THE Borders is set to make an appearance on a hit BBC TV show next week.

Presenters and auctioneers Anita Manning and Charles Hanson have been in the region to film the new series of Antiques Road Trip.

And during their visit they toured DC Dalgiesh in Selkirk (the world’s only dedicated handcrafted tartan mill); the Old Melrose Furniture Studio and Tearoom and the Border Reader bookshop; the Borders Antiques Centre in Hawick and Eptas Arts in Kelso.

The show sees four pairs of rival bargain hunters go head-to-head to seek out hidden gems and make a profit at auction – with a starting budget of £200.

And from Tuesday Anita and Charles will be joined by experts Charlie Ross, James Braxton, Paul Laidlaw, Margie Cooper, Catherine Southon and Raj Bisram as they head to the region.

They will also travel south of the border to Carlisle where they will discover the story of the Border Reivers.

During the series, viewers will see Catherine Southon and Raj Bisram doing battle over a Georgian ram’s horn snuff mull, and James and Charlie making Royal mistakes with a Prince’s painting and a Louis XV style desk that doesn’t quite glow with authenticity.

And the biggest profit of the series is made by Charles Hanson who tracks down a pair of rare, cased George III white metal and chased shoe buckles, circa 1785.

 John Redshaw, series producer at STV Productions, said: “Our much loved antiques experts are back on the road, searching high and low for weird and wonderful antiques. 

"We’re thrilled to kick off 2018 with a new series of this hugely popular show which as always is full of laughs, friendly rivalries and lots of great characters.”

Week two of the new series, which is expected to reach more than 3 million viewers, will run from Tuesday until Monday, January 15.

The new series is broadcast weekdays at 4.30pm on BBC One.