Family Confidential was a great series for the ABC in 2011, and the news it will return with the families it’s secured is great news. The series this year offered real insight into a collective of people that have had real impact on our society & culture, and the new crop is no different. From the press release:

Today, ABC TV announces its second installment – 6 x 30 mins – of the popular documentary series, Family Confidential which will begin its run on February 2 at 8pm on ABC1.

Produced by Laurie Critchley, Family Confidential takes an intimate look into the lives of some of Australia’s high profile families and reveals the dramatic private events that have marked their extraordinary public journeys.

The families for this second season include: the Nolls (singer Shannon and family), the Courtenays (of author Bryce Courtenay fame); the Dingos (actor Ernie, wife Sally); the Holmes a Court (billionaire widow, Janet and sons Peter and Paul); the Jacobsens (entertainment legend Kevin); and the Casellas (Australia’s wealthiest wine company, courtesy of their Yellow Tail label).

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Laurie Critchley’s first foray into the family history format, which included: the acclaimed Dynasties series of 2002, followed by Family Fortunes in 2008, and now Family Confidential.

Head of ABC TV’s Documentaries, Alan Erson said: “Family Confidential is a consistently strong series and I truly admire Laurie and her team who have delivered an honest and open look into the lives of many high profile Australians. This series just keeps getting better.”

Family Confidential Executive Producer, Laurie Critchley said: “Although we’ve reached our 10th series, and helped tell more than 60 family stories, there are always surprises. Every one of our six new stories offers a new insight into the meaning and complexity of the family, and opens a fascinating inside window to our shared history. For our families, real life really is larger than fiction!

“What is so humbling is that each family has been so generous in trusting us to bring their truly extraordinary personal stories to a national audience”, she said.