Long Lost Family – ITV1 with Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present this new documentary series which traces and reunites long lost family members.

The series helps relatives, some of whom have been searching in vain for many years, find the family members they are desperately seeking. Long Lost Family explores the background and context of each family’s estrangement and tracks the detective work and often complex and emotional process of finding each lost relative before they are reunited.

We are given the unique opportunity to follow the journey of relatives that have spent their lives apart from the very people that should have been nearest and dearest to them – their fathers, mothers, daughters, sons and siblings – even twin sisters, in one case.

Family is, for many people, the most important thing in life, but for some a piece of the jigsaw that makes up their family is missing, which they desperately need to find to feel whole again.
With the help and support of Davina and Nicky each relative is guided and supported through the process of tracing the member of their family they have been desperately seeking, in some cases for most of their lives.
Long Lost Family reveals the background to each case, the social context and reasons why these estrangements occurred, from the single teenage mums who felt unable to keep their babies to the fathers who left and the twin sisters who were separated at birth.
Each of the two intercut stories featured in every episode [12 in total across the series] has incredibly moving moments, from relatives being told the long lost family member has been traced, the decision to agree to a reunion, being shown a photo of them, and the raw moment of the reunion.
The series will afford viewers a revealing insight into the process involved in tracing long lost family members, from many different backgrounds and generations. And the searches often take unpredictable turns, from leads which take in countries far overseas, to discovering that a relative lost for a lifetime has been living only a few miles away all those years.

Many of the people featured in the series were adopted or gave children up for adoption when they were young Wall To Wall worked closely with leading organisations in the adoption field such as NORCAP and independent social worker Ariel Bruce. The protocol devised and worked to throughout the making of Long Lost Family was modelled on the protocols NORCAP and Ariel Bruce work to when searching, contacting 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.

Thursday, 21 April 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM ITV1