Who Do You Think You Are? (UK TV series)

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Who Do You Think You Are?
A green tree on a hill in a green field with the text 'Who Do You Think You Are?' above styled as a family tree
Genre Documentary
Narrated by
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 90 (as of 25 September 2013)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Wall to Wall
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run 12 October 2004 (2004-10-12) – present
External links
Website

Who Do You Think You Are? is a British genealogy documentary series that has aired on the BBC since 2004. It is made by the production company Wall to Wall. In each episode, a celebrity goes on a journey to trace his or her family tree. Ten series have been broadcast, the most recent currently airing from August – September 2013.[1] The show has regularly attracted an audience of more than 6 million viewers.[2] More than ten international adaptations of the show have been produced.

Episodes[edit]

Series one and two were broadcast on BBC Two, and the first was the channel's highest-rating programme of 2004. This led to episodes being shown on BBC One from the third series onwards. The current narrator is Cherie Lunghi. Mark Strong took over from David Morrissey after the first series, which was nominated for "Best Factual Series or Strand" in the 2005 BAFTAs.

In the first series, the last ten minutes of each episode featured presenter Adrian Chiles and genealogical researcher Nick Barratt giving tips on tracing a family tree. In 2007, a special episode was broadcast in conjunction with the BBC's "Family Wanted" campaign featuring Nicky Campbell, who was adopted a few days after he was born.[3]

The theme tune was composed by Mark Sayer-Wade, who also provided the background music for earlier episodes. The music for later episodes is provided by Julian Hamlin and Edmund Jolliffe.

The episode featuring Boris Johnson was filmed and set to air in late 2007, but was pulled because at the time of transmission, Johnson was getting ready to run in the London Mayoral election, so the episode was moved to the following series in 2008.[4]

Series 1 (2004)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Bill Oddie 12 October 2004 (2004-10-12) 5.79
Oddie, brought up by his father and paternal grandmother, goes back to the Manchester area to learn more about his mother's life and her struggles with manic depression and her mother-in-law. Then he learns more about his grandmother's life, her husband and family in Rochdale, Lancashire. He ends his journey learning more about his Oddie ancestors in Grindleton, Lancashire.
2 Amanda Redman 19 October 2004 (2004-10-19) 4.63
3 Sue Johnston 26 October 2004 (2004-10-26) 4.25
4 Jeremy Clarkson 2 November 2004 (2004-11-02) 4.95
5 Ian Hislop 9 November 2004 (2004-11-09) 4.96
6 Moira Stuart 16 November 2004 (2004-11-16) 5.35
7 David Baddiel 23 November 2004 (2004-11-23) 4.60
8 Lesley Garrett 30 November 2004 (2004-11-30) 4.41
9 Meera Syal 7 December 2004 (2004-12-07) 3.97
10 Vic Reeves 14 December 2004 (2004-12-14) 4.46

Series 2 (2006)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Jeremy Paxman 11 January 2006 (2006-01-11) 5.48
2 Sheila Hancock 18 January 2006 (2006-01-18) 5.43
3 Stephen Fry 25 January 2006 (2006-01-25) 5.86
4 Julian Clary 1 February 2006 (2006-02-01) 5.94
5 Jane Horrocks 8 February 2006 (2006-02-08) 5.64
6 Gurinder Chadha 15 February 2006 (2006-02-15) 3.96

Series 3 (2006)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Barbara Windsor 6 September 2006 (2006-09-06) 6.40
2 Robert Lindsay 13 September 2006 (2006-09-13) 5.95
3 Colin Jackson 20 September 2006 (2006-09-20) 5.19
4 David Tennant 27 September 2006 (2006-09-27) 5.75
5 David Dickinson 4 October 2006 (2006-10-04) 5.80
6 Nigella Lawson 11 October 2006 (2006-10-11) 6.15
7 Jeremy Irons 18 October 2006 (2006-10-18) 5.82
8 Julia Sawalha 25 October 2006 (2006-10-25) 5.54

Adoption special (2007)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Nicky Campbell 11 July 2007 (2007-07-11) 4.32
Campbell traces his adoptive family's roots in Scotland and Australia.

