Exclusive: Antiques Road Trip welcomes new expert Mark Hill






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Journey on the road of antiquities audiences will be used to seeing the likes of Philip Serrell, Roo Irvine, Izzie Balmer and Raj Bisram travel the UK to uncover incredible treasures – but now there’s a new face in the driver’s seat.


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HELLO! can exclusively reveal that the expert in antiquities Marc Hill joined the line-up of the next series of the BBC One show, which is set to air later this year. Ahead of his debut, which will see him take part in a friendly competition with fellow expert Roo Irvine, read more about Mark here…


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Mark, 47, is no stranger to television, having appeared on Antiques Tour with Fiona Bruce since 2007, as well as other BBC programs like collectors and Antiquities discovered over the years.


However, as Mark saysantique car trip, which consists in fact of going to antique shops, markets and garage sales, is much closer to his daily life as a collector and expert in antiques. “It’s basically what I do for a livinge. Finding treasures in antique stores is what I do, so doing it with that kind of added competition makes me very excited,” he says.


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Mark’s passion for antiques began when he was young. “When I was a kid, I would find these things – I’m afraid I’m a very geeky kid – and I would research the story, find out all about it, learn on my own. I remember, i bought a pocket watch when i was about 15 or something then sold it for more money and I thought, ‘Can I make a career out of this?'”


“I’ve always loved a story which I think is a very human thing. For me it was all about the object and the story behind the object,” he adds.



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Mark began his career at one of the UK’s oldest auction houses


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Mark’s parents were more than supportive of his dreams of making a career out of his love for antiques. “My father came to England from New Zealand in 1964 to pursue his dream of working for a Formula 1 team, so he encouraged me – they both did – to do what I wanted to do. .”


As a result, Mark went on to study the history of art and architecture at the University of Reading where, in his own wordss, his eye for a good find funded both his “books and his bar bill”. Even before he graduated, he joined one of the oldest and biggest auctioneers in the world, Bonhams, and it wasn’t long before he worked his way up to auction.


“I started at the bottom and I mean, literally at the bottom,” he explains. “I used to clean and hold auctions but it was probably the best learning I think I could ever get and I would recommend anyone to do it because you’re just starting to deal with so many different things, learning from clients and to learn from specialists.”



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Mark joined the latest series of the BBC show


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One of the first things viewers will notice about Mark is his strong sense of style – which also happens to be rooted in his love for treasures from the past. “Most of the clothes I wear are vintage,” he says. “It’s about quality and it’s also about sustainability and recycling like any other antique.”


“I love wearing these because, without wanting to look holier than you, you have to think about the future of the environment. One of the things I can’t do is fast fashion.”


As for how his career in front of the cameras started, Mark reveals that it was “by pure chance” that he was scouted to participate in Antiques Tour over 15 years ago.


However, he describes his new role on Journey on the road of antiquities as “very, very different” from the Sunday afternoon staple. “The format is obviously different but it’s very fast and I love that.”


The show also brings him together with many, many experts he has met in his professional life over the years and his first trip sees him travel to the Scottish Highlands with fellow expert Roo Irvine whom he considers a “dear friend “.



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Mark was paired with Roo Irvine for his first stint on Journey on the road of antiquities


“Working with Roo is really great. She’s so much fun and I think what stands out is that they’re really two good friends traveling across the country with a competitive edge.”


As for how their first trip together went, Mark teases, “There have been a few occasions where I’ve had some really nice surprises. Really, really nice surprises, but you’re going to have to tune in! I will say that there are a few nice surprises with extremely pleasant results.”


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When he’s not in front of the cameras or at auction houses, Mark says he can be found at his London home which he shares with his partner and rescue cat, either curled up on the sofa reading a book, taking care of his garden or enjoying a good glass of wine.


However, he admits he spent last weekend at an antique fair because he couldn’t resist taking a look. “It was Confucius who said that if you find something you love to do, you’ll never have a day’s work in your life and i think that’s absolutely true. As deeply sad as it sounds, I’m just addicted to what I do. I love it.”


Antiques Road Trip is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now. Mark’s episodes will air on BBC One later in 2022.


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