An antiques-appraisal series that turned out to be a ratings gem in PBS's attic. The simple format has `Roadshow' traveling around the U.S., evaluating family heirlooms and found items. It's based on the long-running (since 1978) BBC show of the same name. `Antiques Roadshow FYI,' an offshoot featuring reports on antiques and collectibles, and updates on items that had been appraised on `Roadshow,' debuted in January 2005, with Lara Spencer as host.
Part 1 of 3 in Birmingham. Items include hand-colored Andy Warhol lithographs; Southern dolls; and a Frederic Remington portrait with a letter from the artist to the owner's great-grandmother. Also: a visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Conclusion. In Bismarck, N.D., items include a Santa Claus oil and advertisement by Hadden Sundblom, who painted Coca-Cola's Santa paintings from about 1931 to '65; a 1778 letter from George Washington; and two Irish dragoon swallowtail guidon flags.