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Dame Judi Dench and Pixie Lott lead the stars taking part in new series of Who Do You Think You Are?

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The show is returning to BBC One this October. 

And, Dame Judi Dench, 86, Pixie Lott, 30, and Alex Scott, 36, lead the stars taking part in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? 

The ladies are set to unravel their family histories in this new seven-part series, and are joined by Joe Sugg, 30, Joe Lycett, 33, Josh Widdicombe, 38, and Ed Balls, 54, on the star-studded lineup.

What a lineup! Dame Judi Dench, 86, leads the stars taking part in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? as it returns to BBC One this October

What a lineup! Dame Judi Dench, 86, leads the stars taking part in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? as it returns to BBC One this October

Actress Dame Judi unearths Danish roots and some intriguing Shakespearean connections, while singer-songwriter Pixie discovers a musical legacy three-generations strong.

Pundit and former footballer Alex learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered tremendous hardships.

YouTuber and Strictly star Joe discovers a remarkable family history as far back as the Great Fire of London, and comedian Josh traces his lineage back to the Elizabethan and Tudor Courts.  

Former Labour politician and Ed uncovers great bravery, and some less-admirable conduct, whilst comedian Joe discovers a darker side to his family history. 

Amazing! Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, 30, discovers a musical legacy three-generations strong on her mother's side of the family

Amazing! Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, 30, discovers a musical legacy three-generations strong on her mother’s side of the family

Looking back: Alex Scott, 36, learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered tremendous hardships

Looking back: Alex Scott, 36, learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered tremendous hardships

Shakespearean actor, movie star and National Treasure, Dame Judi Dench seizes the chance to find out about her forebears in Who Do You Think You Are? starting with her father, Reginald – who never spoke of his experiences during the First World War. Travelling further into her family history, Judi’s investigations lead her to Denmark and nobility, where she discovers, to her delight, some incredible Shakespearean links.

Pixie Lott hopes to find the truth of the family story that she has Italian ancestry from Verona, but the reality isn’t quite what she was searching for. She also learns of her great grandfather’s harrowing experiences in the First World War, along with discovering musical genes on her mother’s side of the family.

Alex Scott explores the Jewish ancestry on her mother’s side and learns that her great grandad faced down fascism in London’s East End in 1936. She travels to Jamaica to uncover history on the other side of the family and learns of tremendous hardship and suffering as well as some uncomfortable and upsetting history.

Finding out more: Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg, 30, enlists help from his big sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to explore their family tree

Finding out more: Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg, 30, enlists help from his big sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to explore their family tree

Light and dark: Comedian Joe Lycett, 33, manages to find humour everywhere, but he discovers a darker family history

Light and dark: Comedian Joe Lycett, 33, manages to find humour everywhere, but he discovers a darker family history

YouTuber and Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg enlists help from his big sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to explore their family tree. He discovers a great-great-great grandfather who was involved in the earliest days of communication by telegraph; ancestors who fled religious persecution in France; and a relative who survived the Great Fire of London. 

Comedian Joe Lycett manages to find humour everywhere, but he discovers a darker family history as he finds out that his two-times-great grandfather was a boy chimney sweep in the 1850s who later joined the Royal Marines and travelled the world; but struggled to process his experiences.  

Amongst his family history, Josh Widdicombe discovers an ancestor cut out of the family fortune and a courtier with intimate access to the King’s commode, whose story ends disastrously during the Civil War. From there it’s a dizzying journey back to Elizabethan and Tudor nobility culminating in an incredible ancestral line.

Interesting: Josh Widdicombe, 38, discovers an ancestor cut out of the family fortune and a courtier with intimate access to the King's commode

Interesting: Josh Widdicombe, 38, discovers an ancestor cut out of the family fortune and a courtier with intimate access to the King’s commode

At first, it looks like Ed Balls will uncover an heroic story when he looks into the life of an assistant ship’s surgeon, but the grim reality isn’t quite what he was hoping for. However, he uncovers a more inspiring story when investigating the life of an ancestor who lived through the agricultural depression of the 1820s. 

Emily Smith, BBC Commissioning Editor for Documentaries, says: ‘We are very excited for this new series of Who Do You Think You Are? and for viewers to share in an extraordinary mix of personal celebrity histories that will take them around the world, unearthing fascinating stories in family trees that are touching, enlightening and always captivating.’

Executive Producer for Wall to Wall, Colette Flight, says: ‘Who Do You Think You Are? is back with another line-up of Britain’s best-loved celebrities exploring their family histories across the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Jamaica. The incredible personal stories they unearth of their ancestors’ lives – from royal love triangles to labourers fighting for their rights, from Victorian child sweeps to battling fascists in London’s East end – reflect and illuminate all our collective history.’

Digging into the past: Former Labour politician and Ed Balls, 54, uncovers great bravery, and some less-admirable conduct

Digging into the past: Former Labour politician and Ed Balls, 54, uncovers great bravery, and some less-admirable conduct

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