BBC Daytime has commissioned The Repair Shop indie Ricochet to produce a brand-new, twenty-part series for BBC One, The Vintage French Farmhouse.

The series will be produced from Ricochet’s Glasgow office, and follows some familiar faces from the world of antique dealers as the team head across the channel in search of vintage bargains in rural France.

Dealers including Adi Higham, Ian Humphries, Jo Roberts, Jacqui Harris and Harry Khwaja will be staying in a French farmhouse in Provence.

Each 45-minute episode will see three dealers head out to markets and a brocante (the French word for flea-market) in search of antiques, curios and collectables they think will appeal to the British marketplace.

Along the way our dealers will offer  take-home tips to viewers on how to spot a bargain, how to haggle for the right price and the best way to sell it on for a profit. They return to the farmhouse to clean up their treasures and take photos to create images. Then it’s time to post the items for sale online. Whoever makes the most profit from their sales wins the day.

Commissioner for BBC Daytime, Muslim Alim, comments, “We’re looking forward to showing audiences the delights and delicacies of the south of France. This programme will not only excite audiences with vintage finds and haggling tips from the experts but open up a new way to escape their homes and explore the flea markets of France.”

Executive producer for Ricochet, Rae Gilder, says, “The Vintage French Farmhouse will be an escapist treat that shows us that there is good money to be made buying and selling in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

The series is the first commission from Ricochet’s Glasgow office lead by Rob Butterfield who is also executive producer of the series. He said: “Provence is an untapped treasure trove of antiques for our insatiable hunters. BBC Daytime viewers will be familiar with some of our antiques dealers from the likes of The Bidding Room; and to see them in the stunning French countryside will be a treat for 2023.”

This series is commissioned by acting head of Daytime and Early Peak, Lindsay Bradbury and commissioner for BBC Daytime, Muslim Alim. Rae Gilder and Rob Butterfield are the executive producers and Dave Martin is series producer. Filming starts shortly for transmission in 2023.

Pippa Considine

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