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The Mum's Line

Meet the Izzards Episode 1 of 2

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard embarks on a unique, epic and personal journey using his own DNA to trace the migration of his ancestors out of Africa and into Europe over almost 200,000 years. A simple saliva swab and the latest cutting-edge DNA science help Eddie explore the secrets of his genetic history. In this first film Eddie explores his mum's line over the last 10,000 generations, tracing her ancestral route across 10,000 miles all the way back home to Britain.

Along the way he meets some of his modern DNA cousins, from the African bush to the shores of the Red Sea, as he discovers how humans populated the globe, why he has blue eyes and how the Izzards ended up in Europe.

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Tue 12 Mar 2013 00:50
BBC Two Northern Ireland only

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Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterEddie Izzard
PresenterEddie Izzard
Executive ProducerEric Harwood
Executive ProducerEric Harwood
Series ProducerHarvey Lilley
Series ProducerHarvey Lilley
DirectorHarvey Lilley
DirectorHarvey Lilley

Eddie Izzard: 'I'm 2.8% Neanderthal'

Eddie Izzard: 'I'm 2.8% Neanderthal'

Geneticist Dr Jim Wilson has discovered that Izzard is 2.8% Neanderthal.

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