My Grandparents’ War season 2: start date, how to watch Channel 4 show, who is Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington?

The second series of the Channel 4 show My Grandparents’ War will feature Keira Knightly, Emile Sande, Toby Jones and Kit Harington

My Grandparents’ War is back for a second season, and will see four new celebrities look at their family history in wartime.

Fans of the Channel 4 show have had to wait since 2019 when the first season wrapped up, which saw Helena Bonham Carter, Kristen Scott Thomas, Carey Mulligan and Mark Rylance take part.

There will be four episodes in total, with each episode featuring a new celebrity each time.

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    The upcoming series will see Kit Harrington, Emile Sande, Keira Knightley and Toby Jones delve into their family history.

    Kit Harrington visits a war cemetery

    When does My Grandparents’ War start?

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    My Grandparents’ War will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday, 15 September. It will run weekly and at the same time every Thursday.

    All the episodes will also be added on Channel 4’s streaming service, All 4, which is accessible via phone, tablet, laptop and more.

    Who is in the first episode?

    The first episode will feature Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington.

    He will explore his grandparents’ experiences during World War II. In the episode, he discovers that his grandfather, John Harington was recruited by naval intelligence in 1941, four years before the war ended.

    There’s a big surprise in store as he discovers he was sent to Jamaica, where one of his colleagues was Ian Fleming, who, after the war, would go on to create James Bond.

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    On the show, and his grandfather, Kit says: “This was before Fleming wrote the Bond novels and he’d have met all sorts of people in the service.”

    “Fleming went to Jamaica and most likely would have met my grandfather, so, in a really roundabout way, John Harington might have inspired Bond.”

    It will be an insightful journey for Harrington, as his grandfather was reluctant to talk about his past.

    “He lost some of his closest friends. He didn’t want to talk about what happened. He didn’t even want to acknowledge that he’d won a medal. He just wanted to move on.”

    Who is Kit Harington?

    Kit Harington is a 35-year-old actor, best known for his role as Jon Snow in hit show Game of Thrones.

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    Born in Acton, London, Harington has also had roles in BBC drama series Gunpowder, Pompeii, Testament of Youth, Eternals and more.

    He attended the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and launched his career in 2008.

    His early work included working in theatre, as he landed the role of Albert in the National Theatre’s adaptation of War Horse.

    The show earned plaudits everywhere, earning two Olivier Awards and gave Harrington great exposure.

    Before Game of Thrones, he was also cast in another play, ‘Posh’ which is a comedy about upper-class men attending Oxford University.