Series 4 (2007)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Natasha Kaplinsky 6 September 2007 (2007-09-06) 6.78
Kaplinsky follows her paternal line to Slonim and is shown official documentation relating to her cousin's family. This includes the death of family members during the "liquidation" – massacre – of the Slonim ghetto by the Nazis and another's escape to the partisans and eventual emigration to Australia. Her maternal line included an apothecary to King George III.
2 John Hurt 13 September 2007 (2007-09-13) 5.80
3 Griff Rhys Jones 20 September 2007 (2007-09-20) 5.75
4 Carol Vorderman 27 September 2007 (2007-09-27) 6.53
Vorderman discovers that her father was an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation. He died while the programme was being filmed. Her great-grandfather Adolphe Vorderman played a key role in the discovery of vitamins.
5 Alistair McGowan 4 October 2007 (2007-10-04) 6.17
6 Graham Norton 11 October 2007 (2007-10-11) 6.88
It was discovered that Norton's Walker ancestors were originally planters from Wentworth, South Yorkshire, who were sent over from England in the 17th century to take over Irish land. Some members of his family fought for the British monarchy during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and took part in the Carnew massacre. Another member of his family was later killed in battle by the United Irishmen.
7 Matthew Pinsent 18 November 2007 (2007-11-18) 6.57

Series 5 (2008)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Patsy Kensit 13 August 2008 (2008-08-13) 7.10
2 Boris Johnson 20 August 2008 (2008-08-20) 7.04
3 Jerry Springer 27 August 2008 (2008-08-27) 6.71
4 Esther Rantzen 3 September 2008 (2008-09-03) 6.44
5 Ainsley Harriott 10 September 2008 (2008-09-10) 6.70
6 David Suchet 17 September 2008 (2008-09-17) 6.79
7 Jodie Kidd 24 September 2008 (2008-09-24) 5.87
8 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen 29 September 2008 (2008-09-29) 4.72

Series 6 (2009)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Rory Bremner 2 February 2009 (2009-02-02) 6.44
2 Fiona Bruce 9 February 2009 (2009-02-09) 5.86
3 Rick Stein 16 February 2009 (2009-02-16) 5.64
4 Zoë Wanamaker 23 February 2009 (2009-02-23) 5.82
5 Kevin Whately 2 March 2009 (2009-03-02) 5.99
6 Davina McCall 15 July 2009 (2009-07-15) 6.92
7 Chris Moyles 22 July 2009 (2009-07-22) 5.23
8 Kate Humble 29 July 2009 (2009-07-29) 5.19
9 David Mitchell 5 August 2009 (2009-08-05) 4.55
10 Kim Cattrall 12 August 2009 (2009-08-12) 6.27
11 Martin Freeman 19 August 2009 (2009-08-19) 6.48

Series 7 (2010)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Bruce Forsyth[6] 19 July 2010 (2010-07-19) 7.22
2 Rupert Everett 26 July 2010 (2010-07-26) 5.97
3 Dervla Kirwan 2 August 2010 (2010-08-02) 5.58
4 Monty Don 9 August 2010 (2010-08-09) 5.95
5 Rupert Penry-Jones 16 August 2010 (2010-08-16) 5.68
6 Alexander Armstrong 23 August 2010 (2010-08-23) 6.46
7 Jason Donovan 30 August 2010 (2010-08-30) 5.55
8 Hugh Quarshie 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06) 5.42
9 Alan Cumming 13 September 2010 (2010-09-13) 5.15

Series 8 (2011)[edit]

