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William Roache

Actor William Roache has always known that his grandmother, Zillah Waddicor, ran a cafe in Alton Towers in the 1920s and 1930s, long before it became a theme park. But as Bill sets out to discover more about Zillah, whom he remembers as a kindly elderly lady, he is astonished to find out that the cafe was a far more ambitious enterprise and that, while overcoming a challenging personal life, Zillah was a trailblazing entrepreneur.

Bill discovers that his great-grandfather James was also an innovative business person, dealing in some very unusual wares in late 19th-century Blackpool.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 2 Mar 2016 14:00
BBC Two except Scotland


Role Contributor
Series ProducerColette Flight
DirectorElla Bahaire
ParticipantWilliam Roache

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