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    BBC2 The Repair Shop

    Apologies if this has been discussed before. I am really enjoying this series on BBC2. It's a cross between Antiques Roadshow (without "do you have any idea how much it might be worth") and Shed and Buried (without Henry Cole going "hmmm?" to camera).

    There's some clock repair for an extra TZ-UK interest.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08l581p



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    I have registered to have my 1902 Rudall Carte flute repaired.

    Got an email reply that they've had a massive response and that I might not hear from them for ages, but fingers crossed.

    It would be great to get it back in usable condition... I've struggled to find anyone who will touch it.

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    I'm both amazed and delighted in equal measure at the people who can fix old things back to working condition.

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    Just watching an episode of this on BBC 1 just now. I have to say I love watching Steve the watchmaker at work - just fascinating!

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    Been watching it for many weeks now. I used to think myself very good at repair / restoration but these guys are top Pro`s.

    FYI one of them wears a Rolex and im sure i spotted a couple of other high end watches.

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    Love this show - some real skills and talent on display.
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    It's one of the few programmes I watch regularly. The chap with the Rolex is Will, the wood/furniture restoration expert. He impresses me as he's young but a truly skilled craftsman and artisan. All the rest of the team are equally skilled and all of their work is truly extraordinary.
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    BBC2 The Repair Shop

    A very nice, almost soporific programme; I just wish I could watch it in peace!
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    The clock Steve Fletcher worked on today was a Dent Charles Frodsham. Amazing to think the friction into the leather, the self winding, the precise distance, etc all worked out. Brilliant, wouldn’t want one, but what an indulgence.

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    I too love this program, but the ratio of people crying to craftsmen working really frustrates me.




    Quote Originally Posted by Skier View Post
    It's one of the few programmes I watch regularly. The chap with the Rolex is Will, the wood/furniture restoration expert. He impresses me as he's young but a truly skilled craftsman and artisan. All the rest of the team are equally skilled and all of their work is truly extraordinary.
    Ladies of a certain age freaking love him.

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    love the program they are all very skill-full and sometimes the story that people tell about there item is very touching and sometimes water comes out of my eyes.don't mind admitting this.

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    It's one of my favourite tv shows, in fact the only time I use 'catch-up' is if I missed an episode.

    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Ladies of a certain age freaking love him.
    Men of a certain age love the show's Suzie Fletcher.

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    Flipping heck - it's more than 2 years ago that I emailed them about my Grandfather's flute (not a euphemism) !!


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    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia View Post
    I have registered to have my 1902 Rudall Carte flute repaired.
    Does the flute have an amazing family history and back story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo73 View Post
    Does the flute have an amazing family history and back story?
    The flute is now 118 years old and has survived two World Wars (as did my grandfather) and was used in numerous concerts in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra between 1950 and 1980.
    At one point, my grandfather was the oldest living (and still working) member of the Musician's Union - there aren't many professional musicians who still perform regularly in their 80s, let alone 90s.
    He taught me to play the flute (to grade 8) and I'd like it in working order so that I can continue playing it.

    Apart from that, no.

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    I love the programme. I find it strangely relaxing. The clock on this weeks programme is something I have never seen before, I would love one but have no where to put it.

    Don't tell the ladies of a certain age but Will... Wears an Invicta not a Rolex!

    Its nice to see Steve wears one of his Meridian's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz01 View Post
    Just watching an episode of this on BBC 1 just now. I have to say I love watching Steve the watchmaker at work - just fascinating!
    Steve runs a family business in Witney which is not to far from me. He specialises in repairing Elliott clocks and can make any part in his workshop. These Elliot clocks were popular in the 1920s/30s and were the sort of thing your Bank Manager would have on his mantle piece. A bit like they drove Rovers etc. Elliotts made the dial and mechanism and fitted it into any style of case that the customer wanted.

    I bought one a few years ago and it's fitted in a solid brass case about 9" high with glass sides. I took it to Steve and he declared it to be in perfect condition and told me that I was wasting my money having it serviced but to come back in 5 years when it would benefit from a once over.

    A very nice man.

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    Great, heart warming tv, I love the time and effort they put in to repairing something that has no real value to anyone other than the owner.

    Looking forward to each episode has helped make lockdown more bearable.

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    Currently my favourite viewing.

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    ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ More a fan of the wonderfully geeky upholsterer Sonnaz Nooranvary myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier View Post
    It's one of the few programmes I watch regularly. The chap with the Rolex is Will, the wood/furniture restoration expert. He impresses me as he's young but a truly skilled craftsman and artisan. All the rest of the team are equally skilled and all of their work is truly extraordinary.
    Is it a Rolex though?

