Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

10/11/2004

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?
Tuesdays at 21:00 on BBC TWO
This week Moira goes on a fascinating tour through the roots of her high achieving ancestors. She visits the Caribbean and Canada, uncovering stories of slavery and resistance to imperial rule by grandparents who were part of a rare well educated black dynasty. www.bbc.co.uk/familyhistory

The Who Do You Think You Are? series is being supported by over 400 Archive Awareness Campaign events across Britain, culminating in the BBC “National Family History Weekend” on 4 and 5 December.

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Moira Stuart – 16 November
Moira goes on a fascinating tour through the roots of her high achieving ancestors. She visits the Caribbean and Canada, uncovering stories of slavery and resistance to imperial rule by grandparents who were part of a rare well educated black dynasty. Who Do You Think You Are?

Ancestors from overseas? Find out about tracing your roots on the Moving Here website

David Baddiel – 23 November
A tale of Jewish persecution and building new lives in Britain. David travels to Russia and Poland on the trail of his Uncle Arno – who he discovers perished in the Warsaw ghetto. He uncovers the route his parents took to escape Nazi terror and investigates how his father’s family left Russia in the 19th century to arrive in Swansea. Who Do You Think You Are?

Ancestors from overseas? Find out about tracing your roots on the Moving Here website

Lesley Garret – 30 November
Lesley discovers her own story of humble birth to international singing star begins much earlier than her own birth. From a mining family in Yorkshire, illness and a love of music propelled the Garrets towards the entertainment industry in an earlier age. Lesley swaps posh frocks for the miner’s lamp to investigate popular culture against the backdrop of the age of heavy industry. Who Do You Think You Are?

Meera Syal – 7 December
Daughter of Indian immigrants, Meera returns to the West Midlands and travels on to the subcontinent tracing the story of her parents’ marriage and how love overcame religious differences. The story climaxes in Pakistan where she discovers the Syals to be a legendary family enshrined in a temple and famous for their romantic deeds. Who Do You Think You Are?

Ancestors from overseas? Find out about tracing your roots on the Moving Here website

Vic Reeves – 14 December
As Jim Moir, we come face to face with the man behind the character. We discover Jim’s family has a rich past involving possible bigamy, class and a life below stairs in service. Who Do You Think You Are?

Bill Oddie – 12 October
A journey through mental ill health and back through the dark satanic mills of Rochdale out to ‘Oddie Country’ – the green fields of rural Lancashire where Bill’s ancestors (like so many others) made the fateful decision to leave the country for the city. Who Do You Think You Are? .

Amanda Redman – 19 October
A tale of Irish emigration and seafaring. Amanda goes in search of her Irish Roots and on to Cornwall where her ancestors may have been smugglers. Who Do You Think You Are?

Ancestors from overseas? Find out about tracing your roots on the Moving Here website

Sue Johnston – 26 October
Sue discovers how the expansion of the railways played a major role in her family history, enabling them to move across the country and social divides. Who Do You Think You Are?

Jeremy Clarkson – 2 November
In his iconoclastic style, Jeremy Clarkson first of all cannot find anything interesting about investigating his roots. But this changes as he discovers his family were inventors and entrepreneurs in the north. He goes on to learn why they made and subsequently lost a fortune in the heady days of the industrial revolution. Who Do You Think You Are?

Ian Hislop – 9 November
Ian goes to South Africa discovering more about his Scottish ancestors who fought for King and Country in the far flung fields of the British Empire. Closer to home the military theme is explored further as he experiences his mother’s trial during the wartime occupation of the Channel Islands. Who Do You Think You Are?

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