I'll help you fix it!

TV Times|May 23, 2020

I'll help you fix it!
The Repair Shop host Jay Blades on how he hopes his new DIY show will encourage the nation to make do and mend
TESS LAMACRAFT

JAY BLADES’ HOME FIX

NEW HOLIDAY MONDAYFRIDAY / BBC1 / 10AM / EPS 1-5 OF 10 / LIFESTYLE

Are your garden chairs looking tired and shabby? Are you sick of seeing that chipped skirting board staring back at you, or could you do with a new shelf for the pile of books that are collecting on the floor?

With many of us spending more time at home at the moment, it’s little wonder we’ve started noticing all the home improvement jobs that need doing.

But fear not, The Repair Shop’s inspirational presenter and self-confessed DIY enthusiast Jay Blades is here to help us in his brand-new BBC1 daytime series, Jay Blades’ Home Fix.

Over 10 episodes, Jay will share his tricks of the trade and give step-by-step demonstrations in his workshop, as well as dispelling common myths, to help viewers master basic skills and become more handy around the home.

Here, Jay, 49, tells TV Times why he hopes his new series will inspire the nation…

Can you tell us about the idea behind the series?

The reason why people avoid DIY is often because what they’ve tried before has failed. With this series, what we’re doing is showing you how not to fail. We want to get everyone enthusiastic about fixing and making. I’d describe it as a grown-up Blue Peter meets Saturday Kitchen. We’ll also be going through BBC archives, so we’ve got people like Sarah Moore from Money for Nothing and Tommy Walsh from Ground Force giving us all their tips.

What’s your earliest memory of fixing something?

My first DIY project was making my own bike when I was about 10. I had a frame and I just had to get wheels and put it all together – the chain, the pedals, the crank, the whole shebang.

Which of your DIY projects are you most proud of?

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May 23, 2020