Who Do You Think You Are?


Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - TV & RADIO -

The cur­rent se­ries of WDYTYA? con­cludes this month with a trio of episodes, each of which takes its sub­jects on very dif­fer­ent kinds of jour­neys. First up in Oc­to­ber, TV pre­sen­ter – and, lately, Strictly Come Danc­ing con­tes­tant – Anita Rani wants to learn more about her ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, Sant Singh.

Al­though she never met him, Anita has been told Sant suf­fered a tragedy at the time of In­dia’s Par­ti­tion in 1947, when the coun­try and Pak­istan split into two na­tions. In ad­di­tion, her mother says Sant had an­other wife and fam­ily be­fore he mar­ried Anita’s grand­mother. What hap­pened in the past? To learn more, Anita heads for In­dia, where she makes some har­row­ing dis­cov­er­ies.

Frank Gard­ner’s late mother of­ten claimed the fam­ily ar­rived in Bri­tain with the Nor­mans. Is there any truth in the story? Set­ting out to learn more, the BBC’s se­cu­rity correspondent first goes back in time to meet his 10x great grand­fa­ther, Sir Michael Stan­hope. Dur­ing the brief reign of Henry VIII’s son, the boy king Ed­ward VI, Sir Michael was a hugely in­flu­en­tial fig­ure within the royal en­tourage. How­ever, he spec­tac­u­larly fell from grace. How did it all go so wrong for Sir Michael?

Fi­nally, on Thurs­day 22 Oc­to­ber, Mark Gatiss, co­me­dian, ac­tor and co-cre­ator of The League Of Gen­tle­men and Sher­lock wants to know where his love of ghoul­ish tales comes from.

One an­swer, it seems, might be fore­bears on his mother’s side of the fam­ily. Go­ing back five gen­er­a­tions to the wilds of North­ern Ire­land, Mark hears about a rags-to-riches story. He also dis­cov­ers that his fam­ily were sto­ry­tellers and, it’s said, vampire slay­ers – which sounds like a great idea for a TV se­ries in it­self. Jonathan Wright

Anita Rani delves into her fam­ily’s har­row­ing past in her episode of

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