Many of us have taken to wrapping ourselves up in the comforting glow of BBC’s The Repair Shop since its debut back in 2017.
Recent episodes have left viewers ‘traumatised’ after a panda toy needed skinning before having its fur restored, and another guest on the show broke down in tears after her grandfather’s vintage camera was restored to working order.
But who pays for these amazing repairs?
Here is the answer to that question, as well as some insights into how your favourite restoration programme operates.
Do the guests pay for the repairs on The Repair Shop?
The short answer is: no.
Calling The Repair Shop an actual shop is something of a misnomer – all the artifacts that are chosen are done so through an application process conducted by the producers of the show.
Rob Butterfield, head of factual programming at Ricochet – the production company behind The Repair Shop – told RadioTimes.com that no customer featured on the show actually has to pay anything.
‘We don’t charge for repairs. If people wish to make a donation to charity we’re very happy with that, but it’s by no means necessary.’
How can I get on The Repair Shop?
The Repair Shop – which is shot at the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, West Sussex – is open to applicants who have a desire to see their antiques given a new lease of life.
You can apply to feature on the show via Ricochet’s website, where you will find a casting form to fill out details about both yourself and the item you would like repaired.
The team at Ricochet ask that you provide as much detail as possible to make your application stand out from the crowd.
Who knows, maybe your treasured item will be the next sentimental restoration that will reduce the nation to tears.
The Repair Show airs on Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One. Catch up with the repairs so far on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.