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Who Do They Think They Are?: 10 Years, 100 Shows (Wednesday 6 August)

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Britain’s best-loved family-history series, Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One in August to celebrate its 10th birthday and 100th episode. To mark a decade of Who Do You Think You Are? a one hour special will accompany the new series, delving into the treasure trove of extraordinary TV moments that have marked the series.
 
 
 
One hundred celebrities have been on a genealogical mystery tour and there have been shocks and surprises, laughter and tears. Who Do You Think You Are? has taken viewers on a journey through the past lives of family favourites such as Bruce Forsyth, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Clarkson, Boris Johnson, Ainsley Harriot, Davina McCall, Graham Norton, JK Rowling, Barbara Windsor, Stephen Fry, Natasha Kaplinsky, Gary Lineker and Nigel Havers, to discover stories of heroism and happiness, as well as pain and personal tragedy. From workhouse to royal palaces, prisons to parliament, brothel to bedlam, the series has found heroes, villains, royalty and rogues.

This is the series that saw Jeremy Paxman reduced to tears over the plight of his great grandparents; plotted Alexander Armstrong’s illustrious line back to William the Conqueror; saw Kim Cattrall’s horror at uncovering her grandfather’s secret family; told London Mayor Boris Johnson that he was descended from European Royalty; connected Barbara Windsor to the famous landscape artist John Constable; led Alistair McGowan to a life changing discovery - his Scottish ancestry is in fact Indian; made Alex Kingston blush when she discovered her ancestors ran a brothel; united entertainment legend Bruce Forsyth with an American branch of his family whom he was connected to through his elusive great grandfather’s bigamy, and almost had its own Who Do You Think You Are? baby, when pregnant Emilia Fox thought she might go into labour during filming.

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