With Arkwright’s doors finally closed, ‘Touring Toolshed’ up next for Sir David Jason

Jay Blades and David Jason in Touring Toolshed for BBC2. Photo: Hungry Jay Media / BBC

While it may not be the Only Fools and Horses or A Touch of Frost reunion that we’d hoped for or a new series of the Open All Hours remake, Still Open All Hours, but it will be really good to see the greatness of David Jason back on the telly in the not-too-distant future. This time he will be paired with well-known best mate, Jay Blades MBE (British furniture restorer/television presenter best known for The Repair Shop) to co-host the upcoming BBC2 series, Touring Toolshed.

Guests will be invited inside their ­specially crafted telly hut, aptly named “David and Jay’s Touring Toolshed”, to show off the ­ventures they are pursuing as a hobby. Those lucky enough to venture inside the toolshed will also benefit from David and Jay offering advice on how to tinker with their pet projects, some of which have taken over their lives.

Thankfully, these ‘pet projects’ are not the ‘get-rich quick’ schemes that Del Boy Trotter was used to in OFAH, but it does showcase Sir David’s life-long passion for creating and fixing things and who better to partner with than Jay Blades MBE. Needless to say, The Repair Shop host was more than a bit over-the-moon about the program and his co-host.


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Over the course of the fifteen, 30-minute episodes that make up series one, the ‘toolshed’ will find its way to UK’s air shows, steam rallies, county fairs and vintage festivals, to meet some of the UK’s most talented crafters, makers and tinkerers enthusiasts, tinkerers and crafters, call in some talented experts to help fix their problem projects in addition to heading out into the surrounding areas to meet the people whose incredible hobbies have taken over their whole life.

Touring Toolshed will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in 2024.


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