The Repair Shop
Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms and the memories they hold back to life.
Liz Cottiss from Essex is hoping art conservator Lucia Scalisi can revive a faded painting with a touching history. Liz’s father commissioned a local artist to paint a portrait of his beloved wife, who he missed terribly, while he was stationed in Italy in the 1940s. He paid for the work with his prized chocolate ration. To Liz it is a priceless memento of their love, which she would love to display looking as it should. Lucia sets to work lifting the dust and grime from the painting, while Dom creates a new frame.
Maria Bennet from Liverpool has a guilty conscience as well as an item to fix. She is hoping stained glass expert Matt Nickels can put things right. An unfortunate accident with her daughter-in-law's front door shattered the decorative glass panel they were so proud of. Matt and Dom join forces to transform the jumble of glass fragments and twisted metal framing back into a thing of beauty.
Alan Reed from Warwick hopes upholstery expert Hannah Weston Smith can restore his little piece of history - a leather armchair that belonged to his grandparents in occupied France, narrowly escaped being seized by the Nazis and then was a casualty of an air raid! Structurally, the chair is weak, with many of the 90-year-old springs broken and the leather scratched and ripped.
Sue Pritchard and her son Richard bring in a Polyphon music box that has been in the family for generations. They need Steve Kember and woodwork expert Will Kirk to give it some overdue TLC. The nearly 120-year-old music box holds happy memories of a much-missed mother, but it is battered and plays erratically. Steve painstakingly repairs the music mechanism and cylinder, while Will makes it look as good as it soon sounds. Show less