In February 2000 Paul was discovered by chance by BBC1's Bargain Hunt programme and they were so impressed, that he appeared as one of the regular experts. Then in January 2001 he was asked to appear as the antiques specialist on BBC1's popular daytime show Housecall, sharing his considerable knowledge about different categories of antiques and collectibles.
He has been co-presenter of Cash in the Attic since Autumn 2002 and was the expert presenter on BBC1’s Star Sale in 2004. Paul is also the expert contributor to Crimewatch UK and regularly appears on the programme talking about stolen antiques.
Paul is very keen to demystify the antiques business - his mission is to encourage people from all walks of life to become knowledgeable collectors and a book titled Cash in the Attic and written by Paul has recently been published by BBC Books.
As well as his television work since 2003 Paul has been hosting antiques and collectibles valuation sessions for Tesco Supermarkets around the country. Paul lives in Morecambe (where he was born and raised) with his wife and three children.
After Dinner Speech or An Evening with Paul Hayes.
Guests will be invited to bring along an individual item for valuation/appraisal. Those guests who have brought along an item will place their item on a table behind the speaker at the start of the evening, to ensure confidentiality when valuations given. The audience is split into ‘teams’ and issued with a sheet of paper with numbers listed.
Styles/periods from 18th century to date. Collectables of the future. Key points to be highlighted with laminate pictures shown on an overhead projector. Duration – 40 mins
‘Have you been listening!?’ - Approx 5 questions linked directly with the talk just given – ‘teams’ enter answers onto sheet. Duration – 5 mins
Guess the Value - 3 Items shown on the projector, which vary in value/rarity etc. Paul offers a brief description of the item and the audience place their estimate on the score sheet. Duration: 15 mins
Valuations - Paul to go through all the items brought along by the audience giving histories/values etc.
Duration: 40 mins
Answers/prizes - Teams ‘swap’ answer sheets for marking - Paul gives answers to first 5 questions with brief description with prize to the winner. Duration 20 mins
Questions & Answers
Guests will be invited to ask questions. Finish with one-to-one questions/autographs/pictures etc.Duration: 30 mins
For Charity events, guests could be charged for their valuation or the charity fundraisers could organise for items to be donated and auctioned off for their charity.