Danny Dyer, Amanda Holden go in search of their family history
BBC One has confirmed the line-up of celebrities appearing in the upcoming 13th series of Who Do You Think You Are? from Wall To Wall.
EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, star of film and stage Sir Ian McKellen, news presenter Sophie Raworth, The Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson, Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, presenter Liz Bonnin, actor and comedian Greg Davies, actress Sunetra Sarker and popstar Cheryl will all be revealing their family secrets when the genealogy show returns this Autumn.
Research reveals that some of the stars ancestors, had links to freedom fighters, criminals, war heroes and bigamists and extraordinary firsts as the show travels to new territories, exploring how our celebrities’ ancestors were caught up in slavery-era Martinique and the birth of Bangladesh, and discovers previously untold stories, from the invention of the weekend to the first pineapples in Britain; from Welsh royalty to the perils of life in working-class Liverpool.
We’ll follow actor Danny Dyer’s remarkable journey as he traces his family from poverty and crime in the East End back through the centuries to an incredible connection to royalty. Cheryl’s journey is one of equal contrasts, as she discovers the story of her long and forgotten great grandfather – a quintessential Tommy in the First World War. While Amanda Holden’s investigation brings to light an extraordinary Napoleonic-era cross-channel romance and the forgotten tragedy of Britain’s worst ever maritime disaster.
Executive Producer for Wall to Wall, Colette Flight, says: “Who Do You Think You Are? is back with another brilliant line-up of much-loved stars, uncovering hidden history by bringing their ancestors to life. As we follow our celebrities on their personal journey into their family trees, an extraordinary range of incredible stories are revealed, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always compelling.”
Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One this Autumn.