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William Roache

Celebrity genealogy series. Actor William Roache sets out to learn more about his grandmother, who ran a cafe in Alton Towers in the 1920s and 1930s.

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 William 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.

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

59 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Series Producer Colette Flight
Director Ella Bahaire
Participant William Roache

Broadcasts

  • Wed 26 Sep 2012 21:00
  • Wed 26 Sep 2012 22:45
  • Thu 7 Feb 2013 00:20
  • Wed 2 Mar 2016 14:00
  • Mon 27 Mar 2017 14:45

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