Menu

Show Synopsis

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

Featured Videos

Next On

Episode 7, Series 3

Saturday September 22 at 10:00am

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 3

Saturday September 22 at 11:00am

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 7, Series 3

Saturday September 22 at 8:20pm

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 3

Saturday September 22 at 9:20pm

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 10, Series 10

Wednesday September 26 at 5:30pm

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.

Episode 10, Series 10

Thursday September 27 at 3:50am

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.

Episode 1, Series 14

Monday October 1 at 9:40am

Charles Dance

Episode 1 | Series 14

Actor Charles Dance explores his family history and is determined to learn about his dad.

Episode 2, Series 14

Tuesday October 2 at 9:30am

Craig Revel Horwood

Episode 2 | Series 14

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood heads to Australia to learn more about his family.

Episode 3, Series 14

Wednesday October 3 at 9:35am

Clare Balding

Episode 3 | Series 14

Sports broadcaster Clare Balding uncovers an extraordinary American dynasty.

Episode 1, Series 12

Wednesday October 3 at 6:30pm

Paul Hollywood

Episode 1 | Series 12

Baker Paul Hollywood finds out about his grandfather's experiences in World War II.

Episode 1, Series 12

Thursday October 4 at 4:15am

Paul Hollywood

Episode 1 | Series 12

Baker Paul Hollywood finds out about his grandfather's experiences in World War II.

Episode 4, Series 14

Thursday October 4 at 9:35am

Adil Ray

Episode 4 | Series 14

Citizen Khan star Adil Ray explored rumours of a link to African royalty.

Episode 5, Series 14

Friday October 5 at 9:35am

Emma Willis

Episode 5 | Series 14

Presenter Emma Willis' family history leads her down two very different paths in Ireland.

Episode 5, Series 14

Saturday October 6 at 3:10am

Emma Willis

Episode 5 | Series 14

Presenter Emma Willis' family history leads her down two very different paths in Ireland.

Episode 6, Series 14

Monday October 8 at 9:50am

Lulu

Episode 6 | Series 14

Pop star Lulu travels to Glasgow to get to the bottom of a family mystery.

Episode 7, Series 14

Tuesday October 9 at 9:45am

Fearne Cotton

Episode 7 | Series 14

Fearne Cotton learns about her Welsh great-grandfather who worked down a coal mine at 13.

Episode 8, Series 14

Wednesday October 10 at 9:40am

Noel Clarke

Episode 8 | Series 14

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

Episode 2, Series 12

Wednesday October 10 at 6:30pm

Jane Seymour

Episode 2 | Series 12

Actress Jane Seymour discovers what happened to her Polish relatives during World War II.

Episode 2, Series 12

Thursday October 11 at 4:15am

Jane Seymour

Episode 2 | Series 12

Actress Jane Seymour discovers what happened to her Polish relatives during World War II.

Episode 9, Series 14

Thursday October 11 at 9:30am

Lisa Hammond

Episode 9 | Series 14

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

Episode 10, Series 14

Friday October 12 at 9:35am

Ruby Wax

Episode 10 | Series 14

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

Episode 1, Series 12

Monday October 15 at 9:40am

Paul Hollywood

Episode 1 | Series 12

Baker Paul Hollywood finds out about his grandfather's experiences in World War II.

Episode 2, Series 12

Tuesday October 16 at 9:40am

Jane Seymour

Episode 2 | Series 12

Actress Jane Seymour discovers what happened to her Polish relatives during World War II.

Episode 3, Series 12

Wednesday October 17 at 9:45am

Derek Jacobi

Episode 3 | Series 12

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

Episode 3, Series 12

Wednesday October 17 at 6:30pm

Derek Jacobi

Episode 3 | Series 12

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

Newsletter Sign Up