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Long Lost Family

  • Episode: 

    4 of 7

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 07 Aug 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 32 2018 : Sat 04 Aug - Fri 10 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 4
 
This episode features two stories with unexpected outcomes: a woman searching for her older brother who was a family secret for decades and a former England rugby player desperate to find his mother and his sister.
 
Christina O’Connor grew up in London, the youngest of three girls. For many years she lost contact with her father, but traced him again in adulthood. When she did, he asked her an unexpected question “did you ever find your brother?” Christina was startled – as she didn’t have a brother. But as she began to ask more questions, a long buried family secret was exposed. 
 
Christina discovered that she had an older brother, Martin, who her mother had given up for adoption. Christina believes Martin may have been a child from previous relationship and that her dad may have struggled to accept him. After questioning her aunts, Christina found out that had stayed in the family for some time and she even found a photo of him as a little boy in a family album. He had been there in the background all along. Now Christina longs to find her brother and bring him back into the family.
 
Our second story is on behalf of an ex-marine and former England rugby player separated from his mother and sister as a baby.
 
From the outside, former England rugby international Spencer Brown has lived a charmed life: representing his country and forging a successful career in the marines. But for 40 years, he’s been torn apart by not knowing the birth mother and sister he was separated from as a baby. Spencer was raised by a family who gave him a great start in life. Growing up it was obvious he was adopted as he was mixed race and his family were white. Although his adoptive parents were supportive and loving, Spencer always felt an emptiness that came from not knowing his birth family.
 
Spencer knew from his adoption paperwork that his birth mother had also had a daughter called Margot. He began searching for both of them determined to bring his birth family back together again. But his search takes an unexpected turn and brings some life changing news to his sister Margot.
 
Find out what happens when Long Lost Family takes on these searches.