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First episode of Who Do You Think You Are? starts this week with Una Stubbs

The first episode starts this Wednesday on BBC1 of Who Do You Think You Are? and it's eagerly anticipated by family historians throughout the UK. The first celebrity, Una Stubbs has an emotional journey, that features both estranged families and a look at a visionary ancestor who was instrumental in designing some of the England's new towns of the early 1900s. TheGenealogist has a feature on Una Stubbs in their 'Featured Articles' section and you can view it here.

Una Stubbs and father

Una Stubbs and father Clarence pictured around 1938

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New 'Family Tree' comedy series starts tomorrow

The new genealogy comedy series 'Family Tree' starts tomorrow (Tuesday 16 July) on BBC2 at 10pm. Starring Chris O'Dowd and Nina Conti, it follows one man on his search to discover his roots and the unintentionally hilarious consequences of his search. Genealogy is new territory for comedy so it will be interesting to see how good the series is. Much of the script is improvised which also adds to the unique nature of the programme. The series has already started in the U.S. and reviews so far have been positive. For those that choose to watch the programme tomorrow, we'd be interested in your views!

Family Tree TV programme

Chris O'Dowd in Family Tree

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Date for new series of BBC Who Do You Think You Are? now announced

The date for the first episode of series 10 of Who Do You Think You Are? has now been formally released by the BBC. It's scheduled for Wednesday 24 July and will feature famous actress Una Stubbs. Welwyn Garden City, in Hertfordshire, is central to her story, particularly as it's the new town that was originally founded by her great grandfather, Sir Ebenezer Howard, who also founded Letchworth Garden City as part of his plans for more comfortable and pleasant town living. It should be the start of a great series, will you be watching?

Una Stubbs

First celebrity on Who Do You Think You Are? series 10

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Provisional running order announced for Who Do You Think You Are? TV programme

Latest news on the eagerly anticipated new series of Who Do You Think You Are? TV programme is the first episode in July will start off with the actress Una Stubbs. The new series is promised to be both varied and filled with twists and turns according to the show producers. The running order is provisionally set as follows with actress Una Stubbs on the first programme, followed by Nigel Havers, Minnie Driver, Lesley Sharp, Gary Lineker, Nick Hewer, Sarah Millican, Nitin Ganatra, Marianne Faithfull with the final episode featuring John Simpson. Latest news and updates can be found on the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine website  
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New series of Who Do You Think You Are? celebrities announced

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine has announced the new celebrities to be featured in the forthcoming TV series of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. They include Gary Lineker, Nigel Havers, Una Stubbs, actress Minnie Driver and BBC News Editor John Simpson. The series starts next month and promises to be a good one. Will you be watching? There's more information at the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine website
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New Family History comedy starts...

A number of genealogy bloggers have picked up on the new comedy series from Christopher Guest, entitled 'Family Tree' which started  yesterday on HBO in the US and is rumoured to air on BBC 2 in the UK in the near future.

Family Tree TV programme

Chris O'Dowd in Family Tree (HBO)

It stars Chris O'Dowd (pictured) who sets out to uncover his family lineage after being left a box of objects from a great aunt. Four of the eight parts are set in the UK, the other four are set in the US, giving the programme an international feel. There appears to be no definite date when it will screen on the BBC and we will await with interest. With Chris O'Dowd starring, it looks like proving a humourous take on family history research which may attract the attention of a younger audience and hopefully interest them enough to look into their family history!

Family Tree programme

Family Tree has now started on HBO in the U.S.

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