Belfast star Judi Dench will have a sentimental pocket watch belonging to her late husband mended as part of a special live session of The Repair Shop.

The BBC One show sees members of the public bringing in worn-out family heirlooms to be fixed by a team of experts led by furniture restorer and host Jay Blades.

As part of this year's Edinburgh TV Festival, show producers Ricochet will mark five years of the programme with a special appearance by Dench, 87, alongside Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, 57.

Dench will bring in a pocket watch she gifted to her late husband, actor Michael Williams, in 1972 - one year after they married - but now no longer works.

The Oscar winner would like it to be heard again as a reminder of the times they shared before his death in January 2001 aged 65, and horologist Steve Fletcher will be on hand to help.

Earlier this year, Dench appeared in a sketch spoofing the show for Comic Relief.

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She played a character struggling with her memory who wants her old doll from her childhood repaired to help bring back her memories - but sees it smashed by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

Horwood's item will be a life-like chimp from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard, given to him as an opening night present.

He will need the assistance of furniture restorer Will Kirk and the so-called 'The Teddy Bear Ladies', Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, who specialise in stuffed toys.

(L-R) The Repair Shop's Jay Blades and Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood

Both special guests will join Blades on stage in Edinburgh to reveal their fixes live.

The session will also be available via the festival's YouTube channel.

The Managing Director of Ricochet, Joanna Ball, said: "The team, on and off screen, has done an extraordinary job, and our heartfelt thanks to Dame Judi and to Craig for sharing their precious stories with us.

"As always, we're a little bit nervous sharing the finished fixes, but we hope that they love the work our experts have delivered as much as we loved working on them."

The Creative Director of the Edinburgh TV Festival, Stewart Clarke, said: "This is the perfect opening entertainment piece, and we would like to thank everyone involved for bringing a bit of The Repair Shop magic of the barn to the TV Festival. It's going to be an absolute must-see."

The Edinburgh TV Festival runs from 24-26 August.

Source: Press Association

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