I enjoyed Matthew Pinsent's appearance on this programme very much. Whilst there was the usual interest in relatively recent relatives - great uncles who died in the Great War - Pinsent unearthed a so-called 'golden relative', a knight of the realm who would therefore figure in Burkes' Peerage and whose ancestry would be traceable a long way further back. Indeed Pinsent was able to trace his family tree back through Edward I to Biblical King David and stopping only at God so detailed were the records. I kid you not.
Thing is, whilst this made great tele, there were thirty two generations between today and King Edward I. Coincidentally, if you double the number one, 32 times you get the population of the earth. To put this simply, go back 32 generations and we could all have a common ancestor. Now in my case the records probably don't exist but if I were to follow the right line back, eventually I'd reach a monarch too. Bound to.
Great tele; rubbish maths.