Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Who Do You Think You Are returns to BBC1

The BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? series returns in a couple of weeks time for a new run of five programmes. The first concerns comedian Rory Bremner, followed by newsreader Fiona Bruce, chef Rick Stein, actress Zoe Wanamaker, and finally, actor Kevin Whately.

The transmission date is still unconfirmed, but is currently believed to be Monday 26th January, BBC1 at 9.00pm. (The BBC only confirms dates two weeks prior to transmission).

The following is a synopsis for the first programme of the run:

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner didn’t know his father very well. He was an older father, who was a little distant and died when Rory was 18. Rory knew he was an infantry officer in WW2, but thought he saw little action.

At his brother’s house Rory discovers some of his father’s wartime letters, in which he talks about a battle for the Dutch city of s'Hertogenbosch. Rory travels to Holland where meets a man who was with his father during the battle, and discovers the pivotal role Major Bremner played in this crucial battle. Next Rory moves onto Germany to learn about the part his father played in the post-war reconstruction, and discovers he managed to find time to get to know the locals…

Further delving is his brother’s treasure trove of family memorabilia uncovers a painting of Surgeon General John Ogilvy, his great-grandfather. Rory’s investigations reveal that John Ogilvy was an army medical surgeon during the Crimean War and was on the front line at all of the major infantry engagements.

An article in the Sunday Express on Fiona Bruce's experience in the series is also available online at the following link: Fiona Fights Back Tears As She Finds Her Family's Lost Hero

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