‘Bargain Hunt’ special had to be re-shot after Happy Mondays broke the rules

"I had to refer to the Bargain Hunt rulebook. I think it’s the first time in history that we’ve had to look at it”

The forthcoming episode of Bargain Hunt that pits Pulp against Happy Mondays had to be re-shot after the ‘Step On’ group broke the rules.

As part of BBC Music Day on Friday September 28, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Candida Doyle will take on Bez and Rowetta Idah from Happy Mondays, as part of a special day of shows from the brooadcaster.

But in a not entirely unexpected twist, it’s now been revealed that the episode’s finale had to be re-shot after Bez and Rowetta decided to opt for some unauthorised tactics.


Speaking to Radio Times, show presenter Charlie Ross revealed: “Suffice to say I had to refer to the Bargain Hunt rulebook. I think it’s the first time in history that we’ve had to look at it.”

Pulp and Happy Mondays to go head to head in ‘Bargain Hunt’

Executive producer Paul Tucker added: “We had to deliver this show quite quickly after we filmed it, and of course we weren’t expecting to have to do the ending again. Although it wasn’t expected, it certainly added an interesting twist and another layer to the show. I guess it’s what you might expect from a bunch of rock ‘n’ rollers.”

Although it’s yet to be revealed who eventually emerges victorious, the episode will see the two teams doing battle at an antiques fair in Kent.

As well as Bargain Hunt, BBC Music Day will also see a special edition of ‘Pointless’ that features Shaun Keaveny, Lianne La Havas, Amy Macdonald, Leslie Garrett and Ella Eyre alongside other BBC radio presenters.


‘Woman’s Hour’, meanwhile, will publish a Women in Music Power List – “celebrating the top 40 female voices in music, from songwriters and performers to managers and producers”.

Meanwhile, fans are awaiting the return of Jarvis Cocker after touring to launch his new project ‘JARV‘ earlier this year.

Speaking to NME back in 2015 about the chances of the band returning for more new material and live shows from Pulp, Cocker said: “We’re very cloak and dagger about that, well, it isn’t cloak and dagger, we just don’t know! We’re not being mysterious, we’re just not very together.”