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But freshly minted national treasure Clare Balding makes a decent fist of uncovering Davison’s motives. She certainly does her homework, using snazzy new technology to reconcile different newsreel footage, researching newly uncovered evidence and enduring a slightly painful lunch with her own bluff, conservative family of horse-lovers (who think Davison was mad). One hundred years on, it’s hard now to believe the violence employed on both sides, and Balding’s incredulity at all the brutality brings the history to compelling life.