Go behind the scenes of PBS’ popular series "Antiques Roadshow" exploring everyday folks’ antiques.
A huge wooden likeness of Abraham Lincoln’s head rolls by on the left as a laundry basket holding a painting and a figurine-base lamp nudges you from the right. Where are you? At the “Antiques Roadshow
” Cincinnati appraisal event, where more than 70 antiques specialists from auction houses across the country offered free appraisals of the locals’ family heirlooms.
Appraisals filmed there will be blended into three hourlong episodes of the popular “Antiques Roadshow” series on PBS. Launched in 1997, it’s modeled after a British show of the same name that premiered in 1979. The particular combination of treasure hunt, history lesson and personal stories has caught on, attracting about 10 million viewers each week. “I would say we’re the first show that came along to appreciate old things and cause the masses to take a second look at their objects,” says executive producer Marsha Bemko, now in her 14th year with “Roadshow.”