Lord Patel is not a deluded paranoid but a few minutes into BBC1 The Antiques Road Show ... at about 7.30 pm, the front door was answered.
Unexpected callers on a freezing cold night at that time are rare or even unknown and certainly unwelcome.
It was a man, 25' ish with a thick almost gutteral English voice and a large portfolio containing crap artwork explaining he was a student trying to sell a few pictures to make a few bob .
"Where do you come from ?"
After expressing a total lack of interest he asked if his origin was the cause of rejection. After a short discussion about the wisdom of doorstep selling on dark nights he disappeared into the night. Subsequent enquiry showed he had called at no other nearby mansions.
This has happened in another country at another of Lord Patel's many mansions in September.