Alison Hammond makes the soul-shaking discovery that her great great great grandfather was an important figure in campaigning for the rights of people of colour in this week’s DNA Journey.
The This Morning presenter features in Thursday’s episode along with Kate Garraway, with the two queens of daytime television embarking on a road trip to find out about their family history.
After using a mix of DNA and genealogy, Alison heads to Jamaica to meet living family members she never knew existed.
‘For Alison, visiting Jamaica, the homeland of her recently deceased mum, is an incredibly emotional and moving journey,’ the synopsis teases.
‘One that brings her closer to her mum as she finds out the most jaw-dropping of maternal histories.’
It continues: ‘She learns that her great great great grandfather, not only campaigned for the rights of free people of colour; he was instrumental in gaining their freedoms by attracting attention at the highest level – in the House of Commons – at great personal sacrifice.’
Elsewhere in Jamaica, much to her amazement Alison also learns she has a deep connection to James Bond.
She discovers her ancestor was in the elite secretive unit, T-Force in World War II, and this unit was the inspiration for the world’s most famous spy, James Bond.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Kate is excited as she is heading to London to meet her cousins for the first time.
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Alison’s beloved mum died from liver and lung cancer in 2020. She also lost her dad shortly after her mum’s death.
Announcing the sad news at the time, the former Big Brother star shared a series of photos of her mum – one of which showed her smiling wearing a yellow top while sitting on a hospital bed.
‘Thank you mummy for giving me the strength to move forward in the knowledge that you’re ok and with God in Heaven now,’ she penned.
‘I will always remember you and try and make you proud. I love you mum.’
Alison’s dad – who lived in Jamaica – died four months later in June, with the television personality sharing on social media that she didn’t get to spend as much time with him as she would’ve liked.
DNA Journey airs Thursday at 9pm on ITV.
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