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Emma Willis to explore roots on Who Do You Think You Are?

Fearne Cotton, Clare Balding and Lulu will also feature on the 2017 series of the ancestry show.

Emma Willis and Craig Revel Horwood are among the celebrities who will be exploring their roots in the next series of Who Do You Think You Are?.

Actor Charles Dance, boradcaster Clare Balding, actor and director Noel Clarke, singer Lulu, EastEnders star Lisa Hammond, presenter Fearne Cotton, comedienne Ruby Wax and actor and writer Adil Ray will also be featured on the BBC ancestry programme.

According to a press release, Charles has one of the most amazing stories as he "uncovers the true story of the father he never knew", while Craig looks into his Australian upbringing and finds out he's not the first dancer in the Revel Horwood family. Meanwhile, Clare's journey will see her explore her great grandfather's relationship, which may have been romantic, with a male artist.

Colette Flight, the executive producer for production company Wall to Wall, said: "Who Do You Think You Are? returns with another fantastic line-up. Our 10 celebrities set off on the trail of their ancestors, their journeys taking them to all corners of the globe and places the series has never been before, from a remote Caribbean island to a kingdom in Uganda. The stories they unearth in their family trees are affecting, revelatory, and always fascinating.”

Previous stars who have looked into their history on the show include Liam Payne's girlfriend Cheryl, Ian McKellen and Danny Dyer. But Tom McDonald, BBC's Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual thinks the 2017 series has the potential to be even more popular than its predecessors.

“Following its recent BAFTA success, this new series of Who Do You Think You Are? promises fascinating revelations from some of the UK’s best-loved actors, performers and presenters," he said. "The series continues to be our most watched history series across the BBC - and I know viewers are in for a real treat."

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