Thursday, 13 August 2009

Kim Cattrall rescues WDYTYA

From Digital Spy:

Kim Cattrall's appearance on last night's Who Do You Think You Are? saw a huge increase in the show's ratings, according to overnight viewing figures.

The 9pm show, in which Sex And The City star Cattrall returned to Liverpool to explore her family history, pulled in a respectable 5.87m (25.3%) for BBC One.

It beat David Mitchell's episode, which drew 4.06m (17.4%) last Wednesday, but failed to top the series high of 6.43m (26.6%) for the first episode, featuring Davina McCall.

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Anonymous said...

Thoroughly enjoyable as always, but am I correct in saying that this is the first time they haven't used the family tree graphic to chart her ancestry? Maybe they did and I missed it. The whole programme seemed taken up by the story of her philandering granddad. I would like to see them start a 5-10 min slot towards the end with practical genealogy advice and tips for everybody. They could use someone like Tony Robinson who does little video clips for Ancestry. Maybe encourage viewers to contact them about their own interesting successful research stories and feature the best ones on the programme.

Chris Paton said...

Hi Joe,

On the graphic - I think you might be right!

On the 5-10 min slot, the BBC used to do a ten or fifteen minute 'red button' feature at the end of each edition during the first season, when it was on BBC2. These were available for digital viewers, and presented by medieval historian Nick Barratt. Back then, there was a heavy tie in with the Open University, which funded a parallel series on BBC 4 entitled Family Ties. The purpose was to create what the BBC called 'learning journeys' - strat with the series, watch family Ties, try the red button feature, visit the web, apply for a course at the OU, get a degree! (Or something like that!). However, a few years ago the series moved to BBC1 - the public service remit to educate has now shifted towards the public service remit to entertain, so the genealogy process has taken something of a knock, though some powerful documentatries do occasionally come through. However, I would doubt that the show would ever revert to doing ten minute expos on how to do your research. Not sure if Nick Barrat's expo features are on the DVD for series 1 though?