Jodie Whittaker, David Walliams, Liz Carr and Ruth Jones to uncover their family history in new series.
Jodie Whittaker learns the poignant reality behind a family myth surrounding her great uncle’s sacrifice in WWI, David Walliams also uncovers a more tragic story surrounding his paternal great grandfather’s experiences following WWI.
Liz Carr learns of her paternal grandfather’s experiences in the Royal Navy's Northern Patrol, and 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.
Jodie said "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 said: "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 said "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 said "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!"
Abigail Priddle, BBC commissioning editor for specialist factual, said: "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."
Who Do You Think You Are? returns this October on BBC One.