Hugh Bonneville explores family history in new season of ITV’s ‘DNA Journey’

ITV has announced a great new line-up of celebs for DNA Journey.

Hosted by Ant and Dec, the factual series returns later this year for a fourth season.

The upcoming episodes will follow four new celebrity duos as they set off on “a quest to discover where they come from and unearth secrets from their past in a life changing and emotional voyage of discovery.”

Famous faces exploring their families’ histories in the latest season of DNA Journey will include Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey and comedian John Bishop (Doctor Who).

Line of Duty actors Adrian Dunbar and Neil Morrisey will also be reuniting.

They’ll be joined by The Last Leg presenter Alex Brooker and comedian Johnny Vegas, plus Strictly Come Dancing stars Oti and Motsi Mabuse.

Uncovering amazing stories from their family histories, the eight incredible stories will transport viewers from South Africa to Norwich, and Ireland to St Helens.

Each celebrity pairing will be using cutting edge DNA technology and genealogy to uncover the truth behind their bloodlines, before coming face to face with living relatives they never before knew even existed.

Executive producer Kathleen Larkin commented: “This emotional series has some jaw dropping revelations showing that some of our celebrity pairings are more connected to each other than they ever dreamed of.”

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, added: “DNA Journey delves deep into the celebrity’s family history and has unearthed some astonishing revelations over the last few years. It’s great to see these famous faces sharing their journey with each other and we’ve got another great line up with some more fascinating surprises.”

Season 4 will premiere on ITV1 and streaming on ITVX in 2023.

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville returns to our screens next weekend in BBC One’s new heist drama The Gold.

Watch the trailer here:

Inspired by the true story of the Brink’s-Mat robbery in 1983, the mini-series dramatises ‘the crime of the century’ and the decades-long chain of events that followed.

Bonneville also published a memoir about his life last year.

Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru is available on Amazon.