Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly reunite for DNA Journey photocall – News Live

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Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly appeared in high spirits for the photocall of their new ITV documentary series called Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey  The pair cut dapper figures in smart black blazers and jeans as they posed for photos together in London on Tuesday The series delves deep into McPartlin and Donnelly’s family history, with Dec, 44, making the shock discovery he had more than 12 cousins he didn’t know existed   Ant, 43, teamed his black blazer – which was adorned with a subtle check print – with dark jeans and leather boots, while Dec sported a similar outfit with brown shoes   Share this article Share The dynamic duo appeared on top form as they larked around and joked in front of the cameras  The first episode of the series is set to air on Saturday, where Ant discovered he had a great grandfather called Peter McPartlin who was a war hero and received a medal for bravery at the Battle of the Somme   The duo visit the Tyneside Irish Centre in their hometown of Newcastle to unearth details about Dec’s lineage, but instead discovered the existence of Ant’s great grandfather Following the revelation, Ant said: ‘To fight at The Battle of the Somme and to be awarded the Military Medal for bravery, he was a hero, it’s quite emotional   ‘I could have cried. It’s like you’re so proud. You don’t know anything then suddenly a hero comes along It’s quite remarkable.’ The pair then visited the Royal Chelsea Barracks to find out about Dec’s great, great grandfather James Donnelly, who had fought in the Crimean War But the presenter was given some rather different news when it was revealed his ancestor had been court-martialed for being ‘habitually drunk’ and was labelled a ‘deserter’ And Dec is later shocked to discover he has more than 12 cousins he didn’t know existed and some of them were almost as well off as him    While the pair were in the US doing research for the show, they were told that Dec had a DNA match before he went off to meet his cousin Meg and her husband Greg The couple, who were previously unknown to Dec, provided a helicopter for him to travel in and greeted him by laying out a large banner on their lawn   According to the Mirror, Meg said: ‘We have the same great, great grandparents. I have a little surprise for you, I have a few of your cousins here ‘More than a dozen people then entered the room and Dec was left struggling for words   He said: ‘Oh wow, this is amazing. I’m really emotional. Oh my goodness. Nice to meet you all  ‘This is quite overwhelming!’Dec was then introduced to another of his cousins, Tom, who was a firefighter in Manhattan that was on duty during 9/11  Later in the programme, an emotional past is found in Ant’s family tree relating to his grandmother, Kitty   Kitty was from Ireland and Ant’s family didn’t know anything about her life before she moved to England from Fermoy, County Cork, when she was about 12 years old   Ant learns that his great-grandmother, Kitty’s mother, died of tuberculosis but because it was considered shameful, records of it were covered up   He then discovered that Kitty’s older brother Michael died when he was eight from whooping cough Kitty never knew because she was told by her parents that he emigrated to America, possibly to shield her from the pain of grief    Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey is on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th of November at 9pm on ITV

 

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