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The Royal William Yard 2

Series 38 - Episode 7 The Royal William Yard 2



“Two pounds!” says John Benjamin, the jewellery expert with a keen sense of the theatre of valuation. As the waters of the Royal William Yard in Plymouth lap gently in the background, Benjamin crisply spits both words, to emphasise that the bracelet in front of him was a steal when the show’s first punter bought it in a charity shop.

As a summer day turns grey – that always adds a frisson to an alfresco AR – there are pleasing nods to the fine culture of Devon and Cornwall, in the form of impressionist painters, modern potters and, for the finale, the carefully kept designs for a local castle designed late in his career by landscape gardener Humphry Repton.


Fiona Bruce presents from Plymouth's Royal William Yard. Items brought in to be valued include a ceremonial wooden spoon presented to the student who got the worst exam results in the history of Cambridge University, one of the last flasks of naval rum to be produced, a book of designs by a famous landscape gardener, a ceremonial hammer and chisel and some dolls' house furniture. One visitor discovers the brooch she bought in a charity shop is much older than she thought.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Fiona Bruce
Executive Editor Simon Shaw
Producer Michele Burgess
Series Producer Robert Murphy