Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Worthless Bottle

[It's possible that some people will later claim to have seen this humiliating incident on TV. -- bc]


The Guardian [UK]
24 August 2009

Fiona Bruce: 'If you look like the back end of a bus, you won't get the job.'

Decca Aitkenhead
The Guardian

During filming of the new Antiques Roadshow series, a man presented a glass bottle he had recently bought from an antiques shop. He had paid a considerable sum – more than £1,000 – and felt confident that it was worth more. He was smartly dressed and well-spoken, and appeared to know what he was talking about. The show's glass expert examined the bottle, consulted a colleague, and delivered his verdict. "I'm afraid it's an empty olive oil bottle, Tesco, circa 2008. It's worth nothing at all."

Fiona Bruce actually winces as she recalls the moment. "Now I suppose we could have broadcast it – but it was just too cruel. The guy was devastated." But surely, I exclaim, that would have been the money shot. "It is the money shot," she agrees. "But he was devastated, this man. And it would – well, it would have been too cruel." [...]