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WDYTYA - New series

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Janet Report 30 Aug 2012 13:26

Agree GG1, most disappointing-jl


Merlin Report 30 Aug 2012 13:34

Did,nt see the point of last nights programme :-S all it did was give a summary of his fathers service in the army,which was nothing spectacular, no doubt lots of other members on here had relatives who served in the same areas he did. there was no mention of where his mother or family came from or even existed,none either for his father, as I said, Rather pointless, boring, and a waste of money. :-S :-S :-S


Janet Report 30 Aug 2012 14:03

There has been much made in the local paper about his attitude towards his father. The hype doesn't match the story so methinks that whilst it was interesting to find out about his father's career from his point of view, I think there may be more hidden which could have been detrimental to his persona. The guy has plummeted in my view. Lots of people had fathers who were in the war and said nothing and lots of people had fathers who had a violence problem. Nothing unusual, I think he used his acting skill to pad out the program.
On first glance I can't find his birth on bmd .....perhaps a case for bored members of gr-lol-jl


Merlin Report 30 Aug 2012 14:14

Perhaps he should have stayed on Star Trek or whatever, :-D :-D :-D

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 30 Aug 2012 14:21

I really enjoyed it.

and that's all I'd better say :-D


GlitterBaby Report 30 Aug 2012 14:24

Just been speaking to Mum on the phone and she switched it off half way through


Merlin Report 30 Aug 2012 14:26

If you enjoyed it Rose, Good for you. :-D :-D different people have different tastes, life would be boring without it, ;-)


~Lynda~ Report 30 Aug 2012 14:30

Think the present series has been boring, and that they are scrapeing the barrel finding interesting "celebs" with an interesting past.

If only they'd use an everyday person, who's been researching there tree for years, and have hit a brick wall, now that would be interesting, at least we'd know they were really wanting to find there past, some of the "celebs" don't even know that there mother had a picture of there Grandmothers in the attic, until the film crew turn up, all to contrived for me.


Roger Report 30 Aug 2012 15:13

Well as far as I am concerned last nights programme he could have done it all himself like most of us on here have when doing follow ups of what your father had done.

So it was boring in that sence.

But I also like putting flesh on the bones if you know what I mean and if you are like him - have no idea where to start well in the WDYTYA team mind set you have a story and a programme.

But in this series the celes are not going far enough baack for me as surely most of us know back to our gt grandparents.

But if the programme makers want a interesting programme I offer make ancestors to them ...... Boar war stretcher bearer and one hung for a murder but second cousins.


Rita Report 30 Aug 2012 16:08

It was like a war drama. most people knew about the things he spoke of. is he really as dumb as this made him seem did he not know much about the war? did he never here of MP's in the forces.Did his father have a father and Grandfather. why where they never mentioned? was he hiding something? that he didnt want brought into the open.
I hope the next person isnt as boring as this. because I will not bother watching.


Mauatthecoast Report 30 Aug 2012 18:56

I was very disappointed in last night's programme,was really looking forward to Patrick Stewart's family history.
Didn't go back far enough see where his ancestors came from.And most of us have fathers & grandfathers who were involved in WW2

Hope we won't be disappointed next Wednesday......Annie Lennox :-D


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 30 Aug 2012 21:58

I missed the beginning of this prog. (messed up when trying to record).

However it seems to me from what I did see that Patrick Stewart wanted to know why his father was as he was.

I understand that he was a violent, unpredictable man.

Maybe P.S. needed to find out more about his dad (who seems to have made his childhood miserable if not scary) before he could move on to other parts of his tree.

Perhaps a cathartic experience for him.

I hope that the eldest son was able to make a decent life for himself, once he was able to leave him and get away from his father.

Maybe A. Stewart was a good and brave soldier, but he seems to have been a rotten family man. An exlemaery war record is not always an excuse.

Mr Patrick Stewart, (just in case you read this) leave this man behind you, find out about your mums family. Then move on with your life and appreaciate what you have got now.

I didn't think that it was boring. Perhaps a little self-indulgent, but I don't blame P. Stewart for finding out what HE wanted to know.



JustDinosaurJill Report 30 Aug 2012 22:43

I think I agree with Tess about it being more self-indulgent. Maybe nothing of interest was found by researchers and they ran out of budget so went with what they had. I was disappointed that we never went beyond one generation because I'm interested in the Stewart name. One of my lines has strong connections to the Stewarts who were Lairds of Orkney and Shetland eg. this one.,_2nd_Earl_of_Orkney

I'm not particularly interested in claiming kinship to PS but hoped there might be a link and thereby some useful/interesting information. Something along the lines of the Matthew Pinsent programme would have been brilliant. I kept looking at the time and wondering when we were going to move on to look at his mother's line.

I didn't see the one with Greg Wallace in last week so have no idea if that was any better. Thing is we've had some really special episodes that are almost too hard to follow.

Hopefully next week's will be not quite so focused on just one individual.


JustJohn Report 30 Aug 2012 23:31

Did not really know Patrick Stewart before the programme. Not really crossed my radar. But I was impressed with him, cannot believe he looks as good as that at 72 (ditto his brother at presumably 76 or 77).

Had no more sympathy for Alfred at end than I did at beginning. Brave soldier, but not much good in civvy street. If he was so affected by the shell shock, I wonder why he didn't try and punch his eldest son rather than his wife.

Why don't we find out what TV programme left out. Does anyone know where and when RSM Alfred Stewart was born? Or Mrs Stewart, his mother.


Rita Report 4 Sep 2012 12:07

I THINK THE NEW WDYTYA series is going on a different line to all the others. whereas the others went back into branches this seems to be only on the father. if he was in the war.? they are giving us a description of what he did during that war. I think they will lose a lot of viewers if they are all going to be like this.
I wonder if they changed the writer of this series.and are trying something different out. up till now I am not impressed.


Vera2010 Report 4 Sep 2012 12:53

I watched the Patrick Stewart one last nght on catch up. Was prepared to ignore what I had heard about it but for me it was annoying.

I could see he was trying to justify his father's bad behaviour and minimise it. 'He never hit me'. Then he started to look at his father's experience in the second world war and injuries as a reason for his father's behaviour towards his mother. That may have been so but I could not forget that his father left Patrick's mother with a small baby without marrying her which must have been very difficult for her back in the day. If he had been killed, her life would have been even more difficult.

I switched it off. Lots of men went to war suffered the same and did not come back and beat their wives.



GoldenGirl1 Report 5 Sep 2012 10:53

Well wonder if tonights episode will be any better,though
I don't think so as they appear to be just interested in
one member of the family. Shame really as one does not
make up a tree.



Cooper Report 5 Sep 2012 18:51

Its Annie Lennox tonight. The write up in the TV mag looks good.

Teresa :0)


Cooper Report 5 Sep 2012 18:51

Its Annie Lennox tonight. The write up in the TV mag looks good.

Teresa :0)


AnnCardiff Report 5 Sep 2012 22:17

just watched the Annie Lennox one - fascinating