• Rachel Griffiths joins the cast of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia series 8. (SBS)
Watch Who Do You Think You Are? Australia when it returns to SBS next month.
By
Jenna Martin

1 Aug 2016 - 11:38 AM  UPDATED 13 Sep 2016 - 1:29 PM

The most fascinating thing about unlocking your past is it helps you to make sense of your present. Maybe your rebellious spirit comes from some distant relo who nicked a loaf of bread and got shipped off to the colonies… or perhaps you have perfect pitch because the blood of an 18th century Parisian opera singer flows through your veins. Or maybe, like me, there’s a chance you’re distantly related to a Kardashian and you’d rather not know any more just in case it’s true.

If it’s much safer to stick to other people’s family history, then you definitely can’t miss the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia starting on SBS in September. Now in it’s eighth year, this much-beloved series dives deep into the ancestry of prominent Aussies, lifting the lid on the fascinating private histories of some very public lives.

This year’s cracking cast is no exception. Tune in to find out the answers to burning questions like: Is Delta Goodrem’s hair so full and fabulous because she’s actually a direct descendant of Rapunzel?

Is Aussie Comedy Legend Jane Turner’s family history noice, different and unusual?

And Julia Morris? Was her performance at the Logies proof that she’s just the latest in a long line of professional hoofers?

Take the journey of discovery with these favourites and more, including acting royalty Rachel Griffiths, sporting legends Mal Meninga and John Newcombe, rocker-turned-pollie Peter Garrett and certified Funny Person Shane Jacobson.

From Prussia to the Pacific, Scandinavia to the streets of Sydney, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia will once again highlight how the story of (modern) Australia is a story of immigration and diversity. Without it, we simply wouldn’t be who we are…

Series 8 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia begins Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm (AEST) on SBS.

Series 1-7 are available on SBS On Demand right now. Here's a taste:

Watch the Toni Collette episode right here:

Watch the Geoffrey Rush episode right here:

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