BBC's The Repair Shop gets spin-off - but host Jay Blades will be given less air time after love split

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BBC have reportedly granted a green light for a spin off of The Repair Shop, The Repair Shop On The Road, following Jay Blades' marriage split, The Sun reports.

The show will go across the country, and will see the team repair peoples treasures.

Despite the good news for Jay amid his marriage breakup, the host will be given a smaller role as the new spin-off is reportedly set to focus less on Jay, and more on the supporting team of restorers from in the barn.

“This is a great vote of confidence in The Repair Shop’s presenter, even if it does see the limelight shift from him somewhat in this spin-off,” an insider told the publication.

Jay Blades and wife at NTAs
Jay Blades split from his wife earlier this year -Credit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock for NTA

“It’s also another sign of just how successful the show has become in the seven years it’s been on our screens.”

The show is reported to begin filming later this year.

Fitness star Lisa Marie Zbozen announced her split from The Repair Shop presenter at the beginning of May in an emotional post.

In a statement posted online, at the time, Lisa said: "I don't know how to say this because it's still really raw," as reported by The Sun.

"I probably should be really angry but I'm just incredibly sad about the whole thing right now. I don't think I've ever cried so much.”

Lisa emotionally concluded: "I will admit I'm crying as I type this as I can't believe this is even real. I hope you don't mind if I just have a few days trying to figure out my life as I'm currently in a spare room with a few essentials. I don't know what else to say. All my love, A very broken Lisa-Marie x."

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Jay has become a fan favourite for his work on The Repair Shop -Credit:Getty Images for BAFTA

The couple tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in Barbados in November 2022 with just 15 guests present, which the presenter described as “perfect” at the time.

The show first aired on BBC Two in 2017, and became a hit with viewers straight away, as it was later upgraded to a slot on BBC One.

The main show returned for it’s 13th season back in April, with new member Rebecca Bissonnet, a textiles conservator, joining the team.

It’s been a tough few months for Jay, who took to social media at the end of April to inform fans he’d attended his uncle’s funeral, who was tragically murdered.

The star then told his followers he would be “coming off social media for a bit” and was “going to get some therapy and just chill out.”