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Jessica Sansome

Emily Atack accuses famous sportsman of 'killing her vibe' as she makes star-studded family discovery

Emily Atack has joked that a famous sportsman 'killed her vibe' due to a clash in the latest TV schedule. The former Inbetweeners actress was seen on Thursday night (July 6) appearing in her own episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

The episode was due to air on BBC One at 9pm, however, the ongoing Wimbledon coverage by the broadcaster caused a last-minute change. The channel had been showing the edge-of-your-seat match between Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas and the game had been due to move to BBC2 at 9pm to make way for Who Do You Think You Are?

But as the clock struck 9pm, BBC1 viewers still found themselves watching the action from centre court and were greeted with a schedule change message. It read: "Who Do you Think You Are? Emily Attack is now on BBC Two" as the BBC chose to stay with the tennis until nearly 11pm when the game had to be suspended due to the area curfew.

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And the change didn't go down too well with those wanting to watch Emily discover her deep family history. @jjonnic tweeted: "#BBCSport why are you fannying about with the schedules again. It says tennis is moving to bbc2 so everyone who is still working has set PVRs to record 2 and will be treated to Emily Atack chatting about her descendants and who knows what Andy Murry did. For Christ's sake stop it"

@MarkSturmey1892 fumed: "Just sat down to start watching #wdytya but unfortunately I have missed 10 mins of it as it was switched to bbc2 with no notice and my series link to record it doesn't move channels with it."

And Emily herself couldn't help but laugh at her latest TV moment being bumped as she took to Instagram with a picture of Andy on her screen alongside a message about her edition of Who Do You Think You Are? The star typed alongside the snap: "Andy Murray killing my vibe. Classic."

But for those who did tune in to watch her episode of the genealogy series, they discovered that Emily has quite the star-studded history. The Celebrity Juice star, 33, made a trip to Liverpool to explore her impressive showbiz genes as she comes from a long line of famous entertainers, including none other than The Beatles singer Paul McCartney.

Emily jokingly shared the message on Instagram (Emily Atack Instagram)

Her mum is comedian, actress and singer Kate Robbins and Paul is Emily’s grandmother’s cousin, making the Don't Let Me Down crooner Emily's first cousin twice removed. In the episode, Emily was astonished to read a family letter to her grandad from a teenage Paul, telling him about his new band and looking for showbiz advice.

A visit to Uncle Mike, Paul’s brother, revealed even more entertaining stories about the McCartney family. Emily, alongside her mum, looked over a letter from Sir Paul McCartney to her grandad Mike which spoke of The Beatles in their very early days. Reading from the letter, Emily shared: "When we were at Butlin's last year I told you about some of my friends and I wanting to work at one of the camps. We like having a good time but we don't mind missing it if we go to Butlin's.

"But my friends and I were wondering if we could get a job, we'll do any kind of work they want but we'd all like the same chalet and think we'd love it. Could you please use your influence and try to get us jobs?" The letter from a teenage Sir Paul McCartney was also signed off from pals including his Beatles bandmate John Lennon.

Not only that but Emily also learned about her great-grandfather's impact on Welsh football. Learning that her great grandad Ted Robbins was a Wrexham FC football secretary, the star headed to North Wales to find out more. She met with Professor Martin Johnes to learn more and said from the club's football ground: "I can not tell you how special this is."

And it wasn't long before Martin revealed to Emily: "First thing is he wasn’t the secretary of Wrexham football club he was actually security of The Football Association of Wales, and that meant that he basically ran football in this country." And delighted Emily couldn't quite believe it as she said: "He was like in charge of all of Welsh football!"

She later said after battling tears: "It makes me understand more now, my grandad Mike was obsessed with watching Wrexham, it was everything to him, and I just never knew the real reasons why. I am so proud, unbelievably proud."

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