Our antiques expert David Harper features on a Children in Need celebrity specail edition of Bargain Hunt BBC1 today 15th November 2013 at 12.15pm.
Tim Wonnacott presents a celebrity Children in Need special from Kedleston. Joining Catherine Southon are star Strictly dancers Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, and with David Harper are Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett. Not only is there dancing in the aisles at the auction with Tim, but there are also some of the highest ever bids on Bargain Hunt!
BBC Bargain Hunt http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006nb9z
BBC Bargasin Hunt Children In Need special http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hwsbv
David Harper is a TV antiques expert and presenter for many years he has featured on BBC TV antiques shows like Antiques Roadtrip, Bargain Hunt, Put Your Money where Your Mouth Is and Cash In The Attic. He has appeared on Ready Steady Cook and has been featured on Through The Keyhole! David Harper has also run his own successful antiques business handling the sales of art and antiques internationally, in addition to contributions for various media and journalism projects.
DAVID HARPER – BACKGROUND:
From the age of 5 David has had a burning passion for history and artifacts and began collecting, researching and studying all levels of antiques and art from that age. Beginning in farmers fields collecting broken bits of pottery and clay pipes (and searching for Saxon Treasure!) he steadily moved on to his first purchase at the age of 9 (A silver plated Victorian sweet basket, which is still in the family!) and began making a living fulltime from antiques and art at the age of 18. David has owned antiques restoration businesses, shipped antiques to and from America (as well as having a business there) and exhibited at some of the top fairs in the UK. At the age of 23, David was one of the youngest directors of a PLC company in the country – the company made and shipped antique style furniture from Thailand to Europe and America and David was asked to join the board because of his antiques knowledge and experience
MEDIA CAREER INTRODUCTION:
The media came to David Harper by accident! In 1999 he was recommended by the curator of Bowes Museum to appear on BBC radio to discuss the value of art and antiques and to give live valuations on air! He reluctantly agreed and due to nerves didn’t sleep for 24 hours beforehand! But David loved the experience and was soon contacted by other radio station to do the same. So for 5 years, David Harper worked on various weekly radio shows around the UK, taking calls, valuing antiques and art and giving advice on where and how to buy and sell. It was at this point he also began to write articles for magazines.
In 2004 David Harper was asked to value antiques off screen for TV antiques shows – This he did (again for free!) until eventually he was asked to screen test for a new Channel 4 Antiques show called Natural Born Dealers. David passed the screen test and his TV career began from there!
TV SHOWS AND PROJECTS: Bargain Hunt,Cash In The Attic, Antiques Roadtrip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
David Harper is now a much loved and respected TV antiques expert and presenter on BBC TV antiques shows like Antiques Roadtrip, Bargain Hunt, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Cash In The Attic.
David Harper also presents antiques and art related stories and investigations for TV. From Tommies War – a film about the discovery on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow of a First World War illustrated diary, in addition he has presented an undercover investigation into the Illegal Ivory Trade in the UK…both films were seen on BBC TV.
GUEST TV SPOTS AND JOURNALISM
He has also appeared as a guest on shows like Ready Steady Cook, Heaven & Earth,Inside Out and has even been featured on Through The Keyhole!
David also writes articles for national magazines and newspapers and is currently working on a book
2013 saw him complete filming on several episodes of ‘Bargain Hunt’, ‘Antiques Roadtrip’ and ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ shows which will air throughout 2014 on the BBC.