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Carol Vorderman explores childhood home of north Wales in new series

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman (Countdown, BBC Radio Wales) is taking a trip down memory lane as she reconnects with her childhood home of north Wales in a new series.

In Carol Vorderman: Closer to Home – a three part series starting next Tuesday and available on BBC iPlayer – the tv and radio presenter reflects on her life, revisits significant places from her past and enjoys an epic exploration of her former home.

Carol said: “My heart is here in Wales. I love travelling around and capturing every moment. In this series, I’ll be reconnecting with the place where I grew up; north Wales. I’m kicking off the first part of my journey on the beautiful coastline of north east Wales. I’m heading to Denbighshire, travelling from Prestatyn to Conwy, retracing my past.

“I’ll be exploring the places and the stories that have shaped my life and the lives of many others as I get closer to home.”

In the first episode, she visits the Prestatyn house she moved to as a baby with her mother. Carol then meets a host of inspiring women as she aims to explore how opportunities have changed in the area.

In Conwy, Carol meets former school administrator Rhian Wyn Jones who, after going through a divorce, successfully risked it all to pursue her dream of becoming an award-winning artist.

Meanwhile, in Ruthin, she’s down on the farm meeting the female farmers of the future, as well as a young shepherdess who, after her father’s stroke, stepped in to take charge. Carol also meets Wales’ top female dog sledder Joleen Swiffon, who gives thrill-seeking Carol a ride.

Throughout the series she will visit other places from her past including Anglesey, Rhyl and Denbigh, meeting inspirational people and members of her family, as well as trying her hand at an array of activities.


Carol Vorderman: Closer To Home
Tuesday, 5 January
BBC One Wales, 8.30pm