Who Do You Think You Are? – Liz Bonnin

Liz Bonnin - WHo Do You Think You Are

The science and wildlife present finds some unpleasant truths when she looks up her own family tree.

Liz Bonnin’s heritage is very varied, coming from France, Trinidad and India. On her mother’s side of the family, she learns that her great aunt Sybil help set up a Presbyterian church, and learns that her Indian ancestors had to convert to Christianity in order to provide a better life for their children. However, as they were a low-caste Indian family, immigrating to the West Indies provided them with opportunities provided them with more opportunities for a better life.

The most interest part of this episode however comes when looking at her father’s side of the family, coming from Martinique. When learning about her three times Great Grandfather, at one point she asks for filming to be stopped when she finds a list of names with prices next to them, revealing that her ancestors once owned slaves.

This is certainly a very emotional episode. Bonnin repeatedly breaks into tears through, not just when she learns of her ancestors activities concerning slavery. It is at times like this you remember the darker side of human nature. It is hard to compare it to the two other episodes that have gone out. It would wrong to say it was better or worse, it is just different to the others.

Who Do You Think You Are? is available on iplayer until January 13 2017