Bruce Forsyth is returning to the generation game – to trace his family tree on TV – and faces claims his ancestor was a bigamist.
The Strictly Come Dancing host has been unveiled as one of the subjects for the next series of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One.
During filming of the show, veteran entertainer Bruce is shaken by a bombshell letter suggesting his great grandfather Joseph Forsyth Johnson had been in a bigamous marriage.
During the hit genealogy programme, he will explore whether there is any truth in the claims about his relative, who was an eminent landscape gardener.
Johnson designed a number of estates in the UK and curated Belfast’s Royal Botanic Gardens before creating a number of gardens in the US, including the refurbishment of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Bruce came from a line of horticulturalists, including his relative William Forsyth who gave his name to the shrub forsythia.
Programme makers were keeping tight-lipped about the former Generation Game host’s findings for the documentary.
The nine-part series – which drew more than six and half million viewers on its last run – will also feature Rupert Everett, Jason Donovan and Monty Don.
Provoked by the recent death of his father, Hollywood star Rupert uses the series to uncover the truth behind a family mystery. The BBC revealed that he meets a previously unknown relative ‘in the most unexpected place’.
Who Do You Think You Are? also includes its first married couple, actors Rupert Penry-Jones and Dervla Kirwan. Dervla uncovers her family’s IRA link through her great great uncle Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary who helped to establish the Irish Free State in the 1920s.