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Frank Gardner's episode

Postby Jon Bauckham » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:26 am

Tomorrow evening at 9pm, Frank Gardner's episode will be shown on BBC One. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm assured that it's a fascinating story going back several centuries, with tales of royalty and political scandal.

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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby pete25 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:18 am

I've stopped watching the programme now. I want to see where, and how, they accessed records...not just the story. It would be nice to see how the programme put the flesh on the bones of these family history stories.

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Frank Gardner's episode

Postby coopernicola » Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:47 pm

In each of the last 3 issues of WDYTYA magazine these details have been documented, starting with Paul Hollywood.
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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby Editor » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:13 pm

I've watched the episode and it's a real classic. I absolutely loved it, but then I always like WDYTYA episodes that get me reaching for the tissues. BTW if you want to know more about which archives the researchers use, then follow us on Twitter during the episode (or look at our Twitter account afterwards if you don't want to be disturbed during viewing!). It's @wdytyamagazine and I'll be on duty tonight so feel free to tweet/retweet with me.

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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby eurogordi » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:19 pm

Just finished watching Frank Gardner's WDYTYA episode which I found absolutely fascinating ... because it seems I am distantly related to Frank. Towards the end when Frank was at the College of Arms, he discovered he was descended from Joan Plantagenet (aka Joan of Acre), the daughter of Edward I. Joan and her husband, Gilbert de Clare, had many children. Frank is descended from Margaret de Clare and I am descended from her sister, Elizabeth de Clare. William the Conqueror is Frank's 29th great grandfather and my 27th great grandfather.
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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby junkers » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:44 pm

I thought tonight's episode was excellent and covered quite a lot, but when his ancestor was sent to the Tower of London you knew it wasn't going to end well. I do find it annoying with the comments about finding out where the records were found as it is there in the programme.
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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby philippereynolds » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:47 am

The best episode ever, just fantastic!

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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby scottie » Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:45 am

Frank Gardner's episode was wonderful - I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and seeing his joy at being descended from William the Conqueror. This episode and Paul Hollywood's have been the best in this series so far!

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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby lesleyplant » Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:35 am

I loved this episode. What a result for Frank! I enjoyed it even more than usual because he's obviously an intelligent, well-read man - he was quick at understanding & handling the various resources and asked great questions, so we got further than some folks have taken things. I also spotted Thomas Arundell alongside Frank's ancestor Michael Stanhope - wondering if this is the Thomas Arundell from Trerice/Trerise (Cornwall)... there's always more to investigate!
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Re: Frank Gardner's episode

Postby beacon » Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:56 am

I enjoyed every minute of this episode.

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