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Long Lost Family

  • Episode:

    2 of 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 12 Jul 2021

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 28 2021 : Sat 10 Jul - Fri 16 Jul

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  • Published:

    Wed 30 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 2

This episode features two stories of people trying to uncover family mysteries.

The first story starts in Derbyshire, and a man hoping to find out why he was abandoned as a baby. 

57-year-old John Hacking works in a limestone quarry. He has a daughter and granddaughter, and lives with his partner Helen, who is also adopted and recently found her own birth mother.

John was brought up by his adoptive parents, Derek and Dorothy Hacking. After finding him outside their flat, they moved to a house in rural Derbyshire...


The second story comes from the North East of England, and a daughter looking for the Italian father she’s never met.

53-year-old Debra Spark lives with her husband Chris and their four children in the north-east of England, where she’s spent her whole life.

Debra Spark’s father, Ernesto, was Italian, living in Milan in the 1960s, when he met Debra’s mother Olive, who was working there as a nanny. When Olive became pregnant, she suffered medical complications that meant she had to return to England to spend time in hospital. Olive felt she had been forced apart from Ernesto and remembers being devastated...