Wednesday, 26 June 2013


It is always a good fun day from the time the BBC arrive at Hungerford Arcade for filming to the time they leave.  On this occasion we had them here filming twice in one week!  The first day featured, television antiques expert, James Braxton and the second day, later in the week featured, television antiques expert, Jonty Hearnden.  They were here at the Arcade to film 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'.  This is the programme where the experts buy items as cheaply as possible and then sell them on to make as big a profit as possible.  All the profit they make goes to their chosen charity.

First, Adrian Jefferies and Frances Jones, stallholders at Hungerford Arcade, met up with James Braxton and after some friendly banter and to their delight, Adrian was able to purchase two silver christening mugs and Frances an envelope card table from James.  James then met Stewart Hofgartner from Below Stairs just across the road from the Arcade in Hungerford.  Stewart is also a television antiques expert on ITV.   Stewart bought a Victorian item from James to which Stewart commented, "I should be able to scrape a profit out of it!".  The item being a boot scraper!   

On the second day of filming, Jonty Hearnden arrived and met up with Pete Marsh, also a stallholder at the Hungerford Arcade.  Pete was very excited by what Jonty had for sale and after the usual wheeler dealer bargaining, he purchased a 19th century brass and copper military flask and a pair of 19th century silver epaulettes.  

Great fun was had on both days of filming and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, much to the amusement of the customers!


James Braxton  and proud owner
of two silver mugs, Adrian Jefferies

Envelope card table bought by Frances Jones from James Braxton
Where are you Frances?  Must be camera shy!

James Braxton taking a break during filming

Jonty Hearnden during filming

Left to right: Adrian, owner of Hungerford Arcade with Jonty Hearnden and Pete Marsh holding the silver epaulettes

Brass and copper 19th century powder flask also bought by Pete Marsh from Jonty Hearnden

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