Lynne Bowles talks with Cat Whiteaway about searching your family history as broadcast on BBC Radio Wales
Cat with Jeremy Vine
Cat with BBC Radio Wales' Eleri Sion
I work as a specialist freelance researcher,
associate producer and presenter for various TV
and radio family history based programmes for
the BBC. This work has included live radio
broadcasts, pieces to camera, working alongside
he producer, finding experts to contribute and
hunting out locations.
Cat with actress Susan Sarandon & family
Until 2002 I was happily employed as a senior lecturer in Exercise Psychology and Health Issues at a university in Cardiff. In January of that year I was the subject of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Footprints’ which followed me during my investigations into the estate of someone who had died without leaving a will.
I found this process so fascinating that after 12 years of lecturing I decided to take a totally different career path and focus my research skills into creating programmes.
Cat with The One Show's Anita Rani
Since that decision I've been rewarded with a steady stream of work in radio and television, mostly using my specialist skills in tracing people. I’ve also discovered that I have a talent for digging out names, dates and places from deep within the dusty archives, but that this is my idea of heaven.
Not only can I hunt out a story where others struggle, but that I have the ability to reveal these facts clearly and effectively on screen. I'm not fazed when working with celebrities and good at informing other contributors, keeping guests calm and adhering to the schedule
In 2008 I produced a series for BBC Radio 4 about tracing lost assets called The Fortune Hunters
Filming with Janet Street Porter