'One of the best pieces of TV' – Viewers moved as Boy George traces Irish roots
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'One of the best pieces of TV' – Viewers moved as Boy George traces Irish roots

VIEWERS of BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are? revealed how they were moved to tears as Boy George traced his Irish roots on Wednesday night’s episode.

The flamboyant singer explained he was digging into his past to help his Dublin-born mother Dinah trace her family history.

The episode started with the heart-rending story of how his grandmother Bridget ended up St Vincent’s (Goldenbridge) Industrial School and the harsh conditions she experienced there over 10 years.

Delving into an era when many families were torn by political allegiances, the singer discovers his great-grandfather Richard Glynn fought for the British Army, while his great-uncle Thomas Bryan was a member of the Irish Republican Army.

George reads a moving letter Thomas penned from his prison cell to Richard, his wife's step-father, before visiting Mountjoy where Thomas was executed.

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“How much more tragedy can you put into a story… [it’s] sadder than even I could have imagined,” says the singer following further revelations, as the investigation draws towards a poignant conclusion.

Viewers revealed how they too were moved by the emotional episode.

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The episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for 30 days.