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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is coming to OSBORNE, ISLE OF WIGHT on Thursday 14 September

What story will you bring?

It’s time to dust off your treasures for a great, free day out as BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow comes to Osborne, on the Isle of Wight, on Thursday 14 September.

Many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale bargains for inspection by the experts.

Antiques Roadshow celebrates a special anniversary this year. On May 17 1977, the cameras rolled at Hereford Town Hall, as presenter Bruce Parker and expert Arthur Negus welcomed the first visitors to the very first recording of Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce, who marks her tenth year presenting the programme, said: “The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day. The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all viewers. If you are a fan of Antiques Roadshow, curious to see behind the scenes, or just fancy a day out, I would urge you to dig out your treasures and come along – we’d love to see you!”

Antiques Roadshow Executive Editor, Simon Shaw said: “We are looking forward to coming to see us at the magnificent Osborne on Thursday 14 September. It’s the first time we have held a Roadshow at Osborne, and our experts are excited about what finds may come to light on the day.

“Our team of experts and Fiona love nothing better than hearing people’s stories and seeing what items they bring, so we hope as many people as possible come to Osborne and enjoy what our visitors consistently tell us is a fantastic day out. Even after 40 years, the magic formula of surprising some lucky guests with exciting news about their treasures is still a thrill for us, the visitors and the viewers.”

The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required. For parking arrangements at the venue, please check our website.

Visitors are welcome to just turn up on the day, but if they have an item with a particularly unusual story attached, or perhaps an interesting collection, or large items of furniture, they can let us know in advance via the Share Your Story link on www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow Alternatively, email: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk or write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR.

Please note this is an exterior event, so we advise all visitors to dress accordingly. More information on planning your visit can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

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Note to editors: Highlights of our 2016 Roadshows included a ‘lost’ masterpiece by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, worth £200,000-£300,000, an 18th century doll’s house of national importance worth £150,000-£200,000, and the moment we reunited the belongings of a World War Two air ace with members of his family.

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Pamela Parkes

Publicist – Antiques Roadshow

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Natalie Dormer to star in BBC’s factual drama telling the story of the Isle of Wight’s “Scandalous Lady W”

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer is to star in a BBC2 factual drama on August 20th, re-telling the tale of the Isle of Wight’s “scandalous” Lady in Red.

Natalie Dormer will star as Lady Seymour Worsley who, aged 17, married Sir Richard Worsley the 7th Baronet of Appuldurcombe House on the Isle of Wight, on September 20th 1775.

Badly suited to one another, the couple’s marriage began to fall apart shortly after it began.  Lady Worsley was rumoured to have had 27 lovers, one of whom was Captain George Bissett – Sir Richard’s best friend.

The BBC TV drama – titled The Scandalous Lady W – will recount the 18th century scandal on the Isle of Wight, which shocked the British upper classes.  Natalie Dormer (Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, The Tudors) leads a cast of British actors in the gripping 18th century factual drama produced by Wall to Wall Media and directed by Sheree Folkson for BBC Two.  The untold true story of Lady Worsley is brought to life by award-winning writer David Eldridge.

Eldridge based his screenplay on author Hallie Rubenhold’s book Lady Worsley’s Whim.  The book is inspired by the full length oil painting of Lady Worsley that hangs in Harewood House in Yorkshire.  She is depicted wearing a bright red riding habit.

Dormer plays Seymour Worsley, a passionate, courageous woman at the centre of a very public trial brought by her powerful husband Sir Richard Worsley, played by Shaun Evans (Endeavour, The Lost Weekend).  The one-off ninety-minute factual drama is currently scheduled to appear on BBC2 on August 20th.

Located near to Wroxall on the Isle of Wight, Appuldurcombe House today is the shell of a large 18th-century baroque house, cared for by English Heritage.It stands in Capability Brown designed grounds where there is also an Owl & Falconry Centre.

Sir Richard Worsley became the seventh baronet in 1768 and took up residence at Appuldurcombe in 1772.  He represented the peak of the Worsleys wealth and influence, becoming a privy councillor and “comptroller of George III’s household”.  By 1782, he had completed the rebuilding of Appuldurcombe in the Palladian style. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, meanwhile, was hired to redesign a huge ornamental park around the house.

The ‘new’ Appuldurcombe was a wonder to behold: a gem of Georgian architecture situated in landscaped grounds set in beautiful countryside.  However, Richard was disastrously unsuccessful in his marriage to the heiress Seymour Dorothy Fleming, which lasted from 1775 to1782.  The proceedings of their scandalous divorce case ruined his public reputation and the failure of the marriage doomed the Worsley dynasty.

For further details of Appuldurcombe House, visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/appuldurcombe-house/.

All other tourist information about the Isle of Wight can be found at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information, please contact:
Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer
Tel: 07766 705672
E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

NEW TELEVISION SERIES SHOT ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

An episode of a brand new television series in which Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge, Len Goodman, takes a well-loved famous face back in time to recreate their own childhood holiday has been filmed on the Isle of Wight.

“Holiday of my Lifetime” is a new BBC One daytime series which focuses on holidays from yesteryear, reminding us of the beauty and fun of classic trips such as rambling, camping, bus tours, caravan parks and river cruises. Viewers will be taken back in time to an era before air-con and sat-navs, when journeys were made using a Seventies banger with hot car seats or a campervan with a cassette player and when in-car entertainment was more ‘I spy’ than iPad!

In the Isle of Wight show, Len Goodman takes broadcaster and campaigner Esther Rantzen back to the Island to relive her holiday as a 6-year old in 1946. Len will be seen helping Esther to retrace her steps by visiting the coastal village of Bembridge where she and Len do a spot of crabbing, just as she did all those years ago.

They enjoyed a trip to Carisbrooke Castle to watch the daily demonstration of the donkeys and a visit to The Needles Park where Len surprises Esther with a chairlift ride with stunning views of the Island’s coastline. Robin Hill’s magical new event attraction “Electric Woods” also features in the programme as well as Isle of Wight Adventure Activities. Along the way Esther reveals that her journalistic curiosity may have started during her time on the Isle of Wight.

The filming was facilitated by Visit Isle of Wight, the tourist board for the Island, who were able to provide support and act as a liaison between the television crew and relevant tourism providers.

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer for Visit Isle of Wight, said: “We were first approached by the programme makers back in June. They requested our assistance in finding suitable film locations and in tracking down people who had holidayed on the Island in the mid 1940s and we were delighted to help”.

The episode in which the Isle of Wight features is due to be broadcast BBC1 on Tuesday, 21st October at 15.45 and will be available for a short time afterwards on the BBC iPlayer. For more information, vist http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2014/42/holiday-of-my-lifetime

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For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to editors

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight. As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org