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Who Do You Think You Are? [VHS]

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2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn
  • VHS Release Date: 9 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYUIJ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,470 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

This programme follows the journeys of well-known personalities as they delve into the past to explore their family trees, uncover their family history and discover fascinating facts about their ancestors that have been hidden by the passage of time. Genealogist Nick Barratt introduces this programme which uses highlights from the individual stories to illustrate how to go about tracing your own family. Nick shows how to get started with your search, the value of talking to close relatives and the importance of physical clues such as old postcards, letters and photographs. He also demonstrates how to get the best out of the archive trail including where to look and the information you can expect to find. The celebrities featured include: Jeremy Clarkson, Lesley Garrett, Ian Hislop, Sue Johnston, Bill Oddie, David Baddiel, Amanda Redman, Vic Reeves, Meera Syal and Moira Stuart.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best of maybe ... not enough substance! 18 Jan 2006
There is too little information in this compilation for it to be any more than a teaser for people interested in taking up family tree research. Most people could probably guess that birth, marriage and death records, and census records are an important part of the research process. However, this programme simply states that and does little if anything to give viewers any practical guidance on getting started with their use.
For example Jeremy Clarkson, one of the featured researchers, made a couple of quick appearances in the programme and then just turned up with a huge scroll on which is printed a comprehensive family tree. How did he get there? The programme omits to tell. Don't waste your money.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously short on expectations 17 Jan 2006
I saw 3 or 4 of the first series, particularly enjoying the Bill Oddie story, and when I saw the COMPLETE SERIES 1 being released on DVD on Amazon, I thought it ideal to fill in the gaps.Now it has arrived, it is more HOW to research your family history with admittedly interesting extracts from the individual episodes.
If it was described by Amazon as what it actually is, I would not have bought it - poor show Amazon in not getting things right and misleading a long term customer.My delivery note dated 16th January STILL describes the item as COMPLETE BBC TV SERIES 1!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, truncated, misleading DVD release 23 Jan 2006
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This was an excellent series on the BBC and I eagerly awaited the DVD of the first series. What a huge disappointment. 10 hours of TV reduced to 76 minutes! What is the point of that? The person who put this DVD together clearly had no idea why people were interested in this programme. It was not the superficial and obvious suggestions made on researching family trees that made this programme such gripping viewing but the drama of the pursuit. TV viewers enjoyed the journey they took with the featured celebrites as they discovered more about their family history. Anyone with a bit of commonsense would have realised this. This DVD is therefore a huge blunder on someone's part and a missed opportunity. Don't waste your money on this dreadful DVD release. Instead, write to the BBC and ask them to release the programme itself on DVD. This is what I and the other people who bought this release thought they were getting.
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