Following the news that the BBC's survivalist Ray Mears may not be all that he appears, so-called experts on the Antiques Roadshow have also now blown the whistle.
Hugh Scully, and Michael Aspel were both told to leave the popular programme after revealing the deep, seamy under belly that the programme tries to protect itself against.
It is all made up. The experts were people who got lost at an audition for Big Brother. Eric Knowles was but a youth of 19, applying to go on the Billy Shakespeare show 'Where art thou?', a programme about painting, when he stumbled into the wrong room.
He was handed a book, an early edition of Miller's Antique guide, and has been with the programme ever since. He is now 73.
Other faked programmes are Last of the Summer Wine, which is a documentary, but it is made to look like a comedy, and Cash in the Attic, which is very expensive, because it is made to look so cheap.