Entertainer Rove McManus is in for a ride that will test even his famous appetite for the unexpected. Rove uncovers the truth that his beloved Pop kept to himself about his Second World War experience. He pieces together the shocking story of his Great Grandfather's role in the violent frontier of the Kimberley, and the ironic twist of fate that brought him undone. And then there's Rove's own life long question - why am I the black sheep of the family, the only creative one? In the pages of a little book that's been thoroughly defaced, he finds the astonishing answer.
Actress Asher Keddie sets out to find the origins of her creative passions, discovering that she comes from a very long line of artistic performers. These include an acting ancestor whose story shares eerie parallels to her own life, and a nineteenth century musician who played a part in some of the most significant moments of his time.
On the trail of his ancestors, actor Don Hany journeys to the heart of Europe, to investigate his controversial Hungarian grandfather, caught up in a Cold War flashpoint, and uncovers a labyrinth of secrets and lies that still divide his family.
Comedian Adam Hills retraces the desperate journeys undertaken by his migrant ancestors, from Central Europe and Malta. With their families torn apart by war and prejudice, both his Great Grandfathers risked everything for a new life in Australia. He also discovers a medieval ancestor who made his fortune from a barbaric business.
Actor Michael Caton has an iconic place in Australian screen history often playing characters of dubious repute. Could this be a case of art imitating life? Are these types of characters part of his DNA? To find out Michael will retrace the lives of his forebears, uncovering a family tragedy and an ancestor's involvement in one of Australia's greatest crime sprees.
On the trail of his ancestors, actor Lex Marinos journeys into Australia's colonial past to investigate an ancestor wrongly accused of a terrible crime. And in a one horse outback town he discovers that a revered relative is not all he seems.
Actor Susie Porter delves into her grandmother's mental illness, unpicking a thread that reveals mental illness extends further back in her family than she knew. Susie faces the past head on and in a deeply personal way, her family story charts dramatic advances in the field of mental health treatment in Australia.
Actor John Howard follows his Grandfather's trail through the horrors of the Great War, finding a promising military career ruined by a single regrettable act. And he discovers a kindred spirit, an ancestor who fought for social justice - all the time battling his own demons.