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Antiques Roadshow Behind the Scenes: An Insider's Guide to PBS's #1 Weekly Show Paperback – December 1, 2009
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Packed with quick hits called "Marsha's Musings," Bemko shares insights on the personalities and logistical demands that go into making ARS, but that's only the beginning. The book combines valuable "how to" tips for collectors with tales of wrap-party hi-jinks and appraisers' favorite recollections from 13 years of cross-country travels.
The show's history is honestly reviewed, warts and all, including the infamous "watermelon sword" episode in which two appraisers concocted a scenario to inflate the value of a Confederate weapon. The fraud resulted in a strict code of conduct for all ARS appraisers.
Hundreds of color photos feature happy (or shocked) collectors and treasures brought to the show, and profile the team in front of and behind the cameras. Bemko also recalls her favorite appraisal stories, and first on her list is Lark Mason being overcome with emotion as he views a carved marble lion from China (valued at more than $100,000).
But her fondest reminiscences are reserved for "ordinary people collecting what they love without really knowing, or caring, what the pieces may be worth." And that, in a nutshell, sums up the appeal of this book, and the continued success of Antiques Roadshow. It's not just the appraisers or the objects, but the curious collectors -- whether shy or outrageous -- that draw us to the show.
This will make an ideal gift for the antique lover on your Christmas list, no matter what their collecting passion.
Accompanied by mostly color photos and occasional sidebars, information includes how the show first came to America (it was inspired by one in Britain), an intriguing and shocking controversy from the first season, silly things people have brought to be appraised, how the show is set up in each town it visits, and information about and advice from the show's favorite appraisers. My favorite section is the last chapter, which contains updates on what happened to some of the antiques that appeared on the show. While _Antiques Roadshow_ does occasionally have these types of updates available on their official website, I wish this section were longer.
_Antiques Roadshow_ is a vast production, especially considering that
its set is created in each town it visits! It visited my state recently, and (not having any interesting antiques) I was tempted to get in their ticket raffle just to see how it all works! I didn't, but thankfully this book explains it all, without having to stand in line for hours! If you enjoy the show from the trunk opening with the catchy theme song playing in the background to the ending with the often-humorous feedback booth, you'll enjoy finding out all about its intricate workings and the people who work so enthusiastically to bring it to us.
We are fans of Antiques Roadshow and this book looks like fun.
Arrived promptly and well packaged.
I bought it for my husband who has an interest in antiques and he tells me about something he found interesting in it every night.
We both love it!
Well, as a diehard fan of the show, I can say that I really enjoyed reading this book, and that I think that every other fan will like it as well. Do yourself a favor, and get this book!
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The book provides a good overview of how Antiques Roadshow is produced. I liked the chapters focused on the appraisers and the antiques that were special over the years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Venice, CA
Love the book and learn so much about this Wonderful show..thanks..Published 11 months ago by Thorisa Yap
Fascinating read for fans of the show. Interesting to read how the "regulars" got into the antique business, as well as the selection process for airing certain... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carol W. Aigner
I love the TV show. It was very interesting to learn all of the inner working of what it takes to put on such an amazing show - week after week. Really fun read.Published on June 5, 2013 by Amy Daveler
Gave this for a Christmas gift to my Grandmother and she liked it. Has information on how the show works and what you can do if you get into the show.Published on January 28, 2013 by R. Cushman