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Posh Pawn (Channel 4, 8pm) CHARISMATIC pawnbroker James Constantinou has an original Banksy worth PS150,000 and a PS30,000 designer handbag just lying around in his office.

It's no big deal - items worth jaw-dropping amounts come through the door practically every day.

He owns the high-end Prestige Pawnbrokers, which has three stores in upmarket locations, where the elite exchange their luxuries for hard cash.

"I'm in the business of making money," says James. "I don't care if it's boats, cars or antiques, I want it."

Back for a third series, this is yet another Channel 4 series allowing to snoop into the lifestyles of the super-rich. And it is fascinating to find out how much these items are actually worth. Plus we get a little back-story on the sellers.

Imagine Antiques Roadshow, but dripping with jewellery and with Fiona Bruce broadcasting from a yacht in the middle of the Mediterranean.

In fact, in this opener, James jets off to Palma, Majorca, to investigate a PS150,000 yacht. Funnily enough, he likes to close the big deals personally. "Be rude not to," he says.

Owner Steve is desperate for a deal as he's a new dad without any money (he spent it all on the posh boat).

Meanwhile, new customer Rosie turns up at Prestige with a couple of handbags, hoping to exchange them for around PS20,000.

The fashion-lover, who incidentally owns 180 toy bears (which she sits in front of a TV that's permanently switched on "because that's what they like"), wants the cash to start a doggy haute couture business.

"Eccentricity darling," she says, squashing her pet into a tutu.

And the company's memorabilia expert Lawrence values a guitar signed by Oasis - but will the owner get the good news she was hoping for? Definitely maybe.


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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 26, 2015
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