Documentary | January 2019 (UK) © BBC
During his appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? Danny Dyer discovered he was descended from King Edward III, but in this two-part series Danny uncovers a bigger family tree with even more royal and aristocratic ancestors.
He first meets a historian (“geezer called Anthony”) who tells him that he can trace his history back through Louis IX, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and William the Conqueror to the Viking king Rollo. Danny is delighted – “He’s livened me right up!” – so off to Scandinavia we speed. There, Danny takes part in a battle re-enactment in period dress and unremarkable headgear (“’Orns were a myff,” he explains), eats a Viking meal of axe-split sheep’s head, shark meat and whey and, after a brief rush to the khazi, listens to a lecture on Rollo’s warrior credentials from “clever Scandinavian geezer” Dr Søren Sindbæk.
30 January 2019. In this episode, Danny's first stop is Edward II and his French wife Isabella whose lives, to Danny's delight, play out like a medieval soap opera. As Danny romps through his family tree he dons 14th-century armour and learns to fight like his 19-times-great-grandfather, famous medieval knight Henry Hotspur Percy. To get closer to his Tudor ancestors Danny brushes up on his etiquette by learning to sing and dance just like one of Henry VIII's courtiers. And finally, Danny gets his hands on a ruff when his own family, in all their Tudor finery, join him at an Elizabethan sugar banquet.
|Director of photography||Joe Taylor|
|Graphic Designer||Keith Robinson|
|On-line editing||Tom Knowles|
|Hairdresser||Lauren Alice Buck|
|Makeup Artist||Lauren Alice Buck|
|Costume designer||Mark Ferguson|
|Costume designer||Charlotte Sewell|
|Production Designer||Stephen Bryce|
|Production Designer||Rupert Tucker|
|Production Assistant||Jared Peysner|
|Production Coordinator||Olivia Wood|
|Archive Source||Debbie Townsend|
|Production Manager||Nicola King|
|Executive Producer||Louise Murray|
|Assistant Producer||Rebecca Fairbank|
|Assistant Producer||Jessie Potts|
|Film Editor||Tim Thompsett|
|Film Editor||Gordon Mason|
|Executive Producer||Colette Flight|
|Series Producer||Anna Kirkwood|
|Production Company||Wall to Wall Media|
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