A local [South Africa] version of the hit British series, Who Do You Think You Are?, a six-parter tracking the ancestry of South African personalities, is set to start on SABC2 at 9pm on Sunday.
Personalities who will be going in search of their family history, bringing them face to face with the hidden stories of their ancestors, include actress Nthati Moshesh, television personality Candice Moodley, recording star and former SABC2 Strictly Come Dancing winner HHP (Jabulani Tsambo), longtime TV newsreader Riaan Cruywagen, Isidingo star Meshack Mavuso and Cape comedian Kurt Schoonraad.
These personalities will have a pivotal role in the series. Their stories will be used as “emblems” of the historical trends that have created modern South Africa and their experiences are likely to encourage viewers to think about exploring their own family ancestry.
“Each episode is presented as a highly personalised film, yet the wider historical themes they reveal situates the audience in the broader South African historical context,” says a spokesman for SABC2.
“South Africa’s most comprehensive ancestral and genealogical service, Ancestry24, assisted producers and researchers of Who Do You Think You Are?
Read the full article by Billy Suter in the May 28, 2009 edition of tonight.co.za