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Rick Harrison's 5 reasons to watch 'Pawn Stars UK'

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Rick Harrison on Pawn Stars UK

Rick Harrison on Pawn Stars UK


Pawn Stars is approaching phenomenon status in the US. Based around the Harrison family's World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, the series blends Antiques Roadshow with American reality TV spice and melodrama.

The show has now moved from the US to the UK for a spinoff series and Rick has given Digital Spy 5 reasons why we should tune in to the series.

1. The show's a serious hit worldwide
"What I know about my show is that it's like hearing a history lesson from your uncle and not from your professor." That's Rick's explanation for the Pawn Stars phenom.

"I pitched the show for a few years and finally I got it and I was hoping for a season or two and the next thing you know it's become this huge deal.

"I'm still overwhelmed it's now the number one show in all of South America, central America, Canada. It's the number one show in all of Asia for some reason, and in the Philippines. It's about the number one or two show everywhere in the world. I still don't exactly understand why. It's still a show about four fat guys in a pawn shop."

Watch a Pawn Stars UK trailer:



2. There are some seriously crazy moments
"I have been surprised by some of the wacky stuff people bring in. Sometimes I'm in awe, sometimes I just laugh my ass off.

"Six human skulls in a duffel bag was the best. It turned out it was a school that needed these plastic skulls."

Rick Harrison Pawn Stars UK

Rick Harrison Pawn Stars UK



3. Pawn Shops get a rough deal
"The show has definitely changed people's opinions. People using pawnshops in the US has gone up 20% thanks to my show and it has changed it a lot because of my show.

"Pawn shops have always been around. They've been around for over 3,000 years and they were the number one form of consumer credit in the United States and I'm pretty sure they were in London too up until the 1950s when credit cards came along.

"It was always an honourable profession until Hollywood got hold of it."

4. It's educational.
There is money to be made in the world of Pawn. But don't go diving in headfirst.

"Just be careful and don't go straight into it blind," says Rick.

"You might want to work in a pawnshop for a few years. I always tell people about things that are brought in, 'There's one real one for every 99 fake ones'. That's just the way it is. With so many fakes out there you've really got to know what's you're doing.

"I've been buying and selling since I was 13 years old. I moved with my parents to Las Vegas when I was 16 and my Dad opened up a little second hand shop and I just really liked the business and it kept on growing.

"I was always out there as a kid looking for gold rings and silver spoons and reselling them and it just seemed to work."

5. Even Bob Dylan's a fan
"I was pretty amazed by that. It turned out Bob Dylan had watched the show along with everyone else I guess."



Pawn Stars UK continues tonight (September 2) on History.

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