Last night Wall to Wall’s long running series; Who Do You Think You Are returned to BBC One with the first episode of its new 13th season, catching the eye of more than 4.2m viewers.  

The series, which sees celebrities trace their heritage and learn about their family trees started off with much acclaimed actor Danny Dyer, tracing back his heritage as far as the 11th Century and learning he is a distant relative of William The Conqueror.

“The long-running genealogy series returned with one of its warmest and most revelatory episodes ever. Danny Dyer’s awe-struck enthusiasm was infectious. Enlightening and uplifting, this was popular history at its finest, not to mention funniest.”

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph

“It was a terrifically entertaining opening episode to the 13th series of Who Do You Think You Are?. There have been times when it felt like the programme was running out of steam but with Dyer’s story it really was back with a bang.”

Claudia Connell, Daily Mail

“Does it matter that Danny can’t stop Cockney rhyming? It depends on how good the show is, and last night’s, for all its flim-flam and fibbery, deserved a standing ovation.”

Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“It is this column’s policy to award five stars to any Who Do You Think You Are? that traces its celebrity’s lineage back to William the Conqueror. Dyer would have earned his five stars if his ultimate ancestor had been Eric, the Nobody.”

Andrew Billen, The Times


Watch the second episode of Who Do You Think You Are next Thursday at 8pm on BBC One.