Production is currently underway on ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’, a new 4 x 52 minute format from Big Mountain Productions which aims to uncover the extraordinary family histories of ordinary people. The series is set to shoot in Kildare, Meath, Limerick and Galway in May and June and is presented by Derek Mooney (Winning Streak).
The show will enlist the help of a historical and genealogical swat team in a bid to reveal the historical origins of members of the public. Several stories from a range of ordinary people will be featured and investigated on each episode following which a team of experts will determine whether the interviewees are related to famous historical figures or if they have any close connections to celebrated Irish historical events. Family mysteries will also be investigated for certain members of the public and the experts will also look to give audience members advice on how to track down a family history.
The new format is due to be broadcast on RTÉ One in mid-to-late August. Produced and directed by Dhruba Banerjee (Who Do You Think You Are?, Ireland’s Greatest), ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ is an original format created by Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern of Big Mountain Productions.
The cameras are currently rolling and will be on location throughout over the next few weeks. The series was commissioned by RTE’s commissioning editor for regional programmes, Ray McCarthy and the executive producer for RTÉ is John MacMahon. Editing on the series will be carried out by Piranha Bar.
Big Mountain Productions are currently inviting applications for a Junior Researcher to work with them on ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’, for more information about the position click here