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Paul Martin

Paul was the popular presenter of FLOG IT! for over 20 years; indeed the series had its 1000th episode in 2016. The BBC continue to repeat old programmes every day. Paul was discovered when he was interviewed about his passion for oak furniture by a team from BBC Bristol.

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Paul Martin

About Paul Martin

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. Paul now has an art and antiques gallery in The Cotswold market town
of Corsham, The Table Gallery https://www.thetablegallery.com/

Paul travelled 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.”

Paul was educated at Falmouth Grammar School in Cornwall and studied art and woodwork at Falmouth College. He spent two years as a scenic painter on film sets at Pinewood Studios. From the age of 25 he ran a pitch on Portobello Road and participated in various shop-share schemes.

Later Paul worked as an antiques props stylist for magazines like Marie Claire and New Woman, and designed antique sets for TV shoots for the Clothes Show and Granada TV.

He has presented two series of the BBC1 prime-time series BRITAIN’S HIDDEN HERITAGE, THE MANOR REBORN also for BBC1, and PAUL MARTIN’S HANDMADE REVOLUTION- a search for Britain’s brightest and best amateur designer-makers – for BBC2. He has also presented A HISTORY OF WALLPAPER for BBC4 and the ITV series I NEVER KNEW THAT ABOUT BRITAIN.

He has presented two series of STREET AUCTION and MAKE ME A DEALER, as well as a quiz show CURIOSITY. He has recently finished filming a series for Channel 5 GREAT AUCTION SHOWDOWN WITH PAUL MARTIN. Paul was one of the experts on the long-running BBC series ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP and its sister series CELEBRITY ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP. Paul’s book Paul Martin: My World of Antiques was published in November 2018. In the book Paul reveals hitherto untold stories of fantastic artefact finds, and tells us about the key to success in trading antiques.

Paul enjoys drumming and in the early 90’s played in rock bands like `The Quire Boys’ and the ‘Dogs D’Amour’. He still loves to play in local jazz and blues bands. Paul lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two young children who featured regularly, together
with their smallholding, in the BBC1 daytime series COUNTRYFILE DIARIES.

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