What is DNA Family Secrets?
DNA Family Secrets is a new three-part documentary series presented by Stacey Dooley. The programme follows members of the public who want to answer questions about their family or health using DNA testing, and reveals how the latest DNA technology is transforming our understanding of who we are.
When is DNA Family Secrets on TV?
All episodes of DNA Family Secrets are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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What is DNA Family Secrets about?
DNA Family Secrets sees Stacey Dooley, genetics expert Professor Turi King and a team of genealogists, social workers and doctors use the latest DNA testing to help ordinary people from across the UK reveal their heritage, track down distant relatives and detect debilitating diseases before it is too late.
In the first episode of DNA Family Secrets, Stacey Dooley meets 75-year-old Bill, who knows nothing about his father other than his name and the fact that he was an African-American GI who met Bill’s mother during the Second World War. Bill wants to know if analysing his DNA will help him find out what happened to his father – and whether he has any living relatives in the USA.
DNA Family Secrets also follows the stories of 53-year-old Richard, who was shocked to discover that his dad was not his biological father and wants to solve the mystery of his parentage; and Charlie, a young mother whose father was diagnosed with Huntingdon’s disease, leaving her worried that she and her son Cian have inherited the risk of the illness.
Who is Stacey Dooley?
Stacey Dooley MBE is a television presenter best known for presenting the documentary series Stacey Dooley Investigates on BBC Three and the reality competition series Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star. She was also the winning contestant on the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Rosemary Collins is the staff writer of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine