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Every Family Has a Secret Season 2 Premieres 22 September

Acclaimed factual series Every Family Has a Secret Season 2 will premiere on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 7:30pm on SBS.

A suspected killer of three migrant women is exposed, the truth behind a baby boy’s mysterious death and the revelation of a possible Soviet Spy within Australia are just some of the extraordinary stories featured in the new season of Every Family Has a Secret, produced by Western Australia’s Artemis Media for SBS.

Presented by the much loved and celebrated actor Noni Hazlehurst, the second season of the impeccably researched documentary series follows a diverse group of Australians on a life-changing journey, seeking out the extraordinary secrets within their families.

Over three weeks, the six participants travel around the country and the world – from Italy to the Netherlands and the Czech Republic– uncovering dark secrets about their families’ past that will shock, move and captivate.

Producer Celia Tait of Artemis Media explained, “We’re delighted to bring another compelling and emotionally charged series to the screen, led by the wonderful Noni Hazlehurst and featuring some extraordinary and courageous individuals unravelling their family secrets. Produced from our Fremantle office, it took months of expert sleuth work, clever story crafting and logistical brilliance to create these documentaries. Huge thanks go to our cast, the talented team who created it, and to our funders. “

Screenwest CEO Willie Rowe explained, “Screenwest is so pleased to have supported such an amazing series and, commends the team at Artemis Media for expertly completing the second season with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to seeing some very unique and gripping Western Australian stories showcased on screen to a national audience.”

Presenter Noni Hazlehurst, said, “It’s an incredible and humbling privilege to be able to accompany our subjects on these life-changing journeys. They are extraordinarily brave to be willing to embark on these searches for answers to their family secrets, and to have their trust as we search on their behalf is something one can never take for granted.”

Every Family Has a Secret is a three-part series produced by Artemis Media for SBS, with funding from Screen Australia and Screenwest in association with Lotterywest.


About The Season

In the first episode (Tuesday September 22), Perth woman Ellis Treleaven’s real identity has

been kept from her for more than half a century. Ellis travels through Europe, tracing her Dutch Jewish mother’s path through the Holocaust, to uncover the shocking secrets surrounding her own birth in a Nazi concentration camp and the true identity of her father. And Marie O’Connor, a Perth-based nurse, travels to Italy, searching for the truth about her Italian father and the heartbreaking circumstances of her baby brother’s death.


Episode two (Tuesday September 29) features Perth teacher Matthieu Heimel, who investigates clues around his mother’s disappearance and suspected murder in Melbourne. Matthieu’s search leads to the stunning revelation that the main suspect in his mother’s disappearance was also tied to the cases of two other missing migrant women, one who was later found murdered. Matthieu’s pursuit of the truth sees Victorian Police agreeing to revisit all three cases. And Sydney business woman Kerry Stevenson digs into her mother’s glamorous past as an actress, dancer and wife to a Hollywood movie mogul. Kerry discovers the secret history her mother tried so hard to bury.


The season finale (Tuesday October 6) centres around the family secrets of Perth woman

Elizabeth Brierley and Paris-based Australian expat Paul Morris. Elizabeth is searching for the truth about her sex worker mum and her connection to murdered Western Australian brothel owner Shirley Finn. Elizabeth has long suspected her unknown father may be a corrupt cop implicated in the horrific unsolved crime- now a DNA test reveals her father’s true identity. And Paul Morris delves into the murky world of espionage to discover whether his father was a Soviet spy or just a man unfairly targeted because of his political beliefs. Uprooted from his birthplace and spending his childhood in China and Russia, Paul returns to Australia seeking the truth about his father.

Intimate secrets are unearthed, estranged family members are reunited, and lives are forever changed in this emotional and confronting series.

Every Family Has a Secret S2 premieres Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 7.30pm and will air over three weeks. Encored on SBS VICELAND Thursdays at 11:00pm.

Every Family Has a Secret will be subtitled in Simplified Chinese and Arabic and will be added to the subtitled collection on SBS On Demand, available immediately after its premiere


About Artemis Media

Artemis Media is a multi-award winning production company which tells great stories with passion, integrity and style. Artemis Media, formerly Artemis International, provides television content for national and international distribution and exhibition in all forms of visual media. Artemis specialises in thought-provoking, entertaining television for Australia and the international market and are renowned for making stories that inspire, delight and inform.

Artemis International was founded in 2000 by Executive Producers Brian Beaton and Celia Tait. Brian passed away in June 2016, but his passion for great television still guides us at Artemis Media.

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