Timothy Wonnacott is an English chartered auctioneer, a chartered surveyor, antique expert, and a television presenter. He was a director of Sotheby’s, one of the world’s oldest auction houses.
Wonnacott is best known for presenting the BBC daytime programme Bargain Hunt from 2003 until 2015 and has been the narrator of Antiques Road Trip since it began in 2010.
In July 2003, Wonnacott replaced David Dickinson as the daytime host of the popular BBC One television programme, Bargain Hunt. The original contract was for 30 shows, but this was extended to over 350 shows in the light of his appeal to viewers.
Wonnacott is currently the narrator of BBC TV’s Antiques Road Trip and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. The concept involves two experts and, (in the celebrity version, two celebrities as well) driving around the country in a classic car visiting antique shops and buying objects out of a starting budget of £200.
The items that are purchased are sold by auction at the end of each episode with the resulting profits or losses rolled over until the road trip comes to an end, usually after 5 days – when the person with the most money is deemed the winner.
In the celebrity version, only one auction is featured and there is no “roll-over”.
On 29 August 2014, Wonnacott was announced as a contestant on the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with Australian dancer Natalie Lowe.
The couple were eliminated in week 4, after dancing the paso doble, in favour of Mark Wright and Karen Hauer staying in the competition.
After being eliminated, Tim reflected:
“It’s a great treat to be on a programme like Strictly. For an old geezer like me, who comes along in his 64th year and he’s slightly portly, and he thinks he’s a bit over the hill, this last month, with this delightful teacher, has taken me to a very special place”.
On 16 September 2015 it was reported that he was no longer hosting Bargain Hunt for personal reasons after a disagreement with producers.