The BBC is celebrating 100 years and will commemorate the event royally. King Charles will appear in an episode of The Repair Shop as part of the celebrations. The special show that will feature him was filmed between Autumn 2021 and March 2022, when he was the Prince of Wales.
In the special episode, the now King Charles met Jay Blades, the host of The Repair Shop and his team. They discuss their mutual passion to preserve heritage craft skills. The team also mends two precious items that were chosen by him. One of the items that needs preservation is a heritage clock belonging to the eighteenth century while the other is a pottery piece that had been made for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Earlier, Charles met Jay and his team at Dumfries House, in Scotland. The team was given a tour of the estate and also met students from the Building Craft Programme which has been set up by The Prince’s Foundation. The students are in training to become the next generation of craftspeople in skills such as blacksmithing and stonemasonry as well as woodcarving.
The craft special episode with King Charles was announced on Tuesday, during The One Show. It will be on air on BBC One, on October 26, 2022 at 8 pm.
Julie Shaw, the commissioning editor at the BBC
said that the episode was a “real treat” and they hoped that people enjoyed it as much as they had.
Shaw also said that Charles who then the Prince of Wales had been “captivated by the skills of the team at The Repair Shop.” King Charles is an avid watercolorist and it can almost be taken for granted that an artist is generally captivated by the skills of other artists or craftspeople.
Blades, who grew up in Hackney, in London, summed up the meeting succinctly. He said, “You’ve got someone from a council estate and someone from a royal estate that have the same interests about apprenticeships and heritage crafts and it is unbelievable to see that two people from so far apart, from different ends of the spectrum, actually have the same interests.”
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