The Repair Shop viewers left emotional after guest breaks down in tears in new series debut

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The Repair Shop returned to BBC One with a brand new series on Wednesday night and the first episode turned out to be a tear-jerker for fans.

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Jay Blades and his team welcomed guest Nigel into the barn, who lost his sight suddenly at the age of 19 when he developed a condition called optic neuritis, a swelling of the optic nerve, which caused him to lose his sight overnight.

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Nigel and his wife Karen brought his beloved side table into the barn, which formed the shape of a bulldog dressed as a barman named "Boozy Barman".

Telling Will Kirk and ceramics expert Kirsten Ramsay that the side table "brings a lot of pleasure and light" into his life, Nigel explained that 'Boozy' lost an ear and suffered a crack down his arm after he knocked him over during their house move.

Kirsten quickly got to work and managed to transform Boozy back to his former glory, prompting an emotional reaction from Nigel. Feeling the ears of his beloved bulldog, he told the experts: "I've got tears in my eyes. I'm glad I've got dark glasses on, you can't see!"

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Viewers were quick to respond to the heartwarming moment on Twitter, with one person writing: "The joy that guy had when the dog drinks table was revealed," while another added: "Why am I crying at a monocled dog!"

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Nigel broke down in tears over the impressive repair

A third fan commented: "Every time it's on I find myself crying over inanimate objects. It's the sheer joy on the owners' faces that always sets me off," while another tweeted: "He knew it was fixed by touch, the repairs are simply outstanding. Amazing," before adding a crying emoji.

Other viewers also took to Twitter to praise the episode as a whole, which also saw the experts get to work on a special pair of running shoes, a beautiful portrait and a barrel organ.

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Jay Blades was touched by the guest's reaction

One person wrote: "Absolutely brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed tonight's episode of @therepairshop. What fantastic and outstanding work you guys do," while another added: "What a show. Fantastic restoration done by a great team of talented people."

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