Well-known Australians play detective as they go in search of their family history, revealing secrets from their past.
16 Jul 2015 - 12:09 PM  UPDATED 15 Aug 2016 - 2:19 PM

Episode 1: Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski is the actor behind many of Australia’s most loved comic characters. Magda has always been a fearless performer. But where is that courage from?

To better understand how world events have shaped her family, Magda will trace the lives of two ancestors. Both were forced to make grim choices and both were forced to confront with the brutality of war.

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Episode 2: Rod Marsh

Cricketer Rod Marsh trawls the records, to overturn long-held secrets and piece together the dramatic circumstances that led to his father’s adoption.

For the first time he discovers who his biological grandparents are and why their children were given up for adoption.

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Episode 3: Tina Arena

Singer Tina Arena has always wanted to find out more about where her Italian-born parents came from, a subject that has never really been talked about in her family.

She is driven to find out the truth behind some family secrets and heads off to Sicily to explore her Italian roots and the tough reality of her grandparents’ childhoods.

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Episode 4: Shane Bourne

Actor and comedian is probably best known for his roles in City Homicide and Thank God You’re Here. In this series he investigates a pattern of absent fathers and discovers a man with grand but fraudulent designs.

A sociopath, a conman, an illicit affair, and a movie star all await Shane on his journey into his ancestry.

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Episode 5: Paul Mercurio

Actor, dancer and TV chef Paul Mercurio is probably best known for his role in Strictly Ballroom. In this series he embarks on a journey into his ancestry to investigate rumours of a mafia connection and discovers a political kingmaker leading a double life.

After his parents divorced when he was six, Paul and his siblings were raised in Western Australia by his Mum. He never got to know his father until he was an adult. Paul’s father Gus emigrated to Australia from the US in 1956 and Paul wonders whether Gus’s shortcomings as a father in some way stem from that move.

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Episode 6: Georgie Parker

Georgie Parker has created some of the most memorable women in Australian television. The women in her own family are all big personalities and this is the puzzle she sets out to solve: where does that female strength come from?

She says she’s not afraid to hear any of her family history, but the journey ahead will test her out. It takes her from some of the most elite centres of Victorian era Melbourne, through slums and prisons. The family’s female strength has been – through loss, limitation, and even disgrace – very hard-won.

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Watch the first seven seasons of Who Do You Think You Are in full - streaming now at SBS On Demand.  

Join stars Julia Morris, Peter Garrett, Delta Goodrem, Rachel Griffiths, Mal Meninga, Jane Turner, Shane Jacobson and John Newcombe in Season Eight of Who Do You Think You Are. Starts Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm (AEST) on SBS.

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