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Who Do You Think You Are? Monday 6 August, 9pm BBC One
This month will see the final trio of new Who Do You Think You Are? episodes making their way to our screens. First up, on Monday 6 August, it’s the turn of broadcaster and singer Marvin Humes to explore his family history.
A decade ago, as a member of boy band JLS, he was a pop star propelled into the limelight by The X Factor. Today, as a family man living in Essex with his TV presenter wife Rochelle, his life is quieter and he thinks it would “be good for everybody to know really where we’re from”.
Investigating his father’s family, he heads to Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, where he makes a shocking discovery related to slavery. Then, tracing his mother’s relatives in the UK, Marvin learns about his great grandfather Fred’s involvement in one of the most important naval operations of the Second World War.
The series continues with Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder – barrister, TV presenter and star of Strictly Come Dancing. Robert comes from a large Jewish family and is close to his maternal grandmother, nonagenarian Lottie, someone “very much at the quiet centre of our family”.
His initial research focuses on his late grandfather, Lottie’s husband Morris Malenicky. Robert knows that the Polishborn Robert lived through the Holocaust, but he wants to learn more about how Morris survived to make a new life in Britain. He also explores the life of Lottie’s father, Israel Medalyer. It’s a story that, sadly, encompasses mental illness and traumatic childhood experiences in Latvia.
The final episode features another former Strictly contestant, the popular Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, who sprinted towards fame by taking 100m Gold at both London and Rio. The episode was still under wraps when we went to press. Jonathan Wright
Pop star turned broadcaster Marvin Humes heads to Jamaica to research his family tree