    I've been straining to see it in detail as they keep doing that soft focus thing.

    It looks like it might be a bi-metal Sub, but there have been a couple of almost close up dial shots where it doesn't look quite right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vulcangascompany View Post
    ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ More a fan of the wonderfully geeky upholsterer Sonnaz Nooranvary myself
    I watch it for Sonnaz, Mrs Gyp watches it for Will. Excellent all round family viewing.

    The clock-on-a-slope was excellent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Is it a Rolex though?

    I've been straining to see it in detail as they keep doing that soft focus thing.

    It looks like it might be a bi-metal Sub, but there have been a couple of almost close up dial shots where it doesn't look quite right.
    Nope its an Invicta
    I thought it was a sub but if you look a the second had it has the weird winged balance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I watch it for Sonnaz, Mrs Gyp watches it for Will.
    Julie Tatchell floats my boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia View Post
    Flipping heck - it's more than 2 years ago that I emailed them about my Grandfather's flute (not a euphemism) !!

    They've probably chucked out your enquiry.

    Lovely back story but not enough crying involved.

    That said, I have given up watching the show now. It all seems rather samey and the bonhomie from the repairers and the "edge of tears" stuff from the owners got a bit tiresome for me.
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    Marvellous programme, but I wouldn't trust Jay Blades to re-cover my old schoolbooks with wallpaper. Those of a certain age will know what I mean...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    I love the programme. I find it strangely relaxing. The clock on this weeks programme is something I have never seen before, I would love one but have no where to put it.

    Don't tell the ladies of a certain age but Will... Wears an Invicta not a Rolex!

    Its nice to see Steve wears one of his Meridian's.
    I keep trying to see what watch he’s wearing but can never tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    They've probably chucked out your enquiry.

    Lovely back story but not enough crying involved.

    That said, I have given up watching the show now. It all seems rather samey and the bonhomie from the repairers and the "edge of tears" stuff from the owners got a bit tiresome for me.

    Yeah, that's what I assumed... I certainly wouldn't be bawling my eyes out at 'the reveal', but it would be lovely to have it playable again.
    As with many programs of this ilk (and I include shows like DIY SOS, which I think is an amazing idea) the sensationalism of the back-story is a bit much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    They've probably chucked out your enquiry.

    Lovely back story but not enough crying involved.

    That said, I have given up watching the show now. It all seems rather samey and the bonhomie from the repairers and the "edge of tears" stuff from the owners got a bit tiresome for me.
    It needs a bit more "I make a new one" imo.

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    Can they repair central heating systems?
    Mine's knackered...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    Don't tell the ladies of a certain age but Will... Wears an Invicta not a Rolex!
    I've just zoomed in on a recording of the programme in which he repaired a small box with a hidden compartment containing a key and you're quite right, it is an Invicta Pro Diver 8927OB.

    Damned good eyes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier View Post
    I've just zoomed in on a recording of the programme in which he repaired a small box with a hidden compartment containing a key and you're quite right, it is an Invicta Pro Diver 8927OB.

    Damned good eyes!
    Ha!
    Nah massive telly and milk bottle bottoms for my glasses lenses!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    Julie Tatchell floats my boat.
    Not bad

    However I much prefer Suzie Fletcher



    Lovely patina
    ''I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the
    purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis"

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    The carpenter who repaired the box has a bimetal Rolex sports

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    I find it both amazing and relaxing in equal measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    Not bad

    However I much prefer Suzie Fletcher



    Lovely patina

    She can do things with her hands and saddle soap that would make any man's eyes water!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tixntox View Post
    She can do things with her hands and saddle soap that would make any man's eyes water!
    Especially if he were wearing lederhosen
    ''I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the
    purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrushton View Post
    The carpenter who repaired the box has a bimetal Rolex sports
    That's what I thought but having looked more closely it isn't; it's an Invicta as listed above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    Not bad

    However I much prefer Suzie Fletcher



    Lovely patina
    She certainly has something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    Especially if he were wearing lederhosen
    Ha ha, very clever ;)
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    Great show to play "Drink along to .."
    A sip of something every time somebody cries, mentions the war, touches their face on the reveal, or says "can i touch it?".

    Always wondered what the guy outside has done that they never let him in the main shed..

    .. and what happened to the Bear Ladies? ...

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    Currently my favourite viewing.

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