English antiques expert David Dickinson first came into the public eye as a presenter of Bargain Hunt (BBC1), quickly became something of a cult figure thanks to his unique style, cheeky screen persona and irrepressible enthusiasm - plus those memorable catchphrases: 'a real Bobby Dazzler,' 'cheap as chips,' and 'a bit of a duffer'. Since 2006, his ITV series Dickinson’s Real Deal - which sees members of the public bringing antiques to sell to a dealer or take to the auction - has consistently achieved impressive ratings.
David has been dealing in antiques for over 30 years. He was first seen on our screens in a documentary made by the BBC exploring the world of antiques dealers. He went on to present The Antique Hunter for Channel 5 and The Antique Buyer’s Guide for BBC2, before presenting Bargain Hunt, which soon became one of BBC1's flagship shows. The programme was voted Most Popular Daytime Programme in the prestigious National Television Awards in 2002.
Since presenting Bargain Hunt, David has also been seen as a guest on numerous other TV shows, including All Star Mr & Mrs (ITV), All Star Family Fortunes (ITV), Celebrity Swap (Channel 5), The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (ITV), Holiday (BBC1), Night of a Thousand Faces (BBC1), On the Couch with Ruby Wax, Shooting Stars (BBC2), Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1), Britain’s Favourite View (ITV) and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV). One of his most exciting challenges to date was taking part in Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, followed by his sterling performance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (ITV).
In 2005, David presented a reality show for BBC1 called Dealing with Dickinson. During this series he risked his professional reputation and his own money to train six complete strangers in the world of antiques, who all had to try and rise to the challenge of "Dealing with Dickinson".
David is the author of two books on antiques, The Antiques Buyer and Dickinson’s Bargain Hunters Handbook, and has also released a DVD, aptly entitled David Dickinson Cheap as Chips. His autobiography, entitled The Duke - What a Bobby Dazzler (published in 2004), is both entertaining and surprisingly poignant. He has also written a weekly column in the magazine Real People.
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