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For this year’s Comic Relief Night TV special on Friday 18 March, The Repair Shop’s workshop of dreams welcomes some very special guests into the barn.

With no job too small or too big for the team of craftspeople they rarely find themselves sending customers away, that is, until Red Nose Day! Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reprise their characters ‘The Extras’ to blag a free fix from the team.

Things take a chaotic turn when the pair of wannabe TV stars are desperate to have their five minutes of fame, and meet Jay Blades. But when Jay realises they are more extra-verts than extra-keen to have their loved belongings repaired, he sends them packing.

All the while Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch get to work on another very special guest’s repair, demonstrating how talented and skilful they are.

Dawn French said “I don't think we've ever said no to Comic Relief because it just is too important, and because it's from our community, and we were there right at the very beginning. I know that the money is spent correctly and I know that there are projects that are ongoing that need us to be ongoing and I wouldn't ever want to let anyone down. So I think the more that we can do to boost and support, the better!”

Jennifer Saunders said “As I watched The Repair Shop, I thought all I could ever see was these characters going into The Repair Shop, or me and Dawn, pretending to mend something or imitating the characters. You know, I just thought, this is the show for us. Then Comic Relief said we've got The Repair Shop and it was like the perfect thing. It was so perfect!”

Jay Blades said “I can’t believe the chaos that those two caused! We’re always surprised by what we see in the barn, but trust me, we’ve not seen anything like this in the barn before - you must watch it to see how funny it was. For fans of the show it’s a real treat!"

Tune in from 7pm on Friday 18 March on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. For the latest Red Nose Day news and to find out how to donate, visit

The Repair Shop is back for a new daytime series on Monday 14th March, airing weekdays at 3:45pm on BBC One, presented by Jay Blades and staffed by a team of Britain’s most skilled restoration experts.

In every episode, members of the public bring their much loved but broken family treasures for the team to breathe new life into them, while also revealing the personal stories behind the items. Since the series began, The Repair Shop has transformed over 430 loved, but broken treasures, and brought the memories they hold back to life.

Red Nose Day 2022 will be hosted by Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry. Plus The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon will be hosted by Joel Dommett and AJ Odudu.


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