UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a new daytime factual series from Ricochet for BBC1.
The Bidding Room (30 x 45 minutes) follows a group of expert dealers in an emporium deep in the Yorkshire countryside as they attempt to outbid each other to buy extraordinary items brought in by the public.
Each episode sees British actor and series host Nigel Havers welcome people with an item they’d like to sell, introducing them to a valuation expert who gives them the specialist information they need to drive a hard bargain, and guiding them through the bidding room where five dealers await, cash in hand.
The series is an adaptation of the format Bares für Rares (Cash for Trash), created by ZDF Germany and produced by WBITVP Germany, on air in Germany since 2015.
The Bidding Room is produced by Ricochet and was commissioned for BBC1 by Carla-Maria Lawson, acting head of BBC Daytime, and Lindsay Bradbury, commissioning editor for BBC Daytime.
“The Bidding Room introduces BBC1 Daytime and iPlayer viewers to a line-up of exciting new expert talent. Each of the bidders are at the top in their individual fields. They’ll be daunting opponents — not just for the sellers — but for their own peers,” said Lawson in a statement.