Who Do You Think You Are

BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are? returns for 15th series

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This year’s line-up of history hungry stars includes British actress and newly minted star of The Crown Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), pop icon Boy George, comedian Lee Mack, former JLS member Marvin Humes and Our Girl actor Michelle Keegan.

Olivia Colman will journey from Norfolk to India, embarking on the discovery of a diverse heritage and Lee Mack’s investigation uncovers that comedy runs in the family.

Ian McKellen, Danny Dyer and Amanda Holden join Who Do You Think You Are?

The series covers almost a thousand years of history, from the invention of the weekend to the arrival of the first pineapples in Britain.

From Danny Dyer’s royal connection to singer Cheryl’s First World War hero, the show promises to discover some surprising stories in the family trees of the celebrities.

Who Do You Think You Are? line up announced

Mark Gatiss

The twelfth series of the genealogy programme will touch on almost a thousand years of history from the Tower of London to the Punjab in India, via the Wild West of the US.

Actor Sir Derek Jacobi uncovers a background of contrast, from humble roots in Walthamstow to the excesses of Louis XIV's royal court in France, while model Jerry Hall traces her pioneering ancestors from the cotton mills of Oldham to the plains of Texas.