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Long Lost Family

  • Episode:

    1 of 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 05 Jul 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 27 2021 : Sat 03 Jul - Fri 09 Jul

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Tue 29 Jun 2021

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Long Lost Family

Series overview

The multi award-winning series returns with more extraordinary and moving stories of people desperate to find missing family.

With help from a team of trained intermediaries, DNA experts and investigators, Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall find people that previously couldn't be traced and answer questions that have haunted entire lives.

Across 10 brand new episodes we take on some astonishing searches: from an international and premiership footballer looking for his birth mother after recovering from a brain tumour to a man needing the truth about why he was left as a three-month-old baby in a pram on the street. And even in its 11th series, there are firsts for Long Lost Family: from our oldest ever searcher; an 86-year-old father looking for the daughter he was separated from; to the first search we’ve ever had for a long-lost foster brother.

As Long Lost Family and its popularity demonstrate year on year, knowing your roots and being in touch with your family is incredibly important. And with many viewers having been separated from their loved ones during the pandemic, this series remains immensely poignant and heart-warming.

Episode 1

Episode 1 features two stories of children searching for their birth mothers after life-changing events. 

The first story is on behalf of a former premiership footballer who, after suffering a huge health scare, is compelled to find his birth mother.  

“I was fighting for my life this time last year….I was just thinking about meeting my birth mother. When you’re close to your life being over, it becomes more important.”
Dominic Matteo

46-year-old Dominic Matteo’s world was turned upside down in 2019 when he was diagnosed with a rare, cancerous brain tumour. It was during this time that he realised how precious life was. After a miraculous recovery, and with the help of his wife Jess, Dominic is on a mission to find his birth mother, who put him up for adoption 46 years ago.

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The second search is on behalf of a woman who was hit with emotion on her wedding day, thinking about her missing birth mother.

Lisa Phillips has decided the time is right to search for her birth mother. She’s had unanswered questions ever since she was told she was adopted at the age of seven, but it was on her wedding day in 1992 that it really hit home that there was one person absent.