tina fey

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FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Tina Fey, David Sedaris, George Stephanopoulos | PBS America

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Tina Fey: Finding Your Roots - premieres 8pm, Saturday 28 February on Sky 534 & Virgin Media 243 Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr continues the second series of the genealogy show in which prominent Americans trace their ancestry, learning some surprising facts in the process. This episode features three guests whose forebears were part of the wave of Greek immigrants who came to America during the early decades of the 20th century, although details of their past have been sketchy. Award-winning actress and comedian Tina Fey, star of 30 Rock, knows a little of her Greek background and upbringing but is amazed to discover that her fifth great- grandfather survived a terrible massacre and became a hero in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire during the early 19th century. The family of the humorist and best-selling writer David Sedaris, author of Barrel Fever and Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, were also caught up in one of Greece’s many conflicts against the Ottomans. Their home village was raided by the enemy military and David's great grand-aunt was taken captive, never to see her family again. Finally, journalist and broadcaster George Stephanopoulos, who anchors ABC’s Good Morning America, discovers that his family were willing to sacrifice their own lives in the struggle against the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II.