What is DNA Journey?

DNA Journey is ITV’s major family history series. Similar to BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?, it follows celebrities who want to discover more about their family history, but with a couple of differences – each episode pairs up two celebrities to go on their DNA journey together, and they use DNA tests to start their journey.


DNA Journey began with a 2019 show following Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly as they uncovered their family histories. It is produced by Ant and Dec’s production company Mitre Television, along with Voltage TV. This was followed by a three-episode series in 2021.

When is DNA Journey on TV?

Series 3 of DNA Journey is being broadcast in two parts. The first part was broadcast in the spring 2022. The first episode of the second part will be broadcast on ITV at 9pm on Thursday 29 September 2022.

What is DNA Journey about?

The latest series of DNA Journey starts with comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan embarking on a road trip to find out about their family history, using a mixture of DNA and genealogy. There are plenty of belly laughs but also some surprising emotions. The pair meet relatives they never knew they had. In Rob's case, this includes Britain's strongest man, Oli Thompson.

In the next episode, broadcast on Thursday 6 October, daytime TV queens Kate Garraway and Alison Hammond discover their family history in a journey that takes them to Bristol, London and Jamaica.

The other episodes will feature actors Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb and comedians Joel Dommett and Tom Allen.

Watch the trailer for DNA Journey:

Who else has been on DNA Journey?

The 2022 series of DNA Journey previously featured The Chase stars Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace; ice-skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean; and actors Maureen Lipman and Rula Lenska. The first series starred cricketer Freddie Flintoff and footballer Jamie Redknapp; TV personalities Alan Carr and Amanda Holden; and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet with his DJ son Roman.

Where can I watch DNA Journey?

All previous episodes of DNA Journey are available on ITV Hub.


Rosemary Collins is the staff writer of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine