The Repair Shop BBC tv

Here are some pictures taken while I was filming for the BBC tv program The Repair Shop.

In 2017 I was called by Richochet about a new BBC program they were filming. Could I come and repair an accordion for them? A month or so later I was filming in ‘the barn’ for the first episode of the first series. When it was initially broadcast the program was completely unknown. But even in that first week of filming there was great confidence that this was a winning idea and that it would be popular. I’ve no idea how they knew…but they were right.

What was interesting was that nobody takes you to one side and tells you how to ‘do telly’, so you have to learn very fast. It’s best, for instance, to switch off your radio mic when going for a comfort break!

Since that first series the program has gathered a huge following and gained in popularity. It seems that people don’t know how to fix things any more… and this program somehow gives everyone a warm feeling.

So here are a few photos from my time filming for series 4, in autumn 2018. I repaired a beautiful old Jeffries concertina and had to go back and forth to the barn a few times because it was a complex repair. For information the barn is in The Weald and Downland Living Museum in Sussex. You can visit and peer at the barn (from a distance…it is cordoned off) during filming.

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Short demo of Hohner Student II

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