What time is Fake or Fortune on TV?
The new series is on 9pm Sunday, BBC1
Who are the presenters?
The art-history detective show is fronted by Fiona Bruce and art dealer Philip Mould.
- Fake or Fortune art dealer discovers the painting he sold for £35,000 is now worth £2 million
- The £2m question: is this painting a real Constable or a fake?
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What happens in the first episode?
A woman who bought a charming still life by revered British painter William Nicholson is horrified that it has been left out of the artist’s catalogue raisonnée – the official list of his works. The implication is that her painting – for which she paid a non-trivial £165,000 – is a fake.
The considerable forces of the series are mobilised behind erasing the stain on the picture’s character. In one typically eye-opening scene Fiona Bruce is visiting the artist’s grandson, when he opens an old chest to reveal items that belonged to Nicholson – props used in his work, a well-worn smock, palettes spattered with paint, a box of his pigments. They’re both lovely to see and useful clues in solving the mystery, along with 1930s railway timetables and X-rays. “This is becoming a lot more Agatha Christie than we’re used to,” mutters Philip Mould.
Review by David Butcher