Over the past few years, we've got into upcycling here on Gathered. There's a special kind of beauty in fixing old items. Whether it's turning old items into something new or revamping loved objects, we're all for this new sustainable movement. This is why we have been the biggest fans of The Repair Shop since it first aired in 2017. The show follows a group of talented specialists as they fix the public's most sentimental treasures. Filmed in beautiful West Sussex, the show will leave you both weeping and laughing.

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The Repair Shop cast has mended everything from rocking horses to loved dollies. We can't help but get emotional when these beloved family heirlooms are reunited with their owners! Series ten of The Repair Shop aired in 2022 and we can't wait for its return in 2023!

If you're a fan of the show like us, or you want to know what all the fuss is about, then this is the guide for you. Keep on reading to discover the show's essential info. Find out where it's filmed, how it works, and who fixes all the incredible treasures.

Your Repair Shop FAQ

When is the King on The Repair Shop?

It's been announced that King Charles III will be appearing on The Repair Shop on the 26th October at 8pm on BBC One. The episode will be available on iPlayer shortly afterwards in case you missed it!

The royal visit is part of the BBC's 100th birthday celebrations and was filmed between August 2021 and March 2022, before the King ascended to the throne.

The episode saw Jay Blades and the King joining together to celebrate heritage crafts, alongside some of our favourite experts from The Repair Shop.

Jay Blades and ceramics expert, Kirsten Ramsay; horologist Steve Fletcher; and furniture restorer, Will Kirk were invited to Dumfries House in Scotland to meet the King and learn about The Prince’s Foundation’s work to train the next generation of craftspeople.

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Jay and the King both share a love of traditional craftsmanship. Jay said: "You’ve got someone from a council estate and someone from a Royal estate that have the same interests about apprenticeships and heritage crafts and it is unbelievable to see that two people from so far apart, from different ends of the spectrum, actually have the same interests."

Of course, it wouldn't be The Repair Shop without something to spruce up and the King didn't disappoint: he offered up two items in desperate need of some TLC. He brought in an 18th century bracket clock from the collection at The Prince's Foundation's Dumfries House headquarters, and a piece of Wemyss Ware made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee; legendary British ceramics produced since 1882.

Jeremy Cash from The Building Craft Programme also teamed up with metalwork expert Dom Chinea to repair a special third item: a fire set in the shape of a soldier with a poignant backstory.

Look out for King Charles' very appropriate coffee mug while you're watching the episode!

Where can I watch The Repair Shop?

The Repair Shop will return in 2023 but the exact release date isn't yet public. You can watch all seasons of The Repair Shop on BBC iPlayer for free! There's been ten series so far with repeated episodes playing on BBC One. There's also plenty of specials throughout the year including The Repair Shop Christmas.

The Repair Shop is not currently available on Netflix in the UK or the US, but it is available to buy on Amazon and Google Play. You can also watch the show with a Sky or Virgin TV subscription.

When is The Repair Shop on TV?

The next episode of The Repair Shop will be shown on the 26th October at 8pm on BBC One. This will be a special episode of the show to mark the BBC's Centenary with an appearance from King Charles!

Will there be a Repair Shop Christmas Special in 2022?

Yes, but we don't yet know when the episode will air. Watch this space!

What channel is The Repair Shop on?

The Repair Shop is shown on BBC One in a primetime slot at 8pm.

Where is The Repair Shop filmed?

The show is filmed at the beautiful The Weald and Downland Living Museum in Chichester, UK. This historic site is a living museum aiming to teach adults and children how ages gone past lived.Throughout the museum, you'll find demonstrations that show how people lived hundreds of years ago. The team build, fix, stitch and love objects back together in the museum’s Court Barn.

Is it possible to visit The Repair Shop?

Yes! You can visit The Repair Shop at The Weald and Downland Living Museum when filming is not in progress.

The Weald and Downland Living Museum
The Weald and Downland Living Museum

Who owns The Repair Shop?

The show is owned by the production company Ricochet. The barn belongs to The Weald and Downland Living Museum. Contrary to popular belief Jay Blade does not own The Repair Shop. The workshop was created for the TV show. Each specialist has their own individual workshops and businesses.

Suzie Fletcher, Jay Blades The Repair Shop
Picture Shows: Suzie Fletcher, Jay Blades - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Steve Peskett

Do they pay for the repairs on The Repair Shop?

The TV show pays for all the repairs on The Repair Shop! Restorations can cost hundreds to thousands of pounds so everyone who gets on the show is very lucky.

If people wish to make a donation to charity we're very happy with that, but it's by no means necessary
Rob Butterfield, head of factual at Ricochet

How do the specialists get paid?

Again, the wonderful production company pays The Repair Shop cast for their time, effort, and expertise. Every aspect of the show from the materials to labour to set is paid for by the TV company. We're very grateful for that as it keeps this wholesome show on our screens!

Lucia Scalisi, Steve Fletcher The Repair Shop
Picture Shows: Lucia Scalisi, Steve Fletcher - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Steve Peskett

How can I get on The Repair Shop?

Fancy getting your treasures fixed? To apply to be on The Repair Shop go to the BBC's application page and fill out the form or you can email repair@ricochet.co.uk. You can also write to the show at The Repair Shop, Ricochet, Pacific House, 126 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE.

You must be over 18 to apply and to have an object with a personal, societal or historical story. If it's of historical significance to you or a loved one then The Repair Shop wants to hear from you.

Who is Jay Blades?

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Jay Blades - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

The show wouldn't be the same without cheeky chappy and host Jay Blades. His energy and kindness puts both the crew and visitors at ease and we love his passion for restoration. He has an emotional and inspirational back story. After experiencing both racism and homelessness, he's now one of the UK's most beloved presenters. Jay Blades was awarded an MBE in the 2021 Birthday Honours, for services to craft. Very well deserved we think! Here's a little Jay Blade fact file so you can get to know The Repair Shop's host a little better.

