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Bargain Hunt host joins Heartbeat
David Dickinson
Dickinson has become one of TV's most popular presenters
TV antiques expert David Dickinson has been offered an acting part in popular ITV1 drama series Heartbeat.

The BBC's Bargain Hunt presenter will play a cameo role over several episodes of the nostalgic show set in the 1960s.

Dickinson, 61, has told writers he would be interested in the part if they can come up with a suitable script and storyline for him.

Heartbeat, now in its 13th year, is one of the UK's best-loved shows, regularly getting audiences of over 10 million.

The programme has a tradition of featuring celebrity guest stars. Dickinson will follow the path of well-known artists such as Lulu, David Essex, Charlotte Church and Gary Barlow.

After being contacted by the show's producers, he said he was "very keen" to take part.

A Heartbeat spokesman said Dickinson would probably appear in the 14th series which would begin airing in September.

Dickinson, nicknamed The Duke, is famous for his flashy suits and catchphrases such as "cheap as chips" and "what a bobby dazzler".

He got his TV break after a chance meeting at a barbecue with a BBC producer who likened him to fictional TV antiques dealer Lovejoy.

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