The Repair Shop
Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
Clare Collier from Cambridge brings in a sweet reminder of her childhood, for the attention of clock restorer Steve Fletcher. The art deco chiming clock belonged to her great-grandmother. The mischievous old lady would leave secret sweets on the clock for Clare and her sister at bedtime. The clock has been silent for over 25 years, and the wooden casing is dull and dirty. Steve gives the mechanism a good soak and scrub up, then carefully reassembles all the workings, getting it ticking and chiming once again. Will gives the woodwork a spruce up and crafts a few wooden sweeties for the top, much to Clare’s delight.
John McMuldroch from Merseyside is here to see bear repair duo Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch, accompanied by his late mother’s beloved teddy bear. John’s mother Joan was a big part of his life, and the bear was very special to her. At the age of 65, the bear is now in dire need of the bear ladies' attention. His limbs are loose, his paws damaged and his growler no longer works. Amanda and Julie lovingly take him apart, remove the old stuffing, then cleverly reconstruct his paws and replace the growler so that he can greet John on his return.
Angela Hodge from Rochester brings a treasure trove of memories for silversmith and vintage camera enthusiast Brenton West. The 3D photo viewer was her mother’s and was used to display wonderful 3D images of her wedding day in 1958. Sadly the glass screen is now cracked and many of the slides are damaged, rendering it inoperable. Angela lost her mother recently, and she would love to get a glimpse of her parents on their special day. Brenton goes to work restoring the vintage viewer using ingenious replacements for the battery power source and the tiny lightbulb that illuminates the magical images. Show less