Bargain Hunt star Natasha Raskin Sharp ‘broke rules’ on set of show in a BBC first

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Natasha, 34, is best known to viewers as being a host on Bargain Hunt, taking particular interest in art and especially, Scottish contemporary art. As the show has been airing on the BBC for over 20 years, there have been many memorable moments and yet, history continues to be made. However, for the antiques expert, her own grace in making the history books resulted in the presenter breaking the rules of the programme.

Speaking on Morning Live and recalling the historic moment, Natasha explained to viewers: “Well, it certainly sticks out.

“Because what I did was I broke a very basic rule. I brought something the team didn’t want behind their back.

“I don’t know why I did that. It was a very busy day on Portobello Road but thankfully, it turned a profit.

“James in the studio would be very pleased as both the guests were vets and the painting was of a veterinary subject matter.”

The antique painting was bought by the for a price of £40 but the sale of the piece meant the team made a commission of £50.

Although they might not have wanted to buy the painting, a sale of £90 meant the team were given a significant advantage.

Discussing the painting in more depth, Natasha explained: “It was a rather odd watercolour; it depicted a hypnotist using his ‘powers’ to anaesthetise a soldier with a broken leg.

“It was very odd….but it made a £50 profit so we were chuffed,” the presenter explained of the success coming from her rule break.

Natasha joined the presenting team back in 2016 after making appearances as an expert on several occasions in the past.

I doubt that I’d be here otherwise

Natasha Raskin Sharp

Speaking about taking on a more prominent role, the antiques specialist said: “Being asked to present Bargain Hunt is such an exciting prospect and a real honour.

“As well as its burgeoning British fanbase, Bargain Hunt has an international audience so you know, there’s no real pressure!”

Talking about her interest in antiques, Natasha said: “I was gently nudged in the direction of the antiques trade and auction houses by my dad.

“He thought that I’d be well-suited to the environment. Although I’d never normally admit it, he was absolutely right!”

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On how she got involved with the programme, the presenter said: “A previous Series Producer of Bargain Hunt saw me on the rostrum in Glasgow and, for whatever reason, decided that she liked my style.

“I’m glad that she did and owe her a lot – I doubt that I’d be here otherwise,” Natasha commented on how she acquired her role.

Talking about why the programme has become so popular, the art specialist commented: “Bargain Hunt mixes ‘business’ with pleasure – the viewers at home learn a good amount about antiques.

“But the focus lies mainly on all of the fun had at the fair. The balance is just right,” the presenter remarked.

Being a member of the presenting team has meant Natasha has travelled the length and breadth of Britain to secure antique finds.

“I’m truly amazed at just how many cities, towns and villages Bargain Hunt visits in one series,” the presenter opined.

“The UK boasts such a diverse landscape so it’s a real treat to be able to combine work and travel in this unique way.

“Apart from the sightseeing, I just love meeting the red and blue teams – Bargain Hunt just wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful, bubbly contestants who simply cannot believe that their time to don the fleece has come!”

Bargain Hunt airs weekdays at 12:15pm on BBC One. Morning Live airs weekdays at 9:15am on BBC One.

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