Sisters from Oakham bag a bargain on popular TV show

Samantha Wilkinson, left, with Tim Wonnacott, and sister Cat, on the show
Samantha Wilkinson, left, with Tim Wonnacott, and sister Cat, on the show
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Twins from Oakham gave it their all in trying to bag a bargain antique while enjoying their 15 minutes of fame on a TV show.

Sisters Sam and Cat Wilkinson, from Nightingale Way, are set to appear on BBC’s Bargain Hunt next week.

The pair, who are studying for PhDs at Manchester University and Liverpool University, were on the search for antiques at shops in Derby.

Under the guidance of expert David Harper, they bought a nut cracker, an old teddy bear, wooden ornaments and an elephant pin cushion.

The girls failed to make an overall profit from their purchases at auction, losing to their fellow competitors on the show, but had a great time all the same.

Sam said: “It was really really fun.

“You might not think antiques are exciting but my mum and dad are really into the programme and I thought why not try and go on the show.

“We loved meeting the presenter Tim Wonnacott. He was really funny.

“And our expert David Harper, who helped us find the items, has added us as friends on Facebook.

“We made the auction room laugh with some of the items we bought but we didn’t take it too seriously.

“We picked the items because we thought they were cute which isn’t really the idea of the show but we had a great time.”

The show is not the sister’s first taste of fame. Last year, the pair spent 14 weeks on ITV’s Saturday night show Take Me Out, hosted by comedian Paddy McGuinness.

Sam added: “Take Me Out seems like ages ago now but we were looked after really well on the two shows and enjoyed our time on both.”

Their latest TV appearance was filmed in March and April, and will be aired on Wednesday next week on BBC One at 12.15pm.