# Celebrity[7][8] Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 June Brown 10 August 2011 (2011-08-10) 6.62
2 J.K. Rowling 17 August 2011 (2011-08-17) 7.00
When her mother Anne died, Rowling just begun writing the Harry Potter novels. Anne was keenly interested in exploring her French genealogy, but had never found the time to do so. Rowling starts her research into her mother's paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, a French head waiter, who previously worked at Savoy Hotel in the 1920's. It was known that Volant had won the Légion d'honneur (an award that Rowling herself received) for his bravery during the First World War, when it was actually revealed to be the Croix de guerre. J.K. later learns about Louis' mother, Salome Schuch, an unmarried pregnant servant working in Paris, and who left her hometown of Alsace during the Franco-Prussian War as a young teenager, to become a naturalized French citizen.
3 Sebastian Coe 24 August 2011 (2011-08-24) 5.45
4 Larry Lamb[9] 31 August 2011 (2011-08-31) 5.45
5 Emilia Fox 7 September 2011 (2011-09-07) 6.06
6 Alan Carr 14 September 2011 (2011-09-14) 5.49
7 Robin Gibb 21 September 2011 (2011-09-21) 4.37
8 Richard Madeley[10] 28 September 2011 (2011-09-28) 5.05
9 Len Goodman 5 October 2011 (2011-10-05) 5.03
10 Tracey Emin 12 October 2011 (2011-10-12) Unknown (under 4.21)

Series 9 (2012)[edit]

# Celebrity[11] Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Samantha Womack 15 August 2012 (2012-08-15) 5.30
2 Gregg Wallace 22 August 2012 (2012-08-22) 5.46
3 Patrick Stewart 29 August 2012 (2012-08-29) 4.58
4 Annie Lennox 5 September 2012 (2012-09-05) 4.86
5 Hugh Dennis 12 September 2012 (2012-09-12) 4.87
6 Alex Kingston 19 September 2012 (2012-09-19) 4.97
7 William Roache 26 September 2012 (2012-09-26) 4.30
8 Celia Imrie 10 October 2012 (2012-10-10) 4.89
9 John Barnes 17 October 2012 (2012-10-17) Unknown (under 4.10)
10 John Bishop 6 December 2012 (2012-12-06) 5.53

Series 10 (2013)[edit]

# Celebrity[12] Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
1 Una Stubbs 24 July 2013 (2013-07-24) 5.24
2 Nigel Havers 31 July 2013 (2013-07-31) 5.39
3 Minnie Driver 7 August 2013 (2013-08-07) 4.95
4 Lesley Sharp 14 August 2013 (2013-08-14) 4.52
5 Gary Lineker 21 August 2013 (2013-08-21) 5.37
6 Nick Hewer 28 August 2013 (2013-08-28) 4.52
7 Nitin Ganatra 4 September 2013 (2013-09-04) 4.31
8 Sarah Millican 11 September 2013 (2013-09-11) 4.57
9 Marianne Faithfull 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 3.78
10 John Simpson 25 September 2013 (2013-09-25) 3.99

Series 11 (2014)[edit]

# Celebrity Original air date Viewers (millions)[5]
Who Do They Think They Are?: 10 Years, 100 Shows[13] 6 August 2014 (2014-08-06) Unknown (under 3.34)
1 Julie Walters[14] 7 August 2014 (2014-08-07) 5.23
Walters traces her Irish great-grandfather, Anthony Clarke.
2 Brian Blessed 14 August 2014 (2014-08-14)
3 Tamzin Outhwaite 21 August 2014 (2014-08-21)
4 Brendan O'Carroll 28 August 2014 (2014-08-28)
5 Sheridan Smith 4 September 2014 (2014-09-04)
6 Mary Berry 18 September 2014 (2014-09-18)
7 Martin Shaw 25 September 2014 (2014-09-25)
8 Reggie Yates 2 October 2014 (2014-10-02)
9 Twiggy 9 October 2014 (2014-10-09)
10 Billy Connolly 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16)

Awards and nominations[edit]

The show was nominated for the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Best Factual Series.[15]

Media releases[edit]

Series 1 – 8 of Who Do You Think You Are? are available on DVD in the UK (Region 2).

In October 2007, BBC Magazines began issuing Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, a monthly publication that includes material from the TV series.

