Tony Chambers goes down on one knee.
Tony Chambers goes down on one knee.

A contestant on BBC One's Bargain Hunt got more than she bargained for when her partner popped the question.

Viewers tuning in at 12.15pm today will see Alison Cook from Newark get the surprise of a lifetime when her partner and fellow Bargain hunter, Tony Chambers, went down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

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

"It was a really unique moment.

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

"I had worked 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.

"I was confident she would say yes, and am very glad she did.

"It is definitely a moment we will both remember."

Alison, who had no idea Tony was going to pop the question, 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 had been hen-pecking Tony for a while about getting engaged but he kept on telling me he would do it in his own time.

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

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

Tony and Alison seal their engagement with a kiss.
Tony and Alison seal their engagement with a kiss.

The programme was recorded in the grounds of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.