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FIONA BRUCE - who hosts Antiques Roadshow and Question Time - has opened up about one "extraordinary" experience before the coronavirus outbreak and why she "wasn't expected to be moved by it".

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 17:01, Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce, 56, who is best known as a newsreader and TV presenter, has revealed the details around her Spitfire flying experience - all of which will be broadcast on television. The Question Time host found herself sitting in a two-seater Spitfire for a special episode of the BBC programme.


I wasn't expected to be moved by it.

Fiona Bruce

The long-running show filmed a one-off special at air-base Biggin Hill in Kent to mark 80 years since the Battle of Britain and the Blitz in 1940.

While Fiona could handle the majority of the flight, she said her stomach turned when pilot Jeremy Britcher put the plane into a dive.

She divulged: "My God, my stomach flipped over.

"I wasn't expected to be moved by it, but I was."

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Fiona continued: "We were flying over the Weald of Kent, most of it not looking very different to the way it did during the Battle of Britain.

"It made me think of the young men who flew in those planes, never knowing they would come back - the attrition rate was so high," she recalled, during an interview with this week's Radio Times.

The programme will feature many items brought by family members of the heroic ground crew, navigators, firefighters and Women's Auxiliary Air Force personnel.

It comes after Fiona spoke of the show's changes on returning to filming during the coronavirus outbreak.

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