After discovering that he is, in fact, related to royalty in Who Do You Think You Are?, EastEnders star Danny Dyer is now set to live like an actual king as he presents a new history series for the BBC.
The soap actor will present Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family, which will see him explore 800 years of history by living just like some of his ancestors.
Dyer, of course, famously found out two years ago that he is a descendant of William the Conqueror and Thomas Cromwell, after tracing his family tree.
Now, we’ll see him truly get in touch with his dead regal relatives as he dresses, eats and lives just like them.
Brilliantly, the new series will see Dyer eat sheep’s tongue like a Viking, wear a an Elizabethan ruff as he hosts a family banquet (with his current, alive family, including his daughter and Love Island winner Dani), and he’ll also learn how to hunt.
We’ll even get to see him don some 14th century armour as he learns to fight like his 19x great-grandfather Henry Hotspur Percy, the real-life knight who inspired the character of the same name in Shakespeare’s Henry IV.
Dyer said he “had a ball” filming the new history series, but is still in disbelief of his prestigious family tree.
“I’m still in shock at the fact that I’m related to such important people. I’ve had a ball getting to know them. It was a nutty experience.”
If we learnt anything from Dyer’s appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain in June – in which he received praise for ranting about Brexit and calling David Cameron a t*at – it’s that the actor always provides entertainment value.
And the BBC’s history commissioner, Simon Young, concurs, saying in a statement that Dyer will “inject fun” into history.
“Danny is just an incredible talent and he has an amazing history in his family tree,” said Young. What better way to get people to look at and understand that royal history than through his eyes? It injects fun and I think we need that.”
It’s safe to say, viewers are looking forward to seeing Dyer embrace his inner royal.
I truly cannot wait for this!
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— Sarah Crossland (@sarahsbigtrip) October 17, 2018
Is it wrong that this is quite appealing?
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— Richard (@kenradical) October 18, 2018