Nottinghamshire Police officer pops the question - in the middle of filming Bargain Hunt!

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Bargain Hunt enjoyed an unexpected dose of romance as the antiques programme saw its first marriage proposal.

Contestant Alison Cook, from Newark, got the shock of a lifetime when her partner and team-mate Tony Chambers got down on one knee in the middle of their challenge during the BBC One show.

Mr Chambers, a constable with Nottinghamshire Police, popped the question as they filmed in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, a country house in Derbyshire.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated handout still issued by the BBC of Bargain Hunt contestant Tony Chambers after he proposed to his partner and team-mate Alison Cook during an episode of the BBC One show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 11, 2018. Mr Chambers popped the question as they filmed in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, a country house in Derbyshire. See PA story SHOWBIZ BargainHunt. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

Ms Cook, who said she had no idea about the proposal, said: "I had a game plan but it was absolutely nothing to do with getting engaged on a national TV show.

"My plan all along was to win Bargain Hunt. I was definitely the winner. I wasn't quite sure what everyone was playing at during filming, but there was something sneaky going on.

"I'd been hen-pecking Tony for a while about getting engaged but he kept on telling me he'd do it in his own time.

"So when he actually popped the question on the show, well, I think my face says it all."

She added: "I was absolutely over the moon and couldn't quite believe it."

Mr Chambers said: "This was a one-off opportunity that no-one has ever done, and quite possibly won't ever do again. It was a unique moment.

"I thought that doing it on Bargain Hunt would be a brilliant way of capturing it forever.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated handout still issued by the BBC of Bargain Hunt expert Natasha Raskin congratulating contestant Tony Chambers after he proposed to his partner and team-mate Alison Cook during an episode of the BBC One show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 11, 2018. Mr Chambers popped the question as they filmed in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, a country house in Derbyshire. See PA story SHOWBIZ BargainHunt. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

"I'd worked really closely with the production team to make sure everything was in place and when the moment arrived, Alison couldn't quite read the inscription of her name on the ring ... so I had to read it out to her."

The final moments of the bargain hunt saw her looking at a ring trying to guess its worth. Little did she know the ring had been engraved with her name, so Mr Chambers Tony began to read the inside, before dropping to his knee with a proposal of marriage.

With cameras all around them and everyone in the tent stood still in silence, Alison said: “I’ll let you know” followed immediately by a “YES!” and a round of applause.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated handout still issued by the BBC of the engagement ring given to Bargain Hunt contestant Alison Cook by her partner and team-mate Tony Chambers during an episode of the BBC One show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 11, 2018. Mr Chambers popped the question as they filmed in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, a country house in Derbyshire. See PA story SHOWBIZ BargainHunt. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

Each episode of Bargain Hunt sees two teams of two people compete against each other to buy antiques in order to make the biggest profit at an auction.

The proposal will be shown in the next episode of Bargain Hunt, which will air on BBC One at 12.15pm on Friday, January 19.