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Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

BBC Two 2004

Well known faces within the British media each embark on individual journeys to answer some questions in regards to their own family history.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S16E8

#1 - Mark Wright


Season 16 - Episode 8

Intrigued by family stories from his granddad Eddie, former TOWIE star and presenter Mark Wright investigates his dad’s side of the family. Discovering Sephardi Jewish ancestry and a master swordsman living in late 17th-century Andalucía, Mark’s journey takes him to Spain where he’s astonished to finds out how his nine-times great-grandfather survived the terror of the Spanish Inquisition, while a less fortunate relative was burned at the stake.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E8

#2 - Anita Rani


Season 12 - Episode 8

Journalist Anita Rani never met her maternal grandfather Sant Singh - all she has been told is that he suffered terrible tragedy at the time of India's Partition. Anita's mother also tells her that Sant had another wife and family before marrying Anita's grandmother. Armed with this knowledge, Anita travels to India to see if she can find out more about her grandfather's first family - and discover what happened to them during Partition. It's an extraordinary and harrowing journey for Anita.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S16E6

#3 - Paul Merton


Season 16 - Episode 6

Comedian Paul Merton was very close to his late mum, and he knows that her Irish parents died when she was very young. Her father was a shadowy figure said to have been lost at sea. Paul pieces together his grandfather’s story and discovers that he was involved in some of the key events leading to Irish independence in the 1920s, and that the true circumstances of his death were different from the story that has been handed down. In London, on his father’s side, Paul traces a great-great-grandmother who was sent to prison for her part in an assault... involving a banjo.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E7

#4 - Frank Gardner


Season 12 - Episode 7

Journalist Frank Gardner was very close to his late mother and is keen to know more about her side of the family. Frank's mother always told him that the family arrived in Britain with the Normans. Frank sets off to discover if there is any truth in the rumour. Along the way, he traces his family tree back to his ten times great-grandfather Sir Michael Stanhope - a knight of the Tudor court - who was accused of treason. But Frank's journey doesn't end there, and he is astonished to discover that his mother's suspicions are closer to the truth than he could ever have imagined.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S2E3

#5 - Stephen Fry


Season 2 - Episode 3

An emotional journey as Stephen investigates his European Jewish roots.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

#6 - JK Rowling
Season 8 - Episode 2

In a rare television appearance, best-selling Harry Potter author JK Rowling sets out to investigate her French roots.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
#7 - Mark Gatiss
Season 12 - Episode 9

Actor and writer Mark Gatiss has always had a love of storytelling and a passion for the ghastly and ghoulish but has always wondered where it comes from. So when he discovers that his mother's side of the family goes back five generations to the wilds of Northern Ireland, his imagination is awakened. Mark travels to Ireland, where he untangles a tale of rags to riches and finds out that his family were storytellers and (allegedly) vampire slayers!

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S3E4
#8 - David Tennant
Season 3 - Episode 4

David's quest to discover his family take him to the Isle of Mull, and then on to Londonderry, to confront an unexpected side to his ancestors.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S16E5
#9 - Katherine Ryan
Season 16 - Episode 5

Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan’s investigation of her family history leads her to a Methodist minister and his family in colonial Nova Scotia, cod traders in Newfoundland, and eventually to her English roots in Dorset.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S11E4
#10 - Brendan O'Carroll
Season 11 - Episode 4

Brendan O'Carroll ditches his alter ego, Mrs Brown to turn detective, as he attempts to track down the men who murdered his grandfather at the height of the Irish War of Independence. Brendan never knew his grandfather, who was shot dead before he was born, and the only clues he has to go on are from a newspaper article of the time.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Last updated: oct 20, 2021



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