The Repair Shop

There’s a gem of a TV program shown by the BBC here in the UK called ‘The Repair Shop.’ A fascinating insight into some of the UK’s finest restorers of all things old.

Heirlooms For Mending

For those who have never seen it, the format follows a member of the public bringing an heirloom that is usually damaged and beyond repair. It might be a clock, a piece of jewellery or even an old chair. Whatever the item, there will be a story attached, sometimes sad, sometimes happy. “It was me Grandad’s top set of Sunday best teeth! I kept em’ under the sink but they fell out and broke. It would make me so happy if you could fix em, please.” Ok, it’s not quite that level, but you see what I’m getting at.

Quality & Tears

The quality of the workmanship is a joy to watch. My favourite is Will the Carpenter. A young guy who repairs tables and chairs that were destined for the bonfire. Then there is Steve, a former firefighter who can mend a clock that hasn’t worked for over 40 years. Watching these people perform their magic is truly astounding. Of course, the customer has to come back and collect the restored item. The tears that follow is no one’s business. When they reveal what was nothing more than a heap of junk now standing before them as new as the day it was purchased is unbelievable. Quite often, there’s a sharp intake of breath, followed by “Oh my giddy Aunt” then silence, then tears.

Calling Egg Man

Occasionally, they have to call upon the services of a specialist that’s not represented in the usual mix of restorers. Hence, the egg man. We saw a sorry chap who turned up at the repair shop with an old wooden cigarette holder that had an Ostrich egg as a cover. The item had been dropped and the fragile shell smashed into a million pieces. It looked the end of the line for this piece of family history. However, as with all things in the repair shop, there was a happy ending, thanks to egg man.

Another Happy Customer

Apparently, egg man is a master at what he does. What puzzles me is how does someone make a living at mending broken eggs? He wasn’t a young guy so he must have made a career from it. Can you imagine the conversations at a party? “Hi, George and what do you do for a living?” “Oh, I mend broken eggs!” Mind you, looking at how badly damaged this particular egg was, apart from having the patience of a Saint, it must have taken a couple of years to just place the pieces back together. Of course, when the customer returned, (looking a lot older than when he first brought the egg in) he was over the moon with the result. “Cracking job”, he said and after lots of handshaking he left with his heirloom looking as good as new.

There’s a Wikipedia page about the repair shop here.

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25 Comments
  • angloswiss
    November 23, 2019

    Also one of my favourite Programmes. I saw the repair of the ostrich egg yesterday, absolutely fascinating, what wonderful craftsmanship. Since Mr. Swiss tends to go earlier to bed the TV is all mine in the evening so I am becoming a BBC expert, although we both watch The Repair Shop as it is shown at 5.00 pm our time.

    • admin
      November 23, 2019

      It certainly is a wonderful show. One of the better things to watch on TV these days. Thank you.

  • thoughtsallsorts
    November 23, 2019

    It is such a wonderful show. Love watching the various transformations

    • admin
      November 23, 2019

      Thank you and I agree with you totally. 🙂

  • Yetismith
    November 23, 2019

    Sounds fascinating. I hardly watch anything these days but I would like to see the Repair Shop if it gets to the US. Thanks!

    • admin
      November 23, 2019

      Hopefully, it will get there, it’s a lovely series.

  • Tish Farrell
    November 23, 2019

    A favourite prog in the Farrell household, though we haven’t seen this particular episode. An egg mender, who knew!

    • admin
      November 23, 2019

      Yes, it’s the one show in a myriad of dull viewing especially of late. Thank you. Tish

  • Peter's pondering
    November 23, 2019

    I hardly watch any television now but you’ve made me so curious that I shall have to try this out!

    • admin
      November 23, 2019

      I’m the same Peter, but this is a joy to watch. Thank you.

  • Invisibly Me
    November 23, 2019

    My folks like this one. I’d like it more if someone did actually take a set of false choppers in there to be fixed.
    It’s certainly an interesting job title. Egg repairman. That’s no yolk!
    Caz xx

    • admin
      November 23, 2019

      Thank you, Caz. Lol, I agree, that would be funny. 🙂 Hope you’re doing ok this week?

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    November 23, 2019

    Sounds like the kinda show I’d love to watch. Who knows? The series may be featured some day soon on Netflix 🙂

    • admin
      November 23, 2019

      Thank you, Rosaliene. I think it will be available worldwide soon as it’s such a popular and unique program.

  • susiesopinions
    November 24, 2019

    We haven’t got it on Britbox yet.

    • admin
      November 24, 2019

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy it when it goes on Britbox, Susie 😃

  • SueW
    November 24, 2019

    I sometimes watch that one too, it’s fascinating isn’t it. I remember watching the one that restored a belt, I couldn’t quite fathom all the tears though, who notices a belt being worn?

    • admin
      November 24, 2019

      It is fascinating, Sue. It certainly stirs the emotions. You’re right about wearing a belt, I wouldn’t notice. Thank you, Sue

  • gianmarco groppelli, *J&J*
    November 25, 2019

    OMG man
    you’re the reader than faster of the world

  • Hope
    November 28, 2019

    So many of craftspeople of years ago have been lost. This is a great story that brought back memories to me of when I was a child eons ago.

    • admin
      November 29, 2019

      Thank you, Hope. It is refreshing to see these craftspeople still doing it.

  • America On Coffee
    December 1, 2019

    So symbolic for me with physical things and spiritual merits as healings and transformation. The gift unfolds in our own repairs and with makeovers. We are gems and heirlooms. Best wishes this season! ❤️💕

    • admin
      December 1, 2019

      Thank you and best wishes to you too for this season. 🤗

  • gianmarco groppelli, *J&J*
    December 2, 2019

    have a lovely day my dear friend 🙋

    • admin
      December 2, 2019

      Thank you, and the same to you.




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