Murder Mysteries, Dickensian Conditions, Laughter and Tears

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 28, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?




This Summer sees the ever popular BBC show Who Do You Think You Are return to our screens with a stellar lineup of British and Irish celebrities. Launched in 2004, the show will hit its 100th episode during the upcoming series.



Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and Mrs. Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll will feature this year in what promises to be a season that delivers a roller coaster of emotions. We are all accustomed to the highs and lows of researching our own family history and this year WDYTYA UK promises tears, humor and unexpected revelations.


Billy Connolly, who for many epitomizes the charm and wit associated with the Scottish, may find he has more diversity in his past than he expected.


Mary Berry of the Great British Bake Off fame delves into her family’s history, Brian Blessed discovers a past worthy of a Dickens novel, Tazmin Outhwaite explores the rags to riches story in her family tree, and Brendan O’Carroll faces a murder mystery in his.


Also featured this season are actresses Sheridan Smith and Julie Walters, DJ Reggie Yates, Judge John Deed star Martin Shaw, and Model Twiggy.

About Brian Gallagher
Brian is the International Social Media Specialist for Ancestry, working closely with our United Kingdom, Sweden and Australian teams.


1 Michael BrettJune 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

I think it should read Reggie Yates!!!!!

2 Colin AllenJune 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

Start date please?

3 Jennifer SymienJune 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I, like Colin Allen, would also like the dates of the programmes

4 mike burgessJune 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

All these people can afford to do their own research, it would be nice for the programme to pick at random, 1 ordinary person and do their family tree in every series.

5 Valerie KennyJune 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Have booked 2 day ticket for WDYTYA Glasgow really looking forward to it so happy to be attending the very first show in Scotland

6 Pat JonesJune 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Can the programs be see in the US and if so, how?

Would also like to see you do a program for an average person who has a really tough brick wall. It would be interesting to see how the “pros” in genealogy find a way around/over that brickwall.

7 Eleanor SwinburnJune 29, 2014 at 1:44 am

I love this program and would also like to know when and I also agree with Mike Burgess, would be great to see a non celebrity given the same chance…

8 Brian GallagherJune 29, 2014 at 3:42 am

The BBC have not released a start date yet, but I will post an update when they do.

9 John JamesJune 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

I too would love to see it broadcast on TV here in the US. If BBC America were to pick it up for the US, that would be great; but they haven’t yet–to my knowledge. Conflict with the American version?

However, I have caught a number of BBC episodes on YouTube. Patrick Stewart comes to mind. You can watch them on any device you get YouTube on. I saw all of those YouTube episodes from the BBC on TV via my TiVo–but the YouTube audio/video quality is not consistent.

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