For the first time in its 11 year run the Bargain Hunt team will travel to Australia to test out our eye for a bargain.
The Bargain Hunt team will film five one-hour television specials in Australia in early August which will be broadcast exclusively on The LifeStyle Channel in early 2012.
“Bargain Hunt is such a loved series by loyal LifeStyle Channel viewers and frequently features in our top rating shows each weeknight,” said Nicole Sheffield, General Manager, LifeStyle Channels. “We are thrilled the team are coming down under and think the relaxed Aussie sensibility will bring a new dimension to the format and introduce a whole new audience to the show. I can’t wait to see what they uncover, what Aussie doesn’t love a bargain!”
Bargain Hunt combines all the excitement of a competition, the fun of shopping for a bargain, the fascination of antiques and the drama of an auction. Bargain Hunt Australia will celebrate the history of Australia and examine the antiques that are in the country and their origins.
In the series, two teams of two contestants – the Red team and the Blue team – are each handed a budget and let loose at an antiques fair. They have just one-hour to trawl the stalls for items that they hope to sell later for a higher price. Each team is assigned an antiques expert to advise and tell them about the items which catch their eye. But expert help is not always enough to curb the amateurs’ enthusiasm for an unwise purchase. The team which makes the most profit (or invariably, the least loss) wins.
Bargain Hunt Australia is being produced in association with The LifeStyle Channel. The Bargain Hunt team including effervescent host Tim Wonnacott and two of his trusty antiques experts, David Barby and Paul Laidlaw, will be travelling to Australia to film the specials.
Host Tim Wonnacott says, "I cannot express how excited I am to be coming to Australia in August to make the Bargain Hunt Australia specials. How will the shopping go? Does the Australian Auction scene compare favourably with those in Britain? But most importantly will the teams make profits? Whatever the outcome we are sure to have fun!"
If you would like to apply to be on the Australian specials please go to www.bbc.co.uk/bargainhunt
The five episodes of Bargain Hunt Australia will form part of series 31 of the program and will screen in the UK on BBC ONE early next year. Now in its eleventh year of production, the series is seen by two million viewers in the UK every weekday.
With laughs and valuable lessons along the way, will the Aussie teams find out that it’s not as easy as it looks?
BARGAIN HUNT screens weeknights at 6.30pm on The LifeStyle Channel, FOXTEL and AUSTAR.
To apply to be on the the show click here www.bbc.co.uk/bargainhunt