Paul Martin

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Paul Martin is one of the experts on the long-running BBC series Antiques Road Trip and its sister series Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and the popular presenter of FLOG IT! for over 20 years.

He was discovered when he was interviewed about his passion for oak furniture by a team from BBC Bristol. This was the extent of his previous television experience. The team was so impressed by his natural confidence in front of the camera that he was signed up immediately to present the BBC daytime antiques show.

Paul owned an antique shop specialising in 17th & 18th century English and Welsh oak furniture until his television commitments meant that he could not give the business enough of his time. He is obsessed with beautiful furniture and is most eloquent when talking about the look, feel and smell of wood.  At the festival Paul will be discussing the renaissance of skills that will be needed to keep crafting alive in the future.

He travelled extensively around the UK filming FLOG IT! which meant he was in and out of auction houses and meeting craftsmen all the time. He says “I have learned so much. Meeting people in the antiques trade or people who make their living by skills learned over decades is always a treat.”

He has presented two series of BBC One's prime-time series Britian's Hidden Heritage, The Manor Reborn and Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution - a search for Britain’s brightest and best amateur designer-makers - for BBC Two. He has also presented A History of Wallpaper for BBC Four and the ITV series I Never Knew That About Britain.

Paul has an art and antiques gallery in The Cotswold market town of Corsham, The Table Gallery.

His book Paul Martin: My World of Antiques was published in November 2018 and in which he reveals hitherto untold stories of fantastic artefact finds and tells us about the key to success in trading antiques.

Paul lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two young children who featured regularly, together with their smallholding, in the BBC One daytime series Countryfile Diaries

Running Time 75mins