BBC series uncovers Izzard’s ancestry

By Jon Bauckham, 25 October 2012 - 9:00am

Eddie Izzard's new documentary series invites viewers to step back in time and explore the possibilities of genetic genealogy
 

Thursday 25 October, 2012
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Eddie Izzard will be looking back at 200,000 years of family history in a new two-part documentary set to air on BBC One early next year.

Focusing on genetic genealogy, Meet the Izzards traces the origins of humanity, from hunter-gatherers through to the present day.

The comedian also gets the chance to meet some of his own very distant cousins, intertwined through 10,000 generations of family history and traced through the genetic information found on a saliva swab.

Seeking to answer questions about the genetic influence of characteristics such as hair and eye colour, the programme also attempts to explain how humans developed during their travels from Africa, into the Middle East, and eventually into Europe.

“I was very keen to film a documentary following my own DNA”, says Izzard. “It not only tells me who the hell I am, but also, as we go back thousands of years, who everyone else is.”

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