Descendants

Episodes

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Cut Loose Your Stammerin' Tongue19981024

African-American historian Will Coleman visits Memphis, where he grew up, to talk to his 90-year-old grandmother Alice, a living link with the slaves who are the focus of his academic work.

Great Grandad Had A Flat Head19981017

Novelist Louise Doughty goes in search of her Gypsy ancestors, including her great-grandad Tabletop and his mother Spank, who gave birth to him in a churchyard.

She looks for the echoes of their lives among the Romany people of today.

In The Footsteps Of Parry19981031

In 1819, William Edward Parry set sail to find the Northwest Passage to the Orient.

Anne Parry recounts the experiences of her great-grandfather and of five modern-day explorers who retraced his steps earlier this year.

01The Atrocities Of The Pirates1999022019990510

In the first of a three-part series, Robert Redmond re-opens the journals of his great grandfather Aaron Smith, who was captured by pirates in Cuba in 1822.

02Leslie Frost And The Ferrocarril Abandonado1999022719990517

Stephen Smith travels to Colombia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world, to discover what remains of the railway that his grandfather, Leslie Frost, ran there in the first half of the century.

`Leslie Frost and the Ferrocorril Abandonado'.

Stephen Smith travels to Colombia, the most dangerous country in the world, to discover what remains of the railway that his grandfather, Leslie Frost, ran there in the first half of the century.

03 LASTThe Strange Tale Of Lafcadio Hearn1999030619990524

Richard Dowden, Africa editor for the Economist, traces his eminent yet mysterious ancestor, the writer Lafcadio Hearn, back to Japan.

He discovers distant Japanese relatives, stories of pre-industrial traditions, and more about his famous relation.