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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

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