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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.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) (Season 12)

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

#1 - 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 8.78 from 18 votes.

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

#2 - 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 8.70 from 20 votes.

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

#3 - 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 8.48 from 25 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E3

#4 - Derek Jacobi (Season 12 - Episode 3)

Actor Derek Jacobi discovers that he is descended from a Huguenot fleeing persecution.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 26 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E2

#5 - Jane Seymour (Season 12 - Episode 2)

Jane Seymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg and knows that there is Jewish ancestry on her father’s side of the family. She wants to find out about her Jewish great aunts Michaela and Jadwiga and their lives under Nazi occupation.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 43 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E10

#6 - Frances de la Tour (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 8.00 from 18 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E5

#7 - Gareth Malone (Season 12 - Episode 5)

Gareth Malone wants to know how far back his musical gene goes and he attempts to find out more. His investigations into his mother's side of the family take him to London's West End, where he learns that his great-great-grandfather was a star of musical comedy and performed in front of George V.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 21 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E4

#8 - Jerry Hall (Season 12 - Episode 4)

Jerry Hall knows her father’s family originally came from Oldham, but wants to discover how they ended up in America.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 35 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E6

#9 - Anne Reid (Season 12 - Episode 6)

Actress Anne Reid was close to her father but knows very little about his family. She only has a couple of clues to go on - the name of a house in Scotland and a family story that her father's side were ministers in the church. These clues soon put her on the trail of her great-great-grandfather John Reid - not a minister at all, but a schoolteacher in Fife with a sideline in forgery. When John's forgeries land him in the dock his life takes an unexpected turn - to Tasmania, on a convict ship.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 21 votes.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) - S12E1

#10 - Paul Hollywood (Season 12 - Episode 1)

Paul Hollywood looks into his family's past this week. His journey takes him first to North Africa where his grandfather had only just completed his training when he found himself in Tunisia as part of the Light Anti-Aircraft division tasked with protecting infantry from enemy air attack during a major Allied offensive to take Tunis from the Germans. He then makes his way to Italy where he learns his grandfather was part of the landing force that became surrounded by German forces and trapped on the beaches at Anzio for four months.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 28 votes.


Last updated: sep 30, 2022



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