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World News – GB – Who Do You Think You Are ?, Review: David Walliams gave us a classic blend of triumph and tragedy

Britain's Got Talent judge discovered he was not the first person in his family to enter show business

Britain’s Got Talent judge discovered he was not the first person in his family to enter show business

After last week’s lackluster opening from Jodie Whittaker, who was very sweet but didn’t have good entries in the family catalog, Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One) is back in shape with David Walliams

Despite the odd reference to the fact of Britain’s Got Talent, Walliams didn’t hammer it in. He was kindly funny in all the right places, which were quite a few and I praised his frankness by discussing his reasons for appearing in the program: doing your own genealogical research was « too much like hard work, but the great thing about this show is it’s gonna get me done »

One story was terribly sad, the other a story of poverty and disability that took a surprisingly uplifting turn Walliams began with tragedy His maternal great-grandfather, John George Boorman, was a enlisted at the outbreak of the First World War At 5’9 inches, he was a cold-blooded man for the time – four inches taller than average, historian says – and joined the Grenadier Guards He survived the Battle of the Somme before his battalion fought at Passchendaele

The horror of all of this is well documented but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be recounted: the grim conditions in the trenches, the men climbing over the summit and making their way past the bodies of their fallen comrades they ran towards the enemy Wounded in combat and suffering from shell shock (post traumatic stress disorder, as it would be called now), John was first sent to a military hospital and then to an asylum There were pitiful descriptions of him mind blowing and hearing voices

Archives have revealed the horrific fact that he was there 43 years Walliams found solace in the tranquil garden scenes John painted on a series of postcards his daughter, Walliams’ grandmother, had cherished But he kept coming back to the picture of John as a young man in his army uniform, smiling and proud, unaware of what was to come

The second story was happier, although it didn’t start out that way: her paternal great-great-grandfather was blind and so poor that he worked as an organ miller on the front of Portsmouth Sea, sending his children to help him begging But he became a successful touring showman, and Walliams was thrilled to find he wasn’t the only family member to get into showbiz. The great skill of this program is its ability to change its tone, from heartbreaking to heartwarming, and this episode did it well

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David Walliams

World News – GB – Who Do You Think You Are ?, review: David Walliams gave us a classic mix of triumph and tragedy



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