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Fearne Cotton

Series 14 - Episode 7 Fearne Cotton

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Review

There was nothing particularly exotic or exciting in Fearne Cotton’s childhood, so she’s hoping to find “explosive dramas, strange jobs and lots of travelling” in her ancestry. She starts her investigations with her Welsh great-grandfather who, she learns, was a coal miner then a chemist but who also served time in prison for being a conscientious objector in the First World War.

But it’s her four-times great-grandfather on her mother’s side – William Gilmour - who really fulfils her wishes. Despite not having a medical degree he was variously a druggist, a GP and a ship’s surgeon who once had lunch with Queen Victoria. “He definitely wasn’t boring,” she concludes.

Summary

TV presenter Fearne Cotton traces her family history, paying particular attention to her great-grandfather Evan Meredith. Evan had worked down a coal mine from the age of 13 before training as a chemist, but one part of his life he was unwilling to talk about were his experiences in the First World War. Fearne delves into this period and discovers how he risked his freedom and reputation to follow his conscience. Turning to her mother's side of the family, she uncovers an ambitious ancestor who had a memorable encounter with Queen Victoria.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Fearne Cotton
Director David Vincent
Series Producer Sarah Feltes
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