A STAR-studded television appearance has seen a Chard teenager dubbed ‘The Mini Duke’ after he came face-to-face with the real deal.
Seth Dellow, a former Holyrood student, will become a silver screen star this week when he appears on the hit ITV show Dickinson’s Real Deal.
The 17-year-old took part in an episode filming at the Steam museum in Swindon on May 7 last year, and has been waiting in keen anticipation for his antiques display to hit UK screens.
The Chard teenager also got to meet his antiques idol, David Dickinson, who gave him the new nickname.
Seth said: “The antiques I collect range from small decorative items such as the items I took, and larger more expensive items. My largest, most valuable piece is a real Salvador Dali picture drawn by himself.
“The antiques I took along were a collection of five Beswick Corgi dogs, which I had collected through various antique shops in Chard and Ilminster and other local areas. They were all from local antique shops of course.
“The recording of it was in Swindon at the Steam museum back on May 7 last year, so I’ve been waiting a while. It was a brilliant experience to see David Dickinson and be filmed for the show.
“They were really polite and the whole day was something I had been waiting to do for a long time, especially to meet my idol David Dickinson, who even called me The Mini Duke because of my interest in antiques and the fact his nickname is the Duke.”
Seth also appeared prominently in the television teaser for the new season.
The first half of the episodes aired from January, with Dickinson’s Real Deal returning this month.
The episode filmed in Swindon and featuring Seth will be aired on May 19 from 2pm. There have been 13 series of Dickinson’s Real Deal so far, with more than 1000 episodes airing on ITV.
David Dickinson rose to fame as the presenter of BBC One’s Bargain Hunt between 2000 and 2004.
He is known for his catchphrases such as ‘real bobby-dazzler’, which led to his biography being named ‘What a Bobby Dazzler’, and cheap as chips, and his dark complexion which he attributes to his Armenian descent.
The 75-year-old TV star’s birth name is David Gulesserian, but his name was changed when he was adopted by the Dickinson family.
When he was 19, Dickinson served four years in prison for mail-order fraud, and then in 1991 he was forced to close his shop and focus on selling at antiques fairs.
Then, in 1998, a chance meeting with a BBC producer led to his big TV break.