The Repair Shop

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The Repair Shop
The Repair Shop.jpg
(l-r) Will Kirk, Steve Fletcher, Kirsten Ramsay, Jay Blades
GenreReality
Narrated byBill Paterson
Robert Pugh
Theme music composerIan Livingstone
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes126
Production
Running time30–60 minutes
Production company(s)Ricochet Limited
Release
Original networkBBC Two
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 series made by production company Ricochet that aired on BBC Two for series 1 to 3 and BBC One for series 4, in which family heirlooms are restored for their owners by experts. The programme is hosted by Jay Blades (as "foreman").

Theme[edit]

Each episode follows craftspeople who restore family heirlooms that have sentimental value for their owners.[1] The craftspeople are professionals from around the country. Heirlooms are found mostly through social media, and their owners are not charged for the restorations.[2]

Series[edit]

The first series had 15 30-minute episodes and first aired from March–April 2017, with an hour-long Christmas special in December. The second series also had 15 30-minute episodes, which first aired in March 2018, as well as 10 "45 min versions" episodes.[3] A third series of 15 45-minute episodes was aired in 2018.[4][5] A fourth series of 30 episodes began airing on BBC One on 1 April 2019 at 4:30pm each day.

Various length versions of the show, such 30 minute revisions and 60 minute revisions, have subsequently also aired.

Notable artists[edit]

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.[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 barn at the Weald and Downland Living Museum used for filming the series - seen in 2019

The programme is filmed at the Weald and Downland Living Museum, Singleton, West Sussex in a barn that is turned into a temporary "Repair Shop".[2]

Experts[edit]

Regular[edit]

  • Dominic Chinea, metal worker[9]
  • Steven (Steve) Fletcher*, clock restorer[10]
  • Suzie Fletcher*, leather worker[11] (*Steven and Suzie Fletcher are siblings)[12]
  • William (Will) Kirk, carpenter and cabinet-maker[13]
  • Amanda Middleditch**, toy restorer[14]
  • Kirsten Ramsay, Sussex-based ceramics conservator[10]
  • Lucia Scalisi, painting conservator[10][15]
  • Julie Tatchell**, toy restorer (**work as a team)[14]
  • Brenton West, silversmith[16] and antique photography specialist[17]

Guest[edit]

  • Stuart Black, firefighting historian[18]
  • George Blackman, antique typewriter restorer[19]
  • Matthew Boultwood, blacksmith[14]
  • Neil Fairly, vintage electronics repairer[20]
  • Catherine Guilder, historian[21]
  • Geoff Harvey, pinball machine restorer[22]
  • Stephen Kember, music box specialist[23]
  • David Kennett, luthier, guitar restorer[citation needed]
  • Graham Mancha, furniture restorer[24]
  • Matthew Nickels, stained-glass worker[9]
  • Sonnaz Nooranvary, upholstery restorer[13]
  • Guillaume Pons, ceramics restorer[25]
  • Laurence Richardson, jukebox restorer[26]
  • Richard Rigby, antique projector specialist[27]
  • Alastair Simms, master cooper[21]
  • Rachael South, London-based furniture caner[28]
  • Richard Talman, master goldsmith[23]
  • Roger Thomas, accordion specialist[29]
  • Tim Weeks, gramophone specialist[13]

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.[30]

A DVD release of Series Two was release on 7 October 2019 under licence by Dazzler Media.[31] A DVD of Series 3 was announced for release on 2 March 2020. [32] This would leave three of the total five series available on home media release.

Books[edit]

On 25 July 2019 a book accompanying the series was released - a Do-It-Yourself hardback book entitled The Repair Shop: A Make Do and Mend Handbook published by BBC Books.[33][34]

Reception[edit]

In 2019, The Repair Shop received a nomination for a Rose d'Or in the Reality and Factual Entertainment category.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Last night's TV: 'The Repair Shop' (BBC2)".
  2. ^ a b "Does The Repair Shop actually exist?". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop - Episode guide". BBC.
  4. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop, Series 3". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Ricochet - The Repair Shop 3". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Episode 8". The Repair Shop. Series 4. Episode 8. 7 August 2019. BBC Television. Retrieved 21 August 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 c "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 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. ^ Emily Tobin. "Behind closed doors". House & Garden. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  29. ^ "BBC Two - The Repair Shop (Series 1, Episode 1)". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  30. ^ "The Repair Shop: Series One & The 2017 Christmas Special [BBC]". Amazon.co.uk. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  31. ^ "The Repair Shop: Series Two". Amazon.co.uk. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  32. ^ "The Repair Shop: Series Three". Amazon.co.uk.
  33. ^ Farrington, Karen (25 July 2019). The Repair Shop: A Make Do and Mend Handbook:[Hardcover]. BBC Books. ISBN 1785944606.
  34. ^ "The Repair Shop: A Make Do and Mend Handbook". Amazon.co.uk. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  35. ^ Knox, David (7 November 2019). "Rose D'Or Awards 2019: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 November 2019.

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