When does it start?
BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? returns on Monday 22nd July 9 pm on BBC One
The first episode follows Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as he discovers relics of his family’s past and develops a stronger understanding of his family member’s wartime sacrifices.
BBC Who Do You Think You Are? | Featuring Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor and producer. He is best-known for his role as Harry Potter in the eight-part film series, based on the novels by J. K. Rowling.
Born and raised in London, Radcliffe made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One's 1999 television film David Copperfield, followed by his cinematic debut in 2001's The Tailor of Panama. At age 11, he was cast as Potter in the series' first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and starred in the series for 10 years, starring in the lead role in all eight films culminating with the final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, released in 2011. Radcliffe became one of the highest-paid actors in the world during the filming of the Potter films, earned worldwide fame, popularity, and critical acclaim for his role, and received many accolades for his performance in the series.
In the first episode, series 16 of the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? Actor Daniel Radcliffe discovers that the Hatton Garden robbery of his great-grandfather’s jewellery business was far more dark and dramatic than he ever imagined.
While on his father’s side, Daniel learns about the heart-breaking story of his great- great-uncle Ernie — one of four brothers who went off to fight in World War One.
A letter reveals that when Ernie was wounded, his own brother, Joe – in the same regiment – carried him to the medics. Sadly Ernie, from Banbridge in Co Down, Northern Ireland, was the only one not to return home.
In 2007 Daniel played John Kipling in an ITV film about the grief of his author father, Rudyard Kipling when the 18-year-old died in the Great War of 1914-18.
On the show, he explains: “I kept a picture of Ernie in my trailer as a personal connection to the period.”
He concludes: “To have played at being a soldier in the trenches, I definitely feel a lot more connected to all those stories now I’ve learned what my own family went through.
“It’s given me such an insight into what it would have been like to have your children leave for the war.”
Which celebrities will be appearing on this year’s show?
- Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe
- Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet
- Music mogul Sharon Osbourne
- James Bond star Naomie Harris
- Comedian and Have I Got News For You captain Paul Merton Paul Merton
- Comedienne Katherine Ryan
- Television personality and ex-TOWIE star Mark Wright
- and comedian Jack Whitehall – who, in a first for the series – will take part in the show alongside his father, Michael Whitehall
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