Sydney, Sept 18: Hosted by the beloved Australian actor, presenter, and screen legend Noni Hazlehurst (known for her roles in “June Again,” “A Place to Call Home,” and “Play School”), the highly anticipated fourth season of SBS’s “Every Family has a Secret” is set to captivate viewers when it returns on Thursday, Oct 19th, at 7:30 pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.
The gripping new season of SBS’s flagship documentary series follows ordinary Australians as they unearth astonishing truths about their family’s history and confront the extraordinary secrets that have profoundly influenced their lives.
This season promises an array of shocking revelations, ranging from Nazi affiliations, baby swaps, bigamy, criminal activities, lost inheritances, secret adoptions, heartwarming family reunions, to life-altering epiphanies.
Each episode delves into a treasure trove of secrets that will keep audiences enthralled through every unexpected twist.
Over the course of four weeks, the series takes viewers on a global journey, spanning Austria, Mexico, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and The Netherlands.
Season Four kicks off with an explosive premiere that breaks from the series’ usual format by focusing on one rather than two intertwining stories. This deviation is due to the epic nature of the revelations to be unveiled.
Presenter Noni Hazlehurst AM expressed her pride in being part of this remarkable series, noting it as one of the highlights of her career.
She highlighted the privilege of hearing deeply personal stories shared by the participants and praised the world-class production team for their exceptional storytelling, resulting in profoundly moving and rewarding television.
Bethan Arwel-Lewis, SBS Commissioning Editor, Factual, emphasized the importance of “Every Family Has a Secret” in SBS’s role as a national broadcaster to share impactful stories of diverse everyday Australians.
The series explores universal themes such as family and identity, allowing viewers to delve into surprising and sometimes shocking stories from personal history while solving mysteries that have affected some families for years.
The absorbing season four premiere follows siblings Jacquie Blatchford and Michael Damnjanovic as they embark on a journey to France, Italy, and the UK in search of answers about their French-born mother’s journey to Australia after WWII.
Along the way, they uncover evidence of their mother’s dark past, including membership in a far-right political party, Nazi connections, hidden marriages, and the revelation that they are heirs to a substantial inheritance.
The season continues to deliver shocking revelations, as two Melbourne women investigate baby swaps and baby theft. Dr. Sofia Rios Miranda explores a family rumor that her great-grandparents stole a British baby and changed his identity to ensure he stayed with them.
Meanwhile, a DNA test turns adoptee Dr. Penny Mackieson’s life upside down when she discovers her Greek heritage and that she spent twenty years reunited with the wrong birth mother.
In later episodes, proud Koori woman Paula Morrison, raised as an orphan, discovers her Austrian-born father is still alive and unravels her family’s Nazi allegiances.
Retiree Rod Cordery and sister Sandra Rowlands journey to the UK to discover their biological father’s identity and meet half-sisters they never knew existed. Leading historian Professor Grace Karskens travels to the Netherlands and Germany to uncover the truth about a missing uncle, and Ming Balintong fulfills his greatest wish by finally learning the identity of his biological father.
“Every Family has a Secret” is a four-part series produced by Artemis Media for SBS, in association with Screenwest and Lotterywest.
Season Four of “Every Family Has a Secret” will be subtitled in five languages, streaming on SBS On Demand in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.
Don’t miss the premiere of “Every Family Has a Secret” Season Four on Thursday, Oct 19th, at 7:30 pm on SBS and SBS On Demand, with new episodes airing weekly.
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