Jay Blades 'given career boost by BBC' with new show after split from wife

It's reported that The Repair Shop frontman Jay Blades has been given the BBC's backing for a new spin-off show. Jay was seen back on the set of The Repair Shop this week after splitting from his wife, Lisa Zbozen.

Despite not wearing his wedding ring, he seemed in high spirits. This comes following Lisa's revelation last month that they had split up after their November 2022 wedding.

Prior to Lisa's shocking announcement, Jay posted that he'd be taking a break from social media due to the tragic death of his 72 year old uncle Richard Brathwaite, who was reportedly killed in March. During this difficult time, Jay took some time away from filming duties as his co-stars moved forward without him.

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Now it appears there's a planned spin-off for The Repair Shop, tentatively titled 'The Repair Shop On The Road', reports the Mirror. It is expected that the stars of the show will travel across the nation fixing treasured items.

Reports suggest that the new series will centre on the supporting team of restorers and is scheduled for filming later in the year. A source told The Sun: "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."

They added: "It's also another sign of just how successful the show has become in the seven years it's been on our screens." The Repair Shop first graced our screens back in 2017 and due to its soaring popularity, it was promoted from BBC Two to BBC One.

The show has seen a number of special episodes over the years, including a festive special and a Comic Relief spoof. In a notable episode in 2022, King Charles featured on the show, bringing with him a clock that was in need of some expert attention.

Just last week, Jay Blades had to cancel his appearance at a literary event in Wales at the eleventh hour as he "continued to take time out". He was expected to discuss his book 'Life Lessons: Wisdom And Wit From Life's Ups And Downs' at the Hay Festival.

His team released a statement explaining: "We wanted to confirm that as Jay Blades continues to take time out, he won't be attending the session as advertised at this year's Hay Festival. We're sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment that this may have caused and we hope you enjoy the rest of the festival."