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Antiques Roadshow guest left speechless by valuation of ‘worthless’ sapphire

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An Antiques Roadshow guest got a huge surprise when she found out a ‘worthless’ sapphire is actually worth a lot of money. 

We all dream about inheriting something that is absolutely priceless, well one lucky Antiques Roadshow guest actually did – and she had no idea. 

The expert, John Benjamin, left the guest speechless when he dropped the jaw-dropping (and pretty life-changing) revelation about the her grandmother’s brooch, which she had been told was ‘worthless’. 

John began: “Now when we were sitting at the table back there you said to me, ‘I’ve got a brooch that’s always been known as the big blue blob.’

“And sure enough when you see it residing there in this case, it’s a big blue blob.”

Explaining the item’s history, she said: “I inherited it from my grandmother, who gave it to my father, who gave it to me to wear on my wedding day, which I did.”

“Well the brooch itself was made about the mid to the end of the 19th century so it is about 130, 140 years old,” John continued.

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“The style of it is actually quite ordinary. It’s a cushion and it’s got a big blue cushion stone surrounded by white stones.

“Then we move on to the issue which is what actually is the bluestone and you’ve been told by some jewellers to take it away, it’s valueless.”

She revealed: “It’s costume jewellery, they didn’t believe us. They were quite rude to me and my husband.

“Some people said it was paste, some people said they weren’t real diamonds, some people said they were real diamonds but they weren’t good quality.”

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John said: “So you’ve been told by a number of jewellers that it’s an inconsequential piece of costume jewellery mounted on a piece of blue glass worth nothing.

“So if I were to say whoever these jewellers were they were talking absolute rubbish, would you be happy to hear that?

“This is not a piece of jewellery of no consequence at all it is a piece of significant consequence because the stone in the middle is an absolutely enormous sapphire. Cushion-shaped sapphire.”

The guest gasped as John added: “Now just take in the size of it because usually if someone has a sapphire ring, it’s a small stone on the finger.

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“But that sapphire, I’ve done an approximation of the weight of it and I think it weighs 25 to 30 carat. In the world of gemstones that’s quite big actually.

“It comes from Ceylon which is, of course, Sri Lanka today. Ceylon sapphires are typically this very bright cornflower blue colour

“The white stones – you were told blithely by a jeweller that these were paste. They’re diamonds, mounted up in gold and set in silver and it’s in its original fitted box and it’s an absolute screamer, it really is.”

Then it was finally time for John to reveal the valuation of the item leaving the owner and the crowd stunned. 

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“Now I have to be honest with you, I’ve done this show for so long I’ve never seen a sapphire of this size ever bought onto the Antiques Roadshow, this is a real first time for me,” he said.

“If I were to take such an item of jewellery and consign it to an auction I would expect it to make between £40,000 to £50,000.”

“Oh my word, I don’t want to swear,” the guest remarked. “Blooming heck!”

“Blooming heck indeed, it’s an absolute beauty. What else can I say about it? It’s fabulous,” John added. 

If you’re not already rooting through you’re old jewellery box, what are you waiting for?!!?

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I’m A Celebrity All Stars line up ‘revealed’

Fifteen celebrities are expected to brave the bush-tucker trials for a second time…

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The lineup of celebrities poised to return to the jungle for the upcoming I’m A Celebrity All Stars competition has reportedly been unveiled.

Last week, presenting duo Ant and Dec revealed they were in South Africa while filming for the new series, which will see a selection of ‘favourite celebrities from the last twenty years’ of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! come together in a brand new setting. 

In their announcement video posted onto social media, Dec said: “It’s probably the worst kept secret in television, but we can confirm we’re doing a very special series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in South Africa!”

Showing off the South African scenery behind him, Dec added: “We’re here, it’s going to be your favourite celebrities from the last twenty years who are going back in to do it one more time.”

While Ant and Dec didn’t say who exactly would be appearing on the show, a TV insider has now revealed the fifteen celebrities expected to take part in the reality competition, which is set to air at some point next year.

The source said: “It’s a different format to Australia, who knows when and where celebrities will enter camp, literally anything could happen.

“It’s not clear how many will start in camp or how many will be there by the end when one is crowned King or Queen of the jungle, possibly for a second time.

“It’s the best of I’m A Celebrity, quite literally, but there’s some twists and surprises along the way for viewers and campers so it’s not going to be as straightforward as they might think.”

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So, who can we expect to see back on our screens next year?

The first celebrity reportedly braving the bush-tucker trials for a second time is former English international cricketer Phil Tufnell, who won the series in 2003.

