Island features in television star’s search for ancestors

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BBC show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ will trace a TV star’s roots back to the Isle of Man tonight (Thursday).

Former EastEnders actress, Tamzin Outhwaite, who currently stars in ‘New Tricks’ will trace her Italian heritage back to an internment camp in the island in 1940.

Her great grandfather, Adelmo Santi, and his eldest son, Peter, were interned at the camp because Italy were fighting alongside the Germans at the time.

Adelmo, an ice cream vendor who had been living in the UK for 20 years, was released after 10 months and Peter was released two months later.

In a Daily Mirror interview Tamzin, who is 43 and was born in London, is said to be ‘distraught’ during the show and breaks down in tears as she discovers her great grandfather’s ordeal.

‘Who do you think you are?’ traces the family history of a different celebrity each week.

A previous episode of the show featured comedian David Baddiel who also discovered how his grandfather had been interned in the island.

The episode featuring Tamzin will be shown this Thursday on BBC1 at 9pm.

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