DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

OF COURSE it’s pos­si­ble not ev­ery­one does have a story. Or knows their story. Or wants to tell it. Or is ca­pa­ble of telling it. Or maybe it’s bor­ing.

Wel­come to an­other sea­son of Who Do You Think You Are? Star­ring — not in or­der — Shane Bourne, Rod Marsh, Tina Arena, Ge­orgie Parker — who is shown stand­ing I swear at Sum­mer Bay — Paul Mer­cu­rio and Magda Szuban­ski, who’s up tonight. Came from Eng­land when she was five, Pol­ish fa­ther who fought in the Re­sis­tance dur­ing World War II, Scot­tish mother. Dad died three years ago, mum’s alive, ei­ther knows noth­ing, is say­ing noth­ing, or has noth­ing to say.

Magda’s keen to find out about her mother’s fa­ther, Luke McCarthy, who died be­fore Magda was born. He was Ir­ish and Catholic, might’ve been in the IRA. There are a lot of gaps though, like most — all, prob­a­bly — fam­i­lies. My view on gaps is, put some Liq­uid Nails on them, they’ll be right.

She’s also in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about how her fa­ther passed the time dur­ing World War II. Ap­par­ently he didn’t talk about the Nazis much— quelle sur­prise— and she thinks it could be be­cause it was just too painful for him. Good bud­get on this show, just go­ing by the amount of leg room Magda has on the plane.

Up tonight: Magda Szuban­ski.

She ar­rives in Dublin to have a look at the 1901 cen­sus to try to find her grand­fa­ther, and it’s on.

‘‘ I knew I’d be cry­ing but I didn’t think I’d be cry­ing so soon,’’ she says. Me nei­ther Magda. She cries and cries, at the tini­est de­tail. She never met the man, maybe it’s that. Who knows what makes peo­ple re­act to things. I feel sad when­ever I get a news­let­ter from the WSPA.

In the ab­sence of an ar­ray of fam­ily pho­tos and hith­erto un­known cousins sud­denly ap­pear­ing, the pro­duc­ers have done a nice job but­tress­ing Magda’s trav­el­ogue with generic World War II footage. It works well, es­pe­cially for her fa­ther in Poland dur­ing the Oc­cu­pa­tion, be­cause if there’s one thing SBS has plenty of, it’s footage of Nazis. WhoDo You Think You Are? SBS One, 7.30pm

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