THE region's finest antique goods will be put under the hammer as a tv auction pair tours the North-East for its latest series.

BBC One's Antiques Road Trip, airing next week, will follow experts Phil Serrell and Steph Connell as they drive their 1966 Jaguar MK2 Auto in Cumbria, travelling through the Scottish Borders and Central Belt before ending their journey in the North-East.

With a starting fund of £200 each, the rivals will hunt out hidden gems to compete to make the most money at auction.

Driving the length and breadth of the country in an array of classic cars, the competing experts visit local antique shops as well as historic and cultural sites to learn about the little-known stories behind some of the greatest events in British history.

Viewers will follow the experts in their quest to make the most profit.

Along with a breakdown, ruined shoes and a lot of antique chairs, producers say this series of the popular show has tense auctions and peculiar finds to keep the viewers guessing who will come out on top.

In the episode airing Monday September 30, Steph and Phil begin at the Honister slate mine in Keswick before the duo head to Dumfries and Galloway for Tuesday’s programme. There, Phil makes an unexpected find in a book shop in Wigtown.

In the third instalment of their Road Trip, they travel the Scottish Borders in pursuit of the local cuisine, Lorne sausage.

During the journey, the programme also celebrates the rich history of Millport and its succession of invaders from Vikings to tourists before venturing further to visit Largs, Rothesay, Paisley, Clydebank and Glasgow before an auction over in Dunfermline.

Finally, their trip comes to an end as they cross three counties in pursuit of north east England’s most profitable antiques.

Steph and Phil will take in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead and Cleadon, before taking their finds to auction at Darlington.

John Redshaw, series producer at STV Productions, said: “Our much loved antiques experts are back on the road for the 19th series, searching high and low for weird and wonderful antiques.

"We hope that both fans and new viewers will tune in to this hugely popular show, which as always is full of laughs, friendly rivalries and lots of great characters.”

The series is produced by STV Productions.