Each episode begins with an introduction by the host (currently Mark L.
Walberg) followed by an announcement of the taping location. Boise Hour 1, Chattanooga Hour 2, or Raleigh Hour 3.
Various three- to four-minute-long segments of selected people talking about their item(s) and their appraisers talking about the provenance, history, and value of the item(s) follow, interspersed with several brief informal appraisals, lasting about a minute or so and called over-the-shoulder appraisals.
The series was created in 1996 by WGBH-TV, based on the BBC's series of the same name that had been airing in the United Kingdom since 1979.The first US episodes were broadcast on PBS in 1997.(PBS also airs the original BBC series, though it is called Antiques Roadshow UK to differentiate it from its own version.) The American version of Antiques Roadshow is produced by WGBH-TV, the public television station in Boston, Massachusetts. Notable appraisers include Leigh and Leslie Keno, Nicholas Lowry, Noel Barrett, David Rago, Arlie Sulka, Ken Farmer, Wes Cowan, Timothy Gordon and Kathy Bailey who appraise furniture, posters, toys, pottery, glass, arms and militaria, and folk art.Antiques Roadshow appraises thousands of items in any given taping, with the public ticketed for time slots between 8 am and 5 pm local time; this image shows a portion of the public entering a July 2009 roadshow in Madison, Wisconsin at noon.Antiques Roadshow is an American television program broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television stations.
The series features local antiques owners who bring in items to be appraised by experts.
Provenance, history, and value of the items are discussed.
Based on the original British Antiques Roadshow – which premiered in 1979 – the American version first aired in 1997.
When taping locations are decided, they are announced on the series on the series website raising the profile of various small to mid-size cities, such as Billings, Montana; Biloxi, Mississippi; Bismarck, North Dakota; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Rapid City, South Dakota.
Antiques Roadshow has been nominated 14 times for a Primetime Emmy.
During 2005, the American version of Antiques Roadshow produced its own spinoff called Antiques Roadshow FYI, a half-hour program that followed the fate of items appraised in the main series and provided additional information on antiques and collecting.