Who Do You Think You Are? back on Tuesday with Joe Sugg


Episode 6 of Who Do You Think You Are? will be Joe Sugg’s family research and will be on Tuesday 23rd November 2021, BBC One 9 pm.

Who Do You Think You Are? S18 – Episode: Joe Sugg. Picture Shows Joe at French Protestant Church of London – (C) Wall to Wall Media Ltd – Photographer: Stephen Perry

YouTuber and actor Joe Sugg uncovers some incredible stories in his family tree, with a little help along the way from fellow social media star and big sister, Zoe.  Joe, very aptly, discovers a great-great-great grandfather who was involved in the earliest days of communication technology – in electrical telegraphs. Pushing further back, he finds seven-times-great grandparents who fled religious persecution in France and a goldsmith who survived the Great Fire of London.

WARNING: SPOLIER ALERT! If you don’t mind knowing what is going to be in the programme before you watch it then you can read all about it here: Joe Sugg – Who Do You Think You Are? Otherwise there are a few days to go before its on your TV. Broadcast will be on BBC One Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 9 pm.

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Pixie Lott – Who Do You Think You Are?


This week sees viewers in the UK able to get their fix of genealogy TV when  the Pixie Lott episode of the UK series 18 of Who Do You Think You Are? is broadcast. Due to go out on our screens on Tuesday 9th November on BBC One at 9pm it is lining up to be another fascinating watch.

According to the publicity that we have received the singer-songwriter and talent-show judge Pixie Lott hopes to confirm the family story that she has Italian ancestry from Verona but instead discovers ancestors battling poverty and hardship in London.  On her dad’s side, Pixie learns of her great grandfather’s harrowing and surprising experience in the First World War.  And, wondering if she has any musical genes, Pixie is delighted to discover three generations of military musicians whose legacy gives Pixie an opportunity to sing with the band of the Household Cavalry.

Pixie Lott
Who Do You Think You Are? S18 BBC One – Pixie Lott at Brighton Beach Bandstand. Pixie Lott – (C) Wall to Wall Media Ltd – Photographer: Stephen Perry

If you want to read about what she finds out then you can do so here, but beware if you intend to watch it first as this article contains spoilers!




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Dame Judi Dench’s Who Do You Think You Are?

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If you missed the really thrilling ride on the recent BBC One airing of the second programme in the UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? there is a precis of what you missed here: Who Do You Think You Are? Dame Judi Dench


The programme is available to watch for a short time in the UK on the BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0010st7/who-do-you-think-you-are-series-18-2-dame-judi-dench


Named Britain’s best actor on multiple occasions. Her roles range from James Bond films to Shakespearean dramas and in the episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (that was broadcasted on BBC One on Tuesday 19 October 2021) Dame Judi told us how her parents were both incredibly full of life with lots of visits to theatre as a child. She discovers in the programme that her Irish ancestors link back to Denmark and an important family. Dame Judi, as a Shakespeare lover is thrilled to find a connection to the castle which The Bard used in Hamlet.

Programme Name: Who Do You Think You Are Episode: S18 – Dame Judi Dench Photographer: Stephen Perry

Warning! Article contains spoilers for the programme broadcasted in the UK on Tuesday 19th October 2021.


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‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ 2021 celebrities will be: Dame Judi Dench, Pixie Lott, Joe Lycett, Alex Scott and Josh Widdicombe in the 2021 UK series


It’s official! Dame Judi Dench, Pixie Lott, Joe Lycett, Alex Scott and Josh Widdicombe make up the lineup of stars taking part in the 2021 UK series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Two-time BAFTA award-winning genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?, produced by Wall to Wall, returns to BBC One this October with yet another star-studded line-up.

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Who Do You Think You Are? UK series

Exciting News! The BBC have announced the return of the genealogy TV series, Who Do You Think You Are? Expected to be on air this October, here are all the names of the stars taking part in this year’s UK series.




Expected to be aired in October 2021 on BBC One. The seven episodes of the UK series will feature the family histories of a host of celebrities including; Ed Balls, Dame Judi Dench, Pixie Lott, Joe Lycett, Alex Scott, Joe Sugg and Josh Widdicombe.


Who Do You Think You Are? UK series 18 line up


Dame Judi Dench is set to unearth her Danish roots and discover some intriguing Shakespearean connections, while former Labour MP and TV presenter Ed Balls uncovers great bravery, and some less-admirable conduct from his ancestors. Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott finds that in her family tree there is a musical legacy that is three-generations strong, whilst comedian Joe Lycett comes across a darker side to his family history story.    


