What is My Grandparents' War?

My Grandparents' War stars Keira Knightley, Kit Harington, Toby Jones and Emeli Sandé as they discover what their grandparents did in the Second World War

Keira Knightley is among the celebrities on My Grandparents' War
Published: September 13, 2022 at 12:40 pm
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What is My Grandparents’ War?

My Grandparents’ War is a Channel 4 TV series, similar to Who Do You Think You Are?, in which celebrities discover the stories of their grandparents’ experiences during the Second World War. Each episode considers how the events their grandparents lived through helped to shape the wider world, in a series that combines rarely seen archive material with the testimony of veterans, experts and those close to the stars.


When is My Grandparents’ War on TV?

The first episode of My Grandparents’ War will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday 15 September.

Who is on My Grandparents’ War?

My Grandparents' War stars Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, Hollywood A-lister Keira Knightley, Detectorists actor Toby Jones and singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé.

Watch the trailer for My Grandparents' War:

What is My Grandparents' War about?

In his episode of My Grandparents' War, Kit Harington discovers that his paternal grandfather John Harington served alongside James Bond creator Ian Fleming in Naval Intelligence. John, we learn, ran one of the 20th century’s most controversial spying operations and, in his later career with the secret services, worked with infamous double agent Kim Philby. Kit's grandmother Lavender Harington was involved in espionage at 'the Bletchley Park of the Caribbean'. Kit's maternal grandfather, Mick Catesby, served in Italy and saw action in an operation that cost the lives of dozens of his comrades. He suffered from shell shock but fell in love with his wife Pippa during the Blitz. This is not the first time Kit Harington has dived into his family history on TV. In 2017, he played Robert Catesby, one of the alleged leaders of the Gunpowder Plot and his own distant ancestor, in the BBC drama Gunpowder.

What other episodes of My Grandparents’ War are available?

The first series of My Grandparents’ War was broadcast in 2018 and starred Carey Mulligan, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance and Helena Bonham Carter.


Rosemary Collins is the features editor for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine


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