Missing Millions

Tuesday, 4 October 2011, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Episode four: 

MELANIE SYKES and PAUL HEINEY reunite people with money they never knew they had in ITV1’s Missing Millions. From Ipswich to Aberystwyth and Bath to Edinburgh the Missing Millions team tracks down the rightful owners of these forgotten fortunes. 

In show four MELANIE uncovers the story of Joyce, a hardworking mother from Middlesbrough, who scrimped and saved for her seven children, but didn’t tell them about her savings policy. She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 46 and the family is still coming to terms with her recent death. Her son and daughter Mark and Adele are shocked to learn that they will get a share of the policy worth £19,500. 

PAUL travels to Walthamstow to investigate the case of Betty Drake who put aside money every month to pay for her funeral. In later life she lost touch with her family and when she died the £3,000 policy remained unclaimed. One of the beneficiaries, her younger cousin Chris, delves into the past to uncover more about her life. She worked as a ‘clippie’ on the buses in the 1960s, where she met her future husband, bus driver Ted. But he was married and it was only after the 1971 Divorce Reform Act that he divorced, enabling him to marry Betty. 

A hunt for the beneficiaries of a £7,000 policy set up 85 years ago by Walter Selwood, a shoe salesman from Croydon, proves to be the team’s most difficult case to solve. All MELANIE and NICK have to go on at the start is an initial, a surname and a date of birth. Walter died in 1985 and MELANIE tracks down his granddaughter Nina in Lincolnshire before surprising Walter’s son Nicholas in Cyprus with the news that he will get a £3,400 share. 

In Sunderland MELANIE meets Theresa who has spent most of her life caring for elderly relatives. Her uncle Thomas Coxon, who died in 2004, took out four savings policies but there was no mention of them in his will and his family didn’t know they existed. He left everything to his unmarried sister, also called Theresa, but when she passed away she left everything to her niece Theresa who will get £9,200. 

Missing Millions is a Flame Television production for ITV1. 

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