TV show goes behind the scenes at toy auctioneers

Scouting for Toys, a new TV show that goes behind the scenes at one of the world’s largest toy auctioneers, starts at 9pm on Thursday 31 March on Yesterday channel.

The documentary series, produced by BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit and narrated by Kirsten O’Brien, aims to take viewers back to their childhood as it follows Vectis Toys Auctioneers in Teesside, where buyers and sellers from all over the world come to trade every toy imaginable, from Star Wars figures to vintage dolls.

The series discovers how Vectis’s team of experts value and catalogue a range of toys ahead of their weekly auctions. Along the way, the show meets passionate people selling the treasured collections they’ve amassed over decades.

In the first episode, to air on Yesterday at 9pm on Thursday 31st March, the Teesside toy auctioneers prepare for a major sale of TV & film memorabilia. Pride of place is given to a vast Star Wars collection, evaluated by specialist Nick Dyke, who shares his knowledge on which items are particularly sought after.

All episodes will be available for catch-up on UKTV Play.


About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and Get in touch at

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