Alex Scott, the TV Pundit and former footballer, learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, discovering that her ancestors had suffered enormous hardships in their lives. YouTuber Joe Sugg learns that his family history can be traced as far back as the Great Fire of London, and comedian Josh Widdicombe’s lineage will take viewers back to the Elizabethan and Tudor Courts.


Emily Smith, BBC Commissioning Editor for Documentaries, says: “We are very excited for this new series of Who Do You Think You Are? and for viewers to share in the extraordinary mix of personal celebrity histories taking us across the world, and which together reflect our rich collective history”.


Executive Producer for Wall to Wall, Colette Flight, says: “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.”


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. Read more about the new UK series here.

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Jodie Whittaker, David Walliams, Liz Carr and Ruth Jones take part in 2020’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’


Produced by Wall to Wall, the two-time BAFTA award-winning genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One in the UK this October with another star-studded line-up.


The celebrities set to unravel their family history in this four-part series of the UK’s Who Do You Think You Are? will include: Jodie Whittaker, who faces some fraught family history; David Walliams, who uncovers a relative’s traumatic experience during WWI and learns that entertaining runs in the family; Liz Carr, who investigates aancestors role in an attempted murder; and Ruth Jones, who unearths a family connection to the origins of the National Health Service.

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker

Doctor Who and Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker learns the poignant reality behind a family myth surrounding her great uncle’s sacrifice in WWI while unearthing some uncomfortable truths about her great-great grandfather in Yorkshire. 

Jodie Whittaker says: “Who Do You Think You Are? took me on an incredible journey through some of my family history. I discovered people and events that I had no idea existed before this. I was lucky to go home and see my Mum and Dad, lucky to see places I’d never been to before, and lucky to meet and shake hands with (!) some wonderful and intelligent people whose insight into history blew my mind. And only in February did I embark on this journey, and knowing where we are now, it feels even more special to have had this adventure.”


David Walliams
David Walliams

From his home town in Surrey to the First World War Battlefields in Belgium, actor, comedian and television personality David Walliams delights in discovering a great-great grandfather who, after becoming blind, forged a career as a travelling entertainer. Walliams also uncovers a more tragic story surrounding his paternal great grandfather’s experiences following WWI.

David Walliams says: “I’m delighted to have taken part in the series. I started off the journey knowing very little about my ancestry. In making the programme I found out lots of family history I would never would have learned of. I was pleased to discover that being an entertainer runs in the family.”


Liz Carr
Liz Carr

More Great War history is uncovered by Silent Witness actor and activist Liz Carr, who learns of her paternal grandfather’s experiences in the Royal Navy’s Northern Patrol. Carr also travels to Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, and gets forensic, exposing an ancestor’s role in an attempted murder.

Liz Carr says: “I’ve watched Who Do You Think You Are? over the years so to be selected to have the show research my family history has been a wonderfully surreal experience. An armchair genealogist, my mum has dragged us around graveyards in search of our ancestors but to no avail so I’m hoping this will now all stop (probably not – knowing my mum!)  I have loved every moment of discovery, of following in the footsteps of my ancestors and learning how the past really has informed my present. All of the experts were generous and fascinating as they guided me back in time to introduce me to my family. Before doing Who Do You Think You Are? all I really knew about my ancestors was that they had died but now I know that they lived and how they lived. I like knowing that, I like knowing who they were and I feel very proud to be related to them.”


Ruth Jones
Ruth Jones

Gavin and Stacey star and co-creator Ruth Jones learns that her paternal grandfather was a key player in the Medical Aid Societies of South Wales, which provided a model for the National Health Service. She also discovers a lineage of world-travelling mariners on her mother’s side.

Ruth Jones says: “Filming Who Do You Think You Are? was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I feel so privileged to have been taken on this spectacular journey into my heritage and to have discovered so much about my ancestors.  I’ve probably been guilty of assuming people from by-gone generations were stuffy, two dimensional and a bit dull. But my trip on Who Do You Think You Are? has proved the opposite to be true. I feel like I’ve got to know the real people behind the fading sepia photographs and it’s made me want to find out more. Ancestry is where it’s at!”


This highly anticipated series of Who Do You Think You Are? will deliver laughter, tears, tragedies and shocks, as the celebrities uncover and share emotional stories and surprising revelations about family members both beloved and unknown.


Abigail Priddle, BBC Commissioning Editor for Specialist Factual, says: “We’re so excited about the return of Who Do You Think You Are? one of our most watched history series. Viewers have much to be excited about too, with an amazing line-up of celebrities set to delve in their ancestries and uncover lost connections and unfamiliar histories.”


Executive Producer for Wall to Wall, Colette Flight, says: “Who Do You Think You Are? Is back with more of our best-loved celebrities discovering incredible ancestors in their family trees. In these challenging times, the stories of courage, sacrifice and resilience they uncover are all the more resonant, but there’s also plenty of humour along the way too.”


