This decade has seen the rise of many TV shows to popularity, from reality TV to quiz shows. But there’s one area which has grown from strength to strength: antiques and auctioneering shows.
From Antiques Roadshow to Flog It!, they’ve become a staple part of the daytime television schedule.
And for over seven years now, Raj Bisram has become one of the telly’s most recognisable and beloved expert antiques dealers.
So, with Raj returning to our screens daily from Monday, February 3rd with a brand new season of Antiques Road Trip, we thought it best to get to know the antiques expert a little better.
Raj Bisram works full-time as a fine art and antiques auctioneer and expert dealer. He also works as a TV presenter for antiques shows.
He was born in London in 1956 and attended Highgate School. Before he embarked on a career in antiques, Raj worked in the British Army then as a ski instructor in Austria.
Check out Raj on Twitter to find out more about what the TV presenter gets up to in his spare time.
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Raj on his love for antiques
Raj love for antiques was developed when he was a young child. Speaking to the BBC about why he ended up in this particular industry, Raj said:
I discovered early on that a 9-5 job was never going to be for me so I turned my childhood love of old and dusty junk and antique shops into my job and later career.
In 1995, Raj co-founded Bentley’s Fine Art Auctioneers with Wilfred Wheaton. Back then it was known as Cranbrook Auction Rooms and changed names in 2000. They deal in a range of antiques, Fine Art, 20th century design and collectables.
It wasn’t until 2013 that Raj began his career in television. He started presenting on Sarah Beeny’s Four Rooms, before joining the teams of Antiques Road Trip (and the celebrity spin-off), Flog It! and Bargain Hunt. Raj has also appeared on Channel 4’s Posh Pawn.
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Raj’s mysterious magic career
If Raj hadn’t already had a varied enough career, he also is passionate about magic.
Raj previously was a member of the Magic Circle and has performed magic all over the world to both celebrities and royalty.
Raj has raised thousands of pounds for global and local charities including Pestalozzi International Village Trust, Demezla House and The Variety Club of Great Britain, by throwing events combining his career in auctioneering with magic.
WATCH ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP WEEKDAYS AT 4.30 PM ON BBC ONE