Antiques Roadshow viewers in tears after tribute to expert Judith Miller following her death aged 71

Antiques Roadshow viewers were left emotional after the show aired a heartfelt tribute to late expert Judith Miller on Sunday.

The expert and author passed away over the Easter weekend after a battle with a short illness aged 71.

The segment featured clips of Judith’s most memorable moments on the show after first appearing way back in 2007.

Praising her knowledge and love of everything kitsch and costume it also showed a clip of the expert discussing her family treasures.

Speaking with host Fiona Bruce, 58, she recalled her aunt treasuring a glass jug which was a gift from her fiancé who died during the Second World War.

Taking to Twitter one viewer wrote: ‘Lovely tribute to Judith Miller, she was one of my favourites’.

While another commented: ‘RIP Judith Miller’.

A third added: ‘Just watching Antiques Roadshow where they featured Judith, how sad’.

Antiques Roadshow host Fiona led the tributes after Judith’s publishing firm issued a statement saying her death has been a ‘huge shock’ for all.

The BBC have also announced the show will pay a special tribute to Judith in a forthcoming episode.

Fiona, who has presented the BBC programme since 2007, said Judith is ‘irreplaceable’ and will be sorely missed.

She said: ‘When I started on the Antiques Roadshow, I was in awe of the experts – and none more so than Judith.

‘She was Miller of Miller’s Guides no less, the bible of the antiques world when it came to valuations.

‘Plus, she had authored many other books, too many to list, some of which were already on my bookshelf.

‘But she was always gracious and generous with her knowledge, helpful to me and our whole team.

‘And when our filming day had finished, she was never short of great stories accompanied by a glass of her favourite tipple, Pinot Grigio. She was the doyenne of the antiques world and of our show. Irreplaceable. And hugely missed.’

Antiques Roadshow Series Editor Robert Murphy said: ‘Judith was a really popular member of the Roadshow team and an inspiration to a generation of aspiring antiques experts.

‘Judith brought so much warmth and good humour to a show, whether it was chatting with visitors and hearing about their treasures or sharing a few stories with the team after a busy day.

‘She had a lovely way of delivering a story on camera, always putting the owner of an item at ease and imparting her knowledge with care and enthusiasm, and she was also unfailingly kind and patient behind the scenes. We’ve lost an immensely knowledgeable expert, a passionate advocate for antiques and a much-loved member of our team.’

Elsewhere during the episode two guests were left stunned after discovering how much their Grandmother’s jug she ‘didn’t even like’ was worth.

Appearing on the BBC show – broadcast from Portchester Castle on the Hampshire coast – the mother and daughter presented the ceramic purchased by their elderly relative for £5 at a charity auction.

Expert Serhat Ahmet appeared thrilled and gushed ‘everything about it screams art deco’ as he revealed the item was in fact a Clarice Cliff original.

The jug featured a colourful hand painted design with a farm house scene, trees and bright orange sunset.

The ladies said it was purchased at a WI charity auction in the 1970s, only after the vase the grandmother really liked became too expensive.

Saying: ‘She never knew [it was a Clarice Cliff] she had no idea what it was’ .

Before adding: ‘She never particularly liked it because it was never the one she wanted’.

Clarice Cliff was an English ceramic artist who first found fame in the 1920s, best known for her innovative, colour-rich designs.

Expert Serhat revealed the ‘Lugano’ design wasvery rare and the orange sky only increased it’s value.

Going on to reveal his estimation saying: ‘£3,000 – £4,000 would be easily beaten at auction, so I would say over £4000 on the day’.