The Repair Shop viewers 'fuming' as they claim BBC has 'shafted' show with BIG change

THE Repair Shop viewers have been left 'fuming' as they claim the BBC has 'shafted' the show with a BIG change.

The popular show returned to BBC One last night with Jay Blades once again leading a team of experts in bringing guest's treasured possessions back to life.

However, viewers were quick to notice that the show had been cut down from its typical 60 minutes to just half an hour.

The Repair Shop usually airs as an hour-long episode on Wednesdays at 8pm.

But last night's edition started at 8.30pm and ended 30 minutes later at 9pm, leaving viewers furious and disappointed.

Taking to Twitter, one annoyed fan of the show wrote: "Agh #therepairshop cut in half again @BBCOne stop doing that." 

A fellow fan replied: "I know… Fuming!" 

Another added: "@bbc Do we need to truncate the Repair Shop to 30 mins for Panorama – popular programming shafted!?"

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A third tweeted: "I admit I was a bit miffed at first that #TheRepairShop was a half-hour long but am very intrigued and delighted by tonight's #WeAreEngland." 

The shortened episode saw guest Lucy Sanders travel from Bournemouth with a Victorian nursery chair, which she wanted reupholstered as it was a family heirloom.

She said: "Originally this chair belonged to my grandfather's auntie and it got passed down to my grandparents and it has been with them ever since until I had it in the last few years. 

"For me, in particular, it is really important because I was really close with my grandpa through my whole life and I got a lot of extra time with him as the youngest grandchild. 

"Unfortunately he passed away two or three months before he was supposed to walk me down the aisle and that's why everyone thought it would be extra special if I got someone nice from the house which I could remember." 

Thankfully the team were able to work their magic and when Lucy saw the chair back to it's former glory she said it was "lovely".

The Repair Shop is available on BBC iPlayer.

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