This year’s event saw some well known celebrities coming to the Who Do You Think You Are? stage to tell their family history stories. Rory Bremner, Kate Humble and Esther Rantzen took to the stage and brought the TV show to life with an exclusive peek behind the scenes. We heard about Rory’s military ancestry, Kate’s fascinating links to the Great Escape, and the incredible stories which link Esther’s family to tragedy and diamonds.
Plus, we had our own family history enthusiast, Tony Robinson, appearing on the Friday 26th February.
Rory Bremner recounted his family’s fascinating military background, which he discovered when he traveled to Holland, Germany and Edinburgh. His father was considered to be “an army on his own”, while his great grandfather, a medical surgeon, served in the Crimean War before being posted to India, where his wife passed away. He then served in Bermuda before finally settling back in England with a second family.
Esther Rantzen’s story is fascinating, with tales of fraud and bigamy coming to the surface, but it isn’t all scandalous - there is also a connection to a diamond magnate. Her journey ended in Poland, where she discovered a string of tragedies, and traced her surname back to 1769.
With family connections to both the Hartley Colliery Disaster and The Great Escape, it’s easy to see why Kate Humble’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? was the most watched of series 7.
You can see details of Kate’s story at the site we developed for Series 7.