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ARCHIVISTS at West Sussex County Council helped comedian John Bishop discover his family ancestry.

He visited the Record Office in Chichester to film scenes for BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are?.

The documentary series delves into the ancestry of some of Britain’s most famous faces, taking them on personal journeys to discover family secrets.

John finds himself in Chichester as he uncovers his great-great-grandfather’s intriguing past for the episode, which is set to air on Thursday on BBC1 at 9pm. As reported, he also visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Nichola Court, Searchroom Archivist at West Sussex’s Record Office, was involved in helping him find out more.

She said: ‘It was an interesting story and John was really keen to find out about his family background.

‘He asked lots of questions about the relative who brought him to Chichester.

‘We were only able to do a very narrow bit of research on this particular ancestor but it’s a quirky story.’

Lionel Barnard, the council’s deputy leader responsible for the Record Office, said: ‘It sounds like some fascinating discoveries were made and I’m looking forward to seeing how the tale unfolds.’