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Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:28 am
by Matt Elton
Many of you have told us who you'd love to see featured in future series of WDYTYA? on our forum. Yesterday we turned the tables on the programme makers to ask them who their fantasy WDYTYA? subjects would be, with some very surprising answers!

You'll be able to find out more in our September issue, but we also want to know what famous figure – alive, dead or fictional – you'd most like to see on the show. We'll try to print some of your suggestions in the magazine...

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:59 am
by markvent
ooh, good question ...

am I allowed to say .. "Me!" :)

Comedy Heroes
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Tommy Cooper
Ronnie Barker

Historical Figures (not so much them, as someone related to them, so they could be discussed)
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Francis Buckland
Benjamin Franklin
Ignacz Trebisch Lincoln
Austin & George Bidwell

Fictional
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Alex Cross
Arnold J Rimmer

Mark.

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:53 pm
by DeborahH
Mine would be my 4x great grandfather John Wylde, born in 1762 because I'm finding it impossible to trace back further! His wife's family would be of sufficient interest to the programme as her grandfather was Joseph Sabine, governor of Gibraltar, MP for Berwick upon Tweed and Governor of Berwick and Holy Island. As a soldier he commanded his regiments in the Nine Years' War and the War of Spanish Succession, including Battles of Blenheim and Oudenarde.

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:46 pm
by irisheyesjg
My ideal WDYTYA celebrities:

Dead: Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde

Alive: Dame Judi Dench, Liam Neeson

Fictional: Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (I suspect he's hiding a questionable pedigree.)

Good question. Thanks for posing it.

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:23 pm
by colliehouse
I'd like to see:
Alex Salmond
Annie Lennox
Lenny Henry
John Barrowman
Robbie Coltrane
Arlene Philips

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:26 pm
by Matt Elton
Our deputy editor Claire has just posted a new blog exploring some of the Who Do You Think You Are? footage that never makes it to our screens. You can see some of these scenes exclusively on our website – do you have any particular favourites? I'm a big fan of David Mitchell's deadpan approach to family history...

Matt

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:54 pm
by Ashley K. Howard
I would love to see Arthur Towle - better know as Arthur Lucan - and MUCH better known as
"Old Mother Riley" To see his family would be wonderful and to meet-up with his fellow actors would be such a joy. God bless you Arthur, long may you live in our memories.

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:59 pm
by Ashley K. Howard
I would love to see Arthur Towle - better know as Arthur Lucan - and MUCH better known as
"Old Mother Riley" To see his family would be wonderful and to meet-up with his fellow actors would be such a joy. God bless you Arthur, long may you live in our memories.

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:10 pm
by cromarty
Just to name a few:

Dame Edna,
Shirley Bassey,
Tom Jones,
Sean Connery,
Rod Stewart

People with personalities of their own always seem to make interesting subjects with their family history.

Love the show.

Maggie - Australia

Re: Who would be your ideal WDYTYA? celebrity?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:30 am
by samfoo
These are my ideal WDYTYA celebrities:

Alive

Gok Wan
Annie Lennox
Rowan Atkinson
Rachel Weisz
Alexa Chung
Sean Connery
Anthony Hopkins
Robbie Coltrane
Rory Underwood
Alex Kapranos
Jamie Oliver
Lennox Lewis

Dead

Peter Sellers
Richard Burton
Catherine Cookson
Freddie Mercury
CS Lewis

Fictional

Jonathan Harker
Ben Hope