The new series of Who Do You Think You Are? launches in the UK on BBC One on Monday 12th October with Jodie Whittaker’s episode.


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UK Series 16 of Who Do You Think You Are? returns tonight!

Its here at last!

The first episode of the 16th UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? is scheduled to be broadcast tonight on BBC 1 at 9pm.

People are getting excited as it is the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe who is about to explore his family history  – and it is a good episode in my opinion!

I have already had the gen on what is in the programme so that I could put together the article for TheGenealogist* on their website. I’ve put in some additional record research that won’t be in the show, so you may want to take a look.


However, if you intend to watch the programme you need to be aware my article does contain spoilers! Read about what Daniel Radcliffe discovers in his family history on Who Do You Think You Are?*



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Announcing the Celebrities for the 2019 UK series of Who Do You Think You Are?

The BBC have not told us a date yet for the 16th UK series, but today everyone is talking about the line up.

Most people seem to be quite excited as this year the chosen few include some really big star celebrities.

Wall to Wall's Who Do You Think You Are? programmes on the BBC

When it returns to our television screens, probably later this summer, it will be after a triumphant BAFTA win.

Wall to Wall, the makers of the show, promise that Series 16 will have shocking revelations, laughter, tears and emotions like never before as the celebrities explore their remarkable histories and their ancestral secrets begin to unfold.

The eight programmes set to air in 2019 will include the following personalities: Kate Winslet, Daniel Radcliffe, Sharon Osbourne, Naomie Harris, Paul Merton, Mark Wright, Katherine Ryan and Jack Whitehall who will all be tracing their families’ histories and entertaining us along the way.


Want to read more about this year’s personalities? Take a look at this article courtesy of TheGenealogist:

www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles *

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Now we know the Celebrities in the next WDYTYA? TV series

This week the line up for the next UK series of Who Do You Think You Are was released!

Wall to Wall's Who Do You Think You Are? programmes on the BBC

The Press Release tells us that it includes stars from the world of music, comedy, sport, television and film.

The line up for the 15th series of the BAFTA-award winning genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? from Wall To Wall (a Warner Bros Television Production UK Ltd company) when it returns to BBC One this summer includes multi-awarding winning actor OLIVIA COLMAN, musician, DJ, fashion designer and British icon BOY GEORGE, Strictly Come Dancing’s Head Judge SHIRLEY BALLAS, comedian and Not Going Out actor LEE MACK, presenter and former JLS member MARVIN HUMES, barrister and television personality ROBERT ‘JUDGE’ RINDER, Our Girl star MICHELLE KEEGAN and gold medal winning Paralympian JONNIE PEACOCK all discover their families’ pasts in this year’s series.

Series fifteen reveals shocking discoveries, laughter and tears along the way, as our eight celebrities travel around the world to unearth the secrets of their ancestors.  Michelle Keegan uncovers some exceptional women on her family tree as she unearths a special connection to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. Olivia Colman’s journey is one of equal contrasts as she voyages from her family home in Norfolk to India, discovering that her ancestry is more diverse than she had originally thought. While Lee Mack’s investigation brings to light a comedy connection to his great-grandfather who performed on the frontline during WW1. From adultery to asylums, illicit drinking dens to revolutions, our celebrities travel round the world, from Gibraltar to Genoa, India, Jamaica, South Africa and Latvia, as they solve the mysteries in their family trees.

The series will air on BBC One over the summer with Michelle Keegan’s episode launching the series in June as part of the ‘Hear Her’ Season on the BBC which marks the centenary of women getting the vote.

The BBC is set to showcase women’s voices in a dedicated season of content across TV, radio and online to mark 100 years since suffrage and the centenary anniversary of women being able to vote in the UK.

Executive Producer for Wall to Wall, Colette Flight, says: “Britain’s best loved stars are once again delving into their family trees, uncovering hidden secrets and solving mysteries. The stories they unearth are revelatory, often unexpectedly humorous but always affecting.”

BBC Commissioning Editor Fatima Salaria says: “The enduring appeal of Who Do You Think You Are is set to continue as BBC One broadcasts a huge host of names in series 15 including Olivia Colman, Boy George, Marvin Humes and Judge Rinder, which are guaranteed to move and entertain audiences. We’re particularly honoured to launch the series with Michelle Keegan’s episode which uncovers her special connection to Emmeline Pankhurst, as part of the BBC’s ‘Hear Her’ season. This is must see TV at its best.”

Series 15 was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Tom McDonald, BBC Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Fatima Salaria.



I know that it is compulsive viewing for many of us, so I am looking forward to the series beginning!


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