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Episode 16

Episode 16 of 40

The team take on a well-travelled leather case, a fantastic homemade telescope built from scrap metal and 100-year-old bowl with an extraordinary history.

Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

First into the barn, for the attention of master saddler Suzie Fletcher is a briefcase once owner by a father and an intrepid traveller. Owner Rupert Truman treasures this hand-me-down, as it symbolises his family's adventurous life in Africa and particularly his beloved father. Suzie gets to work dismantling and lining the case's gusset, which is riddled with holes and revives the worn leather. Fine art conservator Lucia Scalisi enhances the initials painted on the front, that are now peeling away, before the pair present it back to an overwhelmed Rupert.

Next in are father and son Simon and Jake Mosely, hoping optics expert Richard Biggs and metal expert Dominic Chinea can get an ingenious, if unorthodox, telescope working again. Simon’s grandfather built it in its entirety from bits salvaged from scrap yards and bomb sights while working as an air raid warden during the Second World War. Both Dom and Richard are hugely impressed by this piece of engineering and take great pleasure in fathoming out its construction. Richard cleans, realigns and resilvers the optical elements, while Dom does some up cycling of his own by replacing missing bearings with ones salvaged from an old skate board.

Finally, ceramics conservator Kirsten Ramsay is charged with the task of repairing a beautiful decorative bowl that survived the Nazis, journeyed across the world and was kept in the family for several generations. However the bowl came a cropper with a clumsy cat. Kirsten’s skill and patience enable her to make it whole again.

43 minutes

Last on

Tue 10 Dec 2019 07:15

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00


    Unelmia Ja Toimistohommia

  • 00:26

    Eric Chevalier

    Everyday Joy

  • 00:27


    8 Baan


Role Contributor
Presenter Jay Blades
Narrator Bill Paterson
Series Producer Helen Page
Executive Producer Hannah Lamb
Executive Producer Tanveer Bari
Executive Producer Rob Butterfield
Executive Producer Emma Walsh


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