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The pair are back on our screens tonight, taking part in ITV's DNA Journey series, where celebrity pairings look into their ancestry


Of course the father and son 

Martin says the show was “like therapy” for him.

It’s been a busy year for the Kemp family, with dad Martin appearing in a fun episode of McDonald & Dodds alongside Rob Brydon and Patsy Kensit, and son Roman getting the nation talking with his important documentary, Our Silent Emergency.

The pair are back on our screens tonight, taking part in ITV’s DNA Journey series, where celebrity pairings look into their ancestry.

Of course the father and son team are the perfect participants for such a programme, and they say the show had a profound effect on them.

Speaking to and other press, former EastEnder and Spandau Ballet star Martin even likened the experience to therapy.

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Martin says looking into their family background forced him to deal with his grief for his mum and dad. “I’ve always suppressed those emotions of losing my parents, and never really let it out,” he tells us.

“This programme gave me kind of therapy almost, because I cried for my dad, and it all came out in that two week period, the things that I’ve been suppressing for years.

And it wasn’t bad.

It was lovely to be honest.”

Roman was also extremely moved by being part of the show and says it has shifted his perspective on his life.

“After the stories I learned about, I’ve never been more grateful to be in the situation that I’m currently in.

I’ve done all right for myself and it’s pretty important to see that hasn’t always been the case in our family.

My dad’s always told me his story about how he and [his brother] Gary grew up and how tough it was, but I think this  took it to another level.”

Martin, who previously hosted an ITV morning magazine show with Roman called Sunday Best!, also teases an extraordinary moment in the episode. “We were pointed in the direction of my nan’s grave that we didn’t know was there, and something happens that I will not tell you about… but it is the most special moment I’ve ever witnessed.

I’ve never seen anything like it on television.

I’m not going to tell you what it is but it’s not a set-up, it’s the scariest thing and it’s amazing.”

Well we’re officially intrigued now!

The DNA Journey series has previously seen celeb pals including Alan Carr and Amanda Holden and Ant and Dec explore their family backgrounds, but Martin says there’s something special about a father and son team going on the show.

“With friends doing it, you kind of hide your emotions, but with Roman and I we definitely weren’t scared of showing our emotions to each other.”

Roman agrees, quipping, “I had to buy new shirts, because of my dad’s tears!”

Martin and Roman’s episode of DNA Journey airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.

To catch up on the series visit the ITV Hub.

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The pair are appearing together in ITV ancestry programme DNA Journey on Wednesday


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Martin Kemp has said he did not “open one single door” for his son Roman when he was starting out in his career.

The actor and musician said he did not want it to look like he was “pushing” Roman, who is now a radio DJ and television presenter.

The pair now work together on ITV’s Martin & Roman’s Weekend Best and will appear on the DNA Journey ancestry programme together on Wednesday evening.

Martin said: “I think when Roman first started out, I was very aware not to make it look like I was pushing Roman in any shape or form.

“I never did it at all, I never opened one single door.

“I never opened one single door for him but now obviously Roman entertains the nation for four hours live on the radio every morning.

“He has a right to stand up on his own.

He’s great at what he does, so it is a pleasure to work with him.”

Capital Breakfast DJ Roman said in the past he has been asked why he works with his father.

“It was always a worry of mine if I started just appearing in things with my dad,” he said.

“Is that going to define my career?”

He added: “I think that the reality of it is when we get asked to do things like DNA [Journey] or like Weekend Best, I can’t wait to be able to show my grandkids and all of those types of things and say, ‘Look what we did and this is what your grandad was like and this is what our relationship was like’.”

DNA Journey sees the father and son duo explore their family history, including a rumour about the family of Martin’s wife Shirley.

Martin said there has been a “myth” that her great-grandmother was brought up in an Egyptian palace.

“We have laughed at it over the years, we never thought it was true,” he said.

“It has always been an urban myth and when this show come up, it was like the perfect chance to find out whether that was true or what the real story is about and the real story turns out to be even more interesting than the one that we heard,” he said.

DNA Journey airs on Wednesday at 9pm on ITV.

To catch up on the series, visit the ITV Hub.

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