The Repair Shop 2022 - Your TV guide
The BBC's hit TV show The Repair Shop is the crafty, upcycling, and restoration show we all need. While we wait for season 9 to air here's everything you need to know about the show including where it's filmed, where you can watch it, and even a Jay Blades fact file!
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.
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 nine of The Repair Shop will air in 2022 and we can't wait for its return. 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.
Watch the shows' official trailer and fall in love like us...
Looking for even more crafty TV? Once you’ve learned all about The Repair Shop check out our guides. We have The Great British Sewing Bee, The Great Pottery Throwdown, Interior Design Masters, The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge and Netflix's Blown Away.
We’ve also got a whole host of free daily craft patterns which will keep you entertained while you watch all the past seasons.
Your Repair Shop FAQ
Did you know The Repair Shop has published books? Two books have been published on behalf of the BBC show. Both have been written by Karen Farrington and would make perfect gifts!
Where can I watch all seasons of The Repair Shop?
Series nine will air in 2022 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 eight series so far with repeated episodes playing on BBC One. There's also plenty of specials throughout the year including The Repair Shop Christmas.
Where is the show 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.
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.
Do they pay for the repairs on The Repair Shop?
If people wish to make a donation to charity we're very happy with that, but it's by no means necessary
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 labor to set is paid for by the TV company. We're very grateful for that as it keeps this wholesome show on our screens!
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 email@example.com. 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.
Jay Blades Fact File
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.
From: Hackney but currently based in Wolverhampton
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.
Meet The Repair Shop cast 2021
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.
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 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!
46-year-old Kirsten specializes 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
We hope you'll join us in our love for The Repair Shop! If you need some upcycling projects to make while eagerly waiting for season 9 then Gathered is the site for you. We have loads of recycled craft ideas for adults including how to reupholster a stool and plenty of visible mending tutorials.
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.