Celebrities revealed for new series of WDYTYA?

By Steve Harnell, 22 June 2015 - 2:46pm

An impressive selection of big-hitting celebrities is set to appear in the new run of Who Do You Think You Are? when it returns to BBC screens this summer

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is among the celebrities featured in the new series of WDYTYA? (Credit: Getty Images)

An impressive selection of big-hitting celebrities is set to appear in the new run of Who Do You Think You Are? when it returns to BBC screens this summer.

Stars from the world of film and TV, theatre, music, cookery, modelling and news feature in the 12th series of the show. This year’s line-up includes Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, legendary actor Sir Derek Jacobi, choirmaster Gareth Malone and actor and writer Mark Gatiss.

Sir Derek Jacobi’s Last Tango in Halifax co-star Anne Reid also features in the series, along with actor Jane Seymour, modelling legend Jerry Hall and stage and television actor Frances De La Tour. Joining them, too, will be BBC news reporter Frank Gardner and presenter Anita Rani.

Spanning almost 1,000 years of history and crossing four continents, the new series follows these 10 household names as they investigate the secrets of their family trees.  

Travelling from the Tower of London to the Highlands of Scotland, from Tunisia to Tasmania, from the Punjab in India to the Wild West of America, the celebrities each embark on a journey of discovery as they dig deep into their family ancestry, uncovering a host of hidden pasts and shocking revelations.

Fascinating stories include new-born babies being spirited away under cover of darkness and convicts transported to the other side of the world. Further episodes feature sisters separated by the Holocaust, laudanum-addicted socialites and treason in Tudor England.

The series will see model and actress Jerry Hall trace her ancestry from the cotton mills of Oldham to the plains of Texas as she discovers her family’s pioneering past, blazing the trail west across America.

Derek Jacobi's story is one of equal contrasts, from humble roots in Walthamstow to the court of Louis XIV of France. But the family tree hides a dangerous secret – his ancestor is leading a double life and flees to England where there’s another surprise in store – an unlikely connection to royalty on this side of the Channel.

Executive Producer for Wall to Wall Colette Flight said: “Who Do You Think You Are? is back with another fantastic line-up of much-loved faces, uncovering hidden history by bringing our celebrities’ ancestors to life. Following our best-known stars on their personal journey into their family trees reveals extraordinary stories, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always compelling.” 

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One this summer. Check back on our website as the broadcast date is confirmed.

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