Age: 52

From: Hackney but currently based in Ironbridge, Shropshire

Profession: Furniture restorer and presenter

Family: Jay's partner is Christine Goodman and he has three children

Want to learn more about Jay? Pick up his autobiography.

Making It- How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life book cover

Meet The Repair Shop cast 2022

Will Kirk

Will Kirk The Repair Shop
Will Kirk - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

Will Kirk is one of the youngest specialists at The Repair Shop and has achieved a lot in his 36 years. He fell in love with furniture restoration thanks to his grandfather. He spent his childhood watching his grandfather create in his workshop. He studied graphic design at the University of the Arts and antique furniture restoration and conservation at London Metropolitan University. Will went on to restore furniture for different dealers around the country before being invited onto The Repair Shop.

There's an amazing team there at the barn and it's a lovely show! Just watching that, there's a lump in my throat. We're so invested in the item and the people bringing them in.
Will to Lorraine Kelly

Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher The Repair Shop
Steve Fletcher - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

Steve Fletcher is the show's talented clock-repairer (technical name - horologist!) and has been in the business for over 46 years. 57-year-old Steve has continued his family's legacy of horology. He's the third generation of Fletcher to run and own The Clock Workshop in Oxfordshire. A proud father of five, Steve's knowledge, and experience are invaluable in The Repair Shop. He works on most of the technical projects brought in. And the most asked question, is Steve married to Suzie? No! Steve is Suzie's little brother.

Suzie Fletcher

Suzie Fletcher The Repair Shop
Suzie Fletcher - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

Suzie Fletcher is The Repair Shop's saddle maker and restorer specializing in leather. She comes from a craft-loving family with a sewist mother and clock-repairer father but found her passion among the horses. After spending 22 years in the USA as a top saddle maker, she returned to the UK and was encouraged by her brother to join The Repair Shop crew!

Kirsten Ramsay

Kirsten Ramsay The Repair Shop
Kirsten Ramsay - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

46-year-old Kirsten specialises in ceramic conservation and restoration. She never fails to wow us with her attention to detail and incredible painting skills. She started her career by getting her British Antiques Dealer Association post-graduate diploma from West Dean College. Then she went on to work at the conservation department at the British Museum in London. Kirsten now has her own successful business, Kirsten Ramsay Ceramic Conservation and Restoration, which restores Oriental and European ceramics.

Ceramics come from all over the world and sometimes it's possible to see the human marks made by the hand of the maker. That connection to the past still give me an unbelievable buzz. We are just trying to preserve beautiful and interesting objects so that they can continue into the future to carry on telling their stories.
Kirsten for the BBC

Dominic Chinea

Dominic Chinea The Repair Shop
Dominic Chinea - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

The beardiest member of The Repair Shop and all-around nice guy Dominic Chinea, is a set designer and restoration expert. Much like Will, he studied graphic design at university before finding his passion in car restoration. Before starring on The Repair Shop Dom worked at Rankin Studios as a production designer and as a set decorator. He's credited on many famous pop videos including Rita Ora’s Facemelt, Iggy Azalea’s Slo and Azealia Banks’ Liquorice.

Amanda Middleditch & Julie Tatchell

Amanda Middleditch The Repair Shop
Amanda Middleditch - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

Next up in The Repair Shop cast is the very sweetly named 'Teddy Bear Ladies'! Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell are vintage bear restorers. They began working together in 2006 after meeting in Julie's craft studio. Their teddy bear shop in Beaulieu in the New Forest is home to all sorts of cuddly creatures and it was this that lead them to be invited onto the show. They've fixed all manner of sentimental bears and dolls which make both us and their owners well up with happiness.

Both on and off screen, The Repair Shop has a wonderful ‘feel-good’ factor which is something to be very proud of!
Julie Tatchell for the BBC
Julie Tatchell The Repair Shop
Julie Tatchell - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

Lucia Scalisi

Lucia Scalisi The Repair Shop
Lucia Scalisi - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

Lucia Scalisi is a recent member of The Repair Shop cast and her expertise has already proved invaluable. She graduated from Sheffield University and began her career in conservation. She is an accredited painting conservator and lecturer. You may recognize her from BBC Two's Restoration Roadshow where she also shared her wisdom about the world of art with the public. Lucia also runs her own business and offers services to restore paintings and other artwork.

Brenton West

Brenton West The Repair Shop
Brenton West - (C) Ricochet Ltd - Photographer: Production

58-year-old Brenton West is The Repair Shop's resident silversmith. Originally from Oxfordshire, Brenton joined the show in 2017 after he was asked to repair a wooden camera. He has both a degree in silversmithing and photography. He specialises in 19th Century photography and equipment. He has over 40 years of experience in silversmithing! Brenton fixes everything from broken camera equipment to delicate jewellery.

I always enjoy the challenge of repairing items that I have never seen before.
Brenton for the BBC

Why The Repair Shop is worth watching

The Repair Shop has to be one of the wholesome TV shows on our screens. The show gives members of the public the chance to restore a beloved item and their stories are often deeply moving.

The best part has to be the moment when they see their item restored to it's full glory and looking as good as new! We can't get enough of it.

What to watch after The Repair Shop

We love watching craft experts at work! It's the perfect way to unwind and we have endless admiration for their incredible skills. If you enjoy watching The Repair Shop, we'd recommend checking out Britain's Best Woodworker.

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On Britain's Best Woodworker, a selection of talented amateurs compete for the coveted title in a series of increasingly technical challenges. You'll be amazed by their stunning woodwork creations!

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Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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