Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould at TW Gaze in Diss to film BBC show
She was in London presenting BBC One’s flagship Ten O’Clock News programme on Thursday night.
But Fiona Bruce was up bright and early on Friday morning to shoot part of her latest television show in Diss.
The 48-year-old was at TW Gaze auction house with co-presenter Philip Mould to film for the upcoming third season of their primetime BBC documentary, Fake or Fortune.
The duo turned heads inside Salesroom Two of the venue in Roydon Road, as they shot repeated takes of several typically busy auction scenes.
Bruce, who arrived in the town by train, said: “This is my first time in Diss, and my first visit to TW Gaze. It’s a lovely auction house.
“Auctions are such fun things to attend, but I try not to bid myself, as there are too many temptations!”
Matt Brand, the venue’s auction rooms manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome the BBC crew here for filming. The show goes out on a key Sunday night slot, so this will be our biggest exposure to date.”
A camera crew filmed Bruce and Mould - resplendent in a chestnut-coloured leather jacket, and a navy single-breasted suit, respectively - walking into the packed salesroom, watching on as TW Gaze partner Elizabeth Talbot conducted an auction, and admiring some of the lots on display.
The particular episode the BBC team was filming involved trying to certify the authenticity of a supposed Édouard Vuillard painting purchased at TW Gaze about five years ago.
The post-impressionist work - which depicts the figure of a lady sitting in a cafe interior - was bought from a Suffolk family by an anonymous bidder for £11,000 in Diss.
However, if proved to be a genuine Vuillard, the painting could be worth in excess of £100,000.
As part of the filming, it was brought back to Diss in a secure vehicle.
Mould, who was awarded the OBE for services to art in 2005, will be familiar to fans of fellow BBC Antiques Roadshow, where he works alongside Bruce as one of the programme’s resident experts.
Speaking while on a break, he told the Diss Express: “TW Gaze has an increasing profile, and you would be surprised at how many things first emerge in country auction houses.
“It’s very exciting, as this is the first day of filming, and though we start here, in Diss, this episode will take us to Paris, Switzerland, and all over the British Isles.”
The Fake or Fortune episode featuring TW Gaze will be aired in the autumn.
TW Gaze has been in Diss since 1857, and attracts visitors from across the country.
This is not the first time the auction house has appeared in a BBC show, as Flog It, Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Cash in the Attic have all filmed episodes at the venue.
And crews from the former two shows - presented by Paul Martin and Tim Wonnacott, respectively - will be back again in Diss this summer to film episodes.
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