BOSTON, Mass. — ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS’s most-watched ongoing primetime series, will be premiering two new specials to conclude its 17th season. Survivors, airing November 18 at 8/7c PM on PBS, will highlight antiques that have endured dangerous circumstances such as wars, floods, earthquakes, and fires to share their stories with a new generation. Finders Keepers, airing December 23 at 8/7c PM on PBS, proves that treasures can be found anywhere, even tucked behind a fireplace, sunken in a shipwreck, or as part of the insulation in the ceiling of a basement.
“ROADSHOW’s upcoming specials are two can’t-miss hours that enlighten while they entertain,” said ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. “We’re sharing tales of rescues and near misses with pieces that have beat the odds in Survivors, while Finders Keepers will have you keeping an open mind—and open eyes—for unexpected treasures.”
In Survivors, airing Monday, November 18, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW spotlights objects that have persevered through more hardship than the typical antique. Some of the characters from the 1964 TV special “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” melted in an overheated attic, but two of the remaining keepsakes are valued at $30,000 to $50,000.
Another ROADSHOW guest collected autographs from three of the four Beatles while on a childhood trip to England. Later in life, the hotel stationery with their signatures was one of the few items to survive a house fire, and appraised for $3,000 to $5,000. A New Orleans chess table that held strong through Hurricane Katrina and a French Blue John urn with multiple gunshot holes are among the other treasures from the hour.
Finders Keepers, airing Monday, December 23, features objects that were found where one would least expect them to be. While most people find little more than empty oil cans in their garage, one guest stumbled upon a Folk Art sculpture worth thousands. Another highlight is a classic ANTIQUES ROADSHOW trash-to-treasure moment, when Cole Porter & Monty Woolley letters that were saved from the dumpster get appraised for $50,000 to $70,000. Other examples include a formerly buried Weller Coppertone vase that the guest almost tripped over, and papers found in the basement of an asylum documenting Mary Todd Lincoln’s commitment. Every antique has a history of discovery and endurance, but with Survivors and Finders Keepers, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW focuses on the treasures with extraordinary tales and unanticipated values.