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Realscreen: UKTV orders up antiques restoration series for Yesterday

BBC Studios-owned British broadcaster UKTV has commissioned a new restoration series for its factual channel, Yesterday.

Restoration Workshop (10 x 60 minutes) sees antiques dealer Gary Wallis (pictured) and his team of fixer-uppers tracking down unloved antiques and objects to transform them into bespoke items for the high-end interiors market.

The series is produced by Middlechild, with David Sumnall and Andrew Walmsley serving as executive producers. It was commissioned for UKTV by Philip McCreery and ordered by Yesterday’s channel director Gerald Casey and deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen. The deal was brokered by Drive, who will also distribute the series.

Restoration Workshop is the antidote everyone needs for today’s throw away, single use, society,” said Sumnall in a statement. “To have witnessed Gary Wallis and his incredible team transform the unloved and unwanted into bespoke, handcrafted treasures has been awe inspiring. Gary is a legend in the restoration world, and I can’t wait for the UKTV viewers to witness his talent.”

“We’re very excited to be taking this show to the international market,” added Ben Barrett, managing director of Drive. “It’s an exciting, topical and original format, with great talent at the forefront, and a show we expect to be a big hit with buyers globally.”

Restoration Workshop will air on Yesterday in 2020. No premiere date has yet been set. The series will also be available on the UKTV Play streamer.

Published by Frederick Blichert 12.11.2019 on

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