‘Pick on the old man’ Jay Blades’ co-stars clash over restoration project

Jay's Yorkshire Workshop: Les jokes about his age

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Jay Blades’ BBC Two series focuses on selfless members of a community who deserve to be treated with a restoration project. However, a recent episode of Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop saw co-stars Ciarán Ó Braonáin and furniture maker Les, ‘clash’ after a joke about his age.

During the episode, Les was seen drilling in an effort to assemble planters that would go either side of a bench seat.

The 68-year old told viewers: “It would effectively be a nice floral bit on the end but also armrest and somewhere to put a brew.”

In the scene that followed, expert furniture maker Ciarán interrupted Les to ask if he had done the rebates.

To which Les laughed and replied “no,” Ciarán interjected: “You should do the rebates first.”

Les hit back and said: “Pick on the old man,” while Ciarán jokingly agreed, saying “absolutely.”

Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop is a six-part series designed to shine a light on selfless locals in the community.

With a team of six Yorkshire natives and three experts, the locals learned the skills they desired to become master carpenters.

In the process, the group were creating bespoke wooden furniture and other wooden creations to gift members of the local area, who have selflessly helped their community.

Les was a retired building maintenance surveyor and joiner from Huddersfield and joined the crew as he was looking for a new “sense of worth.”

This was motivated following a heart attack he suffered shortly after retiring which he claimed “inspired” him to learn more quickly.

This episode saw, Karen, manager of the Anchor House Care Home, become nominated for a gift from the restoration project.

This was because at the start of the pandemic eight members of staff moved into the care home for 56 days to protect their residents.

Thankfully, her selfless act paid off and there were no infections, for this Ciarán, Jay and the crew worked together to gift her a 13-foot wide curved arbour for the care home garden.

Viewers are used to seeing people overcome with emotion on Jay Blade’s multiple TV shows.

On BBC’s The Repair Shop, customers are usually brought to tears after he and his team successfully restore family heirlooms.

Fans also watched as Jack was gifted for donating half his liver to a complete stranger, Connor after seeing someone in need on social media.

After their operations, the two fell in love and began to build their lives together.

For his act of kindness, expert wood maker and mentor Saf Fakir created a mid-century inspired sideboard.

After receiving his gift, Jack stated it would ”symbolise the journey we have been on together.”

Viewers can tune in weekly to see what else Jay and his team will create to give to well-deserving and unsuspecting members of the public.

Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop airs on BBC Two on Wednesdays.

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