Who Do You Think You Are? Kate Humble – unseen footage

6 Aug

Just in case you haven’t seen enough of the Kate Humble episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA) on BBC iPlayer already, there are now two short segments of unseen footage available on the cover CD of the latest edition of the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine (Issue 25 September 2009).

The first segment was filmed in the town of Zagan, Poland (mostly at the railway station) and Kate talks to Charles Clarke (a former inmate of Stalag Luft III) about life as a PoW.

The second segment was filmed at Stalag Luft III at the site of the escape tunnel, and is part of the conversation between Kate and historian Howard Tuck that didn’t make it to the final cut.

Both segments are quite short, a couple of minutes each if that, so probably not worth the cover price (£4.99) just for them alone, but for fans of the show there is also a seven page feature about the episode in the magazine. This includes an interview with Kate Humble, photos and information from the programme and background material.

The rest of the magazine is the usual mix of news, advice, features and adverts. This month the focus is on Devon research and the CD also contains a selection of Devon resources. For anyone just starting out on researching their family history this edition of the magazine has the first part of a “14-day family history challenge” which will help get beginners started.

4 Responses to “Who Do You Think You Are? Kate Humble – unseen footage”

  1. drdaveb August 26, 2009 at 7:32 pm #


    I am a trustee of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Kate discovered about the nephew dying and the verdict of the coroner’s court in our library.

    I have seen comments in other blogs about WDYTUA being scripted. I was present when she was being filmed and it was obvious that she had no script, the information was new to her and her reaction was genuine.

    You may be interested that we have put the documents that she examined on display in the library for the public to see, along with other items including a medal presented to a rescuer and a copy of a telegram from Queen Victoria offering support.

    More details at http://www.mininginstitute.org.uk


    David Bell

    • wanderinggenealogist August 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

      Hi David, thanks for letting me know about the display.
      I have put up a new post about the display on my blog to let others know that it is on.
      Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the library, as much as I would like to, it looked a fantastic place.
      Do you think there is any chance that the display will be put on your website in the future?

  2. drdaveb September 1, 2009 at 11:44 pm #


    Had to wait to see what our librarian was planning. We are hoping to make many more of our documents available on line but we are waiting for advice about copyright, we know that newspapers are normally 70 years, but are not sure when the newspaper masthead or images are included.

    You will probably be interested about a recent enquiry.

    Mr Waters, who has retired to Spain, was researching his family and used our website (http://www.mininginstitute.org.uk/library/forster/1.htm) to find a reference to the following document in the Forster collection.

    Reference: NRO 3410/For/1/1/73
    Creation dates: 1687-1688

    Scope and Content
    Agreement between Mrs Margaret Conyers of South Biddick and John Waters of Chester [le Street] for drifting, boring and sinking at Boulby, 27 Dec 1687.
    Account of John Waters for work done and materials supplied and receipt for payments, 7 Aug 1688.

    We sent high resolution scans to Mr. Waters and he has now forwarded a transcript of the document, which he has given us permission to publish on our website, possibly this week.

    This has prompted us to consider a new project where we will get volunteers to scan similar documents, produce transcripts and then upload them to the website. This will be a very time consuming project as the documents are fragile and have to be handled very carefully, and we will scan at 600dpi, as advised by an archivist, so that hopefully they will never need scanning again. Ideally we should then have 2 people independently produce transcripts and have a third compare them to check accuracy. Hopefully this will create a valuable resource.


    David Bell

    • wanderinggenealogist September 2, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

      Hi David
      That is very interesting, it sounds an exciting project and a great way of letting people know the sort of things that the Institute holds.
      I must admit to being surprised at the age of the document in your example, just goes to show what a wonderful resource you have there.
      Do let me know how the project gets on.

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