Bargain Hunt's Charles Hanson hits out at BBC after cancellation of beloved show | The Sun

BARGAIN Hunt's auctioneer Charles Hanson revealed he has still not forgiven the BBC for cancelling 'very wholesome' tv show.

Beloved daytime antiques show BBC Flog It! was cancelled in 2020 after running for 18 years.

The show surpassed 1,000 episodes and has been running since 2002.

The BBC ditched the antique-selling series to make way for a "new generation" of daytime programming.

Bargain Hunt and the Antiques Road Trip star Charles expressed his disappointment when the BBC axed the show.

He told Derbyshire Live: “I was watching Flog It on Saturday and I thought ‘this is a good show, I don’t know why the BBC canned it’.

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"I think Flog It was so real, it was so humble and we saw the journey from objects’ background and ownership to the joy of bringing people together in a community programme.

“And then I think many people and antiques fans appreciated the real value of a real auction with no impact seen on other TV shows which can persuade people to bid more.

"It was about the mechanics of the auction room being seen across the country, and it was enjoyed a lot because it was so diverse in the variety of items and people. For many, it was very wholesome BBC TV.”

When asked about his highlights from the much-loved show, he said: “The highlight for me on Flog It was probably handling a silver trophy made as an award by Faberge for the best car of 1924. It made about £6,000. It was a long time ago in 2018.”

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Charles also took to Twitter and wrote: “It was a shame the BBC said cheerio to antique show Flog It!

"It was a good format with real and informative auction results and great finds around the U.K.”

The 45-minute programme invited members of the public to try and make money from their antiques, which are valued by experts, and is hosted by Paul Martin.

BBC controller of daytime and programming Dan McGolphin said in a statement at the time of cancelling: "If we're trying to create the new generation then some of the long-running shows will have to go.

"Now and again, we reach a time to move on and modernise, bringing through some new shows.

“The ideas we have here are hugely scalable, they are modern and accessible, lots of fun and hugely relevant to people across the UK.”

Many of the new programmes was home-focused, with one addition being Home Is Where the Art Is.

The show sees amateur artists compete to produce a piece for one house, with three creatives battling it out per episode.

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Flog It! is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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