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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) - S5E2

#1 - Boris Johnson

9.00

Season 5 - Episode 2

Boris Johnson knew a certain amount about his diverse family background, but was intrigued by several family stories and mysteries. He was particularly keen to investigate stories associated with the relatives of his paternal grandparents. Boris's grandfather, Wilfred Johnson, had never spoken about the murder of his Turkish father in the 1920s. Boris’s grandmother Irene Johnson (née Williams), known as 'Granny Butter', had always been the subject of derision in the family due to her grandiose claims of an aristocratic French background. So Boris set out on an international journey of discovery to separate fact from fiction.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 8 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S6E8

#2 - Kate Humble

9.00

Season 6 - Episode 8

TV presenter Kate Humble knows little about her family history. What she does know is that her paternal grandfather was a test pilot, and she believes her maternal grandfather ended up in Colditz. On the trail of her grandfather Bill Humble, who was a test pilot during the Second World War, Kate visits the RAF Museum. She is astonished to discover what a legend Bill was in flying circles, and is amazed to see his daredevil flying for herself in archive film held there.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 6 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S6E10

#3 - Kim Cattrall

9.00

Season 6 - Episode 10

Liverpool-born Kim Cattrall sets out to solve a family mystery that has endured for more than seventy years, the disappearance of her grandfather.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 4 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S3E8

#4 - Julia Sawalha

8.83

Season 3 - Episode 8

Julia's journey takes her to France and Jordan.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 6 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S6E6

#5 - Davina McCall

8.83

Season 6 - Episode 6

Davina McCall makes some intriguing and shocking discoveries as she delves into her family's past, hoping to learn more about her maternal French heritage.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 6 votes.

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

#6 - 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 #6 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 11 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S5E6

#7 - David Suchet

8.80

Season 5 - Episode 6

Confusion reigns in David Suchet's family history. Was his father's father German, Russian or Estonian? Was his name Suchedowitz, Suchet or Shoket? David’s mother's family is equally confusing. Was her grandfather really a French photographer? And why did another ancestor's ship sink off Norfolk? David travels across Europe hoping to find some answers.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 5 votes.

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

#8 - 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 #8 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 11 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S6E11

#9 - Martin Freeman

8.71

Season 6 - Episode 11

With his dad having died when he was 10 and his parents having divorced some years before, Martin Freeman tries to find out the paternal side of his family history.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 7 votes.

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

#10 - Anita Rani

8.71

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 #10 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 17 votes.

#11 - 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 #1 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 20 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S2E3
#12 - Stephen Fry
8.69
Season 2 - Episode 3

An emotional journey as Stephen investigates his European Jewish roots.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 13 votes.

#13 - 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 #3 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 15 votes.

#14 - Alan Carr
8.57
Season 8 - Episode 6

Alan Carr explores his family's football connection and his grandfather's brush with fame.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 7 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S4E5
#15 - Alistair McGowan
8.50
Season 4 - Episode 5

Alistair McGowan explores his heritage from his father's side, investigating what 'Anglo-Indian' means by a journey to India.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 2 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S4E7
#16 - Matthew Pinsent
8.50
Season 4 - Episode 7

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 2 votes.

#17 - Sebastian Coe
8.50
Season 8 - Episode 3

The former Olympic gold medal winner sets out to discover if there is any truth in his grandmother's claims that the family's origins were once quite grand.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 6 votes.

#18 - Ruth Jones
8.50
Season 17 - Episode 3

Actor and writer Ruth Jones - Nessa from Gavin and Stacey - investigates her Welsh family’s history. On her mum’s side, she discovers that her great-great-great-grandfather was a mariner who rose to the rank of captain in the domestic coastal trade. His son surpassed his father by carrying Welsh coal across the world. On Ruth’s dad’s side, she looks into the career of the grandfather she never met. Henry Richard Jones was a leading light in the Medical Aid Societies of south Wales, which provided a model for the National Health Service in 1948.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 6 votes.

#19 - 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 #9 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 25 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S3E4
#20 - 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 #10 Best episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) from 13 votes.

Last updated: dec 30, 2020

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I love that it’s in other countries as well

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