BBC Bargain Hunt expert Kate Bliss slammed by viewers over 'failure' on show

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Bargain Hunt fans issued the same complaint about expert Kate Bliss (Image: BBC) -Credit:(Image: BBC)

Expert Kate Bliss from Bargain Hunt found herself attracting viewer criticism during an old instalment of the beloved BBC series when she instructed a player to "put down" a cherished antique. Filmed in the picturesque locations of Shepton Mallet and Wells Cathedral in Somerset, it was nevertheless Kate's commanding involvement that claimed the spotlight.

Host Charlie Ross fronted the episode, accompanied by team leader Colin Young guiding the Reds, while Kate headed up the Blues. However, the usual buzz of Bargain Hunt was somewhat muted as it seemed our viewers noted the Blues' treasure hunting was heavily guided, leading to questions about contestant autonomy.

Paired with neighbours Lyn and Surabhi, Kate seemed more eager to lead than to enable her team to unearth their own gems. When Lyn showed a blossoming interest for a vintage military camping bed, Kate quickly quashed his enthusiasm, ruling it out due to its lack of appeal.

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Try as they might, Kate's decisive viewpoints weren't limited to just that. When Lyn considered purchasing an intriguing decoration, she bluntly requested him to put it back, commenting: "You've got very good taste. Just put it down carefully."

Eventually, the Blue squad acquiesced to Kate's selections - a £20 chrome art deco compact and cigarette case, duck embellished art deco book ends valued at £55, and David Anderson Norwegian cufflinks given a price point of £135, as reports the Express.

As the final gavel echoed, the Blues enjoyed the fruits of their triumph at auction, savouring a tidy profit of £69. Sadly, the team's lack of involvement did not go unnoticed by astute viewers of Bargain Hunt, as fans argued that the Blues should have been granted a greater say in their purchases.

One disgruntled viewer took to Twitter, venting: "Just give Kate the money. Then, go for a coffee." Another joined in with an ironic comment: "Kate rings the stall holders the night before asking what tat can't you sell and I'll buy it tomorrow."

This sentiment saw further support from another fan who said: "Kate making it up as she goes along again," while another viewer voiced: "Kate really hates it if the teams try to buy something she don't like but 9/10 anything she picks loses money and the blue team has noooooo say in any of this."

Very aptly, one viewer summarised the frustration stating: "Kate doesn't need the team." This opinion found nods of agreement among the crowd. "If I was with Kate I'd sit down with a brew and just leave her to it. Might as well," mused one.

While another lamented: "The Blue team have only spotted one thing, the camp bed which she put the kybosh on. Kate has 'spotted' everything else."