Next Episode of The Repair Shop is
Season 2 / Episode 8 and airs on 21 March 2018 18:30
The Repair Shop is a workshop of dreams, where broken or damaged cherished family heirlooms are brought back to life.Furniture restorers, horologists, metal workers, ceramicists, upholsterers and all manner of skilled craftsmen and women have been brought together to work in one extraordinary space, restoring much-loved possessions to their former glory.Many of these items have incredible stories behind them and a unique place in history: from an accordion played in the Blitz by a woman who is now in her 90s, to a beautifully crafted clock made by a father who was completely blind; a Pinball machine that is currently being used as a kitchen counter, and a Davenport desk with its trademark fake drawers which fooled burglars - and their crowbar.The Repair Shop is an antidote to our throwaway culture and shines a light on the wonderful treasures to be found in homes across the country.
Resident clock maker Steve Fletcher tackles a pocket watch that has come all the way from Holland and which spent four years in a World War II Japanese internment camp, remaining undetected by being secretly sewn in to the hem of a dress. Metal worker Dominic Chinea and master cooper Alastair Simms get an ancient butter churn turning, and churning, once again. And leather expert Suzie Fletcher lovingly restores a trunk made by Louis Vuitton, which is showing the signs of the years it spent travelling the world with the owner's great grandfather.
Resident horologist Steve Fletcher and ceramics restorer Kirsten Ramsay turn their skills to fixing an art deco lamp in the shape of a lady, who is suffering from broken ankle after an unfortunate accident. Furniture restorer Will Kirk uncovers some hidden secrets while restoring a treasured wooden sea captain's chest so it can be passed onto a fourth generation of the same family. And stained glass expert Matthew Nickels completely overhauls a precious painted window which hasn't let in any light for many years.
Furniture restorer Will Kirk takes on a rickety, water-damaged rosewood table, but the extent of the damage leaves him with a tough decision to make. Resident clockmaker Steve Fletcher turns his hand to getting an antique French steamboat ship-shape again after it was found buried on a beach over fifty years ago. And after many hours of stitching and sewing, soft toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell reunite a much-loved but threadbare panda bear with its owner Jill, for whom the bear holds many cherished memories of her late father.
Clockmaker and former retained firefighter Steve Fletcher gets the chance to work on a toy replica of an early Dennis fire engine. But this is not an ordinary child's toy; this one-off piece was built by one of the mechanics at the real Dennis fire engine factory. Ceramics restoration expert Kirsten Ramsay pieces together a beautiful Japanese Imari bowl that has been smashed to bits, and reveals the gruesome purpose behind its design. And the whole Repair Shop team comes together to save a weathered piece of Dorset history - a unique village sign, made of metal, wood and ceramic parts all originally created by craftspeople who lived in the village.
Resident horologist Steve Fletcher works on a clock that was fashioned from the propeller of a plane that crash-landed in France during World War I. Passed down through the injured pilot's family, Steve must get this piece of history working for future generations. Metal expert Dominic Chinea brings his skills to bear on a rusted and seized-up shoe-stretching machine, one of the few reminders of owner Maggie's parents and their shoe shop. And stained glass expert Matthew Nickels takes on a tricky challenge - restoring two badly damaged windows which were rescued from a Victorian variety theatre shortly before its demolition.
Resident clockmaker Steve tackles an intricate Boulle-work clock that hasn't ticked for over 15 years. Soft toy restorers Julie and Amanda take on a jumbo-sized project in the shape of a threadbare, but much loved, wheeled elephant. And woodwork specialist Will get to grips with one of the Repair Shop's oldest ever assignments - a 300-year-old Georgian desk that is showing its age.
Blacksmith Matthew Boultwood takes on a piece of British military history - a ceremonial helmet from one of the oldest regiments in the army, the Life Guards. Also forming part of the Household Cavalry that provides personal protection for the monarch, this helmet may well have stood guard outside Buckingham Palace during the reign of Queen Victoria. But after years in a damp attic, Matt has a real challenge to get it back in parade ground condition once again. Furniture restorer Will Kirk tackles a small chest with big problems, which tests the full range of his wood-working skills and techniques, from turning and carving to reconstructing and repainting. And clock specialist Steven Fletcher joins forces with toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell to bring an extremely rare Victorian clockwork rabbit back to life.
Gramophone expert Tim Weeks tackles a portable Peter Pan gramophone that has seen better days. Upholsterer Sonnaz Nooranvary and carpenter William Kirk team up to mend a child's rocking chair. With a little care and attention the chair is mended, polished and re-covered and fit to sit in once more. Meanwhile, resident clock restorer Steven Fletcher turns his hand to mending a broken vintage cash register that has been in the owner's family business for generations.
Soft toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell take two well-worn teddy bears under their wing. Big Ted and Little Ted have spent nearly a lifetime together - their childhood owners, Jill and Edwin, met as teenagers, fell in love, married at 23 and spent the next 40 years together until Edwin's death four years ago. Now Amanda and Julie must restore the well-loved bears, to reverse the years of wear and preserve the happy memories of a lifetime of love. Meanwhile, metal expert Dominic Chinea works his magic restoring a rusting old Victorian lamp that has stood witness to many happy family events over the 50 years it has stood in owner Jeremy's garden.
Resident clock expert Steven Fletcher and woodwork specialist William Kirk work together to repair a broken barometer clock. With a clock, barometer and thermometer on one object, Steven has a lot of work ahead of him to get it looking like new again. Painting conservator Lucia Scalisi draws on her years of experience to restore a beautiful Caputo painting which has suffered a large tear. She expertly mends, cleans and re-touches the painting in time to reunite it with its delighted owner. Meanwhile bicycle expert Erik Van Bommel turns his hand to mending a battered childhood tricycle. The beautifully restored bike is excitedly unwrapped and ridden on once more by the owner's grandchildren.
Resident ceramic expert Kirsten Ramsay takes on a beautiful Majolica Vase, which has met with several accidents over the years - a lid broken into several pieces, damage from a falling painting and a decorative cherub who has been decapitated. Meanwhile metal worker Dominic Chinea works on a secret project - the restoration of a pub sign for the last landlord of much-loved local that has been knocked down to make way for a bus station.
Gramophone expert Tim Weeks brings back many happy childhood memories when he repairs an early Edison model Phonograph that has been silent for years. A treasured heirloom passed down from his aunt, the owner is delighted to hear it play music once more. Metal expert Brenton West restores a century-old silver mirror that has been passed down the female line of the owner's family. Replacing a broken corner of the mirror he makes it fit for use for another hundred years. Meanwhile leather expert Suzie Fletcher lovingly repairs a broken handle and restores the leather on a writing case formerly owned by pioneering locomotive engineer Robert Stephenson, a hero of the owner.
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