British boxer Amir Khan is also reportedly heading back to the jungle, alongside former British Royal Household servant Paul Burrell and Happy Mondays legend Shaun Ryder. 

And perhaps most surprisingly, You Are What You Eat star Gillian McKeith is said to be making a return over a decade on from her now-famous fainting episode in the Australian jungle. 

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Other celebrities expected on the line up include Jordan Banjo, Carol Vorderman, Georgia Toffolo, Joe Swash, Janice Dickinson and Andrew Whyment. 

The reported I’m A Celebrity All Stars line up in full:

  • Phil Tufnell
  • Amir Khan
  • Paul Burrell
  • Jordan Banjo
  • Andrew Whyment
  • Dean Gaffney
  • Shaun Ryder
  • Gillian McKeith
  • Carol Vorderman
  • Georgia Toffolo
  • Helen Flanagan
  • Janice Dickinson
  • Myleene Klass
  • Joe Swash
  • Fatima Whitbread

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Jeremy Kyle returning to TV next month three years after show was axed

The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled from the air following the death of a contestant in 2019

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Jeremy Kyle is set to make his television come-back for the first time since his original show was pulled from the air.

The Jeremy Kyle Show made its debut in 2005 and enjoyed a seventeen-season run until it was axed in 2019 following the death of a contestant. 

Steve Dymond was found dead from a suspected morphine overdose just days after appearing on the show, where he allegedly ‘failed’ one of the infamous lie detector tests. 

Filming and broadcasting for The Jeremy Kyle Show was immediately suspended following the tragedy, with Kyle himself disappearing from screens. 

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The host has stayed relatively under the radar and out of the spotlight only until recently, with him presenting various slots for TalkRadio and TalkTV since September last year.

But over three years on from the demise of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the host is now set to return to screens with his very own ‘straight-talking’ live television show. 

Read More: The Jeremy Kyle Show’s counsellor Graham Stanier defends series following Channel 4 documentary

Jeremy Kyle Live will make its debut on TalkTV next month on October 10th, and will see the ‘straight-talking voice of the people take on the issues that really matter’. 

In a statement, the fifty-seven-year-old said: “I’m so excited to be going back to live television from October 10th. Sitting in for Piers [Morgan] over the summer has given me a taste for what the new show will be.

Jeremy Kyle Live will be making sense of the stories that matter; speaking the language of the British people and providing practical help as we all try and navigate our way through current times.

“I can’t wait to be a part of TalkTV’s amazing new primetime lineup.”

A spokesperson for TalkTV previously said in a statement: “TalkTV’s primetime schedule will also be simulcast on TalkRadio, and TalkRadio’s roster of daytime talent, including Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham, Ian Collins and Jeremy Kyle, will be broadcast on talkTV.

“TalkRadio has seen fast growth in recent years across all platforms and has been broadcasting successfully on talkRadio TV since last year.”

Jeremy Kyle Live will air daily on TalkTV from October 10th.

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Ant and Dec confirm new I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here show in South Africa

The new version of the series will air next year

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Ant and Dec have announced that there will be a new version of I’m A Celebrity held in South Africa. 

Sharing the exciting news onto Twitter, the Geordie duo said the new series would feature a selection of ‘favourite celebrities from the last twenty years’ brought together in a brand new setting.

In their announcement video posted onto social media, Dec said: “It’s probably the worst kept secret in television, but we can confirm we’re doing a very special series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in South Africa!”

Showing off the South African scenery behind him, Dec added: “We’re here, it’s going to be your favourite celebrities from the last twenty years who are going back in to do it one more time.”

Ant and Dec said in their caption that the series would be ‘coming to your tellies’ at some point in 2023. 

No specific names from the past twenty years of I’m A Celebrity have been confirmed for the special show, though announcements are expected in the coming months.

Their announcement comes after it was confirmed that the show, which sees celebrities camp out and take part in notorious ‘bush tucker trials’, will be returning to the Australian jungle for its 2022 series.

The series has been set in Gwrych Castle in Wales for the last two years as a result of Australia’s strict Covid-19 travel restrictions, but now Australia’s borders are open the show will be heading back down under, ITV announced earlier this year.

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ITV’s director of content Rosemary Newell confirmed the news to The Mirror, saying in a statement: “We expect I’m A Celebrity to return in Australia in November, when it will generate audience over 11 million.”

Ant and Dec had previously expressed their own hopes for the series to return to its original Australian location, with Dec telling The One Show: “We love Wales but you know, Australia is its home and we’d like to get back there if we can.”

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here first aired in 2002, where it was filmed in Tully, Queensland. It then moved to Murwillumbah, New South Wales, where it remained until the Covid pandemic.

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