On a quest to to find his ancestral homeland, country music icon Troy Cassar Daley will finally bridge the gap between his two cultural worlds.
Australia's first female foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has always had a love for the world, and she's now on a mission to discover where she inherited her globetrotting, adventurous spirit from.
Kat Stewart's stable and loving upbringing instilled in her a strong sense of ethics, and it's with this belief that she goes on her ancestral journey, seeking characters who were both principled and just a little bit colourful. She'll soon discover a strong Irish woman who experienced her fair share of tragedy, and an Englishman who had a pioneering role during a contentious time in colonial Australia.
Comedian Denise Scott's search to find the truth about a dark family secret brings surprising results, while her dad's family tree produces a highly unconventional ancestor. On her maternal side, she uncovers dark secrets, and closes a chapter on a long-standing family cover-up.
When swimmer Lisa Curry delves into her maternal family past, she finds hard working German immigrants who risked everything to become the masters of their own destiny in Queensland. Lisa's distant relationship with her late father had a profound effect on her life, but by tracing his life and her paternal ancestors in war-torn Ireland, Lisa comes to terms with who her father was, and finally gets to farewell him in her own way.
Long intrigued by the origins of his surname, actor Cameron Daddo travels across the globe to the Channel Islands and discovers a thousand years of noble ancestors. Meanwhile, his mother's lineage, though devoid of noble origins, reveals a surprising parallel to his father's. Cameron will discover both sides of his family feature love stories of staggering proportions.
Veteran entertainer Bert Newton discovers the father he never knew was a true patriot who devoted his life to his country. His maternal grandmother Alice leaves a lasting impression of a woman of great fortitude who fought for women's rights and was surrounded by the love of her children, despite the criminal neglect of her husband.
Journalist and television personality Lisa Wilkinson is on a deeply personal quest to unearth the truth about her maternal ancestors. Lisa's mother, Beryl, was born illegitimately, and right up until her recent death, had many unanswered questions about her identity. Lisa encounters her Irish three-times great-grandmother, Eliza O'Brien, whose complex, troubled life has uncanny parallels with her own mother's story. On her father's side, Lisa travels to colourful India, where she discovers her two-times great-grandmother, Ann Beech, whose life shifts from poverty to privilege and back again.
Actor Rodger Corser rose to fame for his roles in the award-winning crime series Underbelly and the critically acclaimed Glitch, and for the series lead on Doctor, Doctor. But while Rodger is comfortable donning the mask of a character, exploring his own identity is a little more daunting.
Daytime TV host Kerri-Anne Kennerley's upbeat personality, can-do attitude, and general optimism has made her resilient, both in the fickle world of television, and in the face of the tragic accident that left her husband a quadriplegic. But where did Kerri-Anne get those traits that have served her career and her personal life so well? With her curiosity sparked, Kerri-Anne sets off to find out if her ancestors carried the survivor gene that has carried her through her tumultuous life.
Four-time Paralympian Kurt Fearnley wants to find out if the fighting spirit that propelled him to sporting stardom was inherited from his ancestors. In his father's family, Kurt seeks to sort fact from fiction about his larger than life grandfather Harry, who left England at the tender age of 17. Kurt begins his investigation with his great-grandfather Charles' World War I medals, which lead him to discover Charles suffered a gunshot wound to the face during the disastrous Battle of the Somme.
Singer Casey Donovan shot to fame at the tender age of 16 when she won Australian Idol. But her sudden rise to stardom raised complicated questions about Casey's Aboriginal heritage. Now, at age 30, Casey is keen to learn about her Indigenous roots, but will she find a sense of belonging?
Australia's favourite scientist, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, is a qualified medical doctor, engineer, and physicist whose media career began in 1981. His weekly talkback hour has become a national institution, and he's authored more than 40 books. Karl was two years old when he came to Australia with his family as refugees in 1950. He knows very little about his parents' life before this, only that they met in a refugee camp in Sweden after World War II. While Karl's father told him many elaborate stories, his mother was very secretive.
Actress Marta Dusseldorp has become a household name on Australian television screens, playing strong female characters in Janet King, A Place To Call Home, and Jack Irish. Now, Marta wants to explore the characters in her own ancestral past. The daughter of a Dutch migrant, Marta always identified with the European roots on her father's side, more so because she knew so little about her mother's family. Marta embarks on a journey to find the origins of her beloved maternal grandparents, paediatric surgeon Sandy Robertson and his wife Gwenda.
Traumatised by the scandal of her parents' public divorce, investigative journalist Jennifer Byrne has avoided examining her family history until now, when both her parents have passed away. Although Jennifer loved her maternal grandfather, Victoria's longest serving governor, Sir Dallas Brooks, the privilege that came with his appointment was a source of embarrassment. But Jennifer soon discovers the scandal and privilege she grew up with was nothing compared to what lies in her mother's ancestry.
TV personality Scott Cam reveals his paternal family changed their surname from Caminiti to Cam during World War II. But, beyond this historical detail, Scott knows little about his Italian ancestors, including what compelled them to leave their homeland for a 'sunburnt country'.
In one of Sydney's great convict buildings, Peter Garrett discovers an ancestor at the forefront of social welfare in the colony. He'll also unearth the secret life of his grandmother who worked in a forgotten area of first Contact - the Lock Hospitals in Western Australia. More than a century later, Peter follows his grandmother to remote Bernier Island, where Indigenous Australians suspected of having venereal disease were taken by force.
Patti Newton is one of Australia's most recognisable faces. She's been performing since the age of four and has always wondered where her love of performing came from. These days, Patti's greatest joy in life is her four grandchildren. However, she knows very little regarding her paternal grandmother and is determined to find out why she was never spoken of.
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