War Hero in My Family

Series 1 - Episode 1

War Hero in My Family
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

“He never spoke about it” is the refrain of this series. It follows celebrities uncovering the war records of their parents and grandparents and being shocked by how much they kept heroically to themselves.

The techniques are lifted from Who Do You Think You Are? – surprises are forever lurking in buff envelopes, ready to pounce on the celebrities and move them to tears. Chris Tarrant’s father won the Military Cross – that much he already knew, but he never knew what for. Finding out involves learning about a remarkable covert operation after D-Day.

Meanwhile, Lisa Faulkner learns how her grandfather was one of the unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain.

About this programme

1/6. Celebrities trace the stories of relatives who made sacrifices and valuable contributions during times of war. TV presenter Chris Tarrant travels to Germany to find out about his Military Cross-winning father Basil's role in the British Army in the Second World War. Actress Lisa Faulkner also visits Germany to try to solve the puzzle of why her RAF-serving grandfather Lelly came to own photographs of some of the victims of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Cast and crew


Chris Tarrant
Lisa Faulkner


Michael Wadding
Stephen Moore
Executive Producer
Richard Foster
Executive Producer
John Farren
Michael Wadding