Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Series of Who Do You Think You Are? Starts

Hello All -

The new series of the popular family history program "Who Do You Think You Are?" is starting soon on BBC. The first episode starts to air 02 Feb 2009, 21:00 on BBC One. The first episode focuses on Rory Bremner. Here is a brief excerpt of the other celebrities involved from the BBC website.

In this series:
Rory Bremner tracks down people who saw his father in action during the Second World War
Fiona Bruce ploughs through trade directories and journals to find a family rogue
Rick Stein reads business letters describing the hardships faced by a missionary relative
Zoƫ Wanamaker examines FBI files about her father
Kevin Whately searches through burial records and parish registers to find an ancestor active in the Civil War.

There is talk of an American version too. Here is a excerpt from the "Who Do You Think You Are Magazine":

American Version of Who Do You Think You Are? In Production
It’s good news for American genealogists as US television network NBC is currently working on their own version of Who Do You Think You Are?
Co-executive produced by Friends actress Lisa Kudrow, the show researchers are currently looking into the family trees of interested celebrities to see if they make for compelling stories.
"I think at the heart of every American is the burning desire to understand who you are and where you came from," says Craig Plestis, head of alternative programming at NBC. "We hope this series will inspire our viewers to investigate their own intriguing past.”
The show’s format has proved popular worldwide with the program being exported to Canada, Australia and Poland. However, the American version will not air on US screens until late 2008 at the earliest.

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