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TV pre­sen­ter Emma Wil­lis un­cov­ers an un­pleas­ant sur­prise in her fam­ily his­tory

genealogy / 9.00pm / BBC1

Big Brother host Emma is hop­ing her work­ing-class roots will run deep in Birm­ing­ham, where she grew up. But she finds her­self in Dublin read­ing about her five-times great grand­fa­ther, Richard Fowler, who was a vi­o­lent Protes­tant landowner. It’s a shock for Emma, who was hop­ing to find ‘good men’ who worked hard and looked af­ter their fam­i­lies – val­ues she holds dear in her own life. But all is not lost. Just two gen­er­a­tions af­ter Richard was stab­bing Catholic rebels, Har­riet Fowler mar­ried a Catholic who be­came lauded not only for his fine work as a mar­ble crafts­man but also as a cam­paigner for work­ers’ rights. The Brum­miegirl-done-good breathes a huge sigh of re­lief.

Emma Wil­lis scru­ti­nises her past

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