One of my TV favorites is Antiques Roadshow on PBS. I don’t watch every program, but I watch it often enough that I get teased about it by family members. I don’t care if it’s not the latest trend; I like watching it!
One nice thing about this show is that you don’t have to watch every minute of it. If you come in late or leave to refresh your cup of tea, you’re not completely lost. You might miss an object or too, but you don’t have to worry about figuring out what’s going on. Another thing I like about it is the variety of antique items. From art to guns to old toys to Art Deco jewelry, there’s something for everyone.
The next-to-best part is the people. For someone who likes people watching, there’s a great mix of people, from oddballs to fashion-plate ladies to teenagers. And of course it’s fun to see the reactions of the owners when they find out their garage sale buy is priceless or the heirloom is worth half what they expected. (Most are polite or diplomatic, good for them for showing grace under pressure!) Even the experts who get excited about their finds are fun to watch. And I love the Feedback Booth feature.
The best part of this show is the stories. Often the owners will have great stories about who they inherited from or how they got the object they brought to the show. Sometimes the experts will share interesting stories about the artist or the object’s origin or possible journey to its current resting place. As a writer, I think the story is always the important thing!
Here’s a link to the PBS page for Antiques Roadshow: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/. Hoping all your finds are good ones, even if they aren’t valuable in terms of money!