BBC One Daytime has ordered a new offshoot of The Repair Shop from Ricochet that uses heirlooms from past series to delve into British History,

The Repair Shop: Fixing Britain (15×45)will be narrated by host of The Repair Shop, Jay Blades, and offers a “unique insight into the history of some of the most cherished family heirlooms to have been restored in the barn.”

The show will explore how these objects shaped Britain’s past and influenced the way we live our lives today. A journey through the history of the heirlooms will cover everything from espionage and World War One to immigration and mid-century modern design as each episode explores a different theme.

Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak, says: “The Repair Shop’s experts have taken us on an incredible journey from the past to the present through their painstaking and loving restorations. Throughout, we’ve learnt about some extraordinary items which hold a mirror to modern Britain and the way we live now and this new series celebrates that.”

Jay Blades, says: “I absolutely love working on The Repair Shop, and for me, it’s always been about the personal stories behind the items. The new series has made me fall in love all over again, the history is just so powerful and if you close your eyes you actually feel like you’ve been transported back to a moment in time.”

Rob Butterfield, Director of Programmes at Ricochet, says: “The whole team is incredibly proud of The Repair Shop and it’s always wonderful to see family heirlooms restored to their former glory by our team of craftsmen and women. The Repair Shop: Fixing Britain celebrates the stories of ordinary people rather than the historical tales of Kings and Queens so it’s been an absolute joy toshare those with viewers.”

Jon Creamer

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