• Noni Hazlehurst presents new series, ‘Every Family Has a Secret’. (SBS)
These are family secrets that, once revealed, have the power to change lives forever.
By
Kate Myers

20 Jun 2019 - 3:48 PM  UPDATED 20 Jun 2019 - 3:48 PM

Whether they choose to admit it or not, every family has a skeleton (or two) in their closet. From long-lost siblings to war-time betrayal, iconic TV personality and actress Noni Hazlehurst will join six Australians as they attempt to uncover hidden truths about their family’s history in the fascinating new series, Every Family Has A Secret.

Here are five reasons why you won’t want to miss joining them on their journey. 

It’s hosted by an Australian icon

Every journey needs a guide, and who better than an icon of the Australian stage and screen? Noni Hazlehurst is as endearing as ever, narrating each extraordinary story with true empathy and class, accompanying each individual as they make life-changing discoveries. After uncovering her own family secrets in the much-loved series Who Do You Think You Are? Hazlehurst brings unparalleled insight and sensitivity to her role as host. 

It’s a global affair

As exciting as it is to learn of convict ancestry or royal connections, these stories traverse some less-travelled parts of the world, many that have to be seen to be believed. Viewers will be taken from the backstreets of Taiwan to the headquarters of Romania’s secret police to the inside of Australia’s harshest prison as each individual attempts to find answers to questions that have defined their lives and identity.

It’s full of scandal and surprise

Predictability is not something this series could ever be accused of. A death-bed confession that raises questions over paternity? A suspected Nazi collaborator? A mother incarcerated for an unknown crime? If you love delving into dark pasts and buried secrets, then you won’t be disappointed. A team of international experts add to the intrigue as they present never-before-seen pieces of evidence that expose confronting truths and new realities. 

It’s incredibly heart-warming 

Despite the unexpected twists and turns, the stories are undeniably heart-warming, no doubt due to the fact that they follow everyday Australians. As a result of circumstance, whether that be adoption, violence or family separation, each individual is seeking some kind of closure that they hope will allow them to make sense of who they are. It is difficult not to be moved and captivated by their determination to resolve the unresolved and their persistence in the face of uncertainty. 

It’s binge-watch friendly

In this era of peak TV, taking on a new show can feel like a serious commitment. Presented in three hour-long parts, each containing two unique and equally unmissable stories, Every Family Has A Secret is one series you can binge-watch guilt-free. You’ll have followed six individual journeys, each packing a serious punch, and discovered whether they’ve finally found the answers they’ve been looking for. 

 

Every Family Has A Secret premieres on SBS on Tuesday 25 June at 7:30pm (AEST), and airs over three weeks. Catch up at SBS On Demand after broadcast.

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