Who Do You Think You Are? is a British genealogy documentary series produced by Wall to Wall Television which delves into the family history of celebrities, tracing their ancestry and revealing secrets and surprises from their pasts.
The series premiered in the UK on the BBC on 12 October, 2004. An eighth season premieres in the UK in 2010. Episodes are an hour in length.
Who Do You Think You Are? originally premiered in South Africa on DStv's Zone Reality channel on Monday 5 March 2007, at 19h00. It later aired on DStv's BBC Knowledge channel, beginning with the fourth season (the first three seasons did not air on BBC Knowledge).
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Who Do You Think You Are? delves into the family history of 10 familiar faces, tracing their ancestry and revealing secrets and surprises from their pasts.
The series gives viewers the tools to dig into their own pasts and uncover the part their ancestors played in shaping their lives today.
This emotionally-charged 10-part season traverses the globe as each British celebrity – from Bill Oddie and Vic Reeves, to Lesley Garrett and Moira Stuart – explores their personal history and discovers fascinating facts that had been hidden by the passage of time.
Bill Oddie discovers the tragic reasons why his mother was institutionalised, while Amanda Redman uncovers family secrets about illegitimacy and Ian Hislop's research takes him back to the Boer War.
Meera Syal tells the story of the fall of the British Empire and Indian migration to the UK in the sixties as she traces her family back to the Punjab; and Jeremy Clarkson discovers what effect the Industrial Revolution had on his family.
Others embarking on a voyage of personal discovery include David Baddiel and Sue Johnston.
1. Bill Oddie
2. Amanda Redman
3. Sue Johnston
4. Jeremy Clarkson
5. Ian Hislop
6. Moira Stuart
7. David Baddiel
8. Lesley Garrett
9. Meera Syal
10. Vic Reeves
Season 1 (10 episodes)
Channel: Zone Reality | Premiere: 5 Mar 2007 | Finale: 16 Mar 2007 | Weekdays, 19h00
Season 2 (6 episodes)
Channel: Zone Reality | Premiere: 14 May 2007 | Finale: 30 May 2007 | Mon/Wed, 20h00
Season 3 (8 episodes)
Did not air in South Africa
Season 4 (7 episodes)
Channel: BBC Knowledge | Premiere: 3 Sep 2008 | Finale: 15 Oct 2008 | Wednesdays, 17h30
Season 5 (8 episodes)
Channel: BBC Knowledge | Premiere: 14 May 2009 | Finale: 2 Jul 2009 | Thursdays, 21h30
Season 6 (5 episodes)
Channel: BBC Knowledge | Premiere: 2 Mar 2010 | Finale: 30 Mar 2010 | Tuesdays, 20h30