Sue Perkins and Matt Lucas do Who Do You Think You Are? | Richard Osman, Anna Maxwell Martin and Ralf Little  also delve into family history © BBC/Wall To Wall

Sue Perkins and Matt Lucas do Who Do You Think You Are?

Richard Osman, Anna Maxwell Martin and Ralf Little also delve into family history

Sue Perkins, Richard Osman, Matt Lucas, Anna Maxwell Martin and Ralf Little are delving into their family trees in the next series of Who Do You Think You Are?

In the opening episode, on May 26,  Sue Perkins investigates the poignant story of her orphaned grandfather and a great grandfather interned as an ‘enemy alien’ during the First World War.

In the second episode, quiz show presenter and crime novelist Richard Osman learns that one of his ancestors ended up entangled in a notorious murder trial.

Matt Lucas wants to know more about his Jewish grandmother Margot, who came to the UK from Germany in 1939. The Holocaust looms large in what he discovers, in both Berlin and Amsterdam.

Motherland actress Anna Maxwell Martin discovers a harrowing story of separation in her grandfather’s childhood which is redeemed by family solidarity, and Ralf Little is delighted to discover a footballing legacy and a deeper connection to his hometown of Manchester.

Carl Callam, BBC commissioning editor for documentaries, said: ‘We are pleased to be back with a brand new series of Who Do You Think You Are. It’s great to see some of our most loved celebrities trace their family history through these remarkable journeys, and their compelling stories.

‘It’s such an extraordinary series, one that has story and heart at the centre, with a real resonance that brings history to life and shines a light on who and where we are now.'

Colette Flight, executive producer for Wall To Wall, added: ’In an extraordinary array of stories [our celebrities] uncover a Victorian murder trial, personal tragedy, sporting triumph, and families fleeing for their lives and caught up in the tide of war.

‘The stories are at once unique and universal - a reminder of our shared history and how it has shaped who we are today.’

Published: 11 May 2022

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