It is a true feat to make it through an episode of The Repair Shop without shedding a tear. While the premise of the BBC show is straightforward (members of the public bring broken, treasured items to be repaired by a team of experts), it is also the rarest of TV gems: an uplifting hour about the power of memory and how even simple belongings can become inseparable from our lives.
It is also a show that has slowly but surely gained a legion of loyal fans, becoming the comfort TV smash of 2019. Regularly topping 2 million viewers, its celebrity fans include Richard Osman, Kathy Burke and Greg James. Stephen Fry called it “the best programme on British television” and a fine antidote to “the mad digital world”.
The Repair Shop’s presenter, furniture restorer Jay Blades, puts the show’s success down to its relatability and heart. “A lot of people are annoyed with TV at the moment,” he says. “There’s too much nastiness, whereas The Repair Shop is all about making things good again. We fulfil people’s dreams. And when we do, they have such wonder written all over their faces.”
Read the feature in the Guardian.
[This piece was published on 26/12/19]