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John Prescott: Coming Home
John Prescott
John Prescott explores his Welsh ties in a family history TV programme

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott explores his family history and their connections with north east Wales in a new TV programme.

Born in Prestatyn in 1938, Mr Prescott also has family ties with Chirk, and he visits the area to research his roots further.

His Welsh mother, Phyllis, was from the border town, where she and her 11 siblings lived in a miner's cottage.

At the age of five, Mr Prescott's family left Wales for Yorkshire.

But he was keen to explore his Welsh roots as part of BBC Wales' TV series Coming Home.

North Wales genealogist Gillian Smith traces his Welsh ancestors stretching back 300 years.

Mr Prescott learns of their working "below stairs" for the aristocracy, visits his brother Ray Prescott, and discovers a truly humbling family secret.

But as the roots of his family tree are probed further, a chilling secret about his maternal great, great grandmother, Athaliah Parrish, is revealed.

As the tragedy of her life becomes clear, Mr Prescott is overcome with emotion.

Widely regarded as the man who kept Old Labour behind Tony Blair, Mr Prescott's star turns at party conferences were a firm favourite with both the old and new guard.

His first bid at becoming an MP came in 1966 when he contested Southport, finally succeeding at the ballot box in 1970 and becoming MP for Hull East.

After Labour's landslide victory in 1997 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, and was also given responsibility for the newly created Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

He hit the headlines during campaigning for the 2001 general election when, during another visit to north east Wales, an egg was thrown at him in Rhyl and he was seen to retaliate.

His role was scaled down following the revelation of an affair and, in 2007, he announced his intention to stand down as an MP at the next election.

BBC One Wales (Monday 30 November, 1930 GMT)



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