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Started by pranzingfrogg on Nov 25, 2020 8:38:45 PM
The Repair Shop

If there’s already a thread for this prog and I missed it, apologies. However I think this rather splendid series deserves a thread.

pranzingfrogg - 25 Nov 2020 20:42:05 (#1 of 132)

Watching these people clean up and restore to life the bruised and battered items, from tattered World War 1 kit bags to terminally shattered clocks, is a balm to the soul in these days of B*r*s and Covid.

jamalade - 25 Nov 2020 20:44:19 (#2 of 132)

I am usually all welled up by the end. I love the stories and craft.

frantastic - 25 Nov 2020 22:10:52 (#3 of 132)

BBC didn't realise what they had at first, hidden away at teatime on 2. Beautiful tv. I think Mrs Fran has a thing for young Will.

TableTopJoe - 25 Nov 2020 22:19:00 (#4 of 132)

It's wonderful telly.

widenation - 25 Nov 2020 22:19:56 (#5 of 132)

It's preferable to The Antiques Road Show , I'll give it that.

TableTopJoe - 25 Nov 2020 22:20:51 (#6 of 132)

The skill of the craftsmen/women astounds me.

Verdigris - 25 Nov 2020 22:26:56 (#7 of 132)

Yes, I've become a devotee.

Tenesmus - 25 Nov 2020 22:29:32 (#8 of 132)

I do like it a lot, but the "must have people blubbing" is annoying.

moto748 - 26 Nov 2020 01:26:43 (#9 of 132)

I don't always catch it (I did tonight), but I do like it.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Nov 2020 08:34:15 (#10 of 132)

There's good stuff but too much emphasis on the 'Pull tight when she starts to cry, and if she doesn't, stick a pin in her...'

Moschops - 26 Nov 2020 08:38:02 (#11 of 132)

Yeah, that puts me off as well. Obviously it's not in the same league as DIY SOS though regarding this.

Tenesmus - 26 Nov 2020 08:40:07 (#12 of 132)

When did someone decide that having people cry made good telly, to the extent that it became essential?

1MELSM - 26 Nov 2020 09:37:04 (#13 of 132)

I agree, frantastic, that its modest scheduling when it started made it what seemed like a private pleasure to be recommended word-of-mouth. So good that via iPlayer a viewer could get another portion that'd feature such varied objects and human stories and have a viewer wondering how the heck this and that could be repaired.

The objects, their reminders of earlier lives and times, the skills on display, the dedication of the people doing the fixing, and such satisfying outcomes — The Repair Shop has the lot. Not least all the other, cultural and lifestyle considerations it plays to.

Dementor - 26 Nov 2020 09:44:22 (#14 of 132)

When did someone decide that having people cry made good telly, to the extent that it became essential?

BBC Worldwide are probably flogging it to the US for one of their overdramatised Discovery channels.

Hibiscus - 26 Nov 2020 09:48:31 (#15 of 132)

I watched last night's programme and was staggered at the family history of the wheelwright, a profession that had been in their family since 13 hundred and something. Just amazing.

I love this programme, a real balm for the soul in 2020.

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Nov 2020 09:50:02 (#16 of 132)

Agreed - the history and craftsmanship are the appeal for me.

The laid-back guy in the bunnet is the Jack Hargreaves of the 21st century.

Zugunruhe1 - 26 Nov 2020 09:57:15 (#17 of 132)

I enjoy watching the skills on display and some of the stories are indeed quite moving. I do smile to myself though at some of the people rocking up in their high-end 4x4s with a much cherished family heirloom that they've suddenly decided to have restored on the free.

Moschops - 26 Nov 2020 09:59:17 (#18 of 132)

Do we know it's done for free?

Zugunruhe1 - 26 Nov 2020 10:03:41 (#19 of 132)


FeudalClink - 26 Nov 2020 10:18:08 (#20 of 132)

I place internal bets on who will blub and who won't

Brusque horsey lady striding in purposely - no chance

Vaguely camp man with something from his Mum - tick

Quiet old man - could go neither way

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