Latest series of Who Do You Think You Are? on air this October

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13 September 2021
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“Who Do You Think You Are?” is back with another line-up of Britain’s best-loved celebrities exploring their family histories across the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Jamaica. The incredible personal stories they unearth of their ancestors’ lives - from royal love triangles to labourers fighting for their rights, from Victorian child sweeps to battling fascists in London’s East end - reflect and illuminate all our collective history.” ​​​​​​​Executive Producer for Wall to Wall, Colette Flight

Series 18 of "Who Do You Think You Are?” will be coming to our screens on BBC One this October.

Viewers can look forward to a host of celebrities trace their family history in this new seven-part series.

  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Ed Balls
  • Pixie Lott
  • Joe Lycett
  • Alex Scott
  • Joe Sugg
  • Josh Widdicombe

Shakespearean actor, movie star and national treasure Dame Judi Dench starts her journey, with her father, Reginald - who never spoke of his experiences during the First World War. Travelling further back in time her investigations lead her to Denmark, nobility, … and some incredible Shakespearean links.

Ed Balls’ hopes for a heroic story are dashed, but ancestral inspiration comes when investigating the life of an ancestor who lived through the agricultural depression of the 1820s.

Yes - it’s in her genes. Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott discovers a musical legacy three-generations strong, and seeks to find out whether that family story of Italian ancestry is quite true.

Comedian and presenter Joe Lycett discovers a dark side to his family history as he finds out that his two-times-great grandfather was a boy chimney sweep in the 1850s.

Pundit and former footballer Alex Scott explores the Jewish ancestry on her mother’s side and learns that her great-grandad faced down fascism in London’s East End in 1936, and explores lives on hardship of her forebears in Jamaica.

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YouTuber, actor and Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg enlists help from his big sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to explore their family tree. He discovers ancestors who fled religious persecution in France and a relative who survived the Great Fire of London.

Amongst his family history, Josh Widdicombe discovers an ancestor cut out of the family fortune and a courtier with intimate access to the King’s commode, whose story ends disastrously during the Civil War. But not for Josh – whose own family history story continues back to Tudor times.

Who Do You Think You Are? is produced by Wall To Wall Media for BBC One.

The new series of Who Do You Think You Are? launches on BBC One this October.

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