Bear Grylls admits ‘they asked me for years’ to be on BBC seriesJune 6, 2023
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Adventurer Bear Grylls, 48, recently filmed BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? where he learned more about his family history.
The writer and TV presenter spoke to Express.co.uk and other press about his experience and the discoveries he made.
He recalled how he had been asked “for years” to take part in the series and why he finally said yes this year.
The series follows nine new celebrities on extremely personal journeys as they each delve into unknown family ancestry and unearth startling facts and truths about their heritage that they wouldn’t have begun to guess otherwise.
With familial discoveries ranging from clog-wearing rope dancers and Scottish royalty to murder trials and tragic accidents, the celebrities’ journeys take them across the UK as well as to Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Jamaica, and Australia in pursuit of the truth behind their family stories.
Talking about what inspired him to be a part of the popular show, Bear admitted he had said no before.
“They asked me for years to do this [Who Do You Think You Are?] and there’s just never been quite the right time,” he revealed.
He continued: “But my sister always said, ‘You’ve got to do it for mum. Just do it for her, she’s now 82.’
“And it was just the right time to do it. I’m so pleased because it was such a humbling inspiring special week for me, I’ll never forget it.”
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The businessman added: “And that once it’s made – once that film’s made, then it kind of there you know.
“And I want my children or grandchildren to see that one day because they kind of shed light on all of our characters.”
The newest series of Who Do You Think You Are? is filled with astonishing revelations for the celebrities who have chosen to bare all in series 20 of the show.
As well as Bear, musical theatre master Andrew Lloyd Webber unearths uncanny parallels between his life and the lives of his ancestors.
Actor and comedian Emily Atack discovers that she, Ryan Reynolds and a certain football club have a lot more in common than she might ever have guessed.
Bear Gyrlls’ episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airs on BBC One on June 15 at 9pm.
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