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Old 31st Jul 2019, 20:28
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The Repair Shop

Iím a bit ambivalent when it comes to Stephen Fry. In the main Iím a fan but every now and then he makes me cringe.

But one thing I unreservedly agree with him is that ĎThe Repair Shopí on the BBC is the best show on TV.

Hello K-n-C: politically we are polar opposites but, as ĎSUBOí fans donít you agree.

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Old 1st Aug 2019, 16:03
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Dutystude,I concur with your view of Stephen Fry,and if you enjoy 'The repair Shop',then you would also,I'm sure enjoy 'Salvage Hunters-The Restorers' on QUEST,channel 12.If I may add a little aviation content,on the same channel is an interesting programme 'Airplane Repo',the title of which is self-explanatory.
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Old 1st Aug 2019, 16:10
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Piers Morgan speaking on GMB (sitting between the delectable Susannah and the delicious Charlotte) asked 'what's Repair Shop?' claiming he'd never heard of it.
We watch it every day when it's on; recently extended to 1 hour.
I confess we also watch 'American Restoration' which has recently been copied by Salvage Hunters as well as 'Barnwood Builders'. Don't watch Salvage Hunters as that bloke Drew is such a prat.
Well there's so much [email protected] on nowadays, at least these programmes are interesting.
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
Dutystude,I concur with your view of Stephen Fry,and if you enjoy 'The repair Shop',then you would also,I'm sure enjoy 'Salvage Hunters-The Restorers' on QUEST,channel 12.If I may add a little aviation content,on the same channel is an interesting programme 'Airplane Repo',the title of which is self-explanatory.
'Airplane repo' is hammed up twaddle. Lots of manufactured jeopardy and badly acted set pieces passed off as dangerous encounters.
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Haven't yet seen The Repair Shop over here...... I guess it's a natural reaction to the 'REMOVE & REPLACE' mentality.

That said, anything goes wrong with my house and I willingly admit that I'm the first person to call the men in overalls in white vans to come and install a new furnace / air-con / water-heater / HRV / gas-fire / fridge / dishwasher / washing machine / tumble-dryer / freezer....
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Yes, I look forward to the Repair Shop each evening, and even extended to one full hour it is still disappointingly short. It can be a bit hit-or-miss, but each episode has plenty of potluck variety so there is usually something absorbing to catch the eye, some skill to admire, or some technique to learn.
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The thing I like about this programme is that they always seems to get the right balance between there being enough technical content to keep tinkerers happy and enough backstory on the items repaired to be entertaining. They also manage to squeeze in some hilarious stuff (literally, at times) like the repair and re-stuffing of the leather rhino (watched that episode again a week ago - still hilarious).
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For those who don't know,this programme is filmed at the 'Weald and Downland' museum in Singleton,near Chichester.This museum is comprised of a collection of local ancient buildings which have been recovered and erected as originally built,without central-heating,chimneys,or any modern conveniences,and is well worth a visit if you have even the slightest interest in history or architecture.
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Annoying the people who bring along the 'much valued family heirloom' that they broke 20 years ago and haven't been bothered (or too mean) to get repaired.
"Darling grandad would have loved to see this" they exclaim.
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Old 1st Aug 2019, 22:13
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Well think Stephen Fry is a genius and he's right about repair shop. He's quintessentially English and so is the show.
I'm not English so no national bias.
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Old 1st Aug 2019, 22:28
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Been to the museum - excellent

Lucy Worsley spent a night there - equally excellent.

Never heard of Repair Shop
Have heard of Stephen Fry
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
For those who don't know, this programme is filmed at the 'Weald and Downland' museum in Singleton, near Chichester.
Though sadly, but predictably, the Repair Shop is a programme-maker's construct and doesn't actually exist in the form of a permanent centre to which the public can bring their broken artifacts.

Happily, though, there are a growing number of "repair cafes" up and down the country where you can do exactly that.
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I love it, but I am confused about the Stephen Fry connection.
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As one who makes new wooden stuff and hates being asked to do repairs because itís hard to do faithful restoration, I thoroughly enjoy this show. Iíve also planned to visit the Weald & Downland Living Museum on my next UK visit.
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I really like the show, and it's rapidly become a "must watch" in our house. Unlike some other "reality" shows, the experts involved are a) actually experts and b) have businesses in real life. One such business is the upholstery service run by Sonnaz, but I can't post the link!
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Originally Posted by AF03-111 View Post
I really like the show, and it's rapidly become a "must watch" in our house. Unlike some other "reality" shows, the experts involved are a) actually experts and b) have businesses in real life. One such business is the upholstery service run by Sonnaz, but I can't post the link!
Ah, now I understand. Agree with Tanker; the Stephen Fry connection put me off.

Must admit when electronics fail I invariably end up looking for the 'no user repairable components ' before breaking in passed the snap in plastic clips to change the hidden fuse. Got so far with a steam mop but as it is sealed to protect the electrics it was a fail.
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Originally Posted by AF03-111 View Post
I really like the show, and it's rapidly become a "must watch" in our house. Unlike some other "reality" shows, the experts involved are a) actually experts and b) have businesses in real life. One such business is the upholstery service run by Sonnaz, but I can't post the link!
If you mean 'reality' shows like Love Island and Big Brother, I'm happy to say we've never watched either.
Never watched 'The Simpsons' either, nor anything containing Simon Cowell, Ant and Dec, Keith Lemon or Alan Partridge.
Used to watch 'I'm a Celebrity...' but stopped when the 'celebrities' became 99% unknowns deperate to revive flagging careers eg Peter Andre.
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I'm often intrigued by those posters on JB who proclaim they have never seen 'x' television show and consequently their life is all the better for it.
How do you know?
Surely being able to say 'I watched an episode of 'x' and it was such bile wrenching moose pooh that I'll never watch it again' carries far more weight and is justified?

BTW, I do like The Repair Shop.
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Don't watch Salvage Hunters as that bloke Drew is such a prat.
It gets me that a "leading" antique dealer, his premisies keep getting smaller, first couple of series huge out of town almost garden centre size then plus in Liberties, roll on a series a smaller industrial unit plus a shop, later series just a shop and house sold, half expecting him to present from his garden shed next.. mind you he did divorce?

Drew Pritchard’s AffairAs per some wiki sites, Drew Pritchard’s extramarital affair is said to be the reason behind their divorce. He is said to have an affair with a married woman and with her husband named Janus Thomas was felt goaded by Pritchard. This made Pritchard banned from the town’s pub and was also fined £1,440. As per some reports, Drew is banned from 44 pubs of his hometown including Club 147 141, Fountains Bar Cafť 114, the Prince Madoc 30, The Gresham 143, The Gresham 143 and much more.
https://marriedcelebrity.com/is-drew...and-wikipedia/

I'm sure enjoy 'Salvage Hunters-The Restorers' on QUEST,channel 12
Very good, down to earth skilled craftmen at work, enjoy seeing them restore furniture and that WW2 flying jacket, best for me is the guy in the forge.
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It gets me that a "leading" antique dealer, his premisies keep getting smaller, first couple of series huge out of town almost garden centre size then plus in Liberties, roll on a series a smaller industrial unit plus a shop, later series just a shop and house sold, half expecting him to present from his garden shed next.. mind you he did divorce?



https://marriedcelebrity.com/is-drew...and-wikipedia/



Very good, down to earth skilled craftmen at work, enjoy seeing them restore furniture and that WW2 flying jacket, best for me is the guy in the forge.
But they still copied the concept from 'American Restoration'
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