Thursday, 1 October 2020

Who Do You Think You Are? returns October 12th

The next short series of Who Do You Think You Are?, with just four episodes, commences its run on Monday October 12th. 

Here's the blurb on the first episode:

Jodie Whittaker
Who Do You Think You Are?
Series 17
Episode 1 of 5

Doctor Who and Broadchurch actor Jodie Whittaker investigates her family history. On her dad’s side, she looks into a romantic story she has been told about how her beloved grandmother Greta came to be given the middle name Verdun - also the name of a First World War battle fought shortly before Greta was born. The truth Jodie uncovers about Greta’s eldest brother’s sacrifice in that war is far more poignant than the family myth. On her mum’s side, Jodie gets to the bottom of how her great-great-grandfather worked his way up from child labourer in a Yorkshire coal mine to mine owner, and how his sons kept the family’s mines open during the biggest miners’ strikes of the 1920s.

Others to appear in this run are David Walliams, Liz Carr and Ruth Jones - further details, when they emerge, at

Should be fun!

UPDATED 2 Oct: Confirmation that this is the same transmission slot across all nations and regions of the UK. (With thanks to WDYTYA Magazine)


My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

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