Clare Balding cooks up fascinating family tree

The presenter discovered she was descended from a baking dynasty.

Sports presenter Clare Balding rose to the occasion for Who Do You Think You Are? by uncovering a tale of baking royalty in her family.

The popular TV star heard that her ancestors included aristocracy, a gay relative at a time when homosexuality was illegal, and a success story in New York where her family owned The Royal Baking Powder Company.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding researched her ancestors (BBC)

Viewers tweeted how much they had enjoyed learning about her family tree.

One wrote: “Loved wdytya tonight, your enthusiasm is infectious, really enjoyed your family history.”

Another tweeted: “Wow. What an amazing family history, British aristocracy to American baking powder, fascinating story of your ancestors.”

Someone else joked: “Clare Balding queen of New York City #WhoDoYouThinkYouAre riveting!!!”

The baking powder discovery was a particular hit with fans of the programme.

One tweeted: “Loved the New York stories. If baking powder ancestor had been a Brit, he’d have been knighted … “Arise, Sir …””

Another asked: “Really enjoyed the programme Clare. Are you going to take up baking now?”

Next week’s episode of the BBC One genealogy show features comedian and actor Adil Ray.

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