Pawn Stars UK

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Pawn Stars UK
Pawn-stars-uk-cast.jpg
Promotional banner image for the first season. The cast from left to right: Victoria Manning, Mark Lever Holland, Mark Andrew Manning, Mark Peter Holland, and Simon Penworth
Directed byRennik Soholt
StarringMark Andrew Manning (Season 1 — Present)
Mark Lever Holland (Season 1 — Present)
Mark Peter Holland (Season 1)
Simon Penworth (Season 1 — Present)
Victoria Manning (Season 1 — Present)
Liam "The New Kid" (Season 2 — Present)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Production
Production location(s)Chester, UK
Production company(s)Leftfield Pictures
Release
Original networkHistory (UK)
Original release26 August 2013 (2013-08-26) –
present
Chronology
Related showsPawn Stars
American Restoration
Cajun Pawn Stars
Counting Cars
External links
Website

Pawn Stars UK is a British reality television series which debuted on 26 August 2013 on the British version of the History channel. The series is filmed in Sealand, Flintshire in Wales, and chronicles the day-to-day activities of pawn shop Regal Pawn, collaboratively run by Mark Andrew Manning, Mark Lever Holland, Marco Peter Holland, Simon Penworth, and Vicki Manning.

A spin-off of the prominent American reality television series Pawn Stars (2009–present), the show's format is similar to the latter show, as it features an array of collectible, antique and unusual items that people sell or pawn.

Production history and format[edit]

Following the success of Pawn Stars, Leftfield Pictures decided to produce a few spin-offs of it. Pawn Stars UK is the fourth spin-off of Pawn Stars.

The development of Pawn Stars UK was announced in October 2012, after A&E Networks and A&E Networks UK jointly agreed on a British edition of Pawn Stars. Executive producer Brent Montgomery opined that it would be "a natural extension of the [Pawn Stars] brand". Casting was completed in the same month, and production commenced in the final quarter of 2012.[1] Pawn Stars UK debuted in the UK on 26 August 2013.[2]

The show has a format in the style of Pawn Stars. It follows the daily operations of Regal Pawn, where the show is shot on location. Customers are mostly shown selling or pawning "amazing historically significant items". Deals and other interactions with customers in the show are handled by the main shop staff.[3] At times when the cast are uncertain about a certain item's authenticity or value, on-screen experts are called on to appraise the item. As of September 2013, two experts have been featured on the show – Robert "The Robster" Fiddaman, a music enthusiast,[4] and Stewart Knight "Midge" Myzylowskyj, a gun expert.[5]

Cast[edit]

  • Mark Andrew "Big Mark" Manning — Born and raised in Norton Canes, Staffordshire, Manning "worked in a crematorium, [...] sold double glazing and worked for solicitors", among others, prior to establishing Regal Pawn. He is married with seven children and four grandchildren.[6]
  • Mark Lever "Little Mark" Holland — Manning's best friend.[7] Born in Wallasey and raised in South Africa, Holland enjoyed a short stint at the army and joined Regal Pawn once it was established.[8]
  • Mark Peter "Marco" Holland — Born 17 September 1990,[9] he is Holland's son. The younger Holland was born in Wales. He used to work as a trainee chef before joining Regal Pawn. Marco is the shops expert in firearms and deactivated weapons.[10]
  • Vicki Manning — Born in Cannock, Vicki is Mark Manning's daughter (2nd) and she serves as shop manager at Regal Pawn. Prior to that she did various jobs, including managing a fish pedicure outlet and manufacturing computers.[11] She is single with one son. Metro described her in September 2013 as "Pawn Star UK's Golden Girl".[12]
  • Simon "Ebeneezer" Penworth — One of Regal Pawn's staff who specialises in militaria and auction house selling. He used to be a high-up figure in a well-known high street chain before semi-retiring and joining the gang for valuations and road shows.[13]
  • Liam "The New Kid" — 16-year-old Liam joined the cast for season 2 after he was hired to work at the shop while he was looking for a job there. He is very enthusiastic about history and sports and is always trying to learn more about the business.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guider, Elizabeth (7 October 2012). "MIPCOM 2012: A&E's 'Pawn Stars' Heads to the U.K." The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ "UK Pawn Stars: Hard-core Pawn". Daily Star. 21 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Pawn Stars UK". A&E TV. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Robert Fiddaman". Regal Pawn. 20 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Stewart Knight Myzylowskyj". Regal Pawn. 20 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Mark Andrew Manning". Regal Pawn. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  7. ^ "'Big Mark' from Cheshire is the star of Pawn Stars UK". Chester Chronicle. 18 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Mark Lever Holland". Regal Pawn. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Happy Birthday Marco from Regal Pawn!". Regal Pawn. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Mark Peter Holland". Regal Pawn. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Victoria Manning". Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Meet Vicki Manning: Pawn Star UK's golden girl". Metro. 2 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Simon Penworth". Regal Pawn. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Liam". History. Retrieved 6 November 2014.

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