Missing Millions

Tuesday, 20 September 2011, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

£15 billion is lying unclaimed in Britain’s bank vaults and in Missing Millions MELANIE SYKES and PAUL HEINEY reunite people with their forgotten fortunes. From pensions and life insurance, to shares, dividends and money put aside for a rainy day, this new four part series made by Flame TV for ITV1, tracks down people who didn’t even know they were entitled to a windfall. 

PAUL and MELANIE, along with genealogist NICK BARRATT and the Missing Millions team, find the unwitting recipients and bring them the good news. They also look at the history of the benefactors and the stories surrounding their unclaimed cash. 

“It’s an astonishing amount of money and I was staggered to learn just how much the public could be entitled to,” says PAUL. “It’s been fascinating delving into the past to discover where the money came from and why it is lying unclaimed.” MELANIE adds: “People are sitting on small fortunes without even realising it. It was our job to track them down so they could claim the money which is rightfully theirs. I felt like Mother Christmas delivering the good news.” 

In tonight’s show, Melanie travels across the UK to reunite a staggering £48,000 with its unsuspecting owners, one of whom threw his paperwork in a skip! The trickiest case travels between Bradford and South Africa in the search for beneficiaries and savings accounts that have remained untouched for 30 years. Paul steps back in time to discover the story behind a 130 year old School in Wolverhampton on land donated by Mary Stokes. The school is set to be sold and the heir is shocked to learn that she could get a share of £100,000!

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