Coming Home returns to our screens

By jonbauckham, 22 November 2012 - 10:50am

The seventh series of Coming Home begins tomorrow evening, exploring the diverse family trees of four celebrities with Welsh roots
 

Thursday 22 November, 2012
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Welsh genealogy show Coming Home returns for its seventh series this week, kicking off with an episode featuring Blue Peter presenter, Gethin Jones.  

Jones’ family story proves an emotional one as he learns about the role one of his ancestors played in saving the lives of his fellow coal miners by developing a safety light.  He also unearths an affecting tale concerning his mother’s past that has had significant implications on his life today.

Episode two deals with opera singer and forces' sweetheart Katherine Jenkins, who is in for a shock when it is revealed that she has unwittingly followed in the footsteps of her great grandmother, a singer who performed for troops during WW2.

The third show sees TV presenter Fiona Phillips journeying to the land of our fathers to investigate her great grandfather, who she discovers fought in the largest naval battle of WW1.  She also learns of her ancestors’ involvement in the Welsh Rebecca riots (1839-43), in which male agricultural workers dressed as women in order to protest against tax inflation.

Hustle star Robert Glenister rounds off the series with the discovery of a touching story regarding an ancestor who joined the Australian army so he could fight in the First World War after being rejected for being too short.

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► Coming Home will be shown on BBC One Wales at 7.30pm on Friday 23 November. However, readers outside Wales will be able to watch the episodes on BBC iPlayer soon after they air.

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