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The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. Adil Ray – Who Do You Think You Are?

    Adil Ray  best known as the writer and star of Citizen Khan identifies traces his mixed Asian and African ancestry across Kenya to Uganda. On the trail of rumours of a link to African royalty, Adil meets African relatives for the first time in the traditional kingdom of Buganda and is amazed to discover the truth about his lineage.

  2. Who Do You Think You Are? Clare Balding

    Clare Balding Sports presenter and broadcaster investigates a family rumour.  Her maternal great-grandfather Sir Malcolm Bullock was said to have been involved in a family scandal and the ‘thing that has been sort of whispered in the family – could he have been gay?’ Getting to the truth of the matter is a challenge when all the evidence comes from a time when homosexuality was illegal.

    Her father’s family tree takes her to New Jersey and New York, where she uncovers an extraordinary dynasty and American roots stretching back generations.

  3. Who Do You Think You Are? 14th Series celebrities revealed

     

    The new series starts Thursday 6 July at 9pm and will be broadcast in two five-episode blocks. bbc-wdytya

    The celebrities for this series are:

    Actor Charles Dance

    Clare Balding, OBE is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author, 

    Big Brother presenter Emma Willis,

    Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood

    Fearne Cotton, television and radio presenter

    Actor, director and producer Noel Clarke

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    EastEnders star Lisa Hammond

    Comedian Ruby Wax

    Adil Ray, star of Citizen Khan

  4. WDYTYA? Live at the NEC 2017

    We had great time at Who Do You Think You are? Live catching up with students and tutors on the IHGS Correspondence Course in Genealogy and the latest genealogical news. Advances in DNA testing dominated the show but it was nice to see so many Family History Societies attending.

    Our sister company, IHGS The School of Family History launched their brand new course, Awaken Your Ancestors. For more details go to their website.

    Before the doors open

    Before the doors open

    Les Mitchinson and Richard Baker manning the stall.

    Les Mitchinson and Richard Baker manning the stall.

  5. WDYTYA? Live at the NEC 2017

    Alongside our sister company, The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, we are all busy getting ready for the event next week. If you are interested in any aspect of family history, then a visit to Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the NEC s not to be missed.  It is on between Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th April this year, and includes talks and workshops on all kinds of genealogical subjects.

    And don’t forget to come and say hello to us at Stand number 71.

  6. Who Do You Think You Are? Sunetra Sarker

    Tonight actress Sunetra Sarker traces her Indian and Bangladesh roots, finding along the way that her family were champions of education for both men and women. She also learns about their experience during the war of independence in Bangladesh in 1971.

  7. Who Do You Think You Are? Warwick Davies

    On BBC1 tomorrow [15th February] at 8pm the 8th episode of the series features the family History of Warwick Davies.  “Actor Warwick Davis owes his big break aged 11 to his paternal grandmother Edith, who heard a radio ad ‘looking for short people to appear in Return of the Jedi’. Warwick takes a non-judgemental approach as he researches the family line stretching back from Edith, finding humanity and humour in some uncomfortable stories. On his maternal side, Warwick is equally open-minded when he finds out about his three-times-great-grandfather – a postman who lived a double life”.

  8. Who Do You Think You Are? Ian McKellen

    The new series continued last night and, if you have not seen it, do catch the repeat or watch it on BBC I Player. Last night’s episode was one of the best in the series so far and Ian Mckellen was a charming guide leading us through the story of his family history. Maybe only he can make reading newspaper clippings, a favourite devise in the series,  so enjoyable. Sir Ian discovered that he shared a passion for acting and campaigning with two of his ancestors. Finding along the way that his ancestor Robert Lowes made a vital contribution to the campaign for a half day Saturday that started in Manchester and spread to the rest of  the country. And it is because of that campaign that many of us now enjoy weekends without work.

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