CPTV Presents Holiday Gift Basket of Antiques Roadshow Specials

Release Date: 12/03/2008

HARTFORD, Conn. – The official holiday shopping season has begun and with it comes a variety of holiday gift baskets, none finer than the one being offered to viewers this month by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). Tune in Mondays in December to enjoy three brand-new Special Edition episodes filled with Antiques Roadshow crowd pleasers.
 
“Trash to Treasure” Premieres Monday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.
This one-hour Roadshow special proves sugar plum fairies aren’t just in your dreams; they’re also in your garbage. “Trash to Treasure” puts viewers in a festive mood with more than 20 incredible tales of treasures rescued from rubbish heaps, roadsides, dumpsters and demolition sites. Highlights include an autographed script of the Academy Award-winning John Ford movie The Informer, a rare 1885 Zuni Indian pot and precious relics from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall mansion, destined for demolition until salvaged by a quick-thinking carpenter.  
 
“Roadshow Remembers” Premieres Monday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
Designed to test the memory of hard-core fans and kindle the curiosity of newcomers, this special takes a nostalgic look back through the days of yore, with the best appraisals of the series’ first decade. Do you recall the little 18th-century silver creamer from New York worth a small fortune or the matched pair of 19th-century America’s Cup race paintings by a famous marine artist? Take a trip down a memory lane paved with unbelievable objects, unforgettable stories and unimaginable price tags.
 
 
“Wild Things” Premieres Monday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.
Roadshow ushers in the New Year with a howl! Revisit the most memorable animal-themed antiques and collectibles showcased over the years, some warm and fuzzy, some weird and freaky. Discoveries include a 19th-century Charles Van den Eycken painting of cavorting kittens; a Late Period bronze Egyptian falcon mummy sarcophagus and a sculpture depicting the elusive “kangaroo bird” as dreamed up and sculpted in the 1930s by the legendary Dr. Seuss.
 
Part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt, five-time Emmy® Award-nominated Antiques Roadshow marks its 12th season in 2008. PBS’s highest-rated series, Roadshow is seen by almost 11 million viewers each week. Veteran television personality Mark L. Wahlberg serves as series host. In each hour-long Roadshow episode, specialists from the country’s leading auction houses – Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie’s, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby’s – and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Antiques Roadshow cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.
 
Antiques Roadshow is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. Executive producer is Marsha Bemko. Funding for Antiques Roadshow is provided by Liberty Mutual and Subaru. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.
 
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Front and Center with Ray Hardman. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org.
 
Coming up in the New Year, Antiques Roadshow kicks off its 13th season on January 5, 2009 at 8 p.m. on PBS! The 2009 broadcast schedule is available on Roadshow's Web site at www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/schedule.html.
 
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