Repeats of this art sleuthing series do almost as well as new programmes. This edition tried to establish that a scene of Parisian café life was painted by post-impressionist Edouard Vuillard. The oval painting was bought by a Vuillard fan in a Norfolk sale room for £11,000: a bargain if it’s genuine (a Vuillard once sold for £5 million) but a lot of money for something that is not listed in the official catalogue of the painter’s work.
“I feel in my bones that this picture is right,” says Philip Mould, though sadly his bones ultimately have less say than the programme’s old sparring partner, the Wildenstein Institute in Paris. Weave count, the composition of glue distemper and a secret vault in Geneva all play a part.