Lorraine: Jay Blades says he’s ‘excited’ to meet his sister
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Jay Blades, 51, had signed up originally to star on The Repair Shop because he knew it would be a “special” programme, even though on paper it seemed “boring”. The TV personality believes the BBC show has become successful with viewers, because of the “human stories” it includes, which give it a “bit more meaning”.
I knew it was special
Opening up on why he joined The Repair Shop, Jay said: “I knew it was special because you don’t usually see all the experts in one workshop on TV.
“On paper, people repairing something is quite boring. By adding the human stories, it was a hit.
“The viewing numbers have shocked me, but I can see that people are bored with globalisation – they want something individual, with a bit more meaning,” he added to Radio Times
The star got his lucky break when he was cast for The Repair Shop back in 2017, which has since gone prime time.
The show features professional craftsmen from around the country, repairing family heirlooms, with Jay acting as the foreman.
He has since become a household name alongside his colleagues Suzie Fletcher, Steve Fletcher and Will Kirk.
The star has spoken out on his dyslexia battle, which left him struggling to read his BBC scripts on the programme.
Jay told The Sun: “I am heavily dyslexic and if they send me a script I can’t read it.
“They tell me who is coming on and we do it one take.
“We have formed as a family (workshop staff) and you take the mickey out of each other, so you do what a family does.
“That is what the production company has done.”
Jay grew up in Hackney, East London, where he was also subject to vile racist abuse.
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Jay revealed: “There was racism too. I was spat on and beaten up at school.
“I haven’t done bad considering I was deemed thick. Nobody realised I had dyslexia.
“Later in life, I realised it was institutional racism,” he added.
Jay has also wrapped filming on his new show, Jay’s Workshop, which was filmed in Yorkshire over the past few months.
The Repair Shop star shared a photo of a beautiful riverside development in Yorkshire as he bid farewell to the county last week.
Jay tweeted alongside the snap: “Good morning all.
“This is my last day filming in Bradford & Yorkshire.
“I’m gonna miss my new home & I can’t wait for you guys to see this show, as it celebrates the uncelebrated.
“Take care Yorkshire. See you real soon,” he added.
Read the full interview in Radio Times – out now.
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