Thursday, 23 October 2008

My Family at War - BBC 1 November

My Family at War, a sort of Who Do You Think You Are? meets the First World War, is to be transmitted by the BBC in the week leading up to the 90th anniversary of the Armistice.

The programmes feature celebrities discovering their ancestors' roles in the war, ranging from Dan Snow's discovery that a relative was a general who ordered men to their deaths at the Somme, to Kirsty Wark's emotional discovery of a letter written by her great uncle prior to going over the top. The celebrities are ably assisted by top military historian Paul Reed on their quests. Paul regularly writes for Your Family Tree magazine and has also been acting as the series consultant since May.

I've no idea who the directors are, but the film crew involved include the best in the business, with Julian Clinkard on camera and David Holmes on sound, both of whom I had the great pleasure of working with back in my BBC days on many projects. Editorially it should be great; visually, it should be stunning.

The shows will be broadcast as follows:

3 Nov 10.35-11.15pm BBC 1 Dan Snow and Natalie Cassidy
4 Nov 10.35-11.15pm BBC 1 Matthew Kelly and Phil Tufnell
5 Nov 10.45-11.25pm BBC 1 Eamonn Holmes and Kate Silverton
11 Nov 9.00-10.00pm BBC1 Rolf Harris and Kirsty Wark

The programmes can be watched on the BBC iPlayer for a period after their initial transmission.

Also don't forget that WW1 military records on will be freely available for the month of November.

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