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The Repair Shop – A Sign Of The Times?


Every now and then a TV show emerges out of nowhere to become a media sensation that captures the imagination of the viewing public. The Repair Shop is one such show. Ratings have soared to over 2 million viewers and I must admit it’s quite hard to get through the show without shedding a tear!

Each episode brings a new challenge for the experts to sort out. Members of the public bring broken, treasured items to be repaired and return to collect their precious possessions which have been fully restored. Fascinating stories emerge, as people share memories of loved ones for whom various artefacts have special significance and these memories have been passed down the generations.

The programme has also gained a number of celebrity fans including Richard Osman, Kathy Burke and Greg James. Stephen Fry called it “the best programme on British television” and a fine antidote to “the mad digital world”.

The Repair Shop’s presenter, furniture restorer Jay Blades, puts the show’s success down to its relatability and heart. “A lot of people are annoyed with TV at the moment,” he says. “There’s too much nastiness, whereas The Repair Shop is all about making things good again. We fulfil people’s dreams. And when we do, they have such wonder written all over their faces.”

Jay Blades (C) Ricochet Ltd

“A lot of people are annoyed with TV at the moment. There’s too much nastiness, whereas The Repair Shop is all about making things good again. We fulfil people’s dreams. And when we do, they have such wonder written all over their faces.”

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A sign of the times?

At the time of writing, the nation is still reeling from the aftershock of the COVID-19 pandemic – the invisible enemy that claimed the lives of 45,000 plus people in the UK and countless others around the world. We are gradually emerging from 16 weeks of lockdown and wondering if there will be a second wave of this evil virus which will claim even more lives.

The events of the last 4 months have confronted many with the grim reality of their own mortality and many have experienced the heartbreak of not being able to be with their loved ones during the last moments of their lives.

But something else has been happening alongside all of this. The National Health Service have presented us with countless servant hearted and courageous nurses, doctors and medical staff who have worked tirelessly to save lives, whilst risking their own. Communities all over the country have come together to support neighbours, friends and vulnerable people. Pollution levels have diminished, giving us cleaner air to breathe. And people of all ages have been inventing new ways of being creative – making things, drawing, making music, repairing broken possessions, being creative using media such as Zoom!

No wonder The Repair Shop is so popular. It has touched people at a very deep level and is drawing out in us things that we so often bury or ignore.

Let’s hope and pray that when the virus has gone away, we won’t lose the precious things we have discovered in these days.

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