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Who Do You Think You Are?

  • 2017
  • Season 13
  • 10 episodes
  • History

Summary

Celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.

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Episode 5: Ricky Tomlinson

Summary

The Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson sets out to trace his family tree. The actor is well known for playing the archetypal scouser - and it turns out his Liverpool roots run deep. Ricky discovers that he comes from generations of carters, who transported goods on Liverpool's docks when the city was the British Empire's busiest port. Ricky's rage and sorrow grow as he discovers how dangerous conditions were for his ancestors, eerily echoing his own fight for workers' rights as a trade unionist in the 1970s.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

“I’m a scouser, you believe me!” says Ricky Tomlinson, proudly adamant he already knows about his roots. Before Tomlinson became an actor, he was a trade-union organiser for builders in Liverpool, so he’s delighted when he discovers, fairly quickly, that he comes from a long line of carters – the men who transported goods from the ships on the Liverpool docks on their horse-drawn vehicles. “We’re all grafters,” he concludes with satisfaction.

He’s keen to learn more about the dreadful working and living conditions for his forebears and is angry to discover the fate of some of them. In fact, he spends most of his journey being furious about the injustices and miseries his family suffered. “Land of hope and glory? My arse!” he spits, sounding just like Jim Royle. An episode of The Royle Family follows.

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

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Details

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Credits

Cast

rolename
PresenterCheryl

Crew

rolename
DirectorGrace Chapman
Series producerSarah Feltes

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  • Episode 5

    Ricky Tomlinson

    Summary

    The Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson sets out to trace his family tree. The actor is well known for playing the archetypal scouser - and it turns out his Liverpool roots run deep. Ricky discovers that he comes from generations of carters, who transported goods on Liverpool's docks when the city was the British Empire's busiest port. Ricky's rage and sorrow grow as he discovers how dangerous conditions were for his ancestors, eerily echoing his own fight for workers' rights as a trade unionist in the 1970s.

    Review

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.

    “I’m a scouser, you believe me!” says Ricky Tomlinson, proudly adamant he already knows about his roots. Before Tomlinson became an actor, he was a trade-union organiser for builders in Liverpool, so he’s delighted when he discovers, fairly quickly, that he comes from a long line of carters – the men who transported goods from the ships on the Liverpool docks on their horse-drawn vehicles. “We’re all grafters,” he concludes with satisfaction.

    He’s keen to learn more about the dreadful working and living conditions for his forebears and is angry to discover the fate of some of them. In fact, he spends most of his journey being furious about the injustices and miseries his family suffered. “Land of hope and glory? My arse!” he spits, sounding just like Jim Royle. An episode of The Royle Family follows.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterCheryl

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorGrace Chapman
    Series producerSarah Feltes

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