Bargain Hunt’s Charles Hanson speaks out on changes to BBC show

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Bargain Hunt has aired on BBC One since March 2000, and from August 2002 to November 2004, it even took on a primetime slot. The show was originally fronted by David Dickinson, but from 2003 to 2016, it was presented by Tim Wonnacott. The programme also sees a number of experts helping out the teams, where they share their advice about the antiques.

Charles Hanson, who has been a regular on the show since it began, explained in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk that there have been “huge changes” in the show.

“We had David Dickinson first and then we had Tim Wonnacott,” Charles began before adding: “One of the contestants was so in awe of Mr Wonnacott.

“I think still the show is very much what it is. You have the hour, you have £300 to buy three items.

“There are now shall we say challenges where you get to buy a certain item or spend a certain amount of money over £75, and then the expert gets the leftover money.

“What I’ve done is always spend the money to really have a go and to make a memory.

“And I’ll either make a fortune or lose it all, but I’m a bit of a gambler, and so I like to give the show an edge…give it a spark.”

The expert went on to add the show isn’t the only thing that has changed.

Charles admitted the way he sells antiques has changed dramatically over the years.

“It has changed hugely,” he added. “From 2012 from having many buyers in the [auction] rooms and now, business being online.

“Work has changed a lot and the market for antiques has changed.”

When Charles isn’t filming Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt, he is running his own auction room called Hansons Auctioneers.

And while he has a hectic schedule juggling his work commitments, Charles has no plans of leaving Bargain Hunt.

“I have done them both since 2002, and 2009 and for me, it’s great to be seen on the show,” he said.

“I love meeting the public, I love hopefully being able to share my knowledge with the public at home, who like to see what I talk about and pick up.

“It’s a great joy to be on the show, and one person even said to me, ‘You’re the Ken Barlow of Bargain Hunt, you’ve been there so long, you’ve been there from the start’.

“I am still only 44, but time flies when you’re having fun and it’s fun doing the shows as long as they may continue.”

During his time as an expert, Charles has had many unique and rare items come his way.

He even once sold a piece of Prince Charles’ uneaten toast from his wedding day to Princess Diana.

The item sold at auction for a staggering £800.

Another career highlight for the expert was when he valued a rare Chinese vase.

Bargain Hunt is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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