The extraordinary stories behind everyday lives.

This captivating new factual format follows ordinary people on life-changing journeys as they explore long-held family secrets, revealing hidden pasts, deceit and lies, and buried scandals.

Each episode features the stories of two people, connected by a theme, both convinced that a secret has prevented them from truly knowing their family history – and themselves. An empathetic host, in the Australian version popular actress/presenter Noni Hazlehurst, introduces each participant and the background to their secret.

Rigorous research helps resolve these gripping mysteries and uncovers anything from spies and bigamy to prison sentences and war crimes. Once the truth is revealed, the participant meets with the host again and explains how they feel now their secret is exposed.

The personal journeys are intense and emotional for those involved and often provide a new sense of identity. For viewers, the twists and turns around each central narrative make for compelling television that moves, shocks and surprises.


  • A new take on the genealogy genre, featuring ordinary people with extraordinary secrets
  • Episode one in Australia increased SBS’s slot share by +103% for all viewers
  • A second season has been commissioned
  • From the producers of 10 years of Who Do You Think You Are? in Australia

Also available on tape: 3 x 60’

Produced by Artemis Media for SBS TV (Australia)

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