King will star in a special episode of The Repair Shop to celebrate the BBC’s centenary

The King will be a guest on a special episode of The Repair Shop as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.

In the program, Charles will meet show host Jay Blades and his team of expert artisans to explore their shared passion for preserving heritage craftsmanship.

The team will also repair two precious objects chosen by the monarch – a piece of pottery made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and an 18th century clock.

The special was announced during The One Show on Tuesday, with the episode airing October 26 at 8pm on BBC One.

The King met the team at Dumfries House (Dumfries House/Prince’s Foundation/Ricochet TV/BBC/PA)

In August 2021, the Blades team, ceramics expert Kirsten Ramsay, watchmaker Steve Fletcher and furniture restorer Will Kirk were invited to Dumfries House in Scotland to meet the King, then the Prince of Wales , and discover the work of the Prince’s Foundation in the training of the new generation of artisans.

The episode will see Charles show Blades around the estate and meet some of the students from the building crafts program run by the Prince’s Foundation, which teaches traditional skills such as blacksmithing, stone carving and woodcarving. .

Blades, who grew up in Hackney, London, said: ‘You have someone from a municipal estate and someone from a royal estate who have the same interests in learning and heritage crafts and it’s amazing how two people so far apart, from different ends of the spectrum, actually have the same interests.

Meanwhile, Dumfries House Collections Manager Satinder Kaur gives Kirk, Ramsay and Fletcher a tour of his collection of 18th-century furniture and decorative arts.

In the episode, the repair shop team also undertakes to restore two historic pieces that the King has selected, namely an 18th century bracket clock from the collection of Dumfries House and a piece of crafted pottery. for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee by Wemyss Ware, a renowned Briton. ceramic company founded in 1882.

An exchange of skills also ensues when the Building Craft program lends its graduate Jeremy Cash to the repair shop to work alongside metallurgy expert Dom Chinea on a third special element – a lit fire in the form of a a soldier who has a poignant story behind his existence.

Charles met the show’s host Jay Blades (Dumfries House/Prince’s Foundation/Ricochet TV/BBC/PA)

In the spring of 2022, Blades and the team welcomed the king to the repair shop barn to find the items.

BBC editor Julie Shaw said: “This is an incredibly special program that has the magic that Repair Shop viewers have come to know and love.

“People will see the former Prince of Wales as you rarely see him – and he is as captivated by the skill of the team working on his items as any of our repair shop visitors.

“The episode is a real treat and we hope people enjoy it as much as we do.”

Joanna Ball, Executive Producer of The Repair Shop and Managing Director of Ricochet, added, “We are so pleased that The Repair Shop can play a role highlighting how important it is to pass craftsmanship skills on to the next generation.

“Hosting His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the barn was a real privilege for the whole team.”

The episode will air later this month (Dumfries House/Prince’s Foundation/Ricochet TV/BBC/PA)

Kaur, Head of Collections for Dumfries House, said: “We at The Prince’s Foundation are very proud to have partnered with The Repair Shop on this very special episode.

“It was a joy to welcome Jay Blades and the talented restorers to our Dumfries House headquarters to explore our collection of 18th century furniture and decorative arts, including many examples of the work of Thomas Chippendale, which have been a huge hit with the team.

“They also met students benefiting from our Building Craft program, which helps preserve heritage building craft skills that are at risk of being lost through education and training.

“Over the past five years, The Repair Shop has done a wonderful job of showcasing the skills involved in craftsmanship and emphasizing the importance of repairing items rather than replacing them, so it was a very natural.”

The program was filmed between the fall of 2021 and March 2022, before Charles became king following the death of his mother the Queen.

The special episode of The Repair Shop airs October 26 at 8 p.m. on BBC One.

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