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Find My Past


10 x 60 minutes

Find My Past is a ground-breaking format that combined a fresh-take on genealogy and the needs of a leading brand in the field to create a highly successful new TV series that brought ordinary people into some of the biggest stories of history. It’s a series packed with emotion and fascinating historical detail -10 x 45 minutes for UKTV channel Yesterday. The format was conceived in response to an RFP from Bright Solid the company behind the Find My Past Website. The series combined a close brand relationship with a ground-breaking product placement in a factual series. In each episode, three members of the public go on a genealogical journey to discover their links to a major historical event. They discover not only the role of their ancestor in events such as The Titanic or the Jack the Ripper Story – but then the three realize that all of their ancestors had a profound connection – Eg; the ancestor of one saved the other’s life at Dunkirk, or one was the descendant of Captain Bligh of the Bounty, another the descendant of Fletcher Christian who led the mutineers.

The result is a highly successful ratings hit – garnering audiences of around 300,000 significantly above channel expectation - that worked brilliantly for both broadcaster and brand. The series has already won best Content Partnership at the Broadcast Digital Awards. Series Two is now in production and discussions are underway in America and Australia for format sales with the brand and the production company.

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