The Repair Shop

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The Repair Shop
The Repair Shop title card.jpg
GenreFactual
Directed byBen Borland
Creative directorKaty Thorogood
StarringJay Blades
Will Kirk
Steve Fletcher
Dominic Chinea
Suzie Fletcher
Sonnaz Nooranvary
Amanda Middleditch
Kirsten Ramsay
Lucia Scalisi
Tim Weeks
Julie Tatchell
Brenton West
Narrated byBill Paterson (Series 1, 5-Present)
Robert Pugh (Series 2-4)
Theme music composerIan Livingstone
ComposerIan Livingstone
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series9
No. of episodes187 (as of 2 April 2021)
Production
Executive producersCarla-Maria Lawson
Emma Walsh
Hannah Lamb
ProducersHelen Page
Tanveer Bari
Siân Bantock
Alex Raw
Production locationWeald and Downland Living Museum[1]
CinematographyNeil Kent
EditorsHal Watmough
Shelley Hamilton-Smith
Tracey Ashcroft
Clare Childs
Ant Hayes
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes (Series 1)
45 minutes (Series 2-5, 7 & 9)
60 minutes (Series 6 & 8)
Production companyRicochet
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkBBC Two
BBC One
Picture format1080i 16:9 HDTV
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release27 March 2017 (2017-03-27) –
present

The Repair Shop is a British television show made by production company Ricochet that aired on BBC Two for series 1 to 3 and on BBC One for series 4 onwards, in which family heirlooms are restored for their owners by numerous experts with a broad range of specialisms. Furniture restorer Jay Blades acts as the foreman.

Theme[edit]

Each episode follows professional craftsmen from around the country who restore family heirlooms that have sentimental value for their owners.[2] Heirlooms are found mostly through social media, and their owners are not charged for the restorations.[3]

Viewers find out about the emotional family stories and events behind the pieces, before enjoying the sight of the technical skills and progress used to bring the pieces back to looking more cared for and in working order.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11527 March 201716 December 2017
21512 March 201830 March 2018
31513 August 201819 September 2018
4301 April 201910 May 2019
54018 November 20192 October 2020
6147 October 202010 March 2021
74015 March 202126 November 2021
81421 April 202126 January 2022
94014 March 2022TBA
  • NOTE: An episode billed as "Series 9, Episode 1" aired as a one-off on 29 December 2021. However, Series 9 did not officially start until 14 March 2022 with a different Episode 1, and the previously aired episode is scheduled to repeat in this run as Episode 6.

The Repair Shop at Christmas[edit]

Several Christmas-themed special episodes have been produced:

Year Transmission date
2017 19 December 2017
2018 no special
2019 29 December 2019
2020 26 December 2020
2021 24 December 2021

Notable artists[edit]

Episode 5 of series 1 featured a painted ceramic jug made by Picasso contemporary Jean Lurçat.[4][5]

Episode 12 of series 1 features a painting by British landscape artist Frederick Appleyard. Brought in by Appleyard's descendant —his great-grand-nephew— the heavily damaged painting was restored by Lucia Scalisi.[6]

In episode 16 of the same series, she restored an oil portrait by C. J. Frost, at the request of its owner, the sitter's son.[7]

In series 4, episode 22, a miniature by Sarah Biffen was restored, by Scalisi and paper conservator Louise Drover.[8]

Filming[edit]

The Repair Shop is filmed at the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, West Sussex. The Court Barn is the principal setting, though some repairs are carried out in the Victorian smithy and nearby wagon shed.[1]

Experts[edit]

Regular[edit]

  • Jay Blades, furniture restorer and foreman
  • Dominic Chinea, metal worker[9]
  • Steven Fletcher (brother of Suzie), clock restorer[10]
  • Suzie Fletcher (sister of Steve), leather worker, saddle maker[11][12]
  • Will Kirk, carpenter and cabinet-maker[13]
  • Sonnaz Nooranvary, upholstery restorer[13]
  • Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, soft toy restorers[14]
  • Kirsten Ramsay, Sussex-based ceramics conservator[10]
  • Lucia Scalisi, painting conservator[10][15]
  • Brenton West, silversmith[16] and antique photography specialist[17]

Guest experts[edit]

