The BBC hires EastEnders star Danny Dyer to teach us all about royal history

After finding out that he’s actual royalty on Who Do You Think You Are? back in 2016, Danny Dyer is now planning to go one further and live like a king for a new BBC history series.

The EastEnders actor’s new two-part show – Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family – will see him explore 800 years of British history, eating, dressing and basically living exactly like his ancestors did.

That means, we get to see him eat sheep’s tongue like Viking forebear Rollo, learn how to hunt like his actual 30x great-grandfather William the Conqueror, and – perhaps best of all – wear an Elizabeth ruff as he hosts a sugar banquet of sweet treats for his family who all dress up for the occasion.

Which, if we didn’t have enough reasons to tune in, surely means Dyer’s Love Island champion daughter Dani will be one of those in costume.

Danny will also wear 14th Century armour to battle like his 19x great-grandfather Henry Hotspur Percy – the knight who inspired a Shakespeare character of the same name.

“I’m still in shock at the fact that I’m related to such important people,” Danny said in a statement. “I’ve had a ball getting to know them. It was a nutty experience.”

A BBC spokeswoman added that “his journey is a retelling of 800 years of British history – which is all there in his extraordinary bloodline”.

Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family is yet to get an airdate on BBC One, but honestly? It can’t come soon enough.

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