Lorraine: Jay Blades makes a ‘bold claim’ about Repair Shop
The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades made a bold claim about his co-stars on Friday as he and Will Kirk joined Lorraine’s Ria Hebden in the iconic barn.
He explained: “Basically, there isn’t anything – it’s a bold claim I’m about to make – there isn’t anything that’s been made that we cannot repair here.”
Jay also noted that The Repair Shop experts have “over 600 years of experience” amongst them.
From soft toy restorers, Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, also known as the “Bear Ladies”, to metal worker and signs restorer Dominic (Dom) Chinea, to leatherworker Suzie Fletcher, the collective of experts has restored and brought hundreds of items back to life over the years.
The furniture repairer and show’s foreman also suggested to Ria and host Lorraine Kelly that viewers tune in because of the “community” on the beloved BBC show.
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He revealed: “It’s about us coming together and doing stuff for people that we don’t know. Showing the skills.”
It appears that the show is on another summer break after new episodes premiered earlier this summer and after their NTA win.
So, fans may have some time to wait before the team is back with more repairs and restorations.
But the fact that Jay and Will were in the barn this morning could be a good indication that filming could be underway.
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The Repair Shop first started back in 2017, when it aired on BBC Two. After quickly amassing a fan following, it moved to BBC One from series three onwards.
Each episode sees the experts tasked with fixing old, broken, or damaged family heirlooms and treasures.
And they have seen items from practically every decade. When asked what the oldest item was that the team of experts had restored, Jay admitted: “I think the oldest object was one that Kirsten worked on, that was about 1000 years old.
“It was a terracotta figure, that fans may remember from a previous episode.”
Jay also shared a behind-the-scenes secret with viewers, as he revealed that The Repair Shop “family” will go outside, especially during the summer months, to “play rounders together.”
The furniture restorer and presenter previously told The Guardian that as they “spend nine months a year filming, all staying in the same hotel and having meals together,” this is why they view one another as family.
The Repair Shop airs on BBC and previous episodes can be streamed on BBC iPlayer.
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