A dozen celebrities are preparing embark on their own DNA Journey when the series returns to ITV later this year. Episodes will be spread across Summer and Autumn.
Following their maternal and paternal bloodlines, the pairings will unlock hidden secrets from the past whilst also discovering living relatives they never knew existed.
They are guided along the way by expert genealogists and historians who, using cutting edge DNA technology and hidden genealogy, unlock the mysteries of their family history, helping them discover the shocking secrets that will change their lives forever.
Celebrity pairings for the new series are...
Kate Garraway & Alison Hammond
Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean
Maureen Lippmann & Rula Lenska
Anne Hegarty & Shaun Wallace
Rob Beckett & Romesh Ranganathan
Alison Steadman & Larry Lamb
Joel Dommett & Tom Allen
A source told The Sun: "DNA Secrets is always an emotional watch as stars discover new stories from their family’s past. Kate [Garraway]’s episode promises to be a real tear-jerker. She has so much going on in the present day so any mention of caregiving, illness or tragedy from her past will resonate. Viewers love Kate and are incredibly invested in her journey. DNA Journeys is set to be another heart-wrenching chapter of her story."
The show began as a two-part special with Ant & Dec retracing their roots. Following its success, ITV commissioned a series. Celebrities in the first series were sporting legends Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp, TV personalities Amanda Holden and Alan Carr and father, son duo Martin and Roman Kemp.
Commenting on the first series, Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Commissioning for ITV said: “This promises to be a fascinating series as viewers will get to follow their favourite stars who find themselves on one of the most emotional, thrilling and insightful road trips of their lives.”
Ant & Dec, Directors of Mitre Television said: “DNA Journey was such an incredible experience for us. It’s such an emotional rollercoaster of a show and this new series doesn’t disappoint”.
DNA Journey is a Voltage TV and Mitre Television co-production for ITV. Transmission details will be revealed in due course.