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James Rylands

TV & Radio Presenter | Antiques & History Expert

James Rylands' formidable knowledge of antiques, social history and contemporary culture have led him to corner the market in his field, appearing regularly as an expert presenter on a number of programmes including Cash in the Attic, Cash in the Celebrity Attic, Sun Sea & Bargain Spotting and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is for BBC1; Feather Your Nest with Linda Robson; Car Booty; three series of BBC's The Great Antiques Hunt with Jilly Goulden; Going for a Song with Michael Parkinson and Anne Robinson; the Antiques Show and the Antiques Roadshow.

James joined Sotheby's as a graduate cataloguer in 1979. In 1986 he was responsible for setting up the Garden Statuary department in Sotheby's Sussex and has been involved with them ever since, both as a Director of Sotheby's and subsequently as a Consultant. James qualified as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has co-written a book on garden ornaments for Thames and Hudson. He has now set up his own auction house, Summers Place Auctions, dealing in garden statuary and fossil decoration.

With a keen interest in history, James has also written and presented a pilot programme on Robert Adam's architectural masterpiece Syon Park, as part of the Historic Houses of Great Britain project. He is also an experienced chartered surveyor and a connoisseur of fine wines.

James has appeared on Ready Steady Cook with Sun Sea & Bargain Spotting co-host Angela Rippon. Other appearances include Good Driver for the BBC with Nick Ross and Executive Lifestyles for Channel 4.

James is a seasoned traveller and scuba diver and recently assisted Greg Stone with underwater filming on historic wrecks in Bermuda for National Geographic. Much in demand as a charity auctioneer, James has travelled as far afield as Canada and Bermuda to raise money for worthy causes.

  • Cash in the Celebrity Attic - BBC2
  • Cash in the Attic - BBC1
  • Sun Sea & Bargain Spotting - BBC1
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - BBC1
  • Car Booty - BBC1
  • Feather Your Nest - BBC2
  • Ready Steady Cook - BBC2
  • Antiques Roadshow - BBC1
  • Antiques Show - BBC1
  • Executive Lifestyles - Channel 4
  • Going for a Song - BBC1
  • Good Driver - BBC1
  • National Geographic
  • The Great Antiques Hunt - BBC1