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Networks compete for UK's Who Do You Think You Are?

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 6th 2006 12:32PM
Julia SawalhaMajor U.S. networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, along with Discovery, History and National Geographic channels, have all shown interest in acquiring the rights to the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

The popular UK series focuses on the subject of genealogy. The potential U.S. version, much like the UK one, would follow a different celebrity guest each week as he or she uncovered his or her family history. (That's Julia Sawalha of Ab Fab and Press Gang pictured to the right during her WDYTYA episode.)

Who Do You Think You Are? has a spanky website that can help you get started on the hunt for your own ancestors.

Anyone seen the UK show? I imagine that genealogy can make for great television - lots of stories, mystery and international intrigue. Plus, it makes history more personal and helps us deal with the subject of our own mortality. That's probably not the big selling point -- dealing with our own insignificance in the face of history -- but it's a bonus philosophically-speaking.

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Scott Matthewman

Yup, you're pretty much spot on with your last paragraph. Something else that's also hit home for me is how much society has changed within the space of just a few generations.

November 06 2006 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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