Digging deep

Watch the credits at the end of most factual TV programmes and you’ll see ‘researcher’. Even quiz shows will employ a contestant researcher – someone to pick out of a profile some humorous or entertaining facts.

But what about programmes where the research is the star? The BBC’s hugely popular Who Do You Think You Are? is about the research. Celebrities from all walks of life are led back in time to learn about their ancestors.

We enjoy such fortunate lives today, but go back to our great grandparents and often we will find poverty and disease. It can be a humbling experience to learn how an ancestor’s siblings died for the lack of basics. Radio One present Chris Moyles – a man known for excess – was moved to tears as he learned how some of his ancestors had lived – and died.

Under the veneer of celebrity, all are human – it just takes a little research to uncover it.