Tomorrow night on the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/08/meet-the-izzards.html
Eddie Izzard, multi-marathon-running transvestite, reformed beer-monster, quality comedian and all-round good guy, has had a swab and
It will make Eddie the first person in Britain to use his own DNA to retrace his ancestors' journey across thousands of miles and nearly 200,000 years of history. A two-part special screening on consecutive days, this is the epic story of humanity’s journey from our shared origins in Africa 10,000 generations ago all the way to Eddie Izzard.
Looks like they're going with the Bab-el-Mandab (southern) routehttp://www.geotimes.org/jan08/article.html?id=feature_arabiantrail.htmlhttp://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2011/11/taking-a-southern-route-out-of-africa/
and tomorrow we get all steamy and introgressive, 'tho' whether theyll get this down and dirty
is not clear.
Although what they intend to convey by this obscure teaser is quite, quite beyond me ATM.
In the next episode, Eddie will retrace the journey of his paternal DNA, and discover how the male Izzards battled with the Ice Age
Regret won't be in a position to report, as I have never possessed a TV. I burned the 30+ years collection of increasingly aggressive & intemperate BBC Licence demands just a year or so back, but yet they come .. :)
The black-polo-neck-wearing chin-strokers on the radio review programme this arvo were noticeably underwhelmed by Eddie's pilgrimage, but I suspect that was down to the "Meh... sciencezzzzzzz .." pose that these innumerate dolts love to affect. I think Prof. Brian Cox should be allowed to spank them all on camera, with a giant slide-rule.
I passed young Eddie on his way south on the A68 a few years back, thundering along like a loco, after n-hundred miles of Forrest Gumping. Still managed to give me a wave and thumbs-up. Not bad for a middle-aged lounge-lizard. Must have "good genes" LOL.