Collector of vaccum cleaners Jack Copp is making a guest appearance in a new vintage-themed show, Curiosity hosted by tv antiques expert Paul Martin.
Jack, 32, who lives in Malmesbury and is an engineer by trade. He will be appearing in episode 12 of Curiosity (April 16) on BBC 1 at 2.15pm, which is produced by independent company Hungry Gap Productions.
Jack said: “I mostly collect vacuum cleaners although my collection also includes vintage toasters, washing machines, hair dryers, fans, food mixers, valve radios and ciné cameras. I’ve been collecting all my life. As a very small child I was obsessed with appliances and gadgets, and as soon as I was old enough I was dismantling anything I could get my hands on. Sometimes when friends or family bought a new vacuum, I’d be gifted the old one. I’ve also had a lot of luck with car boot sales and online auctions. Before long I had a collection, and over the years the machines have multiplied from the tens into the hundreds.”
Curiosity is a competitive format which puts contestants’ knowledge of antiques and collectables to the test. In each episode two teams of two will move from room to room, using their skills, expertise and intuition to take on different tasks and challenges – all against the clock. Each episode also features a competitive task set by a real-life collector in this case Jack.
“I set the challenge of putting vacuum cleaners from the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in chronological order, using clues like the design and styling to work out their ages,” Jack said.
The initial idea for the new show was dreamed up by Wiltshire-based Paul Martin and his wife Charlotte.
Paul said: “This show is the culmination of an idea Charlotte and I came up with at home at our kitchen table. To see it come to life and to work alongside contestants with a role love of social history and all things vintage has been a real privilege.”
The show has been created and produced by independent company Hungry Gap Productions, and is set in a series of distinctive rooms including The Den of Antiquity and So Last Century and combines vintage and social history in an entertaining way.