The Shropshire-born giant of the British comedy circuit looks into his Welsh roots, as Greg Davies discovers scandals in his family line, as well as some more pleasant surprises.
Davies learns that on his grandmother’s birth certificate, the name of her father is absent. Her marriage certificate does mention a name, but there is speculation it might be fake in order to cover something up. Davies later learns that is great grandfather, William Owen, was a butcher and local scoundrel in North Wales, who had two illegitimate children, was sent to jail for failing to pay maintenance, and was charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse and cart.
This stands in stark contrast to Owen’s father William, and Davies’s 2xGreat Grandfather Evan, who was a teetotal deacon who met a tragic end. However, going back further in time, Davies does learn he had some more positive historical connections, when he learns that one of his ancestors was one of the most important people in Welsh history.
This episode did make for compelling viewing because of William Owen, who it has to be said is someone that is rather hard to sympathise with. While he suffered hardship as a child because his mother died giving birth to him and was instead raised by his grandparents, his drunk ways and his callous behaviour affected those around him. It was interesting to see that sometimes these people have ancestors with shady pasts.
Who Do You Think You Are? is on BBC One on Wednesdays at 20.00.