The series 1–4 box set of Who Do You Think You Are is available, distributed by Acorn Media UK.[16]

Complete Series Release dates DVD Extras
and
Bonus Features
Number
Of Discs
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete
First Series
TBA 5 March 2007 17 September 2008 Unseen Footage, First Steps to Researching Your Family 3
The Complete
Second Series
TBA 4 September 2007 12 November 2008 Unseen Footage 2
The Complete
Third Series
TBA 12 January 2009 18 March 2009 None 3
The Complete
Fourth Series
TBA 3 August 2009 20 May 2009 Special episode in conjunction with the BBC’s "Family Wanted" campaign featuring Nicky Campbell, who was adopted a few days after he was born. 3
The Complete
Fifth Series
TBA 1 February 2010 TBA Three behind the scenes features 3
The Complete
Sixth Series
TBA 6 September 2010 TBA None 4
The Complete
Seventh Series
TBA 7 March 2011 TBA None 3
The Complete
Eighth Series
TBA 20 August 2012[17] TBA None 3
The Complete
Ninth Series
TBA 5 August 2013[18] TBA None 3

Other countries[edit]

TVP1 has aired a Polish version, called Sekrety rodzinne, which was broadcast from November 2006 to March 2007.

In September 2007, a first series of Canadian version, consisting of 13 episodes, began airing on CBC Television. A second season has been commissioned for the 2012–13 season.[19]

An Australian version aired on SBS in January 2008, after six episodes of the BBC version had been shown; the BBC programmes were those featuring Stephen Fry, Bill Oddie, Julia Sawalha, Jeremy Clarkson, Gurinder Chadha, and Nigella Lawson.

In 2008, ARD's Das Erste aired the German version, called Das Geheimnis meiner Familie ("The secret of my family"). They aired four episodes featuring Marie-Luise Marjan, Armin Rohde, Christine Neubauer and Peter Maffay.

Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ has aired two series of Irish version of Who Do You Think You Are? in autumn 2008 and autumn 2009. The Irish version has included internationally recognised names such as Ardal O'Hanlon, Dana, Rosanna Davison, and Dermot Gavin.[20][21] The British version of the show already airs on TG4 in Ireland.

Sveriges Television, the Swedish public service broadcaster, aired a Swedish version called Vem tror du att du är? in 2009. Later that year, in May and June, they also aired the BBC episodes featuring Stephen Fry, Jeremy Irons, Nigella Lawson, John Hurt, and Jane Horrocks.

Also on 31 May 2009, South African station SABC2 premiered its version, split into two parts, featuring local personalities.[22]

An American adaptation of the show premiered on 5 March 2010 on NBC. In Britain, this began airing on BBC One on Sunday 13 June 2010.

In 2010, the Dutch version called Verborgen Verleden ("Hidden Past") of the show started. Thus far, four series of eight episodes each have been produced in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. From 2005 to 2008, four series of the show Verre Verwanten ("Distant Relatives") were shown on Dutch television.

In September 2010, the Danish TV station Danmarks Radio aired the first episode of the Danish version, called Ved du hvem du er?.

In January 2011, the Norwegian TV station NRK started to air the Norwegian version, called Hvem tror du at du er?.

Starting on 9 January 2012, Finland's national public-broadcasting company, YLE, aired 15 episodes of the Finnish version, titled Kuka oikein olet?, in which local public figures searched for their origins.[23]

A furthering of the concept was developed for American public broadcast TV, called Finding Your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates. This series adds DNA profiling to the format; including Y-chromosome DNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA analyses to infer both ancient and recent genetic relationships. The series started airing on 25 March 2012.[citation needed]

In January 2013, Czech broadcaster ČT started broadcasting their version of this show, called Tajemství rodu ("The secret of the lineage").[24]

Starting 15 January 2013, RTP1 broadcast a Portuguese version called Quem É que Tu Pensas Que És? ("Who Do You Think You Are?") at the 10:30 pm timeslot. The first season featured such names as the comedian Herman José, the actresses Maria do Céu Guerra and Maria João Abreu, the musician Zé Pedro from the Xutos & Pontapés rock band and the fadista Camané.[citation needed]

International versions[edit]

