The Repair Shop

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The Repair Shop
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
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series12
No. of episodes300 (as of 10 January 2024)
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 & 11)
60 minutes (Series 6, 8, 10 & 12)
Production companyRicochet
Original release
NetworkBBC Two
BBC One
Release27 March 2017 (2017-03-27) –
present

The Repair Shop is a British daytime and primetime 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 craftspeople 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
94029 December 2021 118 November 2022 2
101411 May 2022 25 October 2022 2
11402 January 202320 October 2023 3
121422 March 2023 310 January 2024 3
1340TBR in 2024TBR in 2024 or 2025
1414, 15 or 16TBR in 2024TBR in 2024 or 2025

^Note 1 : 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 Episodes 6 or 20.

^Note 2 : Series 10 officially started 11 May 2022 half way through Series 9 and had ended 5 October 2022 before 20 more episodes were commissioned for Series 9.

^Note 3 : Series 12 officially started 22 March 2023 half way through Series 11 despite 20 more episodes were commissioned. However "Series 11, Episodes 21 to 30" aired from 21 August to 1 September 2023 before commissioning 10 more episodes running between 9 and 20 October 2023, then "Series 12, Episodes 9 to 11" aired on 13, 20 and 27 September 2023 before commissioning 3 more episodes and Series 12 does not officially end until 10 January 2024.

The Repair Shop at Christmas[edit]

Several Christmas-themed special episodes (with the exception of The Repair Shop at Christmas 2018) have been produced, and since the 2020s have been transmitted on Christmas Eve occurring every two years and on Boxing Day occurring every two years. The earliest transmission date on record was five days before Christmas Eve 2017 and the latest transmission date on record was three days after Boxing Day 2019.

Year Transmission date
2017 19 December 2017
2018 Cancelled due to unfinished filming
2019 29 December 2019
2020 26 December 2020
2021 24 December 2021
2022 26 December 2022
2023 24 December 2023

Comic Relief[edit]

In 2022, the show's presenters were featured with French and Saunders and Judi Dench in a parody of the series for Comic Relief.[4]

Children In Need[edit]

Notable artists[edit]

Episode 5 of series 1 featured a painted ceramic jug made by Picasso contemporary Jean Lurçat.[5][6]

Episode 12 of series 1 featured 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.[7]

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.[8]

In series 4, episode 22, a miniature by Sarah Biffen was restored, by Scalisi and paper conservator Louise Drover.[9]

Notable guests[edit]

In October 2022, King Charles III (still the Prince of Wales at the time of filming) starred in an episode in which a piece of pottery made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and an 18th-century clock were restored by the show's experts.[10] Jay Blades, Steve Fletcher, his son Fred, Kirsten Ramsay and Will Kirk were featured.[11][12]

Filming[edit]

Weald and Downland Living Museum

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 ('Dom') Chinea, metal worker and signs restorer[13]
  • Steven ('Steve') Fletcher (brother of Suzie), clock restorer[14]
  • Suzie Fletcher (sister of Steve), leather worker, saddle maker[15][16]
  • Will Kirk, carpenter, wood painter and cabinet-maker[17]
  • Sonnaz Nooranvary, upholstery restorer[17]
  • Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, soft toy restorers, known as the "Bear Ladies"[18][19]
  • Kirsten Ramsay, Sussex-based ceramics conservator[14]
  • Lucia Scalisi, painting conservator[14][20]
  • Brenton West, silversmith[21] and antique photography specialist[22]

Guest and semi-regular experts[edit]

(in alphabetical order)

  • Angelina Bakalarou (Regular at Christmas), paper and paintings conservator
  • Stuart Black, firefighting historian[23]
  • George Blackman, antique typewriter restorer[24]
  • Matthew Boultwood, blacksmith[18]
  • David Burville, organ restorer, toy repairer
  • Sara Dennis, embroidery specialist
  • John Dilworth, violin restorer[25]
  • Louise Drover, paper conservator[26]
  • Neil Fairley, vintage electronics repairer[27]
  • Catherine Guilder, historian[28]
  • Tim Gunn, bicycle restorer
  • Geoff Harvey, pinball and arcade machine restorer[29]
  • Sarah Hatton, willow artist
  • Stephen Kember, music box specialist[30]
  • David Kennett, luthier, guitar restorer[citation needed]
  • Kouresh Kouchakpour, luthier[31]
  • Blue MacMurchie and John MacMurchie, bagpipes restorers, known as the "MacMurchie Bagpipe Brothers"[32]
  • Graham Mancha, furniture restorer[33]
  • Matthew Nickels, stained-glass worker[13]
  • Guillaume Pons, ceramics restorer[34]
  • Laurence Richardson, jukebox restorer[35]
  • Richard Rigby, antique projector specialist[36]
  • Nigel Robinson, electronics engineer[37]
  • Greg Rowland, wheelwright
  • Joujou Saad and Walid Saad, antique typewriter restorers, known as "Mr & Mrs Vintage Typewriters"[38]
  • Christopher Shaw, book-binder[39]
  • Alastair Simms, master cooper[28]
  • Kaviraj Singh, sitar restorer
  • Rachael South, London-based furniture caner[40]
  • Mark Stuckey (Regular at Christmas), electronics, radio and electrical restorer
  • Richard Talman, master goldsmith[30]
  • Roger Thomas, accordion specialist[41]
  • Jayesh Vaghela, hatter[42]
  • Tim Weeks, gramophone specialist[17]
  • Julyan Wallis, luthier[43]
  • Hannah Weston Smith, Traditional Upholsterer
  • Dean Westmoreland, cobbler, shoe repairer
  • Pete Woods (Regular at Christmas), percussion and musical instrument repairer

Merchandise[edit]

Home media[edit]

DVD releases of the series are released by Dazzler Media under license from Warner Bros.

On 25 June 2018, a DVD release of The Complete Series 1 and 2017 Christmas Special was released on a two-disc DVD set. A DVD release of Series Two was released on 7 October 2019. 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.[44]

The Repair Shop: Tales from the Workshop of Dreams was published by BBC Books on 5 November 2020.[45]

Reception[edit]

In 2019, The Repair Shop received a nomination for a Rose d'Or in the Reality and Factual Entertainment category.[46] After moving to prime time for Series 6 in March 2020, it was watched by 6.7 million people.[47]

In 2023 the show won a National Television Award in the daytime programme category.[48]

International versions[edit]

An Australian version of the show, The Repair Shop Australia, debuted on Lifestyle on 3 May 2022. It is hosted by Dean Ipaviz, a builder and carpenter, and features six repairers.[49]

A Dutch version of the show, The Repair Shop, debuted on RTL 4 on September 2, 2019.[50][51][52] It was hosted by Humberto Tan, a radio and TV presenter, sports journalist, and writer, and lasted one season.[53]

A Dutch version of the show in Belgium, De Repair Shop, debuted on Eén on September 4, 2022. It is hosted by Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis, a newscaster and TV Presenter, and it is currently on its second season.[54]

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