Thursday, 28 September 2006

David Tennant's "Who Do You Think You Are?" BBC1 27/09/06


Around 20 mins in Glasgow and Mull with a background on the Highland Clearances, then off to Derry for what initially seemed an innocuous look at his footballing grandad. Then it delved into his Irish grandmother's family and it obviously got a bit uncomfortable for David - the links with the Orange lodge and sectarian corruption didn't sit well with his sensibilities. The scene where he's handed a sash was particularly awkward. Having been an effortlessly chirpy chappy to that point his demenour changed to 'politely appalled' and the next solo scene was the only point where the off-camera producer had to prompt him.Thankfully it somewhat balanced up the earlier shock with subsequent info and a neatly structured link back to the (Catholic) cousin who'd taken him to a Derry City match - he's been on the civil rights marches of the 60s and was present at Bloody Sunday.

Odd that they didn't touch on David's Dad's family at all though.

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