ITV tearjerker Long Lost Family returns to our screens on April 12

If, like me, you had to have a box of tissues at the ready – and for Roy Chubby Brown fans, I know exactly what you’re thinking! – for each edition of Long Lost Family last year, you may want to buy several in advance, as series two promises more harrowing and heart wrenching stories than we’ve seen to date.

Presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, who was himself adopted as a child, the second year of Long Lost Family sees them reuniting families all over the globe.

Of the new series, Davina said, ”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!”

And last year, Nicky said of the show, “‘I’ve never been so excited about a show in my career…

“I have a deep emotional connection with it, being an adopted person and having traced my own birth families.”

In the course of series two, we’ll see Nicky jetting off to South Africa, American, Spain and France to reunite family members who, for whatever reasons, lost touch with each other decades ago.

And for some, the reunions are with members of their family who they’ve never even met before.

The first episode of series two features two stories of babies given up for adoption by their mothers, a man who’s spent over a decade searching for his mum, and a woman who’s spent her entire life needing to make amends for something that happened when she was a young girl.

When asked what it is that’s made Long Lost Family so popular with viewers, Davina said, “It’s about relationships and love and fear and forgiving…

“It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lost somebody or you’re trying to find somebody, or if you weren’t adopted, we can all relate to those feelings.

“I think even if we can’t necessarily relate exactly to the story, we can all identify with what that person is feeling or going through and it’s in all of us.”

Of the new series, Davina added, “We met this lovely lady called Maureen from Liverpool.

“Her mother had left her when she was little and obviously that side of me really related to her.

“She had an extremely tough life because her dad hadn’t been able to take care of her and she went into care.

“I don’t want to give away too much of her story but I particularly loved talking to her and felt that I uplifted her.

“It’s quite intense when you share a moment like that with somebody.

“Nicky’s going through all those emotions almost every five minutes at the reunions where he relives his moment finding his mother.”

She added, “I love Nicky. We have these amazing moments when we hook up in a café somewhere or in the car after the reunions.

“It’s always lovely to see him, and hang out with him and it’s always really nice to hear his side of the story.

“Sometimes he’ll call me and say there’s a really amazing story, I’ve just been here and spoken to this person, tell me what happens from your side when you do it.

“It’s been great getting to know him actually, he’s such a lovely guy and fiercely intelligent.”

Don’t miss the premiere episode of series two of Long Lost Family on Thursday, April 12 at 9pm on ITV1.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.