Comic Jim Moir examines the class structure of 19th-century England and domestic service.
Meera Syal wants to find out why she has a rebellious streak, and it's a quest that leads back to her grandfather's contribution to the struggle for Indian independence; Meera finds clues as to how her family history is linked to the fall of the Raj.
Opera singer Lesley Garrett's lineage reveals the history of northern England's working class.
Comic David Baddiel examines his mother's theory that she was adopted so she could escape Nazi Germany.
Moira Stuart comes from a family of high achievers, who have been traveling since the end of the 19th century; her journey takes her to the Caribbean as she confronts the legacy of slavery in her own family's history.
The family history of author Jeremy Clarkson charts British manufacturing from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.
Sue Johnston sets out to find out more about the grandfather she idolized as a young girl and who she believes piloted the Flying Scotsman.
Actress Amanda Redman explores how Victorian family values affected her grandfather and uncle.
Bill Oddie embarks on a very personal journey to try to find out what happened to his mother, who was institutionalized for most of his childhood; it takes him back into the history of mental health in the postwar years.