THE TV programme Antiques Road Trip was filmed in Lavenham, Clare and Long Melford recently for a new run of the daytime BBC series.
Antiques experts Charlie Ross and Charlie Hanson present the show and compete against one another to see who can make the most money from antiques they haggle to buy, and subsequently sell at auction.
The trademark opening scene – with the pair of them arriving in a vintage car – had to be abandoned when the car broke down on the way to visit Timbers antiques shop in Lavenham High Street. Instead, they had to hitch a lift to the village.
Timbers owner Jeni White said: “It was great fun, and both of them were witty and amusing.
“They are supposed to come in a vintage car but it broke down and they had to hitch hike and managed to get a newly-qualified doctor to agree to take them to our shop.
“I gave them a lift to their next shop in my own car.”
She said the television show was being filmed at antiques shops in Clare and Long Melford as well as a boot sale in Woolpit.
The episode will not be aired until mid-October and so she has been sworn to secrecy about their antique purchases – but says one was something very heavy for the garden and the other was a medieval artifact.
Both items were auctioned in Greenwich on Saturday, July 2.