Fiona Bruce has fronted BBC favourite Antiques Roadshow for 15 years, but has admitted she doesn’t expect to be irreplaceable.

The presenter recently celebrated her 60th birthday, and has since addressed the eventuality of having to leave the iconic role at some point.


Bruce has been at the helm of some of the biggest programmes throughout her career, including Crimewatch and News at 10, of which she was the first woman to take on the role.

The achievements haven’t blinded her to the harsh reality of the business though, as she reflected during an interview: “Nothing lasts forever, I’ve been doing Antiques Roadshow for 15 years.

“Maybe next run, they will ring changes. I’ll be sad but I will totally accept it. That’s the brutal reality of TV. You rarely leave at a time of your choosing.”

Speaking to Woman’s Weekly, she went on to say she is “pretty relaxed about it all”.

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Antiques Roadshow star Fiona talked about her future on the series

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Her comments come shortly after she touched on the pressure she felt to “modernise” the antiques show.

Bruce was recently quizzed on whether diversifying the viewership of the show would be a good idea, noting it would bring in a new demographic.

Speaking with Jane Garvey in their podcast, Fortunately… Fi and Jane, Bruce was asked: “Are you under any pressure to slightly modernise the categories?

“I know that sounds bizarre as it’s called the Antiques Roadshow, but you know, all of that collectable stuff?”

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Bruce has enjoyed a lengthy career on the BBC

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Garvey went on to point out that a pair of rare Nike trainers from the 1980s or 1990s “could get you a couple of grand now.”

She suggested that it could gain a “brand new audience” that the show had never been targeting before.

Bruce laughed at the suggestion and explained: “That could be the thing that takes us into a new demographic, new level, and the next thing I know it’ll be on BBC Three!”

Bruce went on to admit one thing which had always confused her was that collectors and sellers felt compelled to purchase trainers in the wrong size, without intending to either wear them or sell them on.

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Bruce has fronted Antiques Roadshow for 15 years

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“To buy a pair that you can’t fit your feet into strikes me as total bonkers. The fact that [trainers] are a currency in their own right, I find that amazing.”