On a special episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, SBS celebrates the Australian icon Barry Humphries with the episode premiering on SBS and SBS On Demand on Tuesday 2 May at 7:30 pm AEST.
In episode one of the new season, SBS celebrates Barry Humphries as he sets out to solve a family mystery. Confident he’s the most interesting person in his family tree, Barry is on a quest to be proven wrong.
Barry will travel back to 18th Century England to explore his paternal ancestry – and discovers more than one major surprise along the way. Barry also investigates his maternal ancestry and is finally able to solve the mystery of his mother’s family history.
Maxine Gray, executive producer of Who Do You Think You Are? said: “Barry was so generous with his time and energy on the shoot, and so interested and mischievous in his interviews with the historians, putting them at ease but also making sure he found some fun and laughter in every scene. He was completely charming and everyone who worked with him loved the experience. When the crew filmed with Barry in London’s West End he was mobbed by fans. They said he was so popular they were wishing they had a bouncer with them. It was like being with a rock star – which of course he was.”
Humphries, the iconic comedian, satirist, and actor, passed away in April at the age of 89 after complications from hip surgery.
Born in Melbourne in 1934, Humphries made a name for himself with his character creations, such as the iconic housewife and cultural commentator, Dame Edna Everage, and the lecherous diplomat, Sir Les Patterson.
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Who Do You Think You Are? Is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia for SBS. The series airs at 7:30 pm every Tuesday on SBS and SBS On Demand, starting 2 May.