BBC's Antiques Road Show in Dundee

Date: (19/09/2019)

Sunday 22nd September sees the first broadcast of the iconic show from the V&A Dundee. It’s on the UK BBC1 at 8pm UK time. Photographer Moira Lavigillante went behind the scenes for TayScreen.

Antiques Roadshow made a welcome return to the Fife Tayside area on the east coast of Scotland having previously been in St. Andrews, Fife and Scone Palace, Perthshire.

It will also be on catch-up on the BBC i-Player.

Presenter Fiona Bruce is uncovering the fascinating story behind the design of this landmark museum, the first V&A outside London, and the treasures it houses.

Dundee produces an eclectic mix of finds from an exotic embossed bowl bought for £3 at a car boot sale to an impressive Japanese vase with an emotional back-story. Saucy seaside postcards sit alongside Victorian paintings, while 20th century finds include a Chopper bike and a Vivienne Westwood jacket.

And, militaria specialist, Mark Smith is thrilled to see what appear to be rare SAS medals and insignia but are they the real thing or just copies? The family story reveals all.

And it’s something of a military operation to plan and stage the roadshow ready for TV recording with a huge crew involved plus managing of the event as a couple of thousand people descend on the show. Some are there to get information and a valuation of heirlooms or other treasures but there’s a whole bunch there to enjoy the day and maybe witness some amazing discoveries.


TayScreen and Dundee City Council stepped up to the challenge to help get plans nailed down. This included blocking off a key Waterfront road running from east to west for the day to allow people attending to move safely between V&A Dundee and the reception area at the city’s Slessor Gardens.

Fife Tay based photographer Moira Lavigillante was on hand to capture all the hard work by the BBC production team.