Country Local Name Network Air Dates
 Australia Who Do You Think You Are? SBS One January 2008
 Canada Who Do You Think You Are? CBC Television 11 October 2007 – 31 January 2008
Qui êtes-vous? Radio-Canada Télévision 8 November 2013
 Czech Republic Tajemství rodu ČT1 9 January 2013
 Denmark Ved du hvem du er? DR1 15 September 2010 – 17 March 2012
 Finland Kuka oikein olet? Yle TV1 9 January 2012
 Germany Das Geheimnis meiner Familie Das Erste 31 March 2008 –
 Ireland Who Do You Think You Are RTÉ One 15 September 2008 – present
 Israel Mi Ata Hoshev She'ata Channel 1 4 February 2010
 Netherlands Verborgen verleden Nederland 2 29 September 2010 – 2 March 2013
 Norway Hvem tror du at du er NRK1 January 2011
 Poland Sekrety rodzinne TVP1 November 2006 – March 2007
 Portugal Quem É que Tu Pensas Que És? RTP1 15 January 2013
 Russia Моя родословная Channel One Russia 1 July 2009 – 12 February 2011
 South Africa Who Do You Think You Are? SABC2 31 May 2009
 Sweden Vem tror du att du är? SVT1 Spring 2009
 United States Who Do You Think You Are? NBC (2010–12)
TLC (2013–present)
5 March 2010 – present

Similar programmes[edit]

BBC Wales has a similar series called Coming Home, which is made by Yellow Duck Productions and features celebrities with a Welsh background.[25][26] In 2007, Wall to Wall developed You Don't Know You're Born for ITV1. The series saw various celebrities taking on their ancestors' jobs. UKTV broadcast My Famous Family in 2007.

A short parody sketch of the show featured in the first series of The Armstrong and Miller Show in which a fictional celebrity, played by Armstrong, discovers that his grandfather and grandmother were a child molester and a brothel-owner, respectively.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "From the office: the WDYTYA? countdown has begun...". Who Do You Think You Are Magazine. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ "6.4 million uncover Davina's family history". Digital Spy. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? with Nicky Campbell". Who Do You Think You Are. 11 July 2007. BBC. BBC Two. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/get_started/wdytya_celeb_gallery_01.shtml.
  4. ^ Meet Sir Alan Sugar, the Del Boy business tsar, who faces storm over Apprentice 'conflict' Daily Mail, 10 June 2009
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bruce Forsyth Traces Family History". BBC News. 17 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Featured Articles – BBC launching new series of Who Do You Think You Are?". TheGenealogist.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  8. ^ Submitted by mattelton (12 April 2011). "This year's Who Do You Think You Are? celebrities revealed". Who Do You Think You Are Magazine. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Press Office – Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 35 Who Do You Think You Are? feature – interview with Larry Lamb". BBC. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  10. ^ richardm56 (1 August 2011). "Yup. Sep 28, 9pm BBC1". Twitter. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Elton, Matt (9 February 2012). "Who Do You Think You Are? 2012: new series celebrities revealed". Who Do You Think You Are Magazine. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  12. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? 2013: new celebrities revealed". Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Who Do They Think They Are?: 10 Years, 100 Shows". BBC. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? Julie Walters". BBC. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Television Awards Winners in 2010". BAFTA. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Who Do You Think You Are? BS
  17. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? Series Eight [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Alan Carr, June Brown, J.K. Rowling, Larry Lamb, Robin Gibb, Emilia Fox: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  18. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? Series Nine [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  19. ^ David, Greg (10 May 2012). "CBC cancels 'Jeopardy!' and unveils fall schedule". TV Guide. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are%3F (Irish TV series)". RTÉ. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  21. ^ About The Show {Series 2} Who Do You Think You Are? RTÉ
  22. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? (SA)". TVSA. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  23. ^ "Sarja: Kuka oikein olet? Ohjelmat Yle.fi". YLE. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "Tajemství rodu" [Secrets of the family]. Ceskatelevize.cz. 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2014.  (Czech)
  25. ^ "Coming Home, Coming Soon". South East Wales (BBC Wales). 11 July 2007. 
  26. ^ "Coming Home Coming Soon". Mid Wales (BBC Wales). 28 January 2008. 

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