Heartbreak, laughter and intrigue

Great British Bake Off presenter Paul Hollywood, modelling legend Jerry Hall, Last Tango In Halifax stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, actress Jane Seymour, choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone, stage and television actress Frances de la Tour, news reporter Frank Gardner, BAFTA-award winning writer Mark Gatiss and television presenter Anita Rani all join this series.

Spanning almost a thousand years of history and crossing four continents, the new series follows our 10 household names as they investigate the secrets of their family trees. Travelling from the Tower of London to the Highlands of Scotland, from Tunisia to Tasmania, from the Punjab in India to the Wild West of America, our intrepid 10 each embark on a journey of discovery as they dig deep into their family ancestry, uncovering a host of hidden pasts and shocking revelations.

Full of heartbreak, laughter, intrigue and surprise, each film captures every step of our celebrity’s mission to learn more about their ancestors’ lives.

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Episode 8, Series 13

Thursday December 14 at 8:30pm

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis uncovers the story of his three times great grandfather - a postman who lived a double life.

Episode 8, Series 13

Sunday December 17 at 9:30am

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis uncovers the story of his three times great grandfather - a postman who lived a double life.

Episode 9, Series 13

Thursday December 21 at 8:30pm

Sunetra Sarker

Actor Sunetra Sarker sets out to explore the Bengali heritage she ignored when she was growing up in Liverpool.

Episode 1, Series 8

Wednesday December 27 at 11:05am

Larry Lamb

Actor Larry Lamb was an adult before he discovered that his mother was adopted as a baby and wants to find out about his biological grandparents, as much for his mother's sake as his…

Episode 2, Series 8

Thursday December 28 at 11:10am

June Brown

Eastender's actor June Brown unravels her Jewish heritage, and discovers how momentous historical events shaped her family's destiny, forcing them to migrate across Europe.

Episode 10, Series 13

Thursday December 28 at 8:30pm

Sophie Raworth

BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth discovers a tragic but inspiring tale of ancestors who risked everything to move to America.

Episode 3, Series 8

Friday December 29 at 11:05am

Sebastian Coe

Beginning his search in Cheshire, Seb soon discovers that his family has strong links with Britain's colonial past, and heads to Jamaica and the USA to learn more of their fate.

Episode 4, Series 8

Monday January 1 at 11:10am

J K Rowling

Beginning her journey into her late mother's French ancestry in Edinburgh, Jo's search takes her from The Savoy in London, to once-bloody battlefields and the back streets of urban…

Episode 5, Series 8

Tuesday January 2 at 11:05am

Alan Carr

In an extraordinary story of twists and turns, Alan discovers the shocking truth behind a mysterious name change, and exposes a previously hidden chapter of social history.

Episode 6, Series 8

Wednesday January 3 at 10:45am

Robin Gibb

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb discovers a tale of poverty & grit as he finds out how his great grandfather became a decorated soldier, & he attempts to solve the mystery of a family breakdown…

Episode 7, Series 8

Thursday January 4 at 10:45am

Richard Madeley

Having reached a turning point in his life, former daytime television presenter Richard Madeley decides to find out more about his family roots, which leads him to Canada and the US…

Episode 1, Series 11

Thursday January 4 at 8:30pm

Julie Walters

Actress and national treasure Julie Walters follows her roots back to rural Ireland.

Episode 8, Series 8

Friday January 5 at 10:45am

Emilia Fox

Heavily pregnant during filming, Emilia was intrigued to find out what family traits her baby might inherit, and to investigate how far back the family's acting roots go.

Episode 1, Series 11

Sunday January 7 at 9:40am

Julie Walters

Actress and national treasure Julie Walters follows her roots back to rural Ireland.

Episode 9, Series 8

Monday January 8 at 10:45am

Len Goodman

Len discovers how the shadow of the workhouse loomed large over his family and led to tragic consequences and sets out to solve the mystery of an ancestor's descent into poverty.

Episode 10, Series 8

Tuesday January 9 at 10:45am

Tracey Emin

Knowing that she won't have children of her own, Tracey looks to discover more about her maternal line, and is shocked and delighted to discover an unconventional heritage.

Episode 1, Series 9

Wednesday January 10 at 10:45am

Samantha Womack

Best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders, Samantha Womack had parents who separated when she was young, and she grew up with only a fractured sense of her family history…

Episode 2, Series 9

Thursday January 11 at 10:45am

Gregg Wallace

Setting out to solve a family mystery: Gregg searches to find what happened to his great-grandfather, who abandoned his wife and children and was thought to have deserted the navy.

Episode 2, Series 11

Thursday January 11 at 8:30pm

Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed has always loved his name - but has no idea where his ancestors came from.

Episode 3, Series 9

Friday January 12 at 10:45am

Patrick Stewart

In this deeply personal and moving film, Patrick investigates his late father, Alfred Stewart, and his extraordinary war career, discovering the shocking impact it had on his character…


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