Born From the Same Stranger

Born From The Same Stranger

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Born From The Same Stranger

Series overview

Every person born from a donor might have multiple siblings they had no idea existed. This brand-new, four-part ITV1 series joins a group of donor conceived people as they open this Pandora’s Box.

Born From The Same Stranger follows searchers as they unite with a host of brothers and sisters or track down anonymous donors who never imagined they could be found.

Their detective work is supported every step of the way by DNA technology, professional genealogists and intermediaries and a specially created social media community of donor conceived contemporaries, many of whom have already pursued their own searches. They are on hand to advise, encourage, offer tips and guidance, and share their own extraordinary experiences.

Born From the Same Stranger is being made as a UK law change takes effect, which sees donor anonymity disappear and anyone conceived by donation after 2005 able to find out more details about their identity when they turn 18. But the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is acknowledging that the law can’t keep up with the reality of people tracing donors independently and is proposing further changes to allow donor conceived children to have their donor’s details from the moment they are born.

As the series will reveal, those born earlier than 2005 are searching anyway, using a combination of easily accessible DNA testing, genetic genealogy and social media advice. And it’s not an easy journey; they come up against barriers and ethical dilemmas as they pursue their desire to know more about where they come from.

The series promises to uncover intimate and fascinating stories, including meeting a woman whose donor’s sperm was delivered across the world in her great aunt’s hand luggage and a brother and sister who’ve discovered they’re two of 21 siblings and counting. It captures donor conceived people being united with their new-found relatives and explores the effects of nature and nurture on who we are.

From the award-winning Wall to Wall Media team behind ITV's Long Lost Family. The series is narrated by Davina McCall.

Episode 2

We follow the extraordinary story of brother and sister, Tom and Isabel: Tom was conceived from a double donation of both sperm and egg and Isabel was conceived from a donated embryo. Tom manages to trace one of his donors and hears their reasons for donating, whilst Isabel’s story becomes the stuff of science fiction when she not only finds her embryo donor but discovers she has a genetic twin, who was born seven years before her.

Born to same sex parents in the 1980s, Marco always knew she was donor conceived and didn’t realise it was unusual until she started school. With fertility clinics not accepting lesbian parents at the time, Marco’s conception was organised unofficially, so she has no official paperwork. Her only chance of finding out anything at all is to put her DNA on commercial websites and see who she finds.  



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