Yesterday commissions Retro Electro Workshop


21st February 2023 - UKTV's factual channel Yesterday has commissioned a new UKTV original series, Retro Electro Workshop (10X60'), a new and informative documentary series about the dying art of repairing electronics, fronted by super-fixer Rob Howard, one of the UK's last remaining full-time repair men of retro-electronic products. The series is produced by Hall of Mirrors, which also produced Myleene Klass: Miscarriage & Me for UKTV, and executive producer is Tim Green.

At one time, Britain had an electronics repairer on every street corner. From the 1930s to the 1980s, electronic gadgets were built to be repaired and to last a lifetime. Whether it's a classic American jukebox, a retro pinball machine, a boombox or a vintage radio, super-fixer Rob Howard and his network of experts and enthusiasts are ready to find, fix, restore and revive "anything old with a plug on it". Shamil and his dad T run a vintage electronics store and are always on the lookout for design classics to invest in and send to Rob for restoration and re-sell.

Retro Electro Workshop is commissioned for UKTV by Emile Nawagamuwa, commissioning executive, with Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning, and ordered by Gerald Casey, channel director for Yesterday.

Yesterday's channel director, Gerald Casey, said,

We're delighted to bring Retro Electro Workshop to Yesterday. I'm sure our viewers will be fascinated to see Rob and his team bringing these timeless electronic machines back to life.

Emile Nawagamuwa, UKTV commissioning executive, said,

Retro Electro Workshop opens the door into a forgotten world full of nostalgia, technical ingenuity and design innovation. Nobody is better equipped to guide us down this rabbit-hole than master repairer Rob Howard. We are hugely excited to work once again with Hall of Mirrors on this original series.

Tim Green, CEO, Hall of Mirrors said,

Rob is an inspiration and it's great to be working with UKTV on a series that takes us into the world of retro electronics. We hope everyone will fall in love with these ingenious gadgets and the art of fixing things.

Retro Electro Workshop will air in 2023 on UKTV's Yesterday channel, joining a slate of new original programming recently announced including Classic Car Garage, Hornby: A Model World (S2), Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics and The Architecture the Railways Built (S4). Retro Electro Workshop will also be available on UKTV Play.


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Neelam Rhodes, UKTV Publicist

Notes to Editors:

Retro Electro Workshop image: HERE

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TV for curious minds, revealing fascinating factual stories from the world around us. Yesterday showcases original series such as Abandoned Engineering, The Architecture The Railways Built and Secrets of the London Underground as well as new and exclusive observational documentaries, including Bangers & Cash and Hornby: A Model World.

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About Hall of Mirrors

Founded in 2018 by former BBC commissioner Tim Green, Hall of Mirrors is an independent television production company based in Cardiff. Prizing excellent storytelling and innovative use of technology to realise ambitious projects, the team has made films and series all over the world, delivering adventure, specialist factual, popular factual, drama-documentaries, access documentaries, history and children's series.