Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A production of Britain's Meridian Television, the seven-part miniseries Under the Hammer managed to extract humor and thrills from the auctioning business. Richard Wilson of One Foot in the Grave fame starred as Ben Glazier, an employee of London's art-auction house Klinsky. In each hour-long installment, Ben and his intrepid female assistant Maggie Perowne (Jan Francis) went to great and sometimes ridiculous lengths to authenticate a specific auctioned item. Under the Hammer originally aired in 1993.