The Repair Shop: Series 2
An antidote to throwaway culture, The Repair Shops second series shines a light on the wonderful treasures to be found in homes across the country.
Part 1: Violin
Resident antique photography expert Brenton West brings his expertise to bear on a camera that survived the First World War but hasn’t taken a picture in over a hundred years, while leather expert Suzie adds a surprise touch that leaves the camera’s owner Phil lost for words. Furniture restorer Will Kirk and horologist Steve Fletcher joins forces to get a 20th-century designer wooden screen back on its feet. And violin restorer John Dilworth works on a treasured instrument that spent World War II in Auschwitz concentration camp.
Part 2: Toy Steam Roller
Resident clock restorer Steve Fletcher restores a German-made toy steam roller from the 1930’s. After not being used for around 40 years, it needs a full check-up to get it up and running again. Stained glass expert Matthew Nickels pieces together a damaged glass picture window depicting a colourful boat at sea. Made by the owner’s late father, it has a great deal of sentimental value and so she is ecstatic when Matthew manages to make it all ship-shape and just like new again.
Part 3: Portrait
Silversmith Brenton West tackles a broken hand mirror containing the portrait of a mysterious French lady. Painting conservator Lucia Scalisi repairs cleans and brings some much-needed light to a murky painting of fog on the River Thames. And resident horologist Steve Fletcher joins forces with ceramics expert Kirsten Ramsay and wood specialist Will Kirk to work on a prestigious eighteenth-century timepiece that has suffered a supernatural accident.
Part 4: Music Box
Musical box expert Stephen Kember and furniture restorer Will Kirk join forces to tackle a very special music box damaged by a bomb during the Blitz. Unfortunately the box’s owners, who were in the house at the time, were killed by the blast. Now their descendant, and custodian of the box, Roger wants to restore the box so he can hear the same music the family members he never knew used to listen to.
Part 5: Antique Pipe
Clockmaker Steve Fletcher turns his talents to restoring an ornate antique pipe, carved from a mineral called meerschaum. Steve also calls on the help of his sister, and master saddle maker, Suzie to replace the lacklustre leather parts of the pipe. Gramophone guru Tim Weeks takes on the restoration of an early twentieth-century record player and radio that was bought at an auction by owner Corrie when she was just five but hasn’t produced any music for years.
Part 6: Rosewood Table
Furniture restorer Will Kirk takes on a rickety, water-damaged rosewood table, but the extent of the damage leaves him with a tough decision to make. And after many hours of stitching and sewing, soft toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell reunite a much-loved but threadbare panda bear with its owner Jill, for whom the bear holds many cherished memories of her late father.
Part 7: Toy Dennis Fire Engine
Clockmaker and former retained firefighter Steve Fletcher gets the chance to work on a toy replica of an early Dennis fire engine. But this is not an ordinary child’s toy; this one-off piece was built by one of the mechanics at the real Dennis fire engine factory. Ceramics restoration expert Kirsten Ramsay pieces together a beautiful Japanese Imari bowl that has been smashed to bits, and reveals the gruesome purpose behind its design.
Part 8: Shoe Stretching Machine
Resident horologist Steve Fletcher works on a clock that was fashioned from the propeller of a plane that crash-landed in France during World War I. Passed down through the injured pilot’s family, Steve must get this piece of history working for future generations. Metal expert Dominic Chinea brings his skills to bear on a rusted and seized-up shoe-stretching machine, one of the few reminders of owner Maggie’s parents and their shoe shop.
Part 9: Boulle Work Clock
Resident clockmaker Steve tackles an intricate Boulle-work clock that hasn’t ticked for over 15 years. Soft toy restorers Julie and Amanda take on a jumbo-sized project in the shape of a threadbare, but much loved, wheeled elephant. And woodwork specialist Will get to grips with one of the Repair Shop’s oldest ever assignments – a 300-year-old Georgian desk that is showing its age.
Part 10: Ceremonial Helmet
Blacksmith Matthew Boultwood takes on a piece of British military history – a ceremonial helmet from one of the oldest regiments in the army, the Life Guards. Also forming part of the Household Cavalry that provides personal protection for the monarch, this helmet may well have stood guard outside Buckingham Palace during the reign of Queen Victoria. But after years in a damp attic, Matt has a real challenge to get it back in parade-ground condition once again.
Part 11: Gramophone
Gramophone expert Tim Weeks tackles a portable Peter Pan gramophone that has seen better days. No longer able to spin records, will Tim be able to fix it so that it can play music once more? Upholsterer Sonnaz Nooranvary and carpenter William Kirk team up to mend a child’s rocking chair. With a little care and attention the chair is mended, polished and re-covered and fit to sit in once more. Meanwhile, resident clock restorer Steven Fletcher turns his hand to mending a broken vintage cash register that has been in the owner’s family business for generations.
Part 12: Victorian Lamp
Dominic Chinea works his magic restoring a rusting old Victorian lamp that has stood witness to many happy family events over the 50 years it has stood in owner Jeremy’s garden. Soft toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell take two well-worn teddy bears under their wing. Big Ted and Little Ted have spent nearly a lifetime together
Part 13: Caputo Painting
Painting conservator Lucia Scalisi draws on her years of experience to restore a beautiful Caputo painting which has suffered a large tear. She expertly mends, cleans and retouches the painting in time to reunite it with its delighted owner. Meanwhile, bicycle expert Erik Van Bommel turns his hand to mending a battered childhood tricycle. The beautifully restored bike is excitedly unwrapped and ridden on once more by the owner’s grandchildren.
Part 14: Majolica Vase
Resident ceramic expert Kirsten Ramsay takes on a beautiful Majolica Vase, which has met with several accidents over the years – a lid broken into several pieces, damage from a falling painting and a decorative cherub that has been decapitated. Meanwhile, metal worker Dominic Chinea works on a secret project – the restoration of a pub sign for the last landlord of much-loved local that has been knocked down to make way for a bus station.
Part 15: Silver Mirror
Gramophone expert Tim Weeks brings back many happy childhood memories when he repairs an early Edison model phonograph that has been silent for years. A treasured heirloom passed down from his aunt, the owner is delighted to hear it play music once more. Metal expert Brenton West restores a century-old silver mirror that has been passed down the female line of the owner’s family. Replacing a broken corner of the mirror, he makes it fit for use for another hundred years.