'How Welsh am I?' asks Monty Python's Terry Jones

Monday, 7 December 2009

Monty Python star Terry Jones is the final celebrity to return to Wales in the hope of finding out more about his Welsh ancestry in Coming Home: Terry Jones.

The 67-year-old is keen to find out the answer to a question that has bothered him all his life - just how Welsh is he?

"How Welsh I am has always been a real problem to me," he says. "I've never really known. So I'm a little bit nervous about this as I might be exposed as not a proper Welshman."

The journey takes Terry to Colwyn Bay, where he was born and brought up until the family moved to south east England when he was four-and-a-half years old.

"I bitterly didn't want to leave and hated being transported to the London suburbs. I always regretted that and was always saying 'I'm Welsh'," he says.

Terry admits he knows very little about his Welsh roots and that he has no connection with the past. But tracing the family back on his father's side to 1760, it soon becomes clear to Terry that his roots are firmly planted in Wales.

He learns about his ancestors who worked in the Flintshire lead mines and of his great grandmother's role as servant to north Wales' most influential family - the Mostyns.

He visits Gloddaeth Hall (now St David's College), in Llandudno to see where she would have worked, learns of her rise up the social ladder and also how this period in her life would lead to troubling times in a Rhyl hotel.

He also visits Colwyn Bay railway station, recalling meeting his father for the first time. Having been sent to war, Terry's father was away with the RAF when he was born, and the first time he saw his father was on the railway platform as he returned from war - a vivid and emotional memory that has an effect on Terry.

The final destination on his journey is to the home he spent his early years in - a place that holds many happy memories. As he returns home, he muses over his visit.

"It's been a terrific experience - digging around in my past and unearthing things. It's a great gift. It's been very fulfilling and exciting. I've learnt so much about my past that I never knew."

Coming Home: 7.30pm, Monday, 14 December, BBC One Wales

in: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/northwestwales/hi/tv_and_radio/newsid_839500...

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Paute: Oh... he cry... :( I want to give a big hug.

WackyQueen: Man, that man is a man. A welsh man.

thewastelandr at 1:13 pm December 09



I love this interview of Terry - when he talks about his hometown, he gets a little emotional!

the_thina at 1:48 am January 16

how ironic that the mayors name is... BWIAN! haha

Holly at 7:30 pm January 15

retrieved meat!

Kasmira at 6:11 pm January 03

What about this? So touching... <3 I was weeping when he started to cry... Oh Jonesy! If I only could see this whole thing some day...

Holly at 7:34 pm January 15

That made me tear up a little. I just wanted to give him a hug.

thewastelandr at 3:08 pm January 04

Oh darling Terry! I love that story. It's one that is probably very like many other children from the WWI and II era. What a lovely man.

Fettle at 6:29 am January 04

Oh gosh, ive never seen that before, how emotional :(

Kasmira at 6:12 pm January 03

(and someday i learn how to use mashcast...)

sit-on-my-face at 2:37 pm December 08

such a voice!!!

thewastelandr at 2:45 pm December 08

doesn't he, though? i always think it's funny when john cleese mocks terry's welsh accent...

Holly at 7:31 pm January 15

I always thought the accent was sexy, maybe John's just jealous.

Kasmira at 6:39 am January 04

it's adorable when he get excited about something :D but then his speak is so hardly to follow because it like goes faster and faster.. and where is articulation? :P

mrsCutout at 3:25 pm December 08

omg me too!i love his accent it's so cute haha!

Kasmira at 6:35 am January 04

i'm not quite follow her always because of his accent... speaking very fast and using welsh accent is absolutely hardly for me to understand. :P