THE national spotlight will beam on an antiques shop when it appears on a leading BBC TV show.
Cleadon Village Antiques and Gifts has been chosen to take part in the BBC2 series Antiques Road Trip.
Presenters Anita Manning and David Harper and their camera crew will visit the shop, in Front Street, in June, to film for the show which will be based on antiques in northern England.
Shop owner Judith Brown said: “I had a call from the BBC which just came completely out of the blue. It’s a poplar programme and I hope that it’s good for Cleadon. I hope it puts us on the map.
“I am not sure how they chose us, but I think we are possibly the only antiques shop in South Tyneside at present.”
Mrs Brown, 57, who is also a part-time supply teacher, has run the shop with the help of friends for a number of years. The shop sells a wide range of antique furniture, crockery, ornaments and fine art work.
It also offers a selection of modern-day gifts.
Mrs Brown added: “It’s quite exciting for us to be involved. I don’t think there are as many antique shops around as there once was.
“But I go to antique fairs, and they are popular so it shows there is still a lot of interest.”
The BBC daytime TV show’s antiques experts will buy an item from Mrs Brown’s shop, which will be auctioned to raise money for charity.
BBC executive producer Wendy Rattray said: “The filming in Cleadon is something we are particularly looking forward to. More information about the programme and filming dates will be released in due course.
“The production schedule for the 2011 series is jam packed and is full of surprises when it comes to hunting down antiques across the whole country.
“We come across some hidden gems but the question remains – Will they make a profit for our experts at auction?”
Since it started in 2009, Antiques Road Trip has become known for visiting coastal villages, market towns and travelling through the British countryside.