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This inspiring and informative reality series takes viewers on a personal journey into the pasts of well-known celebrities, sharing their emotion and surprise as they uncover the stories that lie at the hearts of their family histories and witness fascinating tales of infidelity, tragedy and adventure.

The show's 14th season features a new crop of personalities traveling the world to discover their ancestry. Guests include Charles Dance, Clare Balding, Adil Ray, Noel Clarke, and Craig Revel Horwood.

Ten more famous faces retrace their ancestry

Ten more famous faces retrace their ancestry

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Episode 3, Series 3

Monday April 23 at 10:35am

Colin Jackson

Episode 3 | Series 3

All athlete Colin Jackson knows about his family history, is that his parents came from Jamaica in the 1960's. Join him as he discovers tales of slavery, immigration & the Panama canal…

Episode 4, Series 3

Tuesday April 24 at 10:35am

David Tennant

Episode 4 | Series 3

David, the 10th Doctor Who, embarks on a journey into his Celtic heritage exploring both his Scottish roots and the life of his Irish grandmother.

Episode 5, Series 3

Wednesday April 25 at 10:25am

David Dickinson

Episode 5 | Series 3

Flamboyant bargain hunter David Dickinson explores the circumstances of his adoption, and the extraordinary story of his Armenian ancestors, travelling to Istanbul for answers.

Episode 8, Series 14

Wednesday April 25 at 5:30pm

Noel Clarke

Episode 8 | Series 14

Noel Clarke visits the Caribbean to learn more about his family.

Episode 8, Series 14

Thursday April 26 at 3:20am

Noel Clarke

Episode 8 | Series 14

Noel Clarke visits the Caribbean to learn more about his family.

Episode 6, Series 3

Thursday April 26 at 10:30am

Nigella Lawson

Episode 6 | Series 3

Journalist & cookery guru Nigella traces her family's rags to riches story from Ashkenazi Jews, into poverty, through London's East End to the gold lined streets of Belgravia.

Episode 7, Series 3

Friday April 27 at 10:35am

Jeremy Irons

Episode 7 | Series 3

On the family history trail, Jeremy investigates a family myth that an ancestor rode a donkey into Westminster to deliver a petition on behalf of the Chartists.

Episode 8, Series 14

Saturday April 28 at 12:40pm

Noel Clarke

Episode 8 | Series 14

Noel Clarke visits the Caribbean to learn more about his family.

Episode 8, Series 14

Sunday April 29 at 12:05am

Noel Clarke

Episode 8 | Series 14

Noel Clarke visits the Caribbean to learn more about his family.

Episode 8, Series 3

Monday April 30 at 10:40am

Julia Sawalha

Episode 8 | Series 3

As Julia delves into her multicultural family history, she unearths clues that seem to prove her mothers French Huguenot heritage, and explores the role of Bedouin women.

Episode 1, Series 10

Tuesday May 1 at 10:40am

Una Stubbs

Episode 1 | Series 10

Una Stubbs never met her paternal grandparents even though they didn't die until she was in her 20s. In her quest to find out more, Una uncovers a story of illegitimacy and poverty…

Episode 2, Series 10

Wednesday May 2 at 10:15am

Nigel Havers

Episode 2 | Series 10

Actor Nigel Havers is usually cast in upper class roles, but his roots turn out to be very different.

Episode 9, Series 14

Wednesday May 2 at 5:30pm

Lisa Hammond

Episode 9 | Series 14

Actress Lisa Hammond wants to understand her grandfather's WWII experiences.

Episode 9, Series 14

Thursday May 3 at 3:35am

Lisa Hammond

Episode 9 | Series 14

Actress Lisa Hammond wants to understand her grandfather's WWII experiences.

Episode 3, Series 10

Thursday May 3 at 10:30am

Minnie Driver

Episode 3 | Series 10

Hollywood actress Minnie Driver is on a mission to find out more about her late father, Ronnie, and his family's background.

Episode 4, Series 10

Friday May 4 at 10:30am

Lesley Sharp

Episode 4 | Series 10

Actress Lesley Sharp was adopted when she was five weeks old. She traced her birth mother over twenty years ago and found she was the result of her mother's affair.

Episode 9, Series 14

Saturday May 5 at 12:45pm

Lisa Hammond

Episode 9 | Series 14

Actress Lisa Hammond wants to understand her grandfather's WWII experiences.

Episode 9, Series 14

Sunday May 6 at 12:05am

Lisa Hammond

Episode 9 | Series 14

Actress Lisa Hammond wants to understand her grandfather's WWII experiences.

Episode 5, Series 10

Monday May 7 at 10:35am

Gary Lineker

Episode 5 | Series 10

Sports presenter and former footballer Gary Lineker follows the trail of his great, great, great grandfather James Pratt, and discovers that James was a poacher in Victorian England…

Episode 1, Series 11

Tuesday May 8 at 12:25am

Julie Walters

Episode 1 | Series 11

Actress and national treasure Julie Walters follows her roots back to rural Ireland.

Episode 6, Series 10

Tuesday May 8 at 10:45am

Nick Hewer

Episode 6 | Series 10

TV personality Nick Hewer goes back on his father's side, to his nine times great grandfather, and discovers how his family's fortunes were shaped by the English Civil War.

Episode 7, Series 10

Wednesday May 9 at 10:40am

Nitin Ganatra

Episode 7 | Series 10

Nitin Ganatra moved to England from Kenya when he was just three. Now he wants to investigate why his family left Kenya, and why they immigrated from India in the first place.

Episode 10, Series 14

Wednesday May 9 at 5:30pm

Ruby Wax

Episode 10 | Series 14

Ruby Wax learns about the plight of her parents, who fled the Nazis and went to America.

Episode 2, Series 11

Thursday May 10 at 12:25am

Brian Blessed

Episode 2 | Series 11

Brian Blessed has always loved his name - but has no idea where his ancestors came from.

Episode 10, Series 14

Thursday May 10 at 4:10am

Ruby Wax

Episode 10 | Series 14

Ruby Wax learns about the plight of her parents, who fled the Nazis and went to America.

Episode 8, Series 10

Thursday May 10 at 10:45am

Sarah Millican

Episode 8 | Series 10

Comedian Sarah Millican is astonished to discover that her three times great grandfather was one of the first ever divers in the world.

Episode 9, Series 10

Friday May 11 at 10:35am

Marianne Faithful

Episode 9 | Series 10

Singer Marianne Faithfull investigates her mother's life and whether there is any truth in the rumour that the family was involved with the Austrian Resistance.

Episode 10, Series 14

Saturday May 12 at 12:50pm

Ruby Wax

Episode 10 | Series 14

Ruby Wax learns about the plight of her parents, who fled the Nazis and went to America.

Episode 10, Series 14

Saturday May 12 at 11:40pm

Ruby Wax

Episode 10 | Series 14

Ruby Wax learns about the plight of her parents, who fled the Nazis and went to America.

Episode 10, Series 10

Monday May 14 at 10:45am

John Simpson

Episode 10 | Series 10

John Simpson always thought his great grandfather was Samuel F Cody. It was only later that John discovered that his great grandmother had run off with Cody.

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