Bargain Hunt suffers 'serious problem' that triggered a huge loss on BBC show


On the latest instalment of Bargain Hunt, BBC viewers met the competitive red team, Angela and Lee, alongside Jean and Emma, a mother and daughter-in-law duo. Host Charlie Ross set them off with a budget and a challenge to find hidden treasures.

But it was Emma's bold decision to spend big on a brass Budai for £200 that really got everyone talking, including show fans and auctioneer James Lewis, who was visibly taken aback by the huge gamble from the blue team.

Before the auction kicked off, Charlie caught up with James for his expert opinion on the piece. James scrutinised the item, noting: "Not a lot of age to it, it's got a decent hardwood stand and it's got a look."

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The Blue Team saw the funny side of their huge loss -Credit:Image: BBC

He estimated it would fetch between £40 to £60, prompting Charlie to reveal the team's hefty investment of £200. James didn't mince words, saying: "That's a serious problem."

As the auction began, things looked bleak for Jean and Emma with the opening bid at just £35. The room's disinterest was palpable, and Jean leaned on Emma in disappointment, murmuring: "Oh Emma!"

James worked the room but couldn't hide the fact that enthusiasm was waning as he remarked: "Oh no.."

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The Blue Team splashed out a whopping £200 on one item -Credit:Image: BBC

The gavel finally fell at £60, marking a significant loss from their original £200 outlay. Jean and Emma could only offer a sheepish chuckle at their misfortune before moving on to see if their bonus buy could recoup some losses.

To no one's surprise, it was the red team who took home the Bargain Hunt win despite a loss of £7, while the blue team faced a hefty loss of £115. Charlie left a remark stating: "I'm afraid it's the Budai isn't it?"

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James was left visibly shocked by the teams huge splash out -Credit:Image: BBC

In response, expert David Harper wittily said: "The irony is Budai is the god of wealth! " Audiences immediately took to social media to voice their opinions on the day's unexpected outcome.

One frustrated viewer vented:"Anyone could see it wouldn't make 200!!"

Another commented: "£200 for that Buddha [shocked emoji faces]".

"Sometimes I think the experts just want the day to be over. £200 for a Buddha?" a third exclaimed.

One X user summarised the episode writing: "It was looking well dodgy for the Reds until the Blues dropped 200 notes on the Garden Centre Buddha."