Courteney Cox explores her family history in the first of a new eight-part series.

The Friends star, raised in Alabama, knew little about her roots but was aware that her maternal grandfather Bruce Bass hailed from England.

Courteney’s research brings her to Gloucestershire where she’s intrigued to learn that her ancestors were high-ranking nobles who would have had the ear of King Edward II.

She is taken to Berkeley Castle, built by her 18-times great-grandfather, where she learns of a horrifying plot to overthrow the realm.

‘You think they make this stuff up in Game of Thrones,’ she says. ‘They really don’t!’