AN AUCTIONEER from Chippenham will be whizzing up and down the country in a vintage car on your TV screen next week, as part of the BBC show Antiques Road Trip.

Izzie Balmer, who has worked at Wessex Auction Rooms for the past 18 months, will appear on your television from next Monday on the popular BBC1 series.

The 30-year-old head valuer will be going head to head with veteran antiques expert James Braxton in a friendly competition, where the pair will travel across the country aiming to make the most profit from buying and selling antiques.

Izzie described featuring on the show as an ‘absolute hoot’ and said it was an ‘incredible experience’.

She said: “I honestly cannot stress how much fun it all has been.

“Working with James (Braxton) was also a lot of fun. He eased me into it to help any nerves I had and I felt comfortable straight away.

“He also has so much knowledge, so I was learning a lot from him as it all went on.

“I was very apprehensive before the show, I really did not know what to expect!

"I think I got the role on the show because they were looking for a fresh face, and I have previous experience on TV so that might have appealed to them.

"Having the opportunity to drive the 1960s red MG up and down the country on the show was so much fun, I absolutely loved it.

"There's not that many young people in this industry but it's my passion 100 per cent, I guess it's not the most obvious career choice."

The trip took Izzie and James from Lowestoft, in East England, to Derbyshire while they bought and sold antiques and old treasures.

All the profits made in the show are donated to Children in Need, but of course Izzie cannot tell us who the overall winner is.

She is currently filming for a second week of the show.