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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 3: Matt Lucas

Summary

Comedian, presenter and actor Matt Lucas had an exceptionally close bond with his late grandmother, Margot, who came to the UK in 1939 as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Matt has never fully understood what Margot experienced as a young woman in Berlin in the lead up to the Second World War - or what became of the extended family she left behind. Matt's poignant journey takes him to Berlin, and then to Amsterdam where he discovers an extraordinary connection to Anne Frank, as well as the fate of his many family members who had fled to Holland, which was later was invaded by the Germans

Review

Like many others, Matt Lucas’s Jewish grandmother Margot, who came to the UK from her home in Berlin after Kristallnacht (which Germans prefer to call the November pogrom now), never talked about her experiences. Nor those of her relatives, other than a vague mention that some had fled to Amsterdam believing they’d be safe from the Nazis. They weren’t, of course.

The harrowing tales of persecution and death camps, though shocking, are not a huge surprise. What is astounding is the discovery of a connection between Lucas’s family and Amsterdam’s famous young diarist. Lucas says Margot wasn’t sentimental and would probably have dismissed this poking around in the past. But he’s thrilled by what he finds out and, charmingly, thanks the programme for the chance to reconnect with his beloved grandmother.

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PresenterMatt Lucas
NarratorPhil Davis
DirectorEdmund Moriarty
DirectorKathryn Ellinger
Series editorSarah Feltes
Executive producerColette Flight

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  • Summary

    Comedian, presenter and actor Matt Lucas had an exceptionally close bond with his late grandmother, Margot, who came to the UK in 1939 as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Matt has never fully understood what Margot experienced as a young woman in Berlin in the lead up to the Second World War - or what became of the extended family she left behind. Matt's poignant journey takes him to Berlin, and then to Amsterdam where he discovers an extraordinary connection to Anne Frank, as well as the fate of his many family members who had fled to Holland, which was later was invaded by the Germans

    Review

    Like many others, Matt Lucas’s Jewish grandmother Margot, who came to the UK from her home in Berlin after Kristallnacht (which Germans prefer to call the November pogrom now), never talked about her experiences. Nor those of her relatives, other than a vague mention that some had fled to Amsterdam believing they’d be safe from the Nazis. They weren’t, of course.

    The harrowing tales of persecution and death camps, though shocking, are not a huge surprise. What is astounding is the discovery of a connection between Lucas’s family and Amsterdam’s famous young diarist. Lucas says Margot wasn’t sentimental and would probably have dismissed this poking around in the past. But he’s thrilled by what he finds out and, charmingly, thanks the programme for the chance to reconnect with his beloved grandmother.

    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
    PresenterMatt Lucas
    NarratorPhil Davis
    DirectorEdmund Moriarty
    DirectorKathryn Ellinger
    Series editorSarah Feltes
    Executive producerColette Flight

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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