Why do you think the series has been such a success?
Put simply we have created a big family in the Barn. We’ve got a crazy uncle, a funny grandad, a mother etc, we’re a family who comes together to help people. It’s about kindness, and that’s a very good thing.
Do you have lots of celebrity fans?
I’m aware of a few who’ve said nice things about the series – Stephen Fry, Greg James, Richard Osman, Leanne from Little Mix! But it’s the love I feel from the public that really makes me happy. It seems to have a universal appeal.
How do you feel about the series moving into BBC One peak?
I am just so excited!
How did you end up going from being a restorer to being on TV?
I was running a charity that taught teenagers about furniture restoration. The Guardian online did a piece with me and it went viral. Almost overnight I started hearing from TV production companies. I did a BBC Money For Nothing and then 4 years ago I was approached by the makers of the Repair Shop.
What next for The Repair Shop?
I want to take it to the masses! I’d love do events where the public get to come and meet us… a road show maybe!
What has been the most memorable or challenging repair you’ve seen to date?
That is a tough question! But I would say that Susie repairing the leather poof – she had to take every segment apart and repair it completely. This was the one I think must have taken the longest.
Have there been any items or stories that have really touched you / that you related to?
I’m always touched when men show emotion, as it is very rare. In this new series there is an episode with a jukebox, which is incredibly moving and a beautiful story. I might go so far as to say, it is one of my favourites to date.