The world’s most popular genealogy tv program, Who Do You Think You Are? (the UK version) is back for a 12th season in 2015, and stars from the world of film and TV, theatre, music, cookery, modelling, and news all feature in this new series.

Season 12 features:
– Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake off presenter)
– Jerry Hall (modelling legend)
– Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax stars)
– Jane Seymour (actress)
– Gareth Malone (choirmaster and broadcaster)
– Frances de la Tour (stage and television actress)
– Frank Gardner (news reporter)
– Mark Gatiss (actor and writer)
– Anita Rani (television presenter)

Spanning almost a thousand years of history and crossing four continents, the new series follows ten well-know celebrities as they investigate the secrets of their family trees. Travelling from the Tower of London to the Highlands of Scotland, from Tunisia to Tasmania, from the Punjab in India to the Wild West of America, each embark on a journey of discovery as they dig deep into their family ancestry, uncovering a host of hidden pasts and shocking revelations. Full of heartbreak, laughter, intrigue and surprise, each film captures every step of our celebrity’s mission to learn more about their ancestors’ lives.

From new-born babies spirited away under cover of darkness to convicts transported to the other side of the world; from sisters separated by the Holocaust to the battlefields of North Africa; from laudanum-addicted socialites to paying the ultimate price for treason in Tudor England; from music halls to tales of vampires, the latest series of Who Do You Think You Are? reveals the rich and extraordinary stories of our celebrities’ families and their history.

The series will see model and actress Jerry Hall trace her ancestry from the cotton mills of Oldham to the plains of Texas as she discovers her family’s pioneering past, blazing the trail west across America.

Derek Jacobi’s story is one of equal contrasts, from humble roots in Walthamstow to the court of Louis XIV of France. But the family tree hides a dangerous secret – his ancestor is leading a double life and flees to England where there’s another surprise in store – an unlikely connection to royalty on this side of the Channel.

Season 12 of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) is scheduled to air in summertime in the UK.