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Long Lost Family

  • Episode: 

    3 of 7

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 31 Jul 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 31 2018 : Sat 28 Jul - Fri 03 Aug
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Series overview
 
The award-winning documentary series Long Lost Family returns to ITV for a brand new series, as presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell reunite more family members with their missing relatives. Series 8 features seven heart-warming new episodes, helping relatives reunite with the loved ones they have been desperately searching for and answering questions that have haunted people for years.
 
Episode 3
 
This episode features two stories shaped by moments from British history: a family torn apart by the birth of a war time baby and a daughter given up against a backdrop of racism.
 
Growing up, Barbara Jacobs always believed that she was one of three children. It was not until she reached her twenties that she made a discovery that would change her life. A family friend revealed that during the Second World War, Barbara’s mother Bessie had had an affair while her husband was away serving in the war. The result was a son, Geoffrey, born in 1944. 
 
Bessie had kept Geoffrey for 18 months. But at the end of the war, Barbara’s father Frank was demobilised. Confronted with a child who was not his own, Frank gave Bessie an ultimatum and Bessie made the decision to give Geoffrey up for adoption. Barbara was devastated to learn her mother’s secret and has been longing to find her brother ever since.
 
Our second story is on behalf of a woman looking for her birth mother, who gave her up for adoption against a backdrop of racial tension. 
 
Sharon Hearte had a happy childhood and always knew she was adopted. She grew up in the West Midlands, a mixed race child adopted by a white family. She knew her birth mother, Barbara, was a white woman who worked in a bicycle factory in Smethwick and her father was from Jamaica. But in the late 1950s, mixed relationships weren’t accepted and Sharon heard stories of white women being spat on for being with a black man.
 
Sharon believes Barbara struggled to cope as an unmarried mother dealing with racism and felt compelled to give her baby up for adoption. Now she wants to find Barbara to tell her that she understands why she made that decision all those years ago. 
 
Find out what happens when Long Lost Family takes on these searches.