7.8
20 votes
Fake or Fortune?

Fake or Fortune?

BBC One 2011

Journalist Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings. It's a world of subterfuge and intrigue as they grapple with complex battles often unseen beneath the apparently genteel art establishment.

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Fake or Fortune? - S2E1

#1 - Degas and the Little Dancer (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Fiona and Philip examine a painting that owner Patrick Rice thinks is by Edgar Degas. If its genuine, it could be worth about £500,000. They trace the artwork back through time to find out whether it really was created by one of France's greatest artists.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 13 votes.

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Fake or Fortune? - S4E2

#2 - Renoir (Season 4 - Episode 2)

Nicky Philipps needs help in determining whether a mysterious painting housed at Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire is a genuine piece of work by French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 11 votes.

Fake or Fortune? - S1E3

#3 - Van Meegeren (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Fiona and Philip take a look at the career of forger Han van Meegeren, who managed to fool galleries and buyers in the early 20th century with his fake pieces by Old Masters.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 11 votes.

Fake or Fortune? - S3E1

#4 - Vuillard (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Fiona and Philip attempt to help a man who believes he owns a painting by French post-impressionist Edouard Vuillard.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 10 votes.

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Fake or Fortune? - S4E1

#5 - Lowry (Season 4 - Episode 1)

Fiona and art experts Philip Mould and Bendor Grosvenor attempt to help a man who has inherited three paintings supposedly by LS Lowry.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 14 votes.

Fake or Fortune? - S4E3

#6 - A Mystery Old Master (Season 4 - Episode 3)

Fiona and Philip are at a church in Lancashire, once patronised by Yorkshire's famous Bronte sisters, that is the home of a painting thought to have been made by an Italian old master.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 14 votes.

Fake or Fortune? - S8E4

#7 - A Venetian View (Season 8 - Episode 4)

The team investigates a beautiful 18th-century Venetian view. Could this be a work by one of the Italian masters - either Francesco Guardi or Michele Marieschi?

The episode was rated 7.92 from 12 votes.

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Fake or Fortune? - S2E3

#8 - Van Dyck: What Lies Beneath (Season 2 - Episode 3)

The tables end up being turned on Philip this week when one of his own pictures are put under the microscope.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 10 votes.

Fake or Fortune? - S2E2

#9 - Turner: A Miscarriage of Justice? (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Fiona and Philip take a look at the history of three paintings bequeathed to the National Museum of Wales after their owner died in 1951. It was always thought that the paintings were by landscape artist JMW Turner, but only months after the museum took ownership, experts said that they were fakes.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 16 votes.

Fake or Fortune? - S3E3

#10 - Chagall (Season 3 - Episode 3)

Fiona and Philip attempt to help Martin Lang try and prove the painting he bought in 1992 is by modern master Marc Chagall.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 14 votes.

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Fake or Fortune? - S5E2
#11 - Delaroche
7.63
Season 5 - Episode 2

None

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
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Fake or Fortune? - S7E3
#12 - Henry Moore
7.55
Season 7 - Episode 3

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate a small watercolour sketch that could be the work of sculptor Henry Moore. The piece was found in 2012 in a hoard of artwork stolen by the Nazis. While the unidentified piece has many characteristics of Moore's work, none of the other artworks recovered were by British artists, so it remains a mystery how it came to be there. The team must not only find out who created it, but also who it belonged to, since it may have been looted from Jewish owners during the Holocaust and will need to be returned to surviving descendants.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Fake or Fortune? - S7E2
#13 - Toulouse-Lautrec
7.53
Season 7 - Episode 2

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould must prove that a sketchbook is the work of a young Toulouse-Lautrec, overturning a decision made by a committee of experts on the artist. The drawings in the book are of a very different subject matter to Lautrec's famous works, and are dated to when he was a teenager - a period of his life that is largely a mystery. To get to the truth, Fiona and Philip travel to the town in the south of France where Lautrec grew up and visit the grand family home where he spent much of his youth.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Fake or Fortune? - S6E2
#14 - Tom Roberts
7.42
Season 6 - Episode 2

None

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
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Fake or Fortune? - S6E1
#15 - Constable
7.38
Season 6 - Episode 1

None

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Fake or Fortune? - S5E1
#16 - Freud
7.36
Season 5 - Episode 1

None

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
Fake or Fortune? - S5E3
#17 - Rodin
7.36
Season 5 - Episode 3

None

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
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Fake or Fortune? - S7E1
#18 - Nicholson
7.25
Season 7 - Episode 1

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould examine a still life that may have been painted by prolific artist William Nicholson, but which has been rejected by leading experts on his work. They discover a useful source of evidence in Nicholson's own paint box, but as they delve into the painting's history, they discover it may have been connected to one of the 20th century's greatest art crimes. Fiona meets a reformed forger to discover if he ever faked a Nicholson while Philip takes the painting to Canada to compare it to another of the artist's works.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Fake or Fortune? - S5E4
#19 - Portraits
7.23
Season 5 - Episode 4

None

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Fake or Fortune? - S4E4
#20 - Munnings and Churchill
7.18
Season 4 - Episode 4

Fiona and Philip attempt to help Under-Sheriff and Secondary of London Charles Henty find out whether two paintings in his possession are as valuable as he believes.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
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Last updated: nov 20, 2022

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how do I start watching this episolde of Fake or Fortune, about Giacometti? I don't see a start to play button.

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Season 10 has started, not listed?

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