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By mattelton, 14 July 2011 - 11:07am

With just weeks to go until the start of the new series, deputy editor Claire Vaughan has been talking to more of the celebrities who will be tracing their trees

Thursday 14 July, 2011
Claire Vaughan, deputy editor
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As the new run of Who Do You Think You Are? gets ever closer, at magazine HQ we¹ve really shifted up a gear for our September issue.

We¹ll be bringing you some exclusive stories and show snippets – the perfect accompaniment to the first few episodes of series eight (which my BBC mole tells me is scheduled to kick off early August with June Brown).

I managed to corner two more of this year¹s celebrities this week. Seb Coe took time out from his busy 2012 Olympics schedule to talk to me. He admitted to being a huge history fan and that he¹s planning to take his children to some of the amazing locations he visited for their own WDYTYA? adventure.

Something I think I¹ll never forget is EastEnders' June Brown regaling me, Dot Cotton-style, with titbits and gossip from her family history journey. It really is a journey of the most epic proportions.

Yesterday I was down in London with Sarah and our designer, Jess, for a photoshoot with some of the people who put together WDYTYA? ­– from producers, directors and researchers to camera men and sound people. They were a great bunch and it was lovely to be able to put some faces to the names that you see on the credits at the end of each show.

Many of you have told us who you'd love to see featured in future series of WDYTYA? on our forum. Yesterday I turned the tables on the programme makers to ask them who their fantasy WDYTYA? subjects would be, with some very surprising answers! Find out more in our September issue – and if you haven¹t yet told us who your fantasy WDYTYA? subject is (they can be dead or fictional) then tell us here...


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