David Battie has retired and quit Antiques Roadshow after 43 years. The show paid emotional tribute to the expert in the latest episode.
Antiques Roadshow is a British television program, which has been airing on BBC since 1979. It has 43 seasons and the program continues to be successful.
Antiques Roadshow features antique appraisers who travel to various regions of the UK, and sometimes in different countries as well, in order to evaluate antiques.
Who is David Battie?
David Battie is one of the oldest antique experts of the programme, that has recently announced his retirement after 43 years.
David Battie was born on October 22nd, 1942 and is 78 years old. He’s a British expert on ceramics and glass, with particular mastery on Japanese and Chinese artefacts.
He attended art school and studied as graphic designer.
David Battie has been featured in Antiques Roadshow ever since the first documentary, that the series is based on, aired in 1977 on BBC.
Undoubtedly, David Battie is a synonym of the Antiques Roadshow and a beloved expert of the show.
Antiques Roadshow pays tribute to David Battie
In the latest episode of Antique Roadshow that aired on Sunday 27th 2020, the presenter of the program since 2008, Fiona Bruce, took a couple of minutes towards the end of the episode to honour David Battie.
“We bid a fond farewell to David Battie, who has retired after being a member of the Antiques Roadshow family since the very beginning. After 40 years of hard service, he is taking a well-deserved rest”, Fiona Bruce said before a montage of the best moments of the ceramic and glass enthusiast played.
“You were a real friend and you could be fabulously and hilariously cantankerous, but such a sweetheart. I will miss you,” Bruce concluded.