When you think about it, who do you think you are? is a remarkable series.
Not only because he’s been on our screens for 17 years, but because he continues to unearth incredible stories about the ancestors of some of our biggest stars – sometimes their loved ones are far more interesting than the celebrities themselves.
Being invited to participate is almost like a badge of honor these days because so many famous faces have participated, from Bill Oddie, who appeared in the first episode on October 12, 2004, to Liz Carr, who was in the edit. finale of the last truncated series, aired on November 2, 2020.
In between, Stephen Fry, David Tennant, Barbara Windsor, Jeremy Irons, John Hurt, Boris Johnson (before his political career took off), Kim Cattrall, JK Rowling, Annie Lennox, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Jane Seymour , Ian McKellen, Charles Dance, Olivia Colman and Kate Winslet have appeared.
Now the series returns for its 18th series with a slew of equally star-studded names expected to appear.
Emily Smith, BBC Documentary Editor, says: “We are very excited about this new series of Who Do You Think You Are? and for viewers to share the extraordinary blend of personal celebrity stories taking us across the world, and which together reflect our rich collective history.
“Who do you think you are? Is back with yet another list of the most beloved British celebrities exploring their family history,” adds executive producer Colette Flight. ancestors – from royal love triangles to workers fighting for their rights, from sweeps of Victorian children to struggles against fascists in London’s East End – reflect and illuminate our entire collective history. “
Upcoming episodes will see Oscar winner and national treasure Judi Dench discover her Danish roots as well as intriguing connections to Shakespeare; she also learns more about her father Reginald’s service in World War I, something he never talked about.
Singer Pixie Lott sets off in search of evidence proving an old family history suggesting she has Italian ancestors, and also discovers where her musical genes came from, while comedian Joe Lycett discovers that there is not much to laugh about in the story of his two-time great-grandfather’s life – he was a chimney sweep in the 1850s.
Footballer-turned-expert and presenter Alex Scott explores her Jewish ancestry and travels to Jamaica to hear a touching story of hardship, Ed Balls hopes to find a hero, but instead discovers how facts can be stranger than fiction, and Joe Sugg, a strict alumnus, is joined by his YouTuber sister Zoe to explore their family tree.
But first in the fray is comedian Josh Widdicombe. He hears about an ancestor who missed out on a fortune, a courtier who knew all about the king’s toilet habits, as well as amazing ties to the Elizabethan and Tudor nobility, which are only part of his incredible ancestral lineage.
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