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Who Do You Think You Are?

  • 2018
  • Season 15
  • 8 episodes
  • History

Summary

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

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Episode 4: Boy George

Summary

Singer Boy George knows that his maternal grandmother was found wandering the streets of Dublin as a small child and put in a children's home, and also heard that one of his great uncles was hanged in Dublin's Mountjoy jail and is somehow connected to Kevin Barry, who was commemorated in an Irish rebel song. As George uncovers the grim details of what really happened to his grandmother and his great uncle, he also delights in a new sense of his family being truly part of Irish history.

Review

At the end of a powerful WDYTYA?, Boy George leaves a bunch of flowers on the Dublin grave of his great aunt and looks back on a slice of his family history that’s mired in grief and premature death.

“It’s like a really sad song,” says George, “…like a traditional [Irish] lament.” He’s just visited the macabre so-called hang house at Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison, where his great-uncle Thomas Bryan was executed having been convicted of high treason as an IRA volunteer.

Boy George’s search yields some remarkable documents, including a desperately affecting letter from the condemned man to his father-in-law, and a terrible, matter-of-fact document with the dates and times of a series of hangings.

But George’s search begins optimistically, as he sets out on a mission for his delightful mum, to discover more about her mother, his granny. What he unearths makes him proud.

How to watch

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

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Credits

Cast

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ContributorBoy George

Crew

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DirectorDavid Vincent
Executive producerColette Flight
Series producerSarah Feltes

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  • Episode 4

    Boy George

    Summary

    Singer Boy George knows that his maternal grandmother was found wandering the streets of Dublin as a small child and put in a children's home, and also heard that one of his great uncles was hanged in Dublin's Mountjoy jail and is somehow connected to Kevin Barry, who was commemorated in an Irish rebel song. As George uncovers the grim details of what really happened to his grandmother and his great uncle, he also delights in a new sense of his family being truly part of Irish history.

    Review

    At the end of a powerful WDYTYA?, Boy George leaves a bunch of flowers on the Dublin grave of his great aunt and looks back on a slice of his family history that’s mired in grief and premature death.

    “It’s like a really sad song,” says George, “…like a traditional [Irish] lament.” He’s just visited the macabre so-called hang house at Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison, where his great-uncle Thomas Bryan was executed having been convicted of high treason as an IRA volunteer.

    Boy George’s search yields some remarkable documents, including a desperately affecting letter from the condemned man to his father-in-law, and a terrible, matter-of-fact document with the dates and times of a series of hangings.

    But George’s search begins optimistically, as he sets out on a mission for his delightful mum, to discover more about her mother, his granny. What he unearths makes him proud.

    How to watch

    Next showing

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

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    ContributorBoy George

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid Vincent
    Executive producerColette Flight
    Series producerSarah Feltes

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