Terry Goes the Full Monty; Terry Jones Is Keen to Find the Answer to a Question That Has Bothered Him All His Life - Just How Welsh Is He? the Colwyn Bay-Born Monty Python Star Finds out That and Much More in a Poignant Return to Wales
STANDING on an empty railway platform in Colwyn Bay, Terry Jones can hardly get his words out.
The Monty Python star eventually gives up, with a nostalgic glance back down the platform that says all we need to know.
Tracing his family roots for the BBC One Wales series, Coming Home, took him back to one of his earliest and most emotional memories.
"I left Wales when I was four and a half and bitterly didn't want to leave and hated being transported to the London suburbs," he says.
It was on this platform in Colwyn Bay that Jones first met his father, who was returning from serving with the RAF in India during the Second World War.
"One day my mum says, 'Well, your dad's coming home today.' We came up the steps of Colwyn Bay station and stood on the platform and my mum got really worried," says Jones.
"All these people came off the train.
She said, 'He's not there, he's not there!' And then suddenly, at the end of the platform, there's a guy," he tails off, choking back tears.
The family moved to Surrey after the war so that his father, a bank clerk, could find work.
Jones maintained a strong sense of his nationality, but admitted to being concerned that he might be exposed as a fraud - despite spending the first few years of his life living with his maternal grandmother, he knew little about his Welsh family.
"How Welsh I am has always been a real problem to me, because I've never really known," he says.
"I know practically nothing about my family, because all of my grandparents, apart from my grandmother, died before I was born. So I had no connection with the past."
He has links to the North Wales coast on both sides of his family. It also appears that his theatrical leanings had strong family roots in the seaside town.
Maternal grandfather, William Newnes, was the musical director for the town's music society while his mother also appeared in productions as a youngster.
Jones was completely unaware of this part of his family's history, but was delighted to be presented with a programme from one of the society's productions. But his maternal Welsh connections have another twist on public performance.
His great-grandfather, also William Newnes, was a Primitive Methodist minister.
The Primitive Methodists were a group formed mainly from the working classes, who favoured open-air preaching and were seen as something of a bugbear by the 19th century establishment.
Newnes was jailed for his outspoken criticism of the Church of England and his refusal to pay the tithe, a tax paid to the church - although a well-wisher paid it for him, much to the preacher's disgust. …