Bake Off star Mary Berry, still going strong at 79, believes she inherits her energy and drive from her father and sets off on a journey to find out more about his family. Along the way she discovers illegitimacy, bankruptcy, and even more astonishingly, a baker. Ser. 11,
Actress Sheridan Smith grew up surrounded by a musical family, singing with her country and western duo parents since she was a child. Sheridan is keen to know where her musical talent comes from and is soon hot on the trail of her great-great-grandfather Benjamin Doubleday. She is shocked to discover the dramatic fall in fortunes of this self-styled musical impresario and famous banjoist.moreless
Brendan O'Carroll ditches his alter ego Mrs Brown to turn detective, as he attempts to track down the men who murdered his grandfather at the height of the Irish War of Independence. Brendan never knew his grandfather, who was shot dead before he was born, and the only clues he has to go on are from a newspaper article of the time.moreless
New Tricks star Tamzin Outhwaite has always been intrigued by her Italian ancestry. Although she remembers her grandfather Remo, she knows very little about his family. Tamzin's journey into her Italian past uncovers the rags-to-riches tale of her great-grandfather Adelmo and takes her on an unexpected trip - to a prisoner of war camp.moreless
Actor Brian Blessed has always loved his unusual name - but has no idea where his Blessed ancestors came from. Born in Yorkshire he'd always assumed his family were northerners, but digging deeper Brian discovers that his roots lie down south. Here he uncovers the story of his great great grandfather Jabez Blessed - a tale of hardship, struggle and survival worthy of Oliver Twist.moreless
Actress and national treasure Julie Walters follows her roots back to rural Ireland. On the trail of her great grandfather, Anthony Clarke, Julie's journey takes her to County Mayo where she discovers Anthony was at the centre of a revolutionary movement fighting for land rights. Julie unearths a tale of poverty and tyranny - and ultimately triumph, at a tumultuous time in Irish history.moreless
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