‘Not enough antiques for my liking’: TV valuer in prime-time gameshow

John Bly on the show
John Bly on the show

A Tring-based valuer on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow recently appeared on the Amazing Greys gameshow.

The show pairs a duo, an ‘older star with a younger partner’. The challenger can win £10,000, but in order to win this, the challenger must defeat the ‘greys’ on two games out of the three played.

John Bly – whose specialty is furniture in the Antiques Roadshow – complained that a Barbie doll was among the list of things he had to guess the value of.

He said: “There were not any antiques there. It was a bit of a disappointment, really.”

The 75-year-old was up against Matt Holbrook from Bramhall during the prime-time show on Saturday evening.

They had to choose three items from a list of items that have been sold – and the person with the biggest combined total at the end won.

John picked George IV’s chariot, a signed copy of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and a rare gold-plated Lexus camera. His items were worth a total of £1,108,801.

Matt picked David Beckham’s Porsche, Ghandi’s glasses and JFK’s bomber jacket. Those items were worth a combined total of £593,225.

But John did have an instant advantage, as he had seen the £825,551 camera get sold to a mystery buyer.

John did not watch the programme – which was filmed a long time ago – as he was busy fundraising for The Hospice of St Francis in Northchurch.