The Repair Shop is set to welcome three famous faces to the barn in the upcoming new series, which arrives on BBC One on June 7.
Children's author Michael Rosen will appear as a guest in the new season, bringing the team of experts a significant piece of Covid pandemic documentation for an episode about the NHS.
The former Children's Laureate and bestselling author of We're Going On A Bear Hunt became seriously ill with coronavirus during the pandemic and was in a coma for 40 days. A record of his care, which was kept by NHS staff and is the only documentation he has from the time, will be transformed by the experts.
The barn will also welcome social commentator and political activist, Patrick Vernon, who led a successful campaign for 22 June to be recognised annually as Windrush Day. Patrick brings with him a radiogram that belonged to late friend Eddie Noble, a Second World War veteran from Jamaica who settled in the UK after serving in the RAF.
The update was shared on social media with two photos from the upcoming episodes. The caption read: "We're so proud to announce that the new series of #TheRepairShop will feature two very special programmes, marking both the 75th anniversary of the Empire Windrush's arrival to the UK and the birth of the NHS.
"The series starts on June 7th at 8pm on BBC One & iPlayer."
Fans were quick to recognise Michael, with one person commenting: "Lovely to see Michael Rosen," while another wrote: "…is that Michael Rosen?"
Other viewers simply expressed their excitement, with one person writing: "Brilliant, such a marvellous programme," while another commented: "Excellent! Excited to see it!"
The first episode of the new series will also see another familiar face walk through the barn doors. According to the BBC website, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will bring his treasured harmonium, which holds memories of his late father, to be revived by the experts.
The episode saw Jay Blades and the teamvisit Charlesat Dumfries House in Scotland. The King, who was still the Prince of Wales during the episode's filming in October 2022, brought two treasured items for repair: an 18th-century bracket clock and a piece of Wemyss Ware made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
After accepting the Daytime award, Jay revealed in the winners' room that the show has been commissioned for another two years.
When asked if he would continue on the programme, he said: "I think we've been commissioned for another two years if I'm not mistaken. We are going to do more. We've just won a BAFTA so I think they're going to want us to stay on air."
The 53-year-old also added that viewers can expect to see some new experts joining the team.
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