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Who Do You Think You Are?

  • Season 19
  • 5 episodes
  • History
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their pasts.

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Episode 4: Anna Maxwell Martin

Summary

Actress Anna Maxwell Martin researches her family tree. Travelling to the small town in Northern Ireland where her father grew up, her understanding of her grandparents - who suffered a heartbreaking family tragedy - is turned on its head. On her mother's side, Anna starts with her grandfather Maxwell, whose name she added to her own to create her stage name. Looking into his childhood, she uncovers a dark history of domestic abuse and family separation. However, she also discovers extraordinary familial solidarity and love that changed the pattern for the generations that followed

Review

Anna Maxwell Martin is saddened to discover her grandfather Maxwell, whose name she adopted when she became an actor, was sent to an orphanage in Aberlour when he was five years old. “Where is that?” she asks. “Please tell me it’s in the Caribbean or Australia!” Actually, she learns, it’s in Scotland, so there’s no long-haul travel for this family tree investigation.

The single mother is keen to find out whether her ancestors’ experiences of parenting were passed down through the generations, so is disturbed to read descriptions of her great-grandfather Joseph Horn Youngson as a “drunken, callous man”. He spent time in prison for theft and domestic violence, which explains why Maxwell and four of his siblings ended up in an orphanage.

“People often assume that I have a double-barrelled surname,” Maxwell Martin says, laughing uproariously at the thought, “but as you can see, I’m not from that sort of family. However, I’m so proud to be associated with my grandfather… who had such a difficult start.”

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Released on
2022-06-23
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Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE | AD | SIGN

Credits

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NarratorPhil Davis
UnknownAnna Maxwell Martin
ProducerNoa Snowdon
DirectorSebastian Barfield
Series editorSarah Feltes
Executive producerColette Flight

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  • Summary

    Actress Anna Maxwell Martin researches her family tree. Travelling to the small town in Northern Ireland where her father grew up, her understanding of her grandparents - who suffered a heartbreaking family tragedy - is turned on its head. On her mother's side, Anna starts with her grandfather Maxwell, whose name she added to her own to create her stage name. Looking into his childhood, she uncovers a dark history of domestic abuse and family separation. However, she also discovers extraordinary familial solidarity and love that changed the pattern for the generations that followed

    Review

    Anna Maxwell Martin is saddened to discover her grandfather Maxwell, whose name she adopted when she became an actor, was sent to an orphanage in Aberlour when he was five years old. “Where is that?” she asks. “Please tell me it’s in the Caribbean or Australia!” Actually, she learns, it’s in Scotland, so there’s no long-haul travel for this family tree investigation.

    The single mother is keen to find out whether her ancestors’ experiences of parenting were passed down through the generations, so is disturbed to read descriptions of her great-grandfather Joseph Horn Youngson as a “drunken, callous man”. He spent time in prison for theft and domestic violence, which explains why Maxwell and four of his siblings ended up in an orphanage.

    “People often assume that I have a double-barrelled surname,” Maxwell Martin says, laughing uproariously at the thought, “but as you can see, I’m not from that sort of family. However, I’m so proud to be associated with my grandfather… who had such a difficult start.”

    How to watch

    Next showing

    channeltimestatus

    BBC Two

    BBC Two
    -
    Repeat

    BBC Two HD

    BBC Two HD
    -
    Repeat

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2022-06-23
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE | AD | SIGN

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    NarratorPhil Davis
    UnknownAnna Maxwell Martin
    ProducerNoa Snowdon
    DirectorSebastian Barfield
    Series editorSarah Feltes
    Executive producerColette Flight

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