Fake or Fortune?

Series 3 - 1. Vuillard

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Antiques Roadshow is taking a break for a few weeks, making room for this wonderful series about artworks with a question mark over them. Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould return to prove that more “sleeper” paintings owned by regular folk are actually valuable works by great artists.

It’s always a gripping blend of detective story, art history lesson and Who Do You Think You Are?-style paper trail, as fragments of the past emerge from old newspapers or the tattered remnants of a label. The thrill of the chase as the pieces fall into place (or don’t) makes for a terrific watch, not least in this episode as a Norfolk writer waits to learn if the picture he found in a country salesroom is a long-lost Vuillard.

About this programme

1/4. Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate more potentially valuable works of art, beginning by helping a man who believes he owns a painting by French post-impressionist Edouard Vuillard. The quest for provenance begins in Geneva, where Philip compares the picture with a huge Vuillard work created in 1919, trying to find out whether the same materials were used in both, while Fiona uncovers clues to the picture's origins in France and Holland. Once they have enough evidence, they seek the approval of the Wildenstein Institute in Paris - but these are the same experts who notoriously rejected a highly credible Monet back in the very first episode. Have they done enough to prove this picture is genuine?

Cast and crew


Fiona Bruce
Philip Mould


Nicky Illis
Nicky Illis
Series Producer
Robert Murphy