BBC Bargain Hunt's Tim Wonnacott's exit and what he's up to now

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Tim Wonnacott, the cherished presenter of BBC's Bargain Hunt, stepped away from the show in 2015 after a remarkable stint hosting over 1,000 episodes.

The seasoned antiques connoisseur, who is now 73-years-old, has largely stayed out of the television spotlight since his departure from the daytime favourite.

Taking the reins from David Dickinson in 2003, Wonnacott was initially set for a brief tenure but ended up extending his initial 30-show contract, becoming a staple for viewers at lunchtime.

Known for his vibrant dickie-bows and distinctive eyewear, Tim's exit from Bargain Hunt came as a surprise to many fans, reports the Express.

The question on everyone's lips: why did he decide to leave?

On November 25, 2015, Tim explained his decision to part ways with Bargain Hunt in a statement, saying: "I am pleased to have been part of Bargain Hunt for so many years and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of my, roughly, 1,200 programmes hunting out bargains with the contestants. Alongside continuing to voice Antiques Road Trip for the BBC, I look forward to developing new programme ideas."

The BBC expressed gratitude towards Wonnacott, stating: "We would like to thank Tim Wonnacott for his dedication to Bargain Hunt over the last twelve-years and for the great expertise that he has brought to the show in that time. Bargain Hunt will be moving in a new direction next year utilising a team of experts who present a number of shows each. Tim continues to work with the BBC on Antiques Road Trip."

Tim's departure from the spotlight followed reports that BBC Bristol staff had filed a complaint about his conduct, prompting an investigation into allegations of bullying. The BBC, however, has refrained from commenting on "individual staff matters".

Although Tim is not often seen on television these days, his voice continues to be a familiar presence. He remains the narrator for Antiques Road Trip and its celebrity version, roles he has held since 2010.

In addition to this, in 2020, he lent his voice to the Channel 5 documentary 'When Classic TV Goes Horribly Wrong'.

Away from his professional commitments, Tim dedicates himself to family life with his wife Helen and their three children; Alice, Fred, and Ben.

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