“My dad’s side of the family wasn’t something I was interested in because that’s not the family I grew up in,” he explained.
“It would, in a funny way, be like learning about strangers.”
He was much more interested in discovering the Brighton history of his maternal family.
During the show, viewers will witness him learning that his four times great grandfather, fisherman Gabriel Gillam, was forced to turn to smuggling to feed his family, after fighting severely debilitating poverty.
“Early 19th-century Brighton was an incredibly poor place if you came from the fishing community,” he elaborated.
The full interview with Richard appears in Radio Times (www.radiotimes.com)