The Repair Shop – 8 September 2021 – 8/9/2021 – Wednesday – BBC
Series 5 (Extended Versions) Episode 15 of 20
Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
The first visitor racing towards the workshop is Julian Ma, with an item in desperate need of an MOT from mechanical guru Steve Fletcher. The wind-up racing car was a childhood gift from Julian’s rocket-scientist father, brought back from one of his work trips to Europe. The car gave Julian hours of fascination and joy until it was accidentally trodden on by a relative; this marvel of German engineering has since been kaput for years. Steve calls on all his miniature mechanical know-how to get it back on the starting grid.
The skills of both furniture restorer Will Kirk and metal work specialist Dominic Chinea are tested when Carol Reynolds from Belfast arrives with an item that personifies someone very dear to her. The oak box belonged to her late father, a toolmaker at an engineering firm. He kept the tools of his trade, along with his sketchbooks and calculations, in the various drawers and compartments. However, after years stored in the shed, damp has got the better of the box and its contents. What’s more, a missing key meant Carol had to use a crowbar to force it open, leaving some nasty wooden wounds. Will gets to work on the box, while Dom is in his element as he turns his attention to the treasure trove of tools inside.
Silversmith and vintage camera expert Brenton West is in for a treat when Jacquie Lazelle from Ipswich brings her grandad’s 100-year-old plate camera in for repair. Jacquie’s passion for photography began as a child, when she spent many happy hours with her grandad learning how to use this beautiful relic. She would love to see it brought back to life so she can begin using it again. But it’s no quick fix, and while Brenton works on the intricate mechanism, leather expert Suzie Fletcher’s skills are called upon to recreate a new set of camera bellows completely from scratch.
Finally, Margaret Webb from Montrose brings in her very first childhood Christmas present. Given to her by her coalman father, the 1940s clockwork marionette theatre became a treasured family toy, only to be played with on special occasions. But now it has seen better days – the two marionette characters are split in places, have detached limbs and have lost their showbiz sparkle. Vintage toy expert David Burville must work out a way to mend the brittle early-plastic figures and get them back on the dance floor to entertain future generations.
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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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