TV series Who Do You Think You Are

FOI request reference: F0047732
Publication date: January 2017

Title: Correspondence The National Archives has had in relation to the TV series Who Do You Think You Are.
FOI request reference: F0047732
Response sent: January 2017

Request:

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

I understand my request will take twenty working days to process but I would be grateful if you could acknowledge receipt via [email address].

Please note that I am only interested in information which relates to the period 1 January 2016.

1…During the aforementioned period has the organisation exchanged correspondence and communications (including emails) with any of the following organisations.

The BBC
The independent TV production Company Wall to Wall.
Ian Johnson PR – a London based public relations company.

Please note that I am only interested in information which relates to the television BBC TV series Who Do You Think Your Are and or the proposed/actual subjects of that programme and or research connected with that programme. If the answer is yes can you please provide both sides of the correspondence and communications including emails.

2…During the aforementioned period has the organisation exchanged correspondence and communications (including emails) with the singer known as Cheryl and or her agent/management team and or her publicist and or anyone acting specifically acting on her behalf. If the answer is yes can you please provide copies of this correspondence and communications including emails. Please note that I am only interested in information which relates to Cheryl’s family history and or her involvement in the aforementioned TV programme. Cheryl is widely referred to as Cheryl Cole and has also been known as Cheryl Fernandez Versini.

Outcome: Partially successful

Response:

Thank you for your enquiry of 19 December 2016, asking two questions regarding any correspondence The National Archives has had in relation to the TV series Who Do You Think You Are.

Within your request you note that you are only interested in information ‘which relates to the period 1 January 2016’. I have taken this period to be from 1 January 2016 to 19 December 2016 (the date of your request). Please do let me know if I have misinterpreted this.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request. We are pleased to be able to provide you with this information below.

1. During the aforementioned period has The National Archives exchanged correspondence and communications (including emails) with any of the following organisations:

  • The BBC
  • The independent TV production company Wall to Wall
  • Ian Johnson PR – a London based public relations company

Please note that I am only interested in information which relates to the television BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are and/or the proposed/actual subjects of that programme and/or research connected with that programme.

If the answer is yes, can you please provide both sides of the correspondence and communications including emails.

The National Archives received and replied to one email from the TV production company Wall to Wall that falls into the scope of your request. I have attached a redacted version of this email exchange. Some of the information that you are looking for is exempt under section 40(2) of the FOI Act (by virtue of section 40(3)(a)(i)). This means that we cannot release those parts and they have been redacted.

Section 40 exempts personal information about a ‘third party’ (someone other than the requester), if revealing it would breach the terms of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The DPA prevents personal information from release if it would be unfair or at odds with the reason why it was collected, or where the subject had officially served notice that releasing it would cause them damage or distress. In this case the exemption applies because the correspondence contains personal data.

The National Archives has not received or exchanged in any other correspondence which falls within the scope of your request.

2. During the aforementioned period has the organisation exchanged correspondence and communications (including emails) with the singer known as Cheryl and or her agent/management team and or her publicist and or anyone acting specifically acting on her behalf.

If the answer is yes can you please provide copies of this correspondence and communications including emails.

Please note that I am only interested in information which relates to Cheryl’s family history and or her involvement in the aforementioned TV programme.

Cheryl is widely referred to as Cheryl Cole and has also been known as Cheryl Fernandez Versini.

The National Archives has not received or exchanged in any correspondence which falls within the scope of your request.

The information you have been supplied with may contain personal information about another person that falls within the scope of the Data Protection Act 1998. Use of this information must comply with the terms of this Act:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/29/contents