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Long Lost Family

  • Episode: 

    3 of 7

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 01 Jul 2019
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 27 2019 : Sat 29 Jun - Fri 05 Jul
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode 3
 
In the last year over 4000 people from across the UK have contacted the Long Lost Family team asking for help to find missing family members. In this brand new seven-part series, Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return and with the help of trained intermediaries, DNA experts and investigators from all over the world, they find people that previously couldn’t be traced and answer questions that have haunted entire lives.
 
The series will feature more extraordinary stories with unexpected twists and turns, including Long Lost Family’s oldest ever searcher at the age of 83, who is desperate to find her daughter before it’s too late. New searches will take the team to locations including Chicago, Brisbane, Belfast and Canada. And for the first time the series will feature a missing person story without a resolution, by making an emotional appeal. 
 
Episode three of the series features another unprecedented case as the programme follows Long Lost Family’s first ever celebrity searcher, KT Tunstall, as she tries to find her birth father. The episode also features two siblings searching for the birth mother they were separated from in the 60s, against a backdrop of social prejudice towards single mothers.    
 
Brother and sister Simon Munro and Carole Killick grew up apart. After their mother left the family home when they were very young, their father was unable to care for both of them, and Simon was put up for adoption. Simon grew up in London, the adopted son of two Scottish GPs. He had a very happy childhood growing up with three adoptive siblings. After spending many wonderful holidays in Scotland as a child, Simon moved there permanently as an adult. He always knew he was adopted but he never felt the need to look for his birth family, until his sister Carole came looking for him. 
 
Carole is Simon’s full sibling and struggled growing up without him. “Losing my mother as well as losing my brother, affected me. I think I was quite a troubled child”. She had a very different upbringing to her brother. She initially went into care and then returned to her father in London and was raised by him and his second wife, spending time in boarding school. “I always remembered Simon … over the years I missed him”. As an adult Carole used the little information she had about Simon to find him, and the pair were reunited 20 years ago. “We met and we got on fantastically.” – Simon. After finding each other, their thoughts turned to their birth mother, Sylvia.
 
During Carole’s search for Simon, she was able to get hold of some paperwork relating to their separation from Sylvia. They discovered that their parents had separated when they were very young, and that following this Sylvia was on her own and became homeless. “I think it must have been very very very hard for her; suddenly her whole life is completely turned upside down” – Simon. 
 
Carole never asked her father what happened, for fear of upsetting him, and despite having the paperwork, Simon and Carole have no idea what happened to Sylvia after they were taken into care. “I’d like to know why what happened, happened- even if she was a woman who just didn’t care enough about her children” - Carole
 
During the search for their mother, we discovered that Sylvia’s seemed to get her life back on track, getting married and having three more children. But then the trail went cold, we were unable to find any address for Sylvia living in the UK. Fearing the worst, we reached out to one of her daughters, who was able to tell us that Sylvia is alive and well, and living on a canal boat near Derby.
 
Sylvia never thought this day would ever come “I thought, they would never forgive me” and when Nicky meets her, he hears an emotional story of her struggle to keep Simon and Carole. Sylvia had married Simon and Carole’s father very young, after falling pregnant. When the marriage broke down, Sylvia left with the children. Penniless and with no support, Sylvia felt unable to look after both of them. So Carole went back to the care of her father. “I was told I wasn’t to contact them ever again, because it would be too upsetting for her” - Sylvia
 
Sylvia tried to make it work with Simon but after asking social services for help, Sylvia was surprised that Simon was taken from her. “I thought they were taking me and Simon somewhere but they didn’t, they just snatched him away”. Sylvia recalls feeling shamed by the social workers and having pressure put on her to have Simon adopted. Eventually Sylvia gave in, thinking Simon would have a better life. “I had to go to court and stand up like a criminal.”
 
