The Secret Daughter

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The Secret Daughter
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Genre Family drama
Written by
Directed by Leah Purcell
Geoff Bennett
Paul Moloney
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Executive producers
  • Kerrie Mainwaring
  • Karl Zwicky
  • Lauren Edwards
Production locations Sydney
Dungog NSW
Running time46 minutes
Production company Screentime
Original network Seven Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release3 October 2016 (2016-10-03) 
29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)
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The Secret Daughter is an Australian television drama series which premiered on the Seven Network on 3 October 2016. [1] The series is written by Justin Monjo, Greg Haddrick, Louise Bowes and Keith Thompson and directed by Leah Purcell, Geoff Bennett and Paul Moloney. The drama centres on part-time country pub singer Billie Carter (Jessica Mauboy), who has a chance meeting with a wealthy city hotelier and discovers information about her family and history. The second season premiered on 8 November 2017. [2] On 17 December 2017, it was announced that The Secret Daughter would not return for a third season in 2018. [3]



The series received a total of A$171,750 in funding from Screen NSW. [4] Filming on the series took place in Sydney and regional New South Wales and wrapped in June 2016. [5]

The Seven Network announced that the series has been renewed and a second season will screen in 2017. [6] Production began in May 2017 with James Sweeny and Rachael Maza joining the cast. [7]

A distinguishing feature of the program is its musical aspect performed almost entirely by Mauboy herself.




Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 63 October 2016 (2016-10-03)7 November 2016 (2016-11-07)
2 68 November 2017 (2017-11-08)29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)


Season 1 (2016)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
Aus. viewers
11"Flame Trees" [11] Leah Purcell [11] Justin Monjo [11] 3 October 2016 (2016-10-03)271818-1899,000 [12]
When she finds herself in hot water with the local people, Billie pretends to be the secret daughter of Jack Norton, a wealthy hotelier, in order to escape town, which suddenly lands her in the middle of a grieving family.
22"Stuck in the Middle with You" [11] Leah Purcell [11] Justin Monjo [11] 10 October 2016 (2016-10-10)271818-2831,000 [13]
Billie finds herself in the middle of a grieving family, wondering whether she can keep up with her lie when she is given a DNA test to take.
33"Where Do I Belong?" [11] Geoff Bennett [11] Greg Haddrick [11] 17 October 2016 (2016-10-17)271818-3862,000 [14]
Billie is shocked when she finds out that she is Jack Norton's daughter, she tries to find her place within her new family whilst she tries to reconcile with Gus when finding out he is not her real father.
44"Lean on Me" [11] Geoff Bennett [11] Louise Bowes [11] 24 October 2016 (2016-10-24)271818-4836,000 [15]
Billie's best friend Layla arrives to give her support only to become increasingly close with Jamie; and Susan's hopes for a quiet Memorial for Jack are shattered when a news story outs Billie as Jack's real daughter.
55"I Fought the Law" [11] Paul Moloney [11] Greg Haddrick [11] 31 October 2016 (2016-10-31)271818-5694,000 [16]
The preparations for the re-launch of Jack's Bar are overlooked by Billie's upcoming court appearance, as jail time becomes a likely outcome.
66"Risk It" [11] Paul Moloney [11] Keith Thompson [11] 7 November 2016 (2016-11-07)271818-6795,000 [17]
After the headliner of the Jack's Bar re-launch pulls out, Billie is forced to step up, while dealing with the fact that she is not a member of the Norton family.

Season 2 (2017)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
Aus. viewers
71"Always on My Mind"Paul MoloneyNiki Aken & Jane Allen8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)271818-7512,000 [18]
82"Respect"Paul MoloneyJessica Brookman15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)271818-8492,000 [19]
93"Rear View Mirror"Geoff BennettEloise Healey22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)271818-9530,000 [20]
104"Just Another Love Song"Geoff BennettVanessa Alexander22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)271818-10444,000 [20]
115"Good Reasons"TBATBA29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)271818-11497,000 [21]
126"Hearts on Fire"TBATBA29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)271818-12433,000 [21]


Season 1 (2016)

No.TitleAir dateOvernight ratingsConsolidated ratingsTotal
1"Flame Trees"3 October 2016899,0007193,00051,091,000 [22]
2"Stuck in the Middle with You"10 October 2016831,0008215,00021,046,000 [23]
3"Where Do I Belong?"17 October 2016862,0007209,00041,071,000 [24]
4"Lean On Me"24 October 2016800,0006199,0004999,000 [25]
5"I Fought the Law"31 October 2016694,00012177,0006871,000 [26]
6"Risk It"7 November 2016795,0005162,0003957,000 [27]

Season 2 (2017)

No.TitleAir dateOvernight ratingsConsolidated ratingsTotal
1"Always on my Mind"8 November 2017512,00014126,00011638,000 [28]
2"Respect"15 November 2017492,00015131,00011623,000 [29]
3"Rear View Mirror"22 November 2017530,00013118,00010648,000 [30]
4"Just Another Love Song"22 November 2017444,00016122,00012566,000 [30]
5"Good Reasons"29 November 2017497,00013114,00012611,000 [31]
6"Hearts on Fire"29 November 2017433,00018102,00014535,000 [31]


The show's first soundtrack album, The Secret Daughter: Songs from the Original TV Series , was recorded by Jessica Mauboy and featured music used in the first season. It was released on 14 October 2016 by Sony Music Australia. [32] The album became Mauboy's first number-one album and also made her the first Indigenous artist to reach number one on the ARIA Albums Chart. [33] [34] The second soundtrack album, The Secret Daughter Season Two: Songs from the Original 7 Series , was also recorded by Mauboy and released on 6 October 2017. [35]

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