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The Repair Shop: Episode 49 (S2021EP49 BBC One Thurs 18 Nov 2021)

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Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

First through the barn doors is Sue Lock, with her daughter Hannah. They have brought Sue’s grandmother’s leather midwifery bag. They fear the battered old bag is a hopeless case, but Susie Fletcher believes she can nurse it back to life. Sue’s grandmother worked selflessly for decades as a midwife, delivering hundreds of babies during air raids and in the early years for the NHS. She inspired generations of women in her family to seek careers within medicine, and for that Sue and Hannah are very proud.

Next, art conservator Lucia Scalisi has the pleasure meeting Alice Bird from Devon, who has brought in one of her late father’s artworks. Robin Rae was a prolific artist and was still painting into his nineties. The piece, which depicts several figures and is entitled The Storyteller, was painted when Robin was just 21 years of age. Alice was gifted the painting when she was a similar age, and it has followed her throughout her life. However, it incurred extensive damage when it was transported to France, much to Alice’s despair.

The day’s final visitors are mother and daughter Cheryl and Dawn Sandford. They have come to meet jeweller Richard Talman, carrying a precious family keepsake that belonged to Cheryl’s beloved nan. The gold brooch holds a picture and a lock of hair from her favourite brother, Billy, whose life was lost serving in the First World War. The brooch is so damaged it can no longer be worn, but Cheryl would love to enjoy it and pass it down to her daughter and granddaughter when the time comes.

Airdate: Thurs 18 Nov 2021 at 16:30 on BBC One

Season 2021 Episode 49

The Repair Shop is a workshop of dreams, where broken or damaged cherished family heirlooms are brought back to life.

Furniture restorers, horologists, metal workers, ceramicists, upholsterers and all manner of skilled craftsmen and women have been brought together to work in one extraordinary space, restoring much-loved possessions to their former glory.

Many of these items have incredible stories behind them and a unique place in history: from an accordion played in the Blitz by a woman who is now in her 90s, to a beautifully crafted clock made by a father who was completely blind; a Pinball machine that is currently being used as a kitchen counter, and a Davenport desk with its trademark fake drawers which fooled burglars – and their crowbar.

The Repair Shop is an antidote to our throwaway culture and shines a light on the wonderful treasures to be found in homes across the country.