Sarah Millican voted most popular Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) Series 10 episode

Sarah Millican wins 67% of the ‘favourite Who Do You Think You Are? UK series 10 episode’ vote, but where did the rest of the celebrities rank? Plus, rumours for series 11 in 2014.

A few months back, I ran a poll on this blog, where you could vote for your favourite episode from the 10th Series of the UK version of Who Do You Think You Are?, with voting split between the first and second half of the series.

Having collated all of the votes together, for all 10 celebrity episodes, there is a clear winner.

Comedian, Sarah Millican, won the poll with 67% of the votes.

Her voting surged after she retweeted the link to the poll.

In her episode, she aimed to find out about her family’s history in the South Shields area of the UK, and also to see if she could find something her family could be proud of. Well, Sarah, (if you’re reading), you can be proud of your poll glory too.

Here’s a clip from her episode:

Sarah Millican Who Do You Think You Are? clip

Her nearest rival to this glory came from actor Nitin Ganatra who scored 11%, and in third came actor and singer Minnie Driver with 7%.

If you’re the kind of person who likes pies and charts, you’re in luck:

Best episode of UK Who Do You Think You Are? series 10

Gary Linekar and Nigel Havers languished in joint last place, both with just one vote each. Nick Hewer managed to muster two votes – a score that would surely get him fired.

Who Do You Think You Are? UK Series 11 for 2014?

Whilst I’ve yet to see confirmation that the 11th series of Who Do You Think You Are? is coming this year, it was reported by the Irish Independent in November, that comedian and writer Brendan O’Carroll – who is most famous for playing Agnes Brown in ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ – has filmed his episode.

Photograph: Alan Peebles/BBC
Brendan O’Carrol as Agnes Brown in ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’. Photograph: Alan Peebles/BBC

Heir Hunters series goes prime-time

Heir Hunters is now prime-time on BBC 2 in the UK with presenter Lisa Faulkner.

Probate research show Heir Hunters arrives on prime-time BBC tv.

Lisa Faulkner with Neil Fraser
Presenter Lisa Faulkner with Probate Researcher Neil Fraser from Fraser & Fraser. Photo:@lisafaulkner1

For quite some time now, I’ve been addicted to the daytime television series Heir Hunters, which has screened in the UK for several series.

The premise of the show is to use genealogical research methods to uncover the relatives of people who have died intestate (ie without a Will or any known legally recognised family), leading them to making a claim of the deceased’s estate which would otherwise be absorbed by the government.

The show follows a handful of the companies (mainly Fraser & Fraser, and often Celtic Research) that work against the clock to beat rival companies, to work out family trees and connect real people to their legal entitlement.

This often unearths long-lost and incredible stories about the deceased, or brings memories flooding back to living relatives who lost touch, and in several cases, comes as a complete shock to receive notification that the deceased person even existed.

The series has now been given a prime-time 7pm slot over on BBC 2, where it is now given a much longer programme, and this gives it the chance to add a much more educational and genealogical context – with investigations into the society that the deceased lived in.

Actress and the show’s former narrator since 2008, Lisa Faulkner, now takes to the screen as presenter, bringing interesting and educational interviews with experts and even the to-camera pleas for information on individuals who have been languishing on the government Bona Vacantia list.

The current run of episodes essentially contain the stories used in the last series, but with  extra footage and interviews edited in. According to the Heir Hunters twitter feed, a brand new series is complete and ready for transmission.

What do you make of the show? Is the new format better? Did you prefer the shorter programme, or the time of day that it was on? Let me know in the comments below!