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For my dissertation, I wrote a paper called Manufacturing A Black Criminal. It argued that society conspires to feed young black men into the criminal justice system, and that they are just so much fodder — similar to the slave trade. Incendiary stuff!
When I graduated, my mum — who had left Britain to return to Barbados — flew back for the ceremony. I was quietly proud of myself, and delighted to see her.
I wasn’t quite so delighted, 15 years later, to hear from The Man Who Contributed Towards My Birth (or TMWCTMB, as I call him, because I don’t want him to have the satisfaction of seeing his name in print).
Getting a call from him was the last thing I expected. But once I had started appearing on television, I suppose it was only a matter of time.
The charity upcycling workshops I’d set up to mentor and teach disadvantaged young kids led to work on shows such as Fill Your Home For Free with Kirstie Allsopp, and Money For Nothing, where I became the regular presenter.
Life really changed with the success of The Repair Shop, especially when I moved from being one of the worker bees to fronting the whole show. This suited my personality, because I’ve always enjoyed talking to people.
The other Repair Shop experts are geniuses at doing repairs, but they can sometimes start mentally dissecting the problem as soon as the item is handed to them.
They’ll look at it, thinking ‘Hmm, I’ll take the back off it first’, even as the guy who brought it in is still talking.
My job is to focus fully on the visitor, connect with them and get their story. I seek out the human-interest angles that make the show tick. Because, when you know the story, you connect to the item so much more.
Life really changed with the success of The Repair Shop, especially when I moved from being one of the worker bees to fronting the whole show. This suited my personality, because I’ve always enjoyed talking to people