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The Repair Shop

  • 2017
  • Season 1
  • 15 episodes
  • Lifestyle

Summary

An antidote to throwaway culture, The Repair Shop shines a light on the wonderful treasures to be found in homes across the country.

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Episode 1: The Repair Shop at Christmas

Summary

Experts try to restore family heirlooms and treasured possessions to their former glory in time for Christmas. Among the items is a Victorian version of a jukebox called a Polyphon, that has rusted into silence. It moves sisters Ann and Kathryn to tears when they hear it play the family's favourite carol for the first time in decades.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In what looks suspiciously like high summer, the craftspeople have given their drive a dusting of fake snow and made sure visitors who bring things to be fixed are wearing winter coats. With that and jingly music on the soundtrack, it all feels Christmassy enough to make the tales of beloved heirlooms getting a new lease of life extra heartwarming.

In fact this is always a nourishingly wholesome show: seeing skilled restorers applying themselves to careworn antiques is balm for the soul, even if the mechanics of the show itself can sometimes feel a little too clockwork.

Highlights include a sort of Victorian jukebox that won’t play music, a battered-but-beautiful Swedish sleigh and a chipped set of figures from a Nativity scene. Plus, an oddly moving coda where the restorers give each other Secret Santa presents they have made themselves.

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

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Credits

Cast

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NarratorBill Paterson
ContributorJay Blades
ContributorDominic Chinea
ContributorSteven Fletcher
ContributorStephen Kember
ContributorWilliam Kirk
ContributorAmanda Middleditch
ContributorKirsten Ramsay
ContributorLucia Scalisi
ContributorJulie Tatchell
ContributorBrenton West

Crew

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Executive producerRob Butterfield
Executive producerSam Wilson
Series producerEmma Walsh

All episodes

  • Episode 1

    The Repair Shop at Christmas

    Summary

    Experts try to restore family heirlooms and treasured possessions to their former glory in time for Christmas. Among the items is a Victorian version of a jukebox called a Polyphon, that has rusted into silence. It moves sisters Ann and Kathryn to tears when they hear it play the family's favourite carol for the first time in decades.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    In what looks suspiciously like high summer, the craftspeople have given their drive a dusting of fake snow and made sure visitors who bring things to be fixed are wearing winter coats. With that and jingly music on the soundtrack, it all feels Christmassy enough to make the tales of beloved heirlooms getting a new lease of life extra heartwarming.

    In fact this is always a nourishingly wholesome show: seeing skilled restorers applying themselves to careworn antiques is balm for the soul, even if the mechanics of the show itself can sometimes feel a little too clockwork.

    Highlights include a sort of Victorian jukebox that won’t play music, a battered-but-beautiful Swedish sleigh and a chipped set of figures from a Nativity scene. Plus, an oddly moving coda where the restorers give each other Secret Santa presents they have made themselves.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorBill Paterson
    ContributorJay Blades
    ContributorDominic Chinea
    ContributorSteven Fletcher
    ContributorStephen Kember
    ContributorWilliam Kirk
    ContributorAmanda Middleditch
    ContributorKirsten Ramsay
    ContributorLucia Scalisi
    ContributorJulie Tatchell
    ContributorBrenton West

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerRob Butterfield
    Executive producerSam Wilson
    Series producerEmma Walsh

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