What did the actor say to the Bishop? Quite a bit, really, what with them embarking on a TV highway journey collectively. DNA Journey (ITV1) discovered Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and comic John Bishop digging round their household bushes. The luxury thesp and the lippy Liverpudlian had much more in widespread than they imagined. The consequence was a captivating movie filled with surprises.
The odd couple met by likelihood throughout lockdown. Bonneville and his spouse have been volunteering at their native Covid vaccination centre in West Sussex when Bishop, who was new to the world, went in for a jab. They bought chatting, found they lived close to each other and an endearing bromance was born. They cemented their friendship on this genealogical odyssey. There was a subtext of social class because the upstairs-downstairs duo mimicked each other’s accents. Bishop joked: “You’re born of lords, I’m born of footmen.” Bonneville described his buddy as “a good-looking Neanderthal”.
Their first cease was Cheshire, the place Bishop was startled to find that his three-times nice grandfather, Patrick Reardon, had dealt salt taken from a mine 500ft beneath his childhood dwelling. Astonishment turned to amusement when he came upon that Patrick was “on the fiddle”, being fined for faulty weights and measures. Neither did Bishop precisely shatter Scouse stereotypes by gleefully admitting that his brother had stolen their outdated avenue signal.
At London’s Somerset Home, Bonneville was impressed by his personal three-times nice grandfather, Richard Bonniwell, who rose from shipyard apprentice to naval architect. He grew emotional when he realized that Richard had designed and based a neighborhood college, evaluating him to his personal public-spirited dad and mom.