Thursday, 2 July 2015

WDYTYA? USA - Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams' episode of Who Do You Think You Are? USA aired on Tuesday night in the UK. (Sorry for the delay in posting my write-up!)

Rachel travelled around in her episode with sister Kayleen - a make-up artist to the stars, including Rachel. Both are originally Canadian - and tracked their Canadian routes back to the Gray family, dispossessed of their home in America after the US War of Independence. This was an interesting feature of the episode for people who may not know as much about US and Canadian history.

The other stand-out of this episode was the sisters' English ancestors, one of whom was a footman to a sizeable home. Rachel and Kayleen were delighted by the 'very Downton Abbey' nature of it all! And to be honest, their naivety throughout was pretty endearing - this seems to be more of a facet of the American series than the British. The British celebrities seem less surprised, less uninformed, than many of their US counterparts. Make of that what you will. Still, an interesting episode.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

WDYTYA? USA - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Last night's Who Do You Think You Are? USA on Watch was Jesse Tyler Ferguson's episode - Jesse is probably most famous for his role as Mitchell on modern family.

I don't know whether it's something to do with the air, but WDYTYA? USA tends to involve more historical murder trials than the UK series. We plunged straight in at the deep-end with the story of Jesse W Uppercu(e) - Jesse's great-grandfather. Honestly, I think that there could be a TV series just about this man - he seems to have led an interesting life to say the least. I recommend you find the episode on an on-demand or streaming service if you missed it last night - it really is one of the more interesting stories they've featured. It's difficult to explain too much without giving the game away - but I, for one, really enjoyed the episode.

I also have to mention just how likeable Jesse Tyler Ferguson is himself - if acting doesn't work out, I'm sure a career in presenting wouldn't go awry. I love him (and his sassiness.)

Thursday, 18 June 2015

WDYTYA? USA - Cynthia Nixon

OK, a day later than expected (sorry!) but here's my write-up of Tuesday's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? USA.

Cynthia Nixon's episode hit the ground running for this series. It was genuinely interesting - and there was axes and murder, always good for the dramatic side of things. I'm not kidding, there was actual axe-murder. I won't say more than that, you'll have to watch it yourself.

The episode was very focussed - which to be fair only served to make it concise and stop it from becoming ungainly. I'm always struck, however, when watching the American series, just how much product-placement there is. Maybe this strikes me because the UK series is made by the good old BBC where there is no product-placement or sponsorship. I will also say that's it's amazing how exact supposed 'searches' are when it comes to finding results - their searches magically turn up a single result. What are the odds?

Don't let that put you off though - Cynthia Nixon's episode is one heck of a story and I guarantee that anyone interested in history will find it an enjoyable and fascinating watch. Cynthia herself is genuine throughout, though there is the odd moment where she perhaps comes over as a little naïve.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Just a reminder...

Hey everyone, just a reminder that Who Do You Think You Are? USA series 5 starts tonight in the UK on Watch at 9pm. The first of this 5-episode-run is Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon. I'm hoping to put up a write-up on here at some point tomorrow, like I do with the UK series, so keep your eyes out for that!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Learn the Lingo - MIs


An MI is, quite simply, a memorial inscription - this is the inscription found on a gravestone or other memorial. Usually, this is referred to as an MI when it has been transcribed or indexed on its own or in a database.

Friday, 5 June 2015

WDYTYA? USA series 5 on Watch

Watch has the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? USA starting Tues, June 16, at 9pm. The revealed line-up for this series is: Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City,) Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell from Modern Family,) Rachel McAdams, Valerie Bertinelli, and Kelsey Grammar (Frasier.)

It looks like an interesting series all-in-all, though they do seem to keep changing the air time so I'll try to keep you up-to-date with the details. Should be good!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Welsh in Patagonia

Hi everyone, thought I'd share this link to an article about 150 years since the first Welsh emigrants set up home in Patagonia in Argentina. Bye for now!