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Who do you think you are, Mr Hewer?
10:50am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
SWINDON-born Nick Hewer tonight adds his name to the Who Do You Think You Are? roster.
Like other celebrities, ranging from JK Rowling to Jeremy Paxman, he allowed the BBC’s grenealogists to probe his family history for fascinating stories and characters.
Nick, 69, spent the first few years of his life in Swindon before being sent to an exclusive boarding school in Ireland. He then spent another couple of years in Swindon before heading for London to make his fortune.
Nick’s memories of Swindon, as he said in a recent Adver interview, include getting up to mischief with a friend, Robert, who had a tricycle with a tow-along trailer.
“We used to roar through the Town Gardens at speed,” he said, “him on two wheels and me on the cart behind, trying to disrupt the ambitions of courting couples.”
Nick was a success long before his association with Lord Sugar saw him brought in to add pithy commentary to the efforts of contestants on TV’s The Apprentice. After his move to the capital in the 1960s he became a public relations consultant.
The BBC’s experts were able to tell him about ancestral connections ranging from a governor of Virginia in pre-revolutionary America to a landowner who chose the wrong side in the English Civil War, and raised a force of troops for the doomed King Charles I.
Another ancestor was the first Catholic high sheriff of Belfast.
Who Do You Think You Are? is on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.
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