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Auction Hero

Mon May 13, 8-9pm, BBC2

Series one, episode one
Belgravia antiques dealer Andrew Lamberty ‘wants to give something back’. Good for him, although since we’ve also seen him on C4’s ‘Four Rooms’, we hope it’s not too cynical to surmise that he also fancies launching a media career of some sort. That impression is reinforced by the format of this new series. Lamberty is aiming to wheel and deal his way towards a profit that he can then donate to worthy causes (tonight, a centre for dementia sufferers and an animal refuge).

The catch? ‘I’ve given myself just three months.’ So it’s charity, but charity that has to be shoehorned into the bogus time-frame trajectory of a TV show (running across this week). Cue a series of real-life ‘Lovejoy’ escapades interspersed with excerpts showing Lamberty hanging out with the hopeful recipients of his largesse. Self-indulgent.



i think his grotesque ego came through in the episode when he walked into the warehouse, where , at the back was located the food bank. he had to walk through a furniture warehouse to get there, which, to anyone with any sense was obviously a furniture project/ charity, not lamberty though, he came out with "this isn't belgravia, is it", in snorted, condescending tones. charity? my arse!


The whole concept of this programme is so wrong that I can't believe it made it through the development process. Andrew Lamberty aims to make a paultry amount for each charity, and does so by selling expensive objects to millionaires. If every buyer and auction goer on his show had made a donation of £50, as opposed to spending a couple of thousand on a stuffed dog, or old globe with very weak and somewhat dubious provenance, he could have made 5 times as much money for the charities. Throwaway lines about the uncomfortable juxtaposition of the country gent in his palatial home and the needs of the foodbank do not appease the sense that something is very wrong here.

Mary Wilde

This was uncomfortable viewing and not at all convincing. The whole thing felt contrived which is a shame because the charities involved were genuine and need help.