Sylvia went on to get married again and have three more daughters. She is ecstatic that Simon and Carole have come looking for her.  “I’ve got them back. It’s so amazing”
 
Davina visits Simon and Carole in Scotland to give them the news that Sylvia has been found and that she would love to meet them both. “That’s blown me away completely” – Simon, “we’re very lucky, really really lucky” – Carole
 
Simon and Carole meet Sylvia in a pub in Staines, close to where they were all separated. “You’ve never been forgotten, it’s just so unbelievable to have you both back, I’m never gonna let you go again.” – Sylvia
 
“I had no idea that she thought about us all these years, that we were loved, and that she always had two empty spaces in her heart” – Carole
 
Our second story is another first for Long Lost Family, as we follow celebrity KT Tunstall on the search for her birth father. 
 
Singer KT Tunstall always knew she was adopted. She grew up in St Andrews, Scotland in a loving adoptive family. KT’s love of music began early in life, and growing up her musicality and looks contrasted with her family around her. “I remember sort of feeling completely different and as I got older I definitely struggled with it”. 
 
As an adult, KT successfully tracked down her birth mother Carol Ann, who she met in 1998 at the age of 23. At first their relationship was tricky, with unwanted attention from the press putting pressure on their relationship, “the tabloid press were hounding her more than they were hounding me” - KT. But they worked through it and now have a good relationship. “Knowing Carol Ann has been enriching and there’s definitely a bond” - KT
 
“She gave me a lease of life when she came and found me” – Carol Ann 
 
Carol Ann had lost touch with KT’s birth father John, but she was able to tell KT about the kind of person he was. “He loved to sing and I can see a lot of him in you” – Carol Ann. Importantly for KT, Carol Ann also told her that John hadn’t wanted to give her up.
 
“He tried to persuade me to change my mind” – Carol Ann
“He would have been over the moon to have known you” – Carol Ann
 
Hearing this only encouraged KT to take up the search for her birth father. “He was obviously a loving guy and that counts for a lot. It’s actually annoying, it would have been easier if he was an asshole” - KT 
 
We began our search in Scotland, the last place John is known to have lived, but we couldn’t find any current records of him living there. We needed to discount the idea of him no longer being alive, and so looked at death records. 
 
Sadly our worst fears were realised, John had passed away in 2002. 
 
We continued our search in the hope that we might find relatives of John’s who could tell KT more about her birth father and in fact we discovered that John went on to have two daughters, Siobhan and Lesley-Anne.
 
Nicky discovers that Siobhan and Lesley-Anne had no idea about KT’s existence “Dad had never mentioned it to us, so it absolutely blew us away”. After finding out about KT, the sisters spoke to their mother about it, who was able to tell them that when she first met John he carried a photo of KT as a baby in his wallet. “It’s sad for her and sad for Dad, and I think to see this now, it would have meant the world to him” – Siobhan.
 
KT is told the news about her father away from the cameras, and Nicky goes to see her in London to tell her more. KT is amazed to find that she has two younger sisters and is very excited to meet them and find out more about her father. It was just sad about my father, not getting that hug you know.. but it’ll be nice to do it via my sisters” - KT
 
The three of them meet in a hotel in Dumfries.
 
“I just feel so much relief. I have, I’ve found his face, I’ve found who he is, I’ve found his daughters. They are just lovely” – KT
 
“I felt at ease straight away and yeah I could not stop looking at her eyes. The dimple!s” – Lesley-Anne
 
“Meeting a famous person who happens to be your sister that you’ve never known. I can’t even begin to describe what that actually feels like” - Siobhan
 
Produced by Wall to Wall for ITV.
 
 
Series overview
 
In the last year over 4000 people from across the UK have contacted the Long Lost Family team asking for help to find missing family members. In this brand new seven-part series, Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return and with the help of trained intermediaries, DNA experts and investigators from all over the world, they find people that previously couldn’t be traced and answer questions that have haunted entire lives.
 
The series will feature more extraordinary stories with unexpected twists and turns, including the first time the team have taken on a search for someone in the public eye, as singer KT Tunstall searches for her birth father and uncovers many surprises along the way. It also features Long Lost Family’s oldest ever searcher at the age of 83, who is desperate to find her daughter before it’s too late. New searches will take the team to locations including Chicago, Brisbane, Belfast and Canada. And for the first time the series will feature a missing person story without a resolution, by making an emotional appeal.