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Family reunions past and present wanted for BBC documentary series

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  Have you recently got in contact with a family member you’d lost touch with? BBC1 documentary series Family Finders is looking to hear from people who have lost touch with loved ones, and have managed to track them down, either independently or with the help of specialist agencies. The cameras will be there to capture the moment as the two sides are reunited and meet each other for the very first time. They are also looking for people who have already been reunited and are meeting up with their newly found family again. Call 01273 224804 or email familyfinders@ricochet.co.uk to share your story.
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Running order for Who Do You Think You Are? announced

The running order for series 11 of Who Do You Think You Are? has been released by the BBC. There's no date on the when the first programme is (we presume a mid August start) but the first programme will feature Julie Walters.  The final episode, featuring Billy Connolly, will mark the 100th episode of the programme. It should be a great series. The full running order is as follows: 1. Julie Walters 2. Brian Blessed 3. Tamzin Outhwaite 4. Brendan O'Carroll 5. Sheridan Smith 6. Mary Berry 7. Martin Shaw 8. Reggie Yates 9. Twiggy 10. Billy Connolly

Julie Walters on Who Do You Think You Are?

Julie Walters is first to appear on Who Do You Think You Are?

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John Simpson sorts fact from fiction in the final episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

This Wednesday sees the final episode of series 10 of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' on BBC1. It's the turn of BBC Foreign Affairs Editor, John Simpson or John Cody Fidler-Simpson to give him his full name. Born in Lancashire in 1944, John has spent all his working career at the BBC. The final episode of the Who Do You Think You Are? series  is usually the one with the most twist and turns and surprises and this one promises to be no exception. John discovers a poisoning in the 1800s and also investigates the truth behind his supposed family link to the pioneering aviator and wild west showman, Samuel Cody. There's also the family rift he experiences as a small child that damaged his relationship with his mother. The episode looks to feature as much drama in his own family history as there is on one of his usual BBC news reports! TheGenealogist has an article on John Simpson looking at his eventful family history. It can be found at http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/wdytya2013_simpson.php The John Simpson programme airs on BBC1 this Wednesday  25th September at 9pm.

John Simpson in Who Do You Think You Are?

John Simpson in the final episode of the series of Who Do You Think You Are?

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Next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? continues tonight

The next episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' continues tonight on BBC1 at 9pm. The celebrity featured this week is a star of Eastenders and numerous films, Nitin Ganatra. He moved with his family to the UK from Kenya when he was aged 3, so tonight's programme has a real international feel to it covering both Africa and Asia as Nitin pieces together his family tree. It promises to be another interesting episode. I've enjoyed the series so far, with both personal, emotional and historic family history journeys featuring in the series so far. The Nick Hewer feature last week had some interesting historical elements and tonight's show looks like being similar. Will you be watching? If you'd like to read a bit more about Nitin Ganatra, there's a featured article on TheGenealogist at http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/wdytya2013_ganatra.php

Nitin Ganatra

Tonight's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features Eastenders actor Nitin Ganatra

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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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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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