A Lincoln couple loved their time on BBC One’s Bargain hunt and said it was “surreal watching it back” when the episode aired last week.
James and Becky Frost first applied to be on the show when it appeared on the television in the canteen at James’ former place of work Branston Potatoes. The couple then filled out a 15-page application before attending interviews in Sheffield around two-and-a-half years ago.
The coronavirus lockdown delayed proceedings before they went to an Antiques Fair at Southwell Racecourse for filming as the show’s blue team in November last year.
Although the show is only 45 minutes long, it was filmed over two days. Further filming took place in December 2021 for the auction at Golding Young & Mawer (The Lincoln Auction Rooms) in North Hykeham, although the Lincoln couple had to participate in this part remotely from Retford.
The episode aired on September 23, 2022 and, as well as showing James and Becky at the racecourse, presenter Roo Irvine also visited the Usher Gallery in Lincoln to view some one-of-a-kind timepieces.
James now works at Ryvita in Bardney as a multi-skilled operator and his wife Becky is a community outreach worker for the homeless.
He told The Lincolnite that on the show they were given £300 to buy three items – something feline related, one for a minimum of £75, and another with no set criteria.
They managed to barter for a small porcelain cat for £22 and also purchased a Victorian Ladies Companion box for around £90. They also picked up a green hand-carved stone teapot for £55, meaning they spent £167 in total.
James, 47, said: “It was actually quite exciting. There was a lot of sitting, being patient and waiting, but we made friends with the other contestants (Beth and her mother-in-law Julie). The crew did a great job of helping us feel relaxed.
“We were quite nervous during filming and at one of the stalls we were looking at an item, decided to buy it and bartered the price down, but we had to stop to do reshoots, so it was quite long process. I really enjoyed it though.
“We have been in the audience on Judge Rinder before around three years ago, but have never done anything like this.
“It was surreal watching it back. We were surrounded by friends and all laughing. It was so fun to watch back, but it felt strange seeing ourselves on television.
“We also had no idea where the rest of the show (that we weren’t in) was going to be filmed, so it was great watching it to see they also went to Lincoln.”
Nick Hall was assigned as the red team’s antiques expert to help guide them, but unfortunately James and Becky did not win. James said they finished on around -£41 compared to the blue team’s -£8.
James added that he’d love to go on more television shows in the future, including Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel, as well as Blankety Blank as he loves presenter Bradley Walsh.