Stop the average Brit – gent or lady – in their tracks, and demand to know their ambitions, and two things will startle you. Firstly, that 99.3 per cent of the time their prime ambition is to become unimaginably rich – just a quid a week on the lottery, or through a chance discovery in the attic. A revelation which links completely seamlessly to our love of TV programmes about antiques – the finding and selling of which is probably the ultimate “get rich quick” scheme.
There’s nothing to dislike about these shows. The soundtracks are plinky plonky and cheerful, the experts are ruddy cheeked, loud and never anything less than enormously over-enthusiastic. And if there’s a more heart-warming sight in the world than watching a confused buyer with a dusty old plate suddenly discovering that she’s a millionaire, we have yet to see it.
On the downside, it can convince you that every single car boot sale is secretly an Aladdin’s Cave. This isn’t really the case.
Writes Josh Burt
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