The Repair Shop

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The Repair Shop
The Repair Shop title card.jpg
GenreFactual
Directed byBen Borland
StarringJay Blades
Will Kirk
Steve Fletcher
Dominic Chinea
Suzie Fletcher
Amanda Middleditch
Kirsten Ramsay
Lucia Scalisi
Julie Tatchell
Brenton West
Tim Weeks
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 series6
No. of episodes122
Production
Executive producersCarla-Maria Lawson
Emma Walsh
Hannah Lamb
ProducersHelen Page
Siân Bantock
Alex Raw
Production locationWeald and Downland Living Museum[1]
CinematographyNeil Kent
Running time30 minutes (Series 1) or 60 minutes (Series 2-5)
Production companyRicochet
Release
Original networkBBC Two
BBC One
Picture format1080i 16:9 HDTV
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release27 March 2017 (2017-03-27) –
present
External links
The Repair Shop

The Repair Shop is a British Television series made by production company Ricochet that aired on BBC Two for series 1 to 3 and BBC One for series 4 onwards, in which family heirlooms are restored for their owners by experts. 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]

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 27 March 2017 16 December 2017 16
2 12 March 2018 30 March 2018 15
3 13 August 2018 19 September 2018 15
4 1 April 2019 10 May 2019 30
5 18 November 2019 2 October 2020 40
6 7 October 2020 TBC 2021 14

Notable artists[edit]

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

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.[4]

Episode 8 of series 4 featured a painting by Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu, owned by a friend of the artist, which was restored by Lucia Scalisi.[5]

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.[6]

In series 4, episode 22, a miniature by Sarah Biffen was restored, by Scalisi and paper conservator Louise Drover.[7]

Filming[edit]

The Repair Shop is filmed at 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]

  • Dominic Chinea, Metal worker[8]
  • Steven (Steve, brother of Suzie) Fletcher, Clock restorer[9]
  • Suzie Fletcher (sister of Steve), Leather worker[10][11]
  • Will Kirk, Carpenter and cabinet-maker[12]
  • Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, Toy restorers[13]
  • Kirsten Ramsay, Sussex-based ceramics conservator[9]
  • Lucia Scalisi, Painting conservator[9][14]
  • Brenton West, Silversmith[15] and antique photography specialist[16]

Guest Experts[edit]

  • Stuart Black, Firefighting historian[17]
  • George Blackman, Antique typewriter restorer[18]
  • Matthew Boultwood, Blacksmith[13]
  • John Dilworth, Violin restorer[19]
  • Neil Fairley, Vintage electronics repairer[20]
  • Catherine Guilder, Historian[21]
  • Tim Gunn, Bicycle restorer
  • Geoff Harvey, Pinball machine wizard[22]
  • Sarah Hatton, Willow artist
  • Stephen Kember, Music box specialist[23]
  • David Kennett, Luthier, guitar restorer[citation needed]
  • Graham Mancha, Furniture restorer[24]
  • Matthew Nickels, Stained-glass worker[8]
  • Sonnaz Nooranvary, Upholstery restorer[12]
  • Guillaume Pons, Ceramics restorer[25]
  • Laurence Richardson, Jukebox restorer[26]
  • Richard Rigby, Antique projector specialist[27]
  • Greg Rowland, Wheelwright
  • Joujou Saad and Walid Saad, Antique typewriter restorers[28]
  • Alastair Simms, Master cooper[21]
  • Rachael South, London-based furniture caner[29]
  • Richard Talman, Master goldsmith[23]
  • Roger Thomas, Accordion specialist[30]
  • Tim Weeks, Gramophone specialist[12]
  • Hannah Weston Smith, Furniture restorer

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 2 disc DVD set under licence by Spirit Entertainment Limited.[31]

A DVD release of Series Two was released on 7 October 2019 under licence by Dazzler Media.[32] A DVD of Series 3 was announced for release on 2 March 2020.[33] This would leave three of the total five series available on home media release.

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.[34][35]

Reception[edit]

In 2019, The Repair Shop received a nomination for a Rose d'Or in the Reality and Factual Entertainment category.[36] After moving to prime time for Series 6 in March 2020, it was watched by 6.7 million people.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Repair Shop Filmed at Museum".
  2. ^ "Last night's TV: 'The Repair Shop' (BBC2)".
  3. ^ "Does The Repair Shop actually exist?". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Episode 12". The Repair Shop. Series 1. Episode 12. 25 September 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Episode 8". The Repair Shop. Series 4. Episode 8. 7 August 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Episode 16". The Repair Shop. Series 4. Episode 16. 21 August 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Episode 22". The Repair Shop. Series 4. Episode 22. 3 September 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 8)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "BBC Media Centre - The Repair Shop". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  10. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 13)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  11. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 4)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 11)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 10)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Lucia Scalisi - Conservator of Easel Paintings". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  15. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 14)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  16. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 12)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  17. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 4)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  18. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 11)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  19. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 2, Episode 1)". Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  20. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 3)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  21. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 1)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  22. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 14)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  23. ^ a b "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 3)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  24. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 3, Episode 10)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  25. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 10)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  26. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 8)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  27. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 2)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  28. ^ BBC. Programmes: The Repair Shop.
  29. ^ Emily Tobin. "Behind closed doors". House & Garden. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  30. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 1)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  31. ^ "The Repair Shop: Series One & The 2017 Christmas Special [BBC]". Amazon.co.uk. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  32. ^ "The Repair Shop: Series Two". Amazon.co.uk. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  33. ^ "The Repair Shop: Series Three". Amazon.co.uk.
  34. ^ Farrington, Karen (25 July 2019). The Repair Shop: A Make Do and Mend Handbook:[Hardcover]. BBC Books. ISBN 1785944606.
  35. ^ "The Repair Shop: A Make Do and Mend Handbook". Amazon.co.uk. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  36. ^ Knox, David (7 November 2019). "Rose D'Or Awards 2019: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  37. ^ Ian Youngs (1 April 2020). "Jay Blades: From repairing lives to hosting TV hit The Repair Shop". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2020.

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