Long Lost Family

Thursday, 12 April 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

DAVINA MCCALL and NICKY CAMPBELL return to ITV1 to present a brand new series of Long Lost Family, the show which traces and reunites family members who have been separated for most of their lives. 

Series two presents seve nheart-warming new episodes, helping relatives reunite with the loved ones they have been desperately searching for in vain for many years. 

With the help and support of Davina and Nicky, each relative is guided through the exhaustive and emotional process of tracing the loved one they are so anxious to find. The searches often take unpredictable turns and series two sees Nicky journey to South Africa, Texas, France and Spain to bring families together again. 

On returning for a new series, Davina McCall said: “I’m over the moon to be back helping to reunite even more families. If you thought Series One was emotional, you’ve not seen anything yet. The stories we’ve unearthed this time round will tug at your heart-strings like never before. Get ready to start stockpiling those tissues!” 

Featuring 14 stories (two per episode); we follow the woman searching for the brother she hasn’t seen since he was thrown out of the family home over 40 years ago. Other heart-rending accounts tell the story of the ex-rugby professional desperately searching for the mother who gave him up for adoption as a baby and the young woman who wants to trace the father she last saw at the age of five. 

ITV1 viewers are taken on a moving journey throughout, from the revealing moment relatives are told their mother, father, brother or sister has been traced, to the emotional moment of their reunion, a moment they may have only ever dreamed of. Long Lost Family explores the social context of each family’s estrangement and the often complex and heart-breaking factors contributing to their separation. 

Many of the people featured in the series were adopted or gave children up for adoption when they were younger. During production of Long Lost Family, producers Wall to Wall worked closely with adoption expert Ariel Bruce – a leading independent social worker, Adoption Support Agency and search specialist. The protocol devised and worked to throughout the making of Long Lost Family complied with current adoption legislation and was modelled on the protocols and best practice that leading Ofsted-inspected Adoption Support Agencies work to when searching for, contacting, reuniting and supporting adopted people and birth relatives. 

Adoption is personal territory for Nicky Campbell, who was adopted as a child, before searching for and being reunited with his birth mother and father as an adult. Nicky is a patron of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. 

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