7.6
67 votes
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

8.82

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.

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

#2 - Anita Rani

8.78

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

8.73

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

8.70

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.

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

#5 - Stephen Fry

8.69

Season 2 - Episode 3

An emotional journey as Stephen investigates his European Jewish roots.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S8E2

#6 - JK Rowling

8.60

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.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E9

#7 - Mark Gatiss

8.48

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.

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Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S3E4

#8 - David Tennant

8.46

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

8.44

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

8.25

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.

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Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E3
#11 - Derek Jacobi
8.19
Season 12 - Episode 3

Derek Jacobi grew up in Walthamstow and a clue in his mother's family tree hints at a more colourful past. He soon finds out that, far from being from humble roots as he had thought, he is in fact descended from a wealthy French Huguenot fleeing religious persecution in France.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
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Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S14E1
#12 - Charles Dance
8.19
Season 14 - Episode 1

Actor Charles Dance has made his name playing aristocrats, including Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones. But the upstairs world Charles inhabits on screen is nothing like his own background as his mum was an under house parlour maid. Charles wants to know if he comes from a long line of servants or if he can uncover some grander origins. He is also determined to learn about his dad, who died when Charles was four. Charles knows hardly anything about him, not even when he was born. Charles's search for information takes him to the other side of the world to meet close relatives he never knew he had.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S9E8
#13 - Celia Imrie
8.17
Season 9 - Episode 8

Actress Celia Imrie knows that she comes from a long line of aristocrats on her mother's side, but has always resisted finding out any more about her illustrious heritage; her fear is that they will turn out to be privileged and boring, but she is quickly proved very wrong. In a film that ranges from political intrigue to impotence, Celia traces her family back to the 17th century. She discovers an ancestor who broke all the rules and ended up in the Tower of London, and investigates the extraordinary political legacy of another ancestor, who was accused of plotting to kill King Charles II.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S5E3
#14 - Jerry Springer
8.13
Season 5 - Episode 3

Jerry knows that if his parents had not fled Germany before the start of the Second World War he would almost certainly not be alive today. As Jewish refugees, they settled in London before moving to the United States. Tragically, Jerry’s grandmothers were not so lucky. Unable to escape from the Nazis, both died in the Holocaust. Jerry sets out on an emotional journey to discover what happened to them. How far back can he trace the Springer family in Germany and did any of them survive the war?

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S16E1
#15 - Daniel Radcliffe
8.04
Season 16 - Episode 1

Actor Daniel Radcliffe discovers that the Hatton Garden robbery of his great-grandfather’s jewellery business was far more dark and dramatic than he ever imagined, while an unseen cache of his great-great-uncle’s letters reveals a heart-wrenching First World War love story.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E2
#16 - Jane Seymour
8.02
Season 12 - Episode 2

Actress Jane Seymour grew up in London but knows that her father's side of the family originally came from Poland. She suspects that they suffered in the Holocaust, but has never known what happened. In particular, she wants to find out the fate of her two paternal great aunts, Jadwiga and Michaela, and their families. Jane's search for the truth takes her to Warsaw - where she discovers that although Jadwiga managed to escape the ghetto, she was tragically separated from her family - and to France, where she follows Michaela and her family in a terrifying flight to Switzerland as they flee the Nazis.

The episode was rated from 43 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S13E6
#17 - Ian McKellen
8.02
Season 13 - Episode 6

As the 'last of the McKellens', Sir Ian admits to a degree of melancholy as he delves into his family history. But the results pay off richly for one of Britain's greatest actors and civil rights champions. Ian's journey uncovers a theatrical ancestor, a Victorian political activist and a link to an ancient Druidical landmark in the Lake District.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
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Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S10E1
#18 - Una Stubbs
8.00
Season 10 - Episode 1

Una Stubbs never got the chance to meet her paternal grandparents and learns that they didn't die until she was in her 20s. She manages to uncover a story of illegitimacy and poverty.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S10E3
#19 - Minnie Driver
8.00
Season 10 - Episode 3

Hollywood actress Minnie Driver is on a mission to find out more about her late father, Ronnie, and his family's background. Minnie's parents were not married, and Minnie only discovered when she was older that her father had a wife and another family all the time Minnie's parents were together. Minnie knows her father was awarded a medal for his role in the battle of Heligoland Bight during World War Two, but is shocked to discover that he apparently threw it away. She sets out to investigate why her father would relinquish such an honour. The trail leads Minnie to relatives she never knew existed, and she discovers a kindred spirit in the family.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E10
#20 - Frances de la Tour
8.00
Season 12 - Episode 10

Frances de la Tour's family tree holds a tantalising clue which hints at aristocratic ancestors. Hot on the trail of her three times great grandmother Frances uncovers a story of a secret lover, an illegitimate child and a landmark divorce case. But the scandal doesn't stop there. Tracing back another generation Frances uncovers the tragic story of Sophia Delaval - and traces her roots back to Seaton Delaval, the historic family residence.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
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Last updated: jul 12, 2022

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Don't see it. Didn't watch it.

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I love that it’s in other countries as well

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