THE sights, sounds and eccentricities of Somerset will be on screen during a TV show next week.

Thursday's (February 6) episode of BBC antiques show, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, which sees famous faces from stage, screen, comedy, sport and music hunt for hidden gems in a bid to make the biggest profit buying and selling antiques, takes place in the county.

In each episode, two competing celebrities put their knowledge and bartering skills to the test as they set out with £400 and a classic car to find antique bargains and make the biggest profit by selling them at auction, with all final profits donated to BBC’s Children in Need.

To help our celebrities are the show’s regular antiques experts, on hand to provide guidance about the world of antiques.

And on Thursday at 7pm on BBC Two, fashion and textiles designer Pearl Lowe, and fellow antique lover, journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup, visit their adopted county of Somerset in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

They are joined by antiques experts dealer Raj Bisram and auctioneer James Braxton.

"Our celebrities and experts hit the road in a Triumph Spitfire 1967 and a Jaguar E-Type S2 1971 and rummage through antique shops uncovering Norwegian jewellery, African sculpture and some traditional English furniture in a Road Trip which takes in Minehead, Watchet, Taunton, Carhampton, Honiton, Chard, Axminster and Crewkerne," said a spokesperson for the show.

"A rather circuitous route means long before arriving at a London auction in Southgate they’ll discover the story of one of Britain’s very first animal rights campaigners and learn about the quirky folk revival of the Minehead Hobbyhorse."