UKTV has commissioned Restoration Workshop (10×60) for its factual channel, Yesterday from Middlechild.
Restoration Workshop sees antiques dealer Gary Wallis and his skilled team of fixer-uppers turn tired and unloved antiques and objects into bespoke items for the high-end interiors market.
Restoration Workshop is produced by Middlechild and exec produced by David Sumnall and Andrew Walmsley. It has been commissioned for UKTV by Philip McCreery and ordered by Yesterday’s channel director Gerald Casey and deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen, in a deal brokered by Drive, who will also distribute the series.
Phillip McCreery, Commissioning Executive at UKTV said: “Restoration Workshop is full of great characters and they’re all experts in their field. It’s the perfect show for Yesterday and at a time when everything is mass produced and easily discarded, seeing Gary’s team of craftspeople lovingly restore, reuse, and recycle a whole host of objects and ornaments is a real treat.”
David Sumnall said: “Restoration Workshop is the antidote everyone needs for today’s throw away, single use, society. To have witnessed Gary Wallis and his incredible team transform the unloved and unwanted into bespoke, handcrafted treasures has been awe inspiring. Gary is a legend in the restoration world, and I can’t wait for the UKTV viewers to witness his talent.”
Gerald Casey said: “Yesterday’s loyal audience love to see real British experts at work, so they’ll love watching Gary and his team find, restore and repurpose a whole wealth of objects with end results we’d never expect. This is truly a restoration show with a difference.”
Ben Barrett, Managing Director of Drive said: “We’re very excited to be taking this show to the international market. It’s an exciting, topical and original format, with great talent at the forefront, and a show we expect to be a big hit with buyers globally.”
Restoration Workshop will air on Yesterday in 2020 and it will also be available on UKTV Play.
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