Jay Blades admits he didn’t know he was The Repair Shop host until fourth series

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The Repair Shop has been on air for six series wth Jay Blades at the helm welcoming in guests. However, the 50-year-old wasn’t aware bosses had given him the role of presenter until the show’s fourth series. He revealed bosses allowed the team of experts to simply find their groove and find what worked best for them, something which is rare on TV.

Speaking at a recent BAFTA event on producing daytime TV, Jay explained: “I think all of us had a role in creating my role, the experts and also the production team behind.

“The one thing I know now, after being on The Repair Shop for a number of years, I didn’t now TV was made like this and it isn’t often made in this particular way.

“The production team just a allowed us to find out own groove, it’s almost as if you poured some liquid on to a surface and it goes into where it needs to go.

“They gave me no direction whatsoever.”

Jay added: “I didn’t even know if series one, that I was going to become the presenter, they anticipated it but they didn’t tell me it.

“I only found this out in series four that was what the game plan was.”

The presenter added bosses have been incredibly supportive too as they no longer send him a script to help with his dyslexia.

“One thing that we’ve done, and still do to this day is heavily dyslexic so I don’t read scripts,” he shared.

“If they send me anything I don’t get it. All I’m told is there’s a lady or a man coming in, their name’s Joanna or his name is Trevor and that’s it and we just hit it straight away.

“We do it in a one take and I don’t know anything, and I’m quite nosey so I will ask loads of questions.”

Speaking of The Repair Shop experts, Jay continued: “What’s happened is we’ve formed as a family and as you form as a family, you have a bit of taking the mickey out of each other and find a groove.

“Then, when there is a sad moment that’s reflected in the experts. We all really around and support each other.”

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Jay has returned to television screens with a new show Jay and Dom’s Home Fix.

The new series comes after Jay hosted Jay Blades’ Home Fix which saw him help restore furniture for a variety of guests.

This time he is teaming up with craftsman Dominic Chinea and the presenter explained they have “more banter” than on The Repairs Shop.

Speaking about the differences between the two shows, he told Radio Times: “What you’ve got with me and Dom on Home Fix is the real banter that sometimes we don’t see in The Repair Shop.”

Dom added: “I put on a big act while filming it and Jay’s obviously believed it.

“Partly because of Covid it was a small team, so it felt like just two mates problem-solving and muddling through work.”

Jay went on to added: “It’s almost as if you’re watching a live show because of the fun we’ve had in making this. What we’ve done to paving slabs is genius…”

Jay and Dom’s Home Fix airs on Monday at 3.45pm on BBC One.

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