The Mum's Line

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Duration: 1 hour

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

Presenter
Eddie Izzard
Presenter
Eddie Izzard
Executive Producer
Eric Harwood
Executive Producer
Eric Harwood
Series Producer
Harvey Lilley
Series Producer
Harvey Lilley
Director
Harvey Lilley
Director
Harvey Lilley

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