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Daniel Radcliffe

Series 16 - Episode 1 Daniel Radcliffe

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Review

Actor Daniel Radcliffe feels almost overwhelmed by the privilege of reading some extraordinary letters from his family’s history. One is devastating in its profound poignancy, because it is a suicide note. The others are cheery missives of hope and optimism and love from the battlefields of the First World War.

Radcliffe, who is hugely engaging, starts out by admitting he knows very little of either side of his family, apart from a story about a great grandfather who was a jeweller in London’s Hatton Garden.

The WDYTYA researchers must surely bless the day that Radcliffe’s name was suggested because his family’s stories, including a supposed burglary at the jeweller’s, are remarkable for being minutely detailed not just in letters, but also in press reports. There are some tremendous contemporary photographs too, including one of his great-great-grandfather, who’s the spitting image of his great-great-grandson, to Radcliffe’s clear delight.


Summary

The genealogy documentary follows eight more celebrities as they trace their family trees to uncover facts about their heritage. First up is Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who discovers that the robbery of his great-grandfather's Hatton Garden jewellery business was far more dark and dramatic than he ever imagined, while a cache of his great-great-uncle's letters reveal a heart-wrenching First World War love story.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Daniel Radcliffe
Director Rosie Schellenberg
Executive Producer Colette Flight
Series Producer Sarah Feltes
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