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I hope you are keeping well! I’m a producer for a Ricochet, a TV company that makes many shows including the Repair Shop, The Bidding Room, Food Unwrapped and Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop.
I am contacting you as we are putting together a pitch together for the BBC for a second series of Jay’s Workshop. We would like to take the next series of the show to a different part of the country and to tell a new set of stories so are looking for a new location to film the show in. We’re interested in the North East and in particular Manchester and the surrounding areas which is underrepresented on the BBC.
The show was recently on BBC2 primetime - it’s a positive and uplifting show where Jay Blades assembled a group of amateur woodwork enthusiasts from Yorkshire, and led by some of the top experts in the country, they made bespoke items for deserving people from the local area. For example, they made a rocking horse for a couple who have fostered 130 children, a sideboard for a young man who gave half his liver to a complete stranger; a chair for a flood warden who goes above and beyond; a gaming chair for a teenager who saved his dad’s life; and an arbour for a group of care home workers who left their own families and moved into the care home during the first lockdown to prevent COVID infections. We also followed the stories of the makers as they grew in confidence and skills over the series, and were all there for a reason. The show is still up on iPlayer if you’d like to take a look: