What is DNA Journey?
DNA Journey is ITV’s new 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 will pair up two celebrities, and they’ll 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.
When is DNA Journey on TV?
The first episode of DNA Journey will be broadcast on ITV on Wednesday 10 March from 9pm to 10.15pm.
Both parts of Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey are now available on ITV Hub, and part 2 will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Sunday 7 March.
Who will appear on DNA Journey?
Each episode of DNA Journey sees a pair of celebrity mates providing friendly rivalry and humour as well as a shoulder to cry on as they trace their family history together using DNA testing. The first episode will follow cricketer Freddie Flintoff and footballer Jamie Redknapp. Proud Lancastrian Freddie is surprised when his family history includes Yorkshire miners, while Jamie Redknapp discovers a link to London‘s East End and an unsolved murder.
The other episodes will feature comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan, TV personalities Alan Carr and Amanda Holden (both of whom have also appeared on Who Do You Think You Are?), and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet and EastEnders fame with his DJ son Roman.
Are there any other DNA family history programmes on TV at the moment?
Yes – over on BBC Two, DNA Family Secrets will continue on Tuesday 2 March, with Stacey Dooley meeting members of the public who want to find out more about their family history using DNA testing.
Rosemary Collins is the staff writer of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine