Who Do You Think You Are? – Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood in Glen Innes, NSW, Australia. Image Credit: BBC/Wall to Wall/Jessie Potts

This week the Strictly judge looks into his family tree, and finds he’s not the only dancer in his family.

The Australian returns to his homeland in order to investigate the ancestors of his grandparents. On his grandfather’s side, he learns that his great grandfather Charles owned a hotel at the height of the gold rush in Ballarat, Victoria. His 3xgreat grandfather, also named Charles, came to Australia from Essex to try and make it big in the gold rush. What happened next involved bankruptcy, redemption, eventual success, and annoying for Horwood a bit of sexism that resulted in his side of the family losing out on a fortune.

On his grandmother’s side of things (who is still alive, aged 100), he learns about his 2xgreat grandfather Harry MacKlin Shaw, who went to Oz to work in a sheep station, and ended up being a champion in clog dancing, starting at a local level before becoming so famous he ended up being reported in the British press.

Horwood’s episode feels like a better edition in comparison to last week’s episode with Charles Dance, partly because of the link back to Horwood’s passion for dancing. There is also a somewhat more excitable aspect to the tale thanks to his family’s involvement in the gold rush. In the end we have two great tales about people leaving Britain and finding success abroad.

It is certainly a mostly jolly story, and worthwhile watching just to see Horwood try his hand at clog dancing.

Who Do You Think You Are? is on Thursdays at 21.00 on BBC One.