TV Times – 27 July 2019

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ver four series of BBC2’s
Inside the Factory, Gregg
Wallace has discovered how
a wide range of products – from
baked beans and biscuits to tea bags
and trainers – are manufactured.
‘I’m amazed it ever got made! I
wish I’d been there when someone
said, “Let’s get a middle-aged bald
bloke to find out how jam’s made,”’
laughs Gregg, 54, as he tells TV Times
what’s coming up in series five...

Episode 1
Gregg heads to a bakery in Stoke-
on-Trent where 250,000 Bakewell
tarts are produced every day. ‘We ate
them as kids, and I still remember
the Mr Kipling adverts!’ says Gregg,
whose sweet tooth got the better of
him. ‘I picked one up off the line,
which is a cardinal sin!’

Episode 2
Gregg visits a South
Shields clothing

The art of the t


aomie Harris is used to
dealing with shocks and
surprises as 007’s loyal right-
hand woman Eve Moneypenny in
the James Bond films.
But, when the London-born
Hollywood star, 42, calls TV Times
ahead of her episode of BBC1’s
Who Do You Think You Are?,
she tells us nothing could have
prepared her for the revelations
she discovered while researching
her Caribbean ancestry...

Why did the show appeal to you?
I was asked seven years ago to be
on it and I don’t think I was ready.
I’d never been interested in my
ancestry but when my mum
[Carmen Harris] gave me a DNA
kit as a present and I discovered I
was almost 50% Nigerian, it

sparked my interest,
so then I approached
the show!

You find a direct
African connection
through a maternal
ancestor, Elizabeth
Leevers; what was
that moment like?
Incredible! Beforehand I
said, ‘I’m not going to cry!’ But I
spent the whole time in tears. Even
though Elizabeth is my five-times
great-grandmother and is far
removed, it meant so much. It makes
you feel part of this chain in history.

You knew little about your dad
Brian Clarke’s family. Were you
nervous when you went on their
trail to Trinidad and Grenada?
I’ve never really had contact with
my father until about two years
ago. But I wasn’t nervous because
I went in openly. People say, ‘You
could discover skeletons in your
closet,’ but I just thought it’d be
an interesting journey.

It must have been quite
tough to learn that a
paternal forebear
supervised slaves,
especially as your
maternal ancestors
were slaves...
Being from the
Caribbean, you know
you’re involved in slavery
in some way but – it seems
naive now – I never thought that
my family would’ve been overseers,
so it was a huge shock. But it’s
a wonderful message that we’re
made up of a multitude of different
heritages, because you can’t be
racist when you’re a mixture of
so many things.

How did it feel to be reunited
with Dorothy Davies, a friend
of your maternal great-
grandmother Syreta?
It was super-emotional! I met her
as a baby when my grandfather
[Joscelyn Harris] took me to
Jamaica. Dorothy had pictures and
it brought back so many memories

of my grandfather and how close
we were. Unfortunately, he’s not
around any longer, so it was sad but
beautiful because I realised what
a huge impact he had on my life.

What will you take away from
doing this show?
Part of my family story is tragic
and involves poverty, slavery and
hardship. I feel gratitude for the
sacrifices made so that I could
have the privileges I’m experiencing
today and it makes
me appreciate them
more. I want to enjoy
life more because
my ancestors weren’t
able to, as their
circumstances were
hard. For their sake,
I want to have
more fun!
Caren Clark


‘I spent the whole

time in tears’


Who Do You Think

Yo u A re?



Inside the Factory


Hollywood star

Naomie Harris on

how her ancestors

changed her life

With late

Fruity: Gregg and
Cherry Healey
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