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Frank Gardner's Family History explored on Who Do You Think You Are

On Thursday night the BBC  aired the latest episode of Who Do You Think You Are? It fascinatingly explored the maternal line of the BBC's Security correspondent, Frank Gardner. His mother's family turn out to have been descended from William the Conqueror in a direct line that went through a Tudor knight who, having picked the wrong side in the power struggle between the Duke of Somerset and Warwick, ended losing his head at the Tower of London. Frank was seen in the broadcast to be incensed by the unfair treatment of his ancestor Sir Michael Stanhope, who was beheaded on being found guilty on circumstantial evidence. The programme traced the journalist's maternal line through 28 generations back to William I. A slightly different angle on Frank's family history has been discovered in this article published on TheGenealogist website. A diplomatic incident involving Frank Gardner's father!

Frank Gardner featured article on TheGenealogist

 
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The BBC announce the schedule for Who Do You Think You Are? 12th series

The BBC has now announced the order in which the Who do You Think You Are? episodes will be broadcast for the 12th U.K. series. This popular genealogy TV programme kicks off with Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood on 13th August, on BBC One. The series will be aired every Thursday evening at 9pm, with a one week break in between Mark Gatiss and Frances de la Tour’s episodes on 15th October. Although the schedule may still be subject to change, Frances de la Tour’s story will close the series on 22nd of October.    

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