Dame Judi Dench and Pixie Lott lead the stars taking part in new series of Who Do You Think You Are?

Dame Judi Dench and Pixie Lott lead the stars taking part in new series of Who Do You Think You Are?


The present is returning to BBC One this October. 

And, Dame Judi Dench, 86, Pixie Lott, 30, and Alex Scott, 36, lead the stars taking part in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? 

The women are set to unravel their household histories in this new seven-part series, and are joined by Joe Sugg, 30, Joe Lycett, 33, Josh Widdicombe, 38, and Ed Balls, 54, on the star-studded lineup.

What a lineup! Dame Judi Dench, 86, leads the stars taking part in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? as it returns to BBC One this October

What a lineup! Dame Judi Dench, 86, leads the stars taking part in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? because it returns to BBC One this October

Actress Dame Judi finds Danish roots and some intriguing Shakespearean connections, whereas singer-songwriter Pixie discovers a musical legacy three-generations sturdy.

Pundit and former footballer Alex learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered great hardships.

YouTuber and Strictly star Joe discovers a outstanding household historical past way back to the Great Fire of London, and comic Josh traces his lineage again to the Elizabethan and Tudor Courts.  

Former Labour politician and Ed uncovers nice bravery, and some less-admirable conduct, while comic Joe discovers a darker facet to his household historical past. 

Amazing! Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, 30, discovers a musical legacy three-generations strong on her mother's side of the family

Amazing! Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, 30, discovers a musical legacy three-generations sturdy on her mom’s facet of the household

Looking back: Alex Scott, 36, learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered tremendous hardships

Looking again: Alex Scott, 36, learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered great hardships

Shakespearean actor, film star and National Treasure, Dame Judi Dench seizes the probability to seek out out about her forebears in Who Do You Think You Are? beginning along with her father, Reginald – who by no means spoke of his experiences throughout the First World War. Travelling additional into her household historical past, Judi’s investigations lead her to Denmark and the Aristocracy, the place she discovers, to her delight, some unbelievable Shakespearean hyperlinks.

Pixie Lott hopes to seek out the fact of the household story that she has Italian ancestry from Verona, however the actuality is not fairly what she was looking for. She additionally learns of her nice grandfather’s harrowing experiences in the First World War, together with discovering musical genes on her mom’s facet of the household.

Alex Scott explores the Jewish ancestry on her mom’s facet and learns that her nice grandad confronted down fascism in London’s East End in 1936. She travels to Jamaica to uncover historical past on the different facet of the household and learns of great hardship and struggling in addition to some uncomfortable and upsetting historical past.

Finding out more: Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg, 30, enlists help from his big sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to explore their family tree

Finding out extra: Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg, 30, enlists assist from his massive sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to discover their household tree

Light and dark: Comedian Joe Lycett, 33, manages to find humour everywhere, but he discovers a darker family history

Light and darkish: Comedian Joe Lycett, 33, manages to seek out humour all over the place, however he discovers a darker household historical past

YouTuber and Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg enlists assist from his massive sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to discover their household tree. He discovers a great-great-great grandfather who was concerned in the earliest days of communication by telegraph; ancestors who fled non secular persecution in France; and a relative who survived the Great Fire of London. 

Comedian Joe Lycett manages to seek out humour all over the place, however he discovers a darker household historical past as he finds out that his two-times-great grandfather was a boy chimney sweep in the 1850s who later joined the Royal Marines and travelled the world; however struggled to course of his experiences.  

Amongst his household historical past, Josh Widdicombe discovers an ancestor lower out of the household fortune and a courtier with intimate entry to the King’s commode, whose story ends disastrously throughout the Civil War. From there it is a dizzying journey again to Elizabethan and Tudor the Aristocracy culminating in an unbelievable ancestral line.

Interesting: Josh Widdicombe, 38, discovers an ancestor cut out of the family fortune and a courtier with intimate access to the King's commode

Interesting: Josh Widdicombe, 38, discovers an ancestor lower out of the household fortune and a courtier with intimate entry to the King’s commode

At first, it seems to be like Ed Balls will uncover an heroic story when he seems to be into the life of an assistant ship’s surgeon, however the grim actuality is not fairly what he hoped for. However, he uncovers a extra inspiring story when investigating the life of an ancestor who lived by way of the agricultural melancholy of the 1820s. 

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 a unprecedented combine of private movie star histories that may take them round the world, unearthing fascinating tales in household timber which are touching, enlightening and all the time fascinating.’

Executive Producer for Wall to Wall, Colette Flight, says: ‘Who Do You Think You Are? is again with one other line-up of Britain’s best-loved celebrities exploring their household histories throughout the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Jamaica. The unbelievable private tales they unearth of their ancestors’ lives – from royal love triangles to labourers preventing for his or her rights, from Victorian youngster sweeps to battling fascists in London’s East finish – replicate and illuminate all our collective historical past.’

Digging into the past: Former Labour politician and Ed Balls, 54, uncovers great bravery, and some less-admirable conduct

Digging into the previous: Former Labour politician and Ed Balls, 54, uncovers nice bravery, and some less-admirable conduct

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