TV & radio
16 – 22 March
Pick of the week
Who Do You Think You Are?
Sunday 20 March, 8pm Watch
Spike Lee investigates the ancestry of his maternal grandmother Zimmie Jackson in this episode from the first series of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?. While searching through archives in Atlanta, Georgia, he unearths the names of three great-grandparents, taking him back to the American Civil War.
➘ Also this week Heir Hunters
Weekdays, 9.15am BBC One
The detectives track down a woman’s link to the Jarrow March protest, and continue in their search to find the heirs of an estate that has remained unclaimed for 20 years.
Royal Upstairs, Downstairs
Weekdays, 6.30pm BBC Two
Tim Wonnacott and Rosemary Shrager visit Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire to uncover more on Queen Victoria’s visit with husband Prince Albert in 1843. Tim figures out how the driveway was moved to create space for the Queen’s carriage, while Rosemary explores the servant’s quarters, and with the help of food historian Ivan Day prepares a Victorian steamed pudding.
The British at Work
Thursday 19 March, 9pm BBC Two
Kirsty Young uses archive footage to take viewers on a journey from the mid-1960s, when baby-boomers were able to take advantage of a healthy job market to make a comfortable living, through to the impact of surging inflation in the late 1970s..
Tracing Your Roots
Sunday 20 March, 1.30pm BBC Radio 4
Genealogists Nick Barratt and Peter Christian search back through the archives to the early 1800s, and the team discuss how the online release of census data has transformed family history research.
Catch up online Coming Home
On the search for his Welsh ancestors, Michael Ball discovers a double family tragedy that drove his relatives from Wales more than a century ago. .
Words | Leanne Hyland