Danny Dyer to star in new series of Who Do You Think You Are?

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Danny Dyer, Amanda Holden, Ricky Tomlinson and Sir Ian McKellen will feature in the latest series of BBC1 genealogy show, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? is back on BBC1 this autumn with an intriguing line-up of celebrities searching their family tree, including EastEnders star Danny Dyer and Stars Wars actor Warwick Davis.

As well as Danny, BGT judge Amanda Holden, acting great Sir Ian McKellen, news anchor Sophie Raworth, The Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson, Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, presenter Liz Bonnin, actor and comedian Greg Davies, actress Sunetra Sarker and pop star Cheryl will all discover their past in this year’s series.

The new series will see a number of firsts as it travels to new territories – exploring how our celebrities’ ancestors were caught up in slavery-era Martinique and the birth of Bangladesh – and discovers previously untold stories, from the invention of the weekend to the first pineapples in Britain, from Welsh royalty to the perils of life in working-class Liverpool.

Danny Dyer, for instance, will trace his family from poverty and crime in the East End back through the centuries to an incredible connection to royalty. Cheryl’s journey is one of equal contrasts as she discovers the story of her long forgotten great grandfather, a proud soldier in the First World War.

Amanda Holden’s investigation brings to light an extraordinary Napoleonic-era cross-channel romance and the forgotten tragedy of Britain’s worst ever maritime disaster.

Executive producer Colette Flight said:  “Who Do You Think You Are? is back with another brilliant line-up of much-loved stars, uncovering hidden history by bringing their ancestors to life.  As we follow our celebrities on their personal journey into their family trees, an extraordinary range of incredible stories are revealed, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always compelling.”

Series 13 of Who Do You Think You Are? will premiere on BBC1 in the autumn.

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Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.