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It’s good sport Clare Balding’s turn to get emotional…

Clare Balding admits that she’s usually looking to the future and the next sporting event, but she’s fizzing with excitement as she looks backwards for once, into the branches of her family tree.

Her first stop is her maternal great-grandfather Sir Malcolm Bullock, who she suspects had a gay relationship with artist Rex Whistler in the 1930s.

Then, despite her vow not to cry (why do they promise that when they always end up in floods?), there are tears as Clare learns about the death of Malcolm’s wife Lady Victoria Stanley.

Meanwhile, a trip to America uncovers her paternal line and the fabulously wealthy Hoagland family, who made their fortune through property and baking powder!