Suzie Fletcher: The Repair Shop presenter says she ‘really didn’t want to do’ BBC show

The Repair Shop: Susie says she 'choked up' over item restoration

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Suzie Fletcher, 59, has been a firm fixture on BBC’s hit DIY show The Repair Shop since 2018. The leather expert has since revealed that she had no intentions of being a part of the emotional series despite her brother Steve Fletcher having joined the cast a year before.

Equestrian-loving Suzie, who originally hails from Oxfordshire, explained that she was “terrified” to be on camera in a new interview.

The presenter, who specialises in saddles, opened up about her struggles ahead of appearing on the DIY series.

After finding her calling, she moved to America where she lived for 22 years and met her husband, who worked as a heavy-equipment machine operator.

Sadly, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and by the time the doctors found it, it was too late.

He died in 2013, just eight months after the diagnosis.

The small-screen star went on and explained that her sibling Steve, who is a horologist, had explained that he had secured a role on The Repair Shop in 2017.

Suzie commented: “When my husband passed away from cancer a few years ago, Steve was already on this TV programme called The Repair Shop, something none of us ever saw coming, but he’s brilliant on it.

“One day I jokingly said to him, ‘If they ever want anyone that does leather, let me know.'”

To Suzie’s surprise, the BBC producers invited the leather expert onto the series but she initially didn’t want to take part in the programme.

“For some reason, they actually invited me to be a part of it,” Suzie continued to The Times.

“I really didn’t want to do it, I’m much more private than Steve, and was terrified of being on camera.”

Fortunately, Suzie took the opportunity and gushed over the team at The Repair Shop.

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She added: “But the whole team are so nice, and the show felt so natural, so I suppose I grew into it.”

The leather expert added that she is grateful to be surrounded by “incredible people” who work on the series.

Meanwhile, her grief of losing her other-half surfaced during an emotional episode of the renovation show.

In a previous episode, fans got the chance to revisit the upsetting rocking horse instalment, which left Suzie in floods of tears.

Recalling the episode, she said: “I’ve only ever seen a couple of snippets of my emotional breakdown.

“I haven’t watched the whole thing. It’s an incredibly personal episode for me.”

It comes after a rocking horse owner Julie brought in the item which had her later husband’s name etched on the bottom.

“Looking back at it, I realise I hadn’t scratched the surface when it came to the loss of my husband,” she explained to Radio Times, as Julie’s husband had also died of cancer.

“In a way, it was the start of the grieving process.”

The Repair Shop airs Wednesday on BBC One at 8pm.

 

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