A star-stud­ded re­turn

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - TV & RADIO -

One of the re­cur­ring joys of WDYTYA? is the way in­di­vid­ual celebrity’s fam­ily trees so of­ten seem at odds with their pub­lic im­ages. You think im­me­di­ately of Kevin Whately back in se­ries six, an ac­tor who made his name play­ing work­ing-class char­ac­ters, yet learned he had some se­ri­ously posh fore­bears.

There’s a sim­i­lar sense of dis­place­ment in the lat­est se­ries when we meet Jerry Hall, the very epit­ome of jet-set glam­our. It turns out the Texan su­per­model’s fam­ily on her father’s side em­i­grated to the United States from Old­ham. In con­text, it’s al­most a re­lief to come across an­other con­nec­tion to a fig­ure from the his­tory of the Wild West, as if the world were some­how right­ing it­self.

Also fea­tur­ing in the new run is Great Bri­tish Bake Off judgee Paul Hol­ly­wood, who’s es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in the life of his ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, Nor­man Har­man. Nor­man served as an anti-air­craft gun­ner dur­ing the Se­cond World War and, when sent to Europe as part of the in­va­sion force, faced a truly hellish sit­u­a­tion.

It’s a rich ex­plo­ration of fam­ily his­tory that be­gins with Paul’s dis­cov­ery of his grand­fa­ther’s ser­vice medals and proves how much we can all find out when given a few clues to work with. See our fea­ture on page 19 for more de­tails.

An­other episode planned for Au­gust fea­tures Last Tango in Hal­i­fax star Sir Derek Ja­cobi. With par­ents who ran a Waltham­stow mar­ket stall, the ac­tor thought he was from mod­est roots. In fact, he’s de­scended from a wealthy French Huguenot, who fled religious per­se­cu­tion in his home coun­try.

As we went to press, the run­ning or­der of the new se­ries wasn’t 100 per cent con­firmed. Check our web­site at whodoy­ou­thinkyou aremagazine.com for more up-to-date news. Jonathan Wright

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