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Genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One this October.

A host of celebrities including Ed Balls, Dame Judi Dench, Pixie Lott, Joe Lycett, Alex Scott, Joe Sugg and Josh Widdicombe are set to unravel their family history in this new seven-part series.

Dame Judi Dench unearths Danish roots and some intriguing Shakespearean connections, while former Labour Politician and presenter Ed Balls uncovers great bravery and some less admirable conduct. Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott discovers a musical legacy three-generations strong, whilst comedian Joe Lycett discovers a darker side to his family history.

Pundit and former footballer Alex Scott learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered tremendous hardships. YouTuber Joe Sugg discovers a remarkable family history as far back as the Great Fire of London, and comedian Josh Widdicombe traces his lineage 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.”

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


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