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Who Do You Think You Are? – Latest British celebrities revealed

21 Jun

In preparation for the next series of Who Do You Think You Are? (due for screening at the end of July), the BBC have announced the line up of celebrities appearing on the programme.

This gives me the chance to play the game "Who Do I Think They Are?". The rules are simple, take on genealogy blogger and one list of celebrities and see if the genealogy blogger has heard of any of the celebrities.

For those of you playing along at home here is the list of celebrities:

  • Bruce Forsyth
  • Rupert Everett
  • Monty Don
  • Jason Donovan
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Dervla Kirwan
  • Alan Cumming
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Hugh Quarshie (according to Wikipedia)

I’m afraid I didn’t do very well. I have heard of five out of nine of the celebrities (Bruce Forsyth, Monty Don, Jason Donovan, Dervla Kirwan and Alan Cumming) but that probably says more about my celebrity knowledge than the fame or celebrity status of any of the celebrities.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 is less than three weeks away

8 Feb

My tickets for Who Do You Think You Are? Live (WDYTYAL) arrived this weekend and the February 2010 issue of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine includes a free copy of the show guide. So it is about time I sat down and planned what I want to do and see, to get the most out of my visit.

In terms of the practicalities, I am in the fortunate position of being close enough to London not to need a hotel, and there is not advantage in buying train tickets in advance (other than avoiding queuing at the ticket office in the morning). Although it does look like I can save nearly half price if I wait until the 9 o’clock train, but still get to Olympia before any of the workshops start.

It is great having the show guide ahead of time, having visited previous events at Olympia and having the floor plan I can already visualize the hall, and I am glad I have two days to explore all the exhibitors stands, it looks absolutely packed. I am pleased to see that there appears to be more seating areas provided than in previous years.

A glance at the workshop timetable shows that there are up to seven simultaneous workshops going on, covering a wide variety of subjects and geographical regions.  I shall start picking out the sessions I know I want to attend.

Two of the sessions I really want to see are the celebrity interviews. On Friday there is Rory Bremner and on Saturday, Kate Humble. Esther Rantzen will be there on Sunday, if I decided to go for a hat-trick and attend on all three days. All three of these celebrities have appeared in the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series. Also on Friday, Tony Robinson is giving a presentation at the Ancestry.co.uk Academy entitled The Journey of a record.

The Society of Genealogist’s Family History Show is the home to a multitude of smaller exhibitors such as regional societies, archives and vendors. I need to go through the list of exhibitors and see who is attending that I need to meet and question, or whose products I need to check and buy.

There is so much going on at the show that I might need that third day, I haven’t even thought about the military pavilion or the photography gallery, and how I am going to get the most out of them. Who knows, I might even find some time for blogging as well!

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