The Repair Shop – 19 May 2021 – 19/5/2021 – Wednesday – BBC

Series 5 (Extended Versions) Episode 5 of 20

Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

A beautiful, carved walnut piano stool arrives for the attention of furniture restorer Will Kirk. Proud owner Mary treasures the stool which belonged to her dear friend Hannah who left it to Mary after she died. It holds many memories of Hannah who took a teenage Mary under her wing when she began working for her in her dress shop. Unfortunately the stool recently met with an untimely accident and lost a leg at the hands of Mary’s daughter who is hoping Will can bring all his experience to bear creating a replacement and restore the cherished piece back to its former glory.

Horologist Steve Fletcher’s knowledge of dials, numbers and needles is called upon to resurrect a very unusual object that’s been broken for over 40 years. Owner Simon arrives at the barn with a defunct speedometer from his 1920s vintage car. Simon and his father Gordon worked together restoring the car for many years. After his father’s death in 1990 Simon carried on determined to see the project through, but now he needs Steve’s help. This is a first for Steve and before he can fix it he needs to take it apart and figure out how it should have worked in the first place.

Basket maker and willow weaver Sarah Hatton undertakes the repair of a wicker baby crib that has been at the heart of one family for generations. However it’s fallen into disrepair and has sat in an attic gathering dust for decades. It’s current custodians Adam and Sylvia are now expecting their first baby and would love to continue the family tradition of using the cot if Sarah can make it whole again.

Finally Morag Croll arrives at the barn with a 19th century heirloom she’s hoping can be preserved for posterity. The tippling stick, a walking stick with a hidden tube for whisky inside, is thought to have belonged to King George V who gave it to Morag’s grandfather, a master baker who supplied the royal household at Balmoral, on his retirement. Brenton and Will join forces with their restoration expertise to repair this unique item ensuring history will live on for 100s of years to come.

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About The Repair Shop

Expert craftsmen pool their talents and resources to restore heirlooms and treasured antiques such as music boxes, vases and clocks to prove that anything can be restored to their former glory.

This show is broadcast on BBC, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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