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BARGAIN Hunt is classic daytime TV which asks contestants to find valuable items at antique fairs before selling them on for the highest profit they can.
The long-running show has five presenters – Eric Knowles, Charlie Ross, Anita Manning, Christina Trevanion and Natasha Raskin Sharp. Here’s all you need to know about the famous five…
Ceramic antique expert Eric Knowles, who is a presenter on Bargain HuntCredit: Rex Features
Who is Bargain Hunt presenter Eric Knowles?
Eric, 68, is an antique expert from Nelson, Lancashire, whose main interest is in ceramics.
Before forging a TV career he worked with prestigious auction house Bonhams and in 1981, he was made the head of their ceramic department.
His first TV appearance was on fellow BBC show The Antiques Roadshow and he has also appeared on Going, Going, Gone and Noel’s House Party.
Eric became one of the Bargain Hunt presenters in 2016 and says his favourite part of the job is meeting the contestants and guest experts.
Bargain Hunt presenter Anita Manning, who is an expert at finding antique furnitureCredit: BBC
Who is Bargain Hunt presenter Anita Manning?
Originally from Glasgow, 73-year-old Anita has been a presenter on Bargain Hunt since 2016.
She developed her love of antiques after her dad would take her to auctions in the city’s famous Sauchiehall Street when she was a youngster.
Anita later became an antique buyer and specialised in furniture and would drive a truck all around England and Ireland trying to find gems.
She has been a regular on TV after appearing on Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip, where she bought a Buddha statue for £50 and later sold it for £3,800.
Anita says the best thing about being on Bargain Hunt is sharing people’s enthusiasm for antiques and collectables.
Auctioneer Charlie Ross, who is also on the presenting rota for Bargain HuntCredit: Rex Features
Who is Bargain Hunt presenter Charlie Ross?
Charlie, 70, from Oxford, has enjoyed a 50 years career working with antiques and has since become an auctioneer.
His career in antiques started with an interest in vintage furniture and he later established his own auction house.
Charlie is also the auctioneer at the world famous Pebble Beach Vintage Car Auction in California and at the Scottsdale car auction in Arizona.
He often appeared on TV to give his expert opinion on shows such as Flog It! and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
In January 2016, he was made one of the four regular presenters of Bargain Hunt.
The youngest Bargain Hunt presenter, Natasha Raskin, who is an art collectorCredit: Getty Images
Who is Bargain Hunt presenter Natasha Raskin Sharp?
Natasha, 35, is the youngest of all the Bargain Hunt presenters with a passion for antiques and art.
She was born in Glasgow in 1986 into a family of art collectors with her dad Philip Raskin being a successful artist.
After graduating from Glasgow University, Natasha joined McTear’s Auctions, specialising in contemporary art.
She also appeared on Antiques Road Trip, Flog It! and even worked with Barack Obama during the primary election campaign in 2008.
Natasha says the best thing about being a Bargain Hunt presenter is getting travel up and down the country visiting the UK’s cities, towns and villages.
Who is Bargain Hunt presenter Christina Trevanion?
39-year-old Christina is a British auctioneer and television personality who founded auctioneers and valuers firm Trevanion & Dean alongside business partner Aaron Dean.
Her business holds monthly auctions of Fine Arts, Antiques and Collectables according to its website.
Recently, Christina took to social media to share that Trevanion Auctioneers and Valuers had re-opened following the coronavirus lockdown.
Christina has been in the antiques and auctioning business for over a decade, having worked at Christie’s, Halls and Hansons.
Who are the former Bargain Hunt presenters?
When Bargain Hunt first hit screens in 2000, it was presented by David Dickinson, who cemented its place as a daytime TV favourite.
In 2006, he was poached by ITV and Tim Winnacott was given the presenting role.
He fronted the programme until 2015 when he left citing personal reasons.
However, it was reported that the reason behind his departure was after he has a furious bust-up with producers.