  • Stuart Black, firefighting historian[18]
  • George Blackman, antique typewriter restorer[19]
  • Matthew Boultwood, blacksmith[14]
  • John Dilworth, violin restorer[20]
  • Louise Drover, paper conservator[21]
  • Neil Fairley, vintage electronics repairer[22]
  • Catherine Guilder, historian[23]
  • Tim Gunn, bicycle restorer
  • Geoff Harvey, pinball machine restorer[24]
  • Sarah Hatton, willow artist
  • Stephen Kember, music box specialist[25]
  • Pete Woods, percussion and musical instrument repairer
  • Sara Dennis, embroidery specialist
  • David Kennett, luthier, guitar restorer[citation needed]
  • Graham Mancha, furniture restorer[26]
  • Matthew Nickels, stained-glass worker[9]
  • Guillaume Pons, ceramics restorer[27]
  • Laurence Richardson, jukebox restorer[28]
  • Richard Rigby, antique projector specialist[29]
  • Greg Rowland, wheelwright
  • Joujou Saad and Walid Saad, antique typewriter restorers[30]
  • Christopher Shaw, book-binder[31]
  • Alastair Simms, master cooper[23]
  • Kaviraj Singh, sitar restorer
  • Rachael South, London-based furniture caner[32]
  • Mark Stuckey, electronics and electrical restorer
  • Richard Talman, master goldsmith[25]
  • Roger Thomas, accordion specialist[33]
  • Julyan Wallis, luthier[34]
  • Tim Weeks, gramophone specialist[13]
  • Hannah Weston Smith, furniture restorer
  • Dean Westmoreland, cobbler, shoe repairer
  • David Burville, organ restorer, toy repairer
  • Blue MacMurchie, John MacMurchie, bagpipes restorers
  • Jayesh Vaghela, hatter[35]

Merchandise[edit]

Home media[edit]

On 25 June 2018, a DVD release of The Complete Series 1 and 2017 Christmas Special was released on a two-disc DVD set under licence by Spirit Entertainment Limited. A DVD release of Series Two was released on 7 October 2019 under licence by Dazzler Media. A DVD of Series 3 was released in March 2020, Series 4 was released as a two-disc set in March 2021, and Series 5 was released as a two-disc set in November 2021.

Books[edit]

On 25 July 2019, a do-it-yourself hardback book was released, entitled The Repair Shop: A Make Do and Mend Handbook, published by BBC Books.[36]

The Repair Shop: Tales from the Workshop of Dreams was published by BBC Books on 5 November 2020.[37]

Reception[edit]

In 2019, The Repair Shop received a nomination for a Rose d'Or in the Reality and Factual Entertainment category.[38] After moving to prime time for Series 6 in March 2020, it was watched by 6.7 million people.[39]

International versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Repair Shop Filmed at Museum". 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Last night's TV: 'The Repair Shop' (BBC2)". 28 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Does The Repair Shop actually exist?". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  4. ^ Wylie, Alice; Walsh, Emma; Vernon, George (31 March 2017), Episode #1.5, The Repair Shop, retrieved 24 January 2022
  5. ^ "BBC One - The Repair Shop, Series 1, Episode 5". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Episode 12". The Repair Shop. Series 1. Episode 12. 25 September 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Episode 16". The Repair Shop. Series 4. Episode 16. 21 August 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Episode 22". The Repair Shop. Series 4. Episode 22. 3 September 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  9. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 8)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "BBC Media Centre - The Repair Shop". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  11. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 13)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  12. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 4)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 11)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  14. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 10)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Lucia Scalisi - Conservator of Easel Paintings". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  16. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 14)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  17. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 12)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  18. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 4)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  19. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 11)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  20. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 1)". Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  21. ^ "BBC Repair Shop Series 7 Episode 7". Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  22. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 3)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  23. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 1)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  24. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 14)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  25. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 3)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  26. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 10)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  27. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 10)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  28. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 8)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  29. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 2)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  30. ^ BBC. Programmes: The Repair Shop.
  31. ^ "Entertainment Daily web-site". 21 January 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  32. ^ Emily Tobin. "Behind closed doors". House & Garden. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  33. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 1)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  34. ^ "The Repair Shop, Series 5, Episode 33". Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  35. ^ "The Repair Shop, Series 7, Episode 18". Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  36. ^ Farrington, Karen (25 July 2019). The Repair Shop: A Make Do and Mend Handbook. BBC Books. ISBN 978-1785944604.
  37. ^ Farrington, Karen (5 November 2020). The Repair Shop: Tales from the Workshop of Dreams. BBC Books. ISBN 978-1785946523.
  38. ^ Knox, David (7 November 2019). "Rose D'Or Awards 2019: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  39. ^ Ian Youngs (1 April 2020). "Jay Blades: From repairing lives to hosting TV hit The Repair Shop". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  40. ^ "The Repair Shop Australia to launch May 3rd on Foxtel". Mediaweek. 30 March 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.

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