From the office: When will we see the 2016 series of WDYTYA?

By Editor, 6 October 2016 - 5:10pm

Oh no, not again! Deputy Editor, Claire Vaughan, despairs at the impossible task of trying to second guess the BBC schedulers as we wait for the next series of WDYTYA?

Claire Vaughan is acting editor at Who Do You Think You Are? MagazineThursday 6 October 2016
Claire Vaughan, Deputy Editor
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WDYTYA? 2016
The WDYTYA? Magazine team finds out the TV series has moved again! (Credit: Getty Images)

By now you’ll probably have seen the October issue of the magazine in all its glossy loveliness. Nestled among juicy fact-packed features on how to research Irish ancestors, Napoleonic soldiers and Royal ancestry there’s our episode round-up for the next series, which at the time of going to press we understood to be airing at the start of October (hence its inclusion in this issue).

We’ve just been told that series 13 will now be shown closer to Christmas! Incredibly annoying, but sadly it’s a fact of magazine publishing. When you work on a publication linked to a TV programme, you’re always at the mercy of the schedulers’ whims.

But it’s not just the celebrity feature that has appeared too soon because of the whims of the BBC. Our three-part Getting Started challenge was intended to run alongside the series and welcome any potential family historians into the fold. Oh well, the best laid plans and all that…

Things could have been worse though. I remember several years ago (eight to be precise – have I really been working on the magazine that long?) a similar thing happened. It was around the time of the London mayoral elections and Boris Johnson was both a candidate and featuring in the 2008 series of Who Do You Think You Are?.

BBC guidelines prevented the show from airing until after the elections – although we weren’t told this until two days before going to press with an issue packed with series-related material. This meant we had to replace 24 pages of copy in two days! We were a smaller team in those days, but by pulling a couple of all-nighters I’m proud to say we managed to get the magazine to press on time.

Working on magazines is like that: you have to be passionate about the material you’re working on, think on your feet and respond to whatever crops up (oh, and be prepared to work very late on occasions). I suppose in that way it’s a little like family history…

 

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