Lord Alan Sugar has claimed The Repair Shop needs a bit of a revamp to go back to its roots.
The 74-year-old businessman – who fronts The Apprentice on the BBC – has urged the broadcaster to ‘fix’ the programme and even suggested they’re ‘ruining’ the show by focusing on the emotional side of the stories on screen.
He tweeted: ‘People really like the show The Repair Shop, lately it seems to focus more on sad stories of the owners rather than showing the repair of the object.
‘This distracts from the original concept of seeing the repair executed. Please fix it @BBCOne you are ruining a great programme.’
There was a mixed response to Lord Sugar’s assessment, with some people agreeing with him while still heaping praise on the show.
One viewer replied: ‘I could not agree more when the next person comes on I think here we go what sob story is this going to be I do not watch it as much as I did but it’s a great and interesting program (sic)’
However, plenty of others flooded to the programme’s defence, and some pointed out the whole idea of getting something repaired comes from people clinging onto the items due to ‘sentimental reasons’.
Another fan added: ‘These people only hold on to the damaged, worn or broken beyond repair items because of sentimental reasons . Do you think anyone would hold on to a broken plate or a scabby teddy if they had no meaning (sic)’
Indeed, viewers seem to get gripped by the emotional moments, and just last month fans were trying to hold back the tears as a guest had her late sister’s jewellery box beautifully restored.
Pamela from Devon met with woodwork expert Will Kirk as she looked to bring back the hugely sentimental item to its former glory, and she explained that the musical jewellery box featuring a Venetian street scene had been in her possession for 50 years after her sister died when she was just 15.
As Pam told Will, her sister Vera had loved the box and it reminded her of her childhood growing up with her in Devon.
She recounted the tragic moment when Vera was in hospital receiving treatments for her Type 1 diabetes when she died as a result of viral pneumonia.
‘It’s not very valuable, but it’s very valuable to me,’ she said as she explained the item’s significance. ‘The music box used to give me memories of Vera. Every day I used to look at it and smile.’
Despite significant fire damage and years of grime, Will was not perturbed as he set about the task of repairing the delicate item.
In touching scenes, the music box was revealed to Pam and she struggled to hold back the tears.
‘It was just like Vera’s. It had lost all that colour and now it’s come back to life. It really transported me back to the times I spent with Vera,’ she said.
The Repair Shop is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.