Dead Famous DNA

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (62)

Dead Famous DNA was a six-part documentary series that aired on Channel 4 in 2014. The show was presented by Dr. Mark Evans, a veterinary surgeon and anatomist. The concept of the show was to analyze the DNA of famous historical figures, such as Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe, using the latest scientific techniques. The idea was to learn more about these iconic figures by studying their genetic makeup, and ultimately answer some of the unanswered questions about their lives and deaths.

Each episode focused on a different celebrity, with Mark Evans taking the audience on a journey of discovery. He interviewed experts in the fields of genetics, history, and forensic science to build a picture of the person in question. He also traveled to various locations around the world to collect DNA samples, including artifacts and bone fragments belonging to the famous figure, as well as samples from living relatives.

Once the DNA samples were collected, the show’s team of geneticists analyzed them using the latest techniques, such as next-generation sequencing and high-resolution imaging. They looked for genetic variations that could explain certain traits or medical conditions, and examined the samples for signs of disease, such as cancer.

The show also explored some of the myths and legends surrounding each figure, and attempted to separate fact from fiction. For example, in the episode about Elvis Presley, Mark Evans looked at the claim that the King of Rock and Roll had a twin brother who died at birth. Using DNA samples from Elvis’s stillborn twin, the team was able to confirm that the story was true.

Another example was the episode about Napoleon Bonaparte, which explored the theory that the French emperor was poisoned with arsenic. The team used hair samples taken from Napoleon’s deathbed to look for signs of poisoning, and also examined his teeth for clues.

One of the most intriguing episodes of the series was the one about Marilyn Monroe. The team analyzed DNA samples from a dress that she had worn, as well as from her hairbrush and her tissues. They were able to uncover some fascinating information about Marilyn’s ancestry and health, and even shed some light on the mystery surrounding her death. However, the show stopped short of making any definitive conclusions.

Overall, Dead Famous DNA was a fascinating and thought-provoking series that combined science, history, and celebrity culture in a unique way. The show’s use of cutting-edge technology to uncover new information about iconic figures from the past was both impressive and entertaining, and Mark Evans was an engaging and informative host. While some critics may have argued that the show was exploiting the dead for entertainment, many viewers found it to be a fascinating glimpse into the lives of some of the world’s most famous people.

Dead Famous DNA is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on March 26, 2014.

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Episode 3
3. Episode 3
April 9, 2014
Along with a tooth of John Lennon's, Evans tracks down bones and hair purported to be Adolf Hitler's and Eva Braun's, which offer surprising results.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 2, 2014
Evans investigates John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe using DNA samples from their hair, and also tracks down Napoleon's penis in New Jersey.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
March 26, 2014
Evans finds DNA analysis that suggests Elvis Presley could have suffered from a genetic heart disease that may have led to his tragic death.
Where to Watch Dead Famous DNA
Dead Famous DNA is available for streaming on the Channel 4 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dead Famous DNA on demand at Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 26, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (62)