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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 1: Sue Perkins

Summary

Sue Perkins discovers more about her orphaned grandfather and a great grandfather interned as an `enemy alien" during the First World War. When the comedian and broadcaster delves into the German branch of her family who were living in Eastern Europe through the Second World War, she uncovers a harrowing tale of refugees fleeing back and forth across borders between Nazi and Soviet control

Review

Scrambling around in her family tree, Sue Perkins wants to learn where her drive to “do more and do better” originates. Although, she adds with a grin, what she would really love is to find that some distant relative came from Lithuania, like her mate Mel Giedroyc’s family did.

On her late father Bert’s side, there’s no chance of that. The sad tales of early deaths, poverty, workhouses and war injuries (but also an inspirational record of her grandmother Florence, who became one of the country’s first trained midwives) are all based in south-west England, so she’s more hopeful about discovering Eastern European roots when she investigates her maternal great grandparents, who were German although living in London.

Sue is as entertaining as you would expect, but she is also sensitive to the experiences of her ancestors. “You forget when you study history that there are real, everyday people who pay the price for the decisions that the big guys make,” she says angrily.

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Credits

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rolename
PresenterSue Perkins
NarratorPhil Davis
DirectorSue Hills
Executive producerColette Flight
Series editorSarah Feltes

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  • Summary

    Sue Perkins discovers more about her orphaned grandfather and a great grandfather interned as an `enemy alien" during the First World War. When the comedian and broadcaster delves into the German branch of her family who were living in Eastern Europe through the Second World War, she uncovers a harrowing tale of refugees fleeing back and forth across borders between Nazi and Soviet control

    Review

    Scrambling around in her family tree, Sue Perkins wants to learn where her drive to “do more and do better” originates. Although, she adds with a grin, what she would really love is to find that some distant relative came from Lithuania, like her mate Mel Giedroyc’s family did.

    On her late father Bert’s side, there’s no chance of that. The sad tales of early deaths, poverty, workhouses and war injuries (but also an inspirational record of her grandmother Florence, who became one of the country’s first trained midwives) are all based in south-west England, so she’s more hopeful about discovering Eastern European roots when she investigates her maternal great grandparents, who were German although living in London.

    Sue is as entertaining as you would expect, but she is also sensitive to the experiences of her ancestors. “You forget when you study history that there are real, everyday people who pay the price for the decisions that the big guys make,” she says angrily.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterSue Perkins
    NarratorPhil Davis
    DirectorSue Hills
    Executive producerColette Flight
    Series editorSarah Feltes

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

Streaming

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