TV & radio
29 November – 6 December
Pick of the week
Who Do You Think You Are? US
Wednesday 30 November, 10.45pm BBC One
Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty actor Vanessa Williams gets the American-style Who Do You Think You Are? treatment this week, as she discovers a pioneering black soldier and an inspiring enslaved forebear among her family tree.
Weekdays until Friday 2 December, 7pm BBC Two
The prime time run of this popular series that reunites people with an unexpected ancestral windfall reaches its end this week, with a former contralto singer among the posthumous benefactors.
Find My Past
Thursday 1 December, 9pm Yesterday
The relatives of three soldiers killed for desertion in the Second World War uncover more about their ancestors' stories in what promises to be a particularly emotional episode of the 'reverse genealogy' series.
Sunday 4 December, 9pm BBC One
Another surprisingly short series of Garrow's Law reaches its conclusion, with the titular barrister left distraught after his wife absconds with their son...
The People's Post
Monday 5 December, 1.45pm BBC Radio 4 FM
Dominic Sandbrook hosts the first in a 15-part series tracing the history of the Post Office. Charles I established the Royal Mail in 1635, but its modern incarnation was arguably ushered in by Rowland Hill (1795-1879), who campaigned for a modern postal system and is widely credited with inventing the stamp. You can read more about tracing your postal worker ancestors in the Christmas issue
of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
, on sale now.
Words | Matt Elton & Jonathan Wright