The Repair Shop presenter talked about his journey to learning how to read (PA)

TV presenter Jay Blades has discussed learning to read at the age of 51, saying that it has “opened up loads of opportunities” for him.

Blades is perhaps best known for presenting the BBC programme The Repair Shop, and mentioned that his limited literacy has not impacted much on his life.

His journey in learning to read will be documented in a one-off BBC One film, Jay Blades: Learning To Read At 51.

Speaking to the PA News Agency on how he finds it trying to read he said: “What I see is, it’s like having a book of ants.

“So the letters are all ants, and they just keep on moving around. So you try and hold them down.

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“It’s insane, I’m telling you. And it gives you a headache because imagine trying to see something that’s constantly moving”.

Blades added that “too much confidence and a lot of naivety” had meant he had not been impacted too much in his career, nor had he felt embarrassed by it.

He said: “It’s like not everybody is a David Beckham, not everybody can kick the ball and get it in the back of the net. It just doesn’t work like that.

“Some of us can’t do these things. It hasn’t impacted (my life) that much”.


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Additionally, Blades wanted to use the film to inspire others in his position.

“(Reading means) more opportunities for me. Anything is possible,” he said.

“Look at six years ago, I was on rock bottom, and then to be where I am six years later…having a TV documentary, being on a very successful show.

“It’s insane. It’s possible. It really is possible.

“No matter where you are in your life, no matter what you think you can’t achieve, there are some people that are out there ready to support you.”

Jay Blades: Learning To Read At 51 airs on BBC One on Wednesday, January 26