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I’m the Bargain Hunt ‘strangler’ who squared up to expert… there were sneaky tricks behind scenes & crew broke antique | The Sun
WHEN things haven't gone to plan on Bargain Hunt, few have taken their frustration out on the experts quite like Stevie Turner.
The 58-year-old from Liverpool went down in the BBC show’s history when he hilariously 'strangled' antiques boffin Charles Hanson after an embarrassing loss at auction.
Charles had advised Stevie and his teammate Bill Smith to buy an Edwardian silver Vesta case, embossed with a golfing design – but it made a staggering £115 loss when it went under the hammer.
After making cheeky jokes about the item "not teeing off" and remarking: “We’re in the rough gents," Charles was stunned when an irked Stevie mock-throttled him – the moment later went viral.
Recalling the incident last year, Stevie tells The Sun: “It lost so much money. I thought, ‘That has got to be a record-breaking loss on Bargain Hunt.
“My natural reaction was to throttle him. I hadn’t planned it, and Charles definitely looked shocked and didn’t see it coming.
“I don’t think that had ever happened on the show before. We had a laugh about it after and when I saw it on TV it was hilarious.”
Stevie applied to be on show back in 2018 – and admits now he had zero knowledge about antiques.
He decided to apply with his friend Bill Smith – hoping it might boost his chances as he was a founding member of The Quarrymen – the band that evolved into The Beatles – and a school friend of John Lennon.
“Bill was a bit of a celebrity in his own right and I thought it would be a good selling point for us to get on the show – and it worked," Stevie explains.
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