SBS delivers colourful new line-up

Who Do You Think You Are? is one of several highlights coming up on SBS.

Magda Szubanski will feature in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? for SBS.

The locally-produced season of the genealogy series will also include Tina Arena, Georgie Parker, Shane Bourne, Paul Mercurio and Rodney Marsh. It will premiere in December.

Director of TV and Online Content Matt Campbell described the third series as the best ever at a launch of Summer and Autumn programming in Sydney this week.

Among other highlights are the third season of crime drama East West 101 with new cast members Aaron Jeffery, Tammy MacIntosh, Matt Nable and Aden Young. It will air in May 2011.

Viewers will also watch a typical Australian family captured by discreet cameras capturing their every move in The Family (Australia). Unlike Big Brother, it won't be prodding its subjects for drama and conflict. The series from Shine Australia is based on the UK series, which will also screen afterwards.

For the first time in 25 years the SAS has granted SBS exclusive access to its daring recruitment as the Special Air Regiment Service features in SAS: Have You Got What It Takes?

William Shatner's Weird or What? features the favourite actor as he looks at weird events and phenomena from across the world. From a window washer who survived a 50-foot fall in New York, to the infamous Canadian case of several amputated feet washing up on the shore, it's all here.

An important documentary offering will surely be Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us. This new three-part series tells the untold immigration story of who was allowed in and who was pushed out of a daring social experiment to build the nation. It integrates archival footage and 3D animation to tell its story.

International drama Big Love returns along with new Danish drama The Protectors and audience favourite Inspector Rex.

There is more from Julia Zemiro, who hosts Sex: An Unnatural History, and who returns to Eurovision with Sam Pang. Also coming are Luke Nguyen's Vietnam season two, Costa's Arnhem Land Odyssey plus more Mythbusters, Man vs. Wild, South Park and animated series The Ricky Gervais Show.

Matt Campbell said: “This summer and autumn viewers can enjoy a host of thought-provoking and entertaining programs from SBS. There's science, history, food and drama as well as some weird and wonderful surprises along the way. SBS continues its mission to be the most culturally-enriching network in Australia, pushing boundaries and delivering content you won’t see anywhere else on Australian TV."

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