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The Repair Shop: Episode 52 (S2021EP52 BBC One Tues 23 Nov 2021)



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

First through the barn doors is a small, wooden child’s chair gifted to a boy with cystic fibrosis. Sam was diagnosed as a toddler and passed away aged 39. Now his father Ian hopes furniture restorer Will Kirk can revive the broken childhood chair to pass on to Sam’s young son who has never seen it in one piece.

It takes three experts to restore a musical wedding album that symbolises the deep love between a young Jamaican couple embarking on a new life together in the UK. Sybil and George came to Britain in the 1950s as part of the Windrush Generation. Following his mum’s death, son Owen is now determined to get the album fixed for his father but when he returns to the barn he has some very sad news.

And metal expert Dominic Chinea and electrical whizz Mark Starkey undertake the mammoth repair of a vintage seaside children’s ride in the shape of a camel. Humpy has been weathered by a lifetime of living outdoors by the sea but with a whole village expectantly waiting for him, they need to get the precious camel back on his feet.

Airdate: Tues 23 Nov 2021 at 16:30 on BBC One

Season 2021 Episode 52

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.