a trick?
How much was it?
No, they ain't gonna make more than 200 on that.
Do you reckon?
It's all damaged.
You see there, it's been re-cemented.
When I'm looking at antiques, which I regularly do...
I kind of want it in its original condition.
VO: Condition is everything, Jamali.
He and Natasha spent £250, and they also have five lots in the sale today, including this kitsch tea set.
It's different, isn't it?
I mean, I think this is the only thing they bought that I respect.
Why... why's that?
I like it.
I like the birds on the glasses, the birds...
I just like the birds.
Well, let's see, let's see how they get on.
The auctioneer presiding today is Simon Brown.
Before the off, what does he think of our teams' lots?
I love the hat stand.
That, to me, is wonderful.
In and around this area, there's some very nice flats overlooking the river, some nice houses.
I think we could score on that one.
Compact, beautiful little piece.
There has been some interest, so with a bit of luck, we might do well.
VO: That bodes well as the first lot approaches.
With bids accepted online and by phone, it's time to face the room.
It's... it's exciting.
I'm the only one on the edge of my seat here.
(LAUGHS) VO: First up, it's Bobby and Angus' equestrian hunting horn.
Will it gallop to victory?
Start me at £20, please, for this lot.
Ten to start.
Ten, I'm bid.
It's racing away, now.
Yours at 20.
Looking for 22 online.
20 in the room.
At 20, yours at 20.
..to the room at 20 now, thank you... Yeah, it's working.
VO: Uh-oh, a loss at the first hurdle.
I always think, lead them into a false sense of security, lose money on the first item.
You did lose money on the first item.
You are correct on that.
VO: The first lot for the other team now, with the Robocop toy Jamali loved.
Who'll start me at £30 please?
30, I'm bid.
Got you at 30, yours at 30.
Are we all done?
It's that guy.
At 32, are we all done?
At 32 now in the room... Come on, couple more.
Selling at 32.
Are we all... Come on!
32 to the room.
Selling at 32.
Got you at 32.
Oh, Jamali, it's so close.
Are we all done?
Thank you... VO: Argh!
Makes a small loss.
Natasha did predict it might struggle to get arrested.
I was not impressed with the selection of Robocop.
And do you know what?
Pretty good work.
VO: The pair of trench art pieces that really blew Bobby and Angus away now.
Start me at £30, please.
It's climbing now.
45, I'm bid.
Got you at 45.
47, thank you.
47, I'm bid.
Got you at 47, looking for 50 now.
47, I'm bid.
Selling at 47... That's cheap.
50, I'm bid.
Got you at 50.
Internet's coming in.
Are we all done at 50?
Yours at 50.
Selling at 50 now.
Are we all done at £50?
VO: That's a stinging blow to the troop's morale.
Well... shall we just... shall we sit in silence on that one, or?
A moment's silence.
VO: Perhaps for the best.
Now, the Carlton Ware tea set that caught Jamali and Natasha's eyes.
Straight in at 20, yours at 20.
Are we all done?
22, it's climbing.
Come on, come on.
Keep going, keep going, keep going.
Are we all done?
At £32 now.
Got you, 35.
When it gets to 50, I'll be happy.
Now selling at 42.
We all done?
Got you at 42.
Are we all done at 42?
VO: A little drop of profit before costs, but it's welcome.
How much did we pay for it?
It keeps us in the game.
We paid 40.
Oh, so we made £2.
VO: One more for Bobby and Angus now - the fine little compact that the auctioneer thought a beaut.
30, I'm bid.
Got you at 32, to the room.
I'm cheering this one on.
Angus, you said it was worth money!
Here we go, here we go.
We're into profit.
We all done at 55?
Selling at 55...
Are we all done at 60?
Selling at 60.
Yours, sir, at 60.
Are we all done now?
VO: And that one nets a compact little win before costs.
You see that?
We made a £5 profit.
Very nice thing.
VO: Now it's the stereograph cards.
Right, who'll start me at £20, please?
20, I'm bid.
Oh, hold on, hold on.
That guy wants them.
27 in the room.
What did we pay?
50, you paid.
Looking for 35 now.
45 with the saleroom.
50 now, 50.
Looking for 55 online.
50 to the room now, thank you.
Oh, breaking even.
Are we all done at 50?
I'm selling at 50 now.
Are we all done?
To the room now, we all done?
VO: The sale price is a mirror image of the cost.
We're still in this Jamali, we're still in it.
VO: The small antique parrot for Bobby and Angus now.
Angus though it was cheep cheep, but will the buyers agree?
Who will start me at £30, please, for this lot?
30, anybody interested?
20 then to start.
In the room at 20.
30, I'm bid.
Bobby, how does that feel?
How much did they pay?
At £30 now, selling at 30.
Yours at 30.
Are we all done at 30?
Got you at 30, to the room.
Selling at 30 now.
Are we all done?
VO: That pecks out another small win.
Who made a profit?
VO: One more for Jamali and Natasha now - their unusual jug.
Will it attract a copper-bottomed profit?
Start me at £30, please, for this lot.
Try 20, then, to start.
Oh, I'm a wee bit embarrassed.
Got you at 20.
Yours, sir, at 20.
Are we all done at 20?
To the room at 20.
Are we all done at 20?
Got you at 20 now.
VO: An unlucky loss on that.
But both teams still have their expensive big-ticket items to try.
Angus and Bobby's carved stone cross.
Start me at £200, please, for this lot.
150, then, to start.
100, I'll take, on the phone.
Tell them it's Yorkshire stone.
Are we all done at 100?
Got you at 100.
Are we all done?
On the phone, 100.
100, I've got.
140, on the phone.
Bobby, how's your heart?
Got you at 150.
Are we all done at 150?
And that's very valuable.
Got you, 150.
150 now, thank you.
VO: They said their prayers, but it wasn't enough.
I'd be happy.
Bobby, you know you said you're gonna give me some tickets for your next gig?
Is that still on or is... or am I off the guest list now?
I'd like it if you came.
I like spending time with you, Angus.
Their very last lot now - Jamali and Natasha's boating-themed coat stand.
Start me at £100, please, for this.
100, I'm bid.
Got you at 100.
180, I'm bid.
I said you're gonna make money, I was right.
Yours at 190, are we all done at 190?
Are you serious?!
Got you at 190.
Are we all done at 190 now?
VO: And that sails off to a serious profit!
Jamali, I am so chuffed.
Because not only did you love it, you bought it with conviction.
You haggled for that bad boy, and you got money off, and it paid off!
So I think we should get out of here.
Yeah, come on.
Let's go, Bobby, I'll get you an ice cream again.
VO: He needs more than ice cream.
Both teams started this trip with £400.
After auction costs, Bobby and Angus made an unlucky loss of £135.80, and end up today with £264.20.
VO: While Jamali and Natasha made a profit, after costs, of £23.88, and finish today with £423.88.
Congratulations to victors, Jamali and Natasha!
VO: All final profits go to Children in Need.
Guys, thank you for making us laugh.
And Jamali, thank you for helping us to win.
It's been such a pleasure, and thank you very much.
It's been real fun.
And you, yeah.
Bobby, come on.
Well done, well done.
So nice to meet you.
Good to see you, Bobby.
We'll miss you!
It's the end of the road.
It's been special.
VO: It has!
Aight then, so the day is done.
I am victorious.
So I think we're done.
Neil, can you take us back to London, please?
VO: Cheerio, Neil!
(LAUGHS) Goodbye, chaps.