Jason Donovan: Who Do You Think You Are?

We were thrilled to receive our copy of Who Do You Think You Are this morning, the BBC’s family history magazine. Not only are British Pathé featured on page 11, but it’s the Jason Donovan issue! Is there a better way to spend a dark Friday morning tea break than linking Australian popstars from the 1980s to their dazzling criminal ancestral pasts? If there is, we want to know about it.

Who Do You Think You Are is a tour-de-force of family history, with some really interesting features, whether it’s Devon locals looking for marriage records from the 1830s, or the architectural history of Edinburgh, or even the life and times of Bruce Forsyth, British Pathé have tonnes of relevant material in their free online archive that correspond with its pages. (Yes – even Bruce Forsyth is in our archive, judging a beautiful baby contest in the 1960s!)

Below you can watch the Lancing College clip that Who Do You Think You Are published a still from. Click on this still to watch the archive clip:

The famous Ladywell game at Lancing College in 1957

And here is a link to some great Edinburgh history newsreels featured on the BBC Edinburgh website:

On a separate note, we think the magazine should adopt the 1993 pop song ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ by St. Etienne as its official theme tune. We know several pop acts including The Spice Girls and Cascada have also released songs in the past with the same title, but St.Etienne definitely capture that essential sense of ancestral pride:

They even have a historical castle backdrop to their Top Of The Pops set and a keyboardist dressed up as a medieval king! When the December issue of Who Do You Think You Are comes out we’re expecting to hear Sarah Cracknell’s voice singing at us from the centrefold like a musical Christmas card. Talking of which, here’s a clip of Bruce Forsyth judging a childrens Christmas card competition in 1968. No, really.

Author: British Pathé

British Pathé holds the world's finest newsreel collection. We also represent the Reuters historical collection. All 220K films are viewable on our website.

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