Long Lost Family - Series 1
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Long Lost Family
Genes Reunited are proudly sponsoring a brand new TV series that helps relatives find long lost family members. Join Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell on Thursday 21st April at 9pm for the first instalment in this 6 part series.
Each Long Lost Family episode will focus on two family stories. The series aims to help relatives, some who have been searching for years, find the family members they have been desperately seeking. Follow the complicated and emotional journey of each relative as they finally find the family members they have been searching for.
We're hoping that some of these stories may give our members inspiration and ideas as to how to find their own long lost family members. And even if you aren't trying to locate any missing relatives, watching these emotional journeys with happy outcomes is definitely worth tuning in to.
Episode 1 – ITV1 Thursday 21st April at 9pm
The first episode tells the story of Jennifer and Kathleen. Jennifer is a twin, adopted at birth and separated from her twin sister. Now aged 66, Jennifer is desperate to finally find the sister she has never met. It's an emotional rollercoaster as Jennifer finally finds Kathleen living only 3 miles from her own home.
We also meet Karen and Peter. Karen was adopted by her grandparents when she was born and only later discovered that her sister was actually her mother. Her mother was only 18 when she fell pregnant by her then boyfriend Peter. After her mother told Peter the news they arranged to meet at a train station but Peter never showed up. The team have a very tough time trying to locate Karen's father, but after a letter from a distant relative, they make a break through.
Episode 2 – ITV1 Thursday 28th April at 9pm
In this week's episode we meet Wayne. From a young age Wayne has always felt there was something missing and then when he was 15 he made a startling discovery. Join Wayne as he learns the truth about his real father and embarks on the journey to find him.
We also meet Debbie, a woman forced to choose between her husband and the son she had by another man. Debbie had her baby boy adopted 26 years ago and has lived in hope that he will try to find her ever since. Having hit a brick wall with her search, Debbie has turned to Long Lost Family for help to locate her son.
Episode 3 – ITV1 Thursday 5th May at 9pm
In the third episode of Long Lost Family we meet Jeannie who has been searching for her little brother for most of her life. When she was just 8 years old, a couple names Mr and Mrs Smith came to the door and took her four year old brother Geoffrey away. Will the Long Lost Family team be able to help Jeannie find her brother after 50 years?
We also meet Kirsty, who at the age of 15 found herself pregnant and had no choice but to give up her baby son for adoption. Kirsty is hoping to find the son she gave up all those years ago.
Episode 4 – ITV1 Thursday 12th May at 9pm
Don't miss this week's episode. In episode 4 we meet two women both searching for their biological mothers.
Laura McCarthy was adopted as a baby and had an unhappy childhood. She is hoping that finding her real mother will give her a sense of belonging that she has missed her entire life. After years of searching, Laura discovers the traumatic events that led to her adoption, but will the Long Lost Family team be able to track down her mother?
We also meet Sarah Gale. Although Sarah had a happy and loving childhood, she has always felt that something was missing from her life. It wasn't until Sarah was an adult that she discovered the story of her mother – a young, single woman who fell pregnant by a man who had no intention of marrying her.
Tune in to see if Laura and Sarah will be successful in finally finding their mother's.
Episode 5 – ITV1 Thursday 19th May at 9pm
Wendy and her sister Sharon have been looking for their little sister for 13 years. After a series of tragic events, including the death of both of their parents, their beloved sister Sarah disappeared without a trace. Despite having no clue as to where Sarah could be, or whether she is even alive, Wendy and Sharon refuse to give up hope and have turned to the Long Lost Family team for help..
This week we also meet Wane from Blackpool who is trying to find his father. Wane has not seen his father since he was six, shortly after his parents' divorce. Angry and confused, Wane shouted at his Dad that he never wanted to see him again. Wane has not seen his father since and has spent the rest of his life blaming himself for the hole left by the absence of his father. Will Wane be able to find his father after all this time?
Episode 6 – ITV1 Thursday 26th May at 9pm
Samantha has spent her entire life with a family who look nothing like her – Join the Long lost team as they reunite her with her real father.