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Watch Len Goodman discover violent ancestor in Secrets from the Clink

4 August 2014 5:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Len Goodman learns more about brutal Victorian prison punishments in Secrets from the Clink.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge finds out what his violent ancestor Henry would have had to deal with while serving time in the prison system.

In the first of two episodes, Goodman discovers that his great great grandfather was assaulted and threatened by his son, Henry, who threatened to kill him with a pickaxe and also assaulted his mother.

Goodman learns about the isolation Victorian prisoners had to endure, working alone in their cells and wearing special masks to cover their faces so they couldn't see each other.

After first thinking Henry "got his just desserts", Goodman changed his mind when being told about the punishments he would have had to carry out.

He said: "It makes me feel so sad for him. We all lose our temper, and what he did was terrible, but we »

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