In the latest episode of Who Do You Think You Are? celebrated actor and comic Shane Jacobson will learn his family history.
Shane Jacobson’s father, Ron, was born into a family of carnival workers and lived in a tent until he was 21. The Jacobson’s know nothing of their ancestry; however Shane is convinced they come from Viking stock. His crusade will take him to Finland where Shane’s great grandfather took drastic steps that echo down the Jacobson line. His journey will take Shane to a medieval church where his ancestor was forced to sit on a shaming stool to atone for her sexual crimes. His search for the truth behind his Viking roots is answered, and in a farmhouse Shane finds his extended Finnish family.
Who Do You Think You Are? is a fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia and these emotional and personal stories reveal a bigger picture of Australia’s diverse national identity and how Australians have become the people they are today.
The full line-up for series 8 includes:
Tuesday 18 October - Shane Jacobson
Tuesday 25 October - Jane Turner
Tuesday 1 November - John Newcombe
Episodes now available at SBS On Demand – Julia Morris, Peter Garrett, Delta Goodrem, Mal Meninga and Rachel Griffiths