Entertainers and empire-builders feature among the Inspector Morse actor's diverse family tree.
Actor Kevin Whately has found fame playing decent but slightly downtrodden working-class Geordies: Neville Hope in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Morse’s sidekick, Lewis.
His public persona, it turns out, certainly isn’t reflected in his illustrious family history.
Not that Kevin realises this as he begins his research. “It’s pathetic how little I know,” he says, something that’s nagging at him now he’s a grandfather.