TV & Media History

David Harper has presented and appeared on 100’s of hours of BBC TV programmes. From The One Show to Celebrity Masterchef, Through The Keyhole to Countryfile, Celebrity Eggheads to The Heaven & Earth Show!…as well, of course BBC shows like Bargain Hunt, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Flog It, For What It’s Worth and The Antiques Road Trip. These hugely popular BBC programmes are shown in over 50 countries worldwide

The broadcasting career began in 1999 when David was asked to take part in a local BBC live radio phone-in to talk about antiques, his experiences in the business, antique values and their histories. This was a very nerve wracking experience and one that gave David his first ever night without any sleep! The experience however was literally life changing, thrilling and great fun for him. Soon after, other local radio stations booked David and for three years David would appear weekly on BBC radio taking live calls from listeners to discuss their antiques, dishing out advice valuations and funny stories! This was followed by offers to write for magazines and newspapers. This continued whilst David was running his antiques business which at the time included an antiques restoration and upholstery business making copies of Georgian and Victorian sofas.

Then in 2003, David began valuing antiques behind the camera for shows like ‘Cash In the Attic’ but a call came in 2004 from a company making a new antiques show for Channel 4. David was asked to screen test for this show and the production company sent a director from London with a camera to visit David in Barnard Castle.

The test seemed to go well, it wasn’t too difficult, David talked to the camera about his experience in the art and antiques business, told some stories and that was it…the director jumped back on the train to London.

The following day the producer telephoned and told David that he’d seen the screen test, it was great, he did really well, but that he’d like to do another one, before sending the tape to Channel 4! …The producer then suggested a few changes he’d like David to make before they filmed the next screen test!

The changes were: pluck your eyebrows, shave your beard off, wear some glasses, smarten yourself up a bit, shave your hair off and put some false tan on!

David did as requested and the following week, the same director arrived to film the second screen test. All seemed to go fine and two days later the producer called again with the fantastic news that Channel 4 would like David to present the show!…However, could he suggest a few changes before filming? Changes were: Grow your beard back, keep the glasses, keep the shaved head and plucked eyebrows, get a real sun tan and lose some weight!

David Harper is now a regular face on national television, he gives lively talks around the UK to private and corporate groups on subjects from antiques and TV to building confidence and is a world record holding auctioneer after selling dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson for £170,000!

BBC Stictly Come Dancing Children In Need Special!

BBC 1 Put your Money Where Your Mouth Is

The very first Antiques Roadtrip!

A memorable Bargain Hunt moment!