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Reggie Yates

Series 11 - Episode 8 Reggie Yates



Presenter and DJ Reggie Yates doesn't have a specially close relationship with his father. Reggie's parents split up when he was four years old and he has seen his father only occasionally since.

So his knowledge of his father's Ghanaian family is more or less non-existent, though he knows he has mixed-race ancestry on that side. His delight when they meet up and his father gives him a photograph of his grandfather, who sounds like quite a character, is obvious: it's a new avenue of his past opening up.

From there, Reggie heads to Ghana and a journey of discovery that at one stage leads him to exclaim, "Oh my God, what is wrong with these Yates men?" Look out for the scene where he has an audience with a local chief and commits a social faux pas.


DJ, actor and presenter Reggie Yates sets out to trace his ancestry. His mother and father were both born in Ghana, but he never knew his grandparents, and he is keen to know where his surname comes from, believing it might be Dutch. However, as he looks further back, his family tree springs some unexpected surprises.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Reggie Yates
Director Sarah Feltes
Series Producer Kathryn Taylor