Until he retired in 2003, Christopher Lewis was the long-serving executive producer of the BBC's flagship programme Antiques Roadshow.

 

He joined the BBC as a researcher in 1968 and in his 35 years broadcasting career he has directed and produced a wide variety of programmes from news and current affairs to documentaries, arts programmes, quizzes, Animal Magic with Johnny Morris, a series of social history drama documentaries in a Country Churchyard and popular music programmes.

 

In 1980 he moved to the BBC'c Bristol production centre to produce three major documentaries with Angela Rippon - The Psychic Business, The Soap Opera Business and The Selling Business. These were followed by Whicker's World - the First Million Miles with Alan Whicker. He oversaw the expansion of the The Antiques Roadshow and was at the helm when the programme won its Royal Television Society Award in 1994 and its BAFTA award in 1995.

 

Christopher's popular and humorous talks about the making of The Antiques Roadshow, the unlikely moments that arise and the programme's great discoveries have entertained audiences at home, on national and local radio and on cruise ships. He is equally at home giving after dinner speeches or more informal daytime talks. He received 'Best Lecture Award' from the Royal Television Society Southern Centre.

Lectures

  • 'A warm fire, a cup of tea and the Antiques Roadshow' - The origins and subsequent history of this long lasting television programme, with video clips from the programme's archive.

  • 'Dear producer, I wish to protest...' - Some of the many extraordinary letters and emails received by the Antiques Roadshow, some helpful, some angry and some funny.

  • 'The Making of the Antiques Roadshow' - Christopher Lewis tells you how it's done - and the problems that have arisen - such as an outbreak of fleas at one of the expert's tables, and other more embarrassing incidents - with PowerPoint illustration.

  • 'Great finds of the Antiques Roadshow' - Some of the headline making and extraordinary finds unearthed by the programme in the last twenty-five years and the stories behind them.