Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
Soft toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell work their magic on an old teddy called Fred. Fred is a beloved childhood toy but his owner immigrated to Australia many years ago, sadly without Fred. The 50-year-old, threadbare bear is stuffed with his original wood fibre which is not permitted by Australian customs. Amanda and Julie set about carefully dismantling, cleaning and restuffing the bear, so that he make the long journey down under to be reunited with his owner and a new addition to their family.
Furniture restorer Will Kirk and upholsterer Sonnaz Nooranvary come together to transform a family's piano stool. After peeling back the very dusty 100-year-old upholstery, Will addresses the missing sections of ornate, wooden carving and Sonnaz renews the seat pad and cover. And silversmith Brenton West comes to the rescue of a pair of art deco statuettes that miraculously survived the Blitz. Brenton carefully preserves these beautiful pieces of history.