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Long Lost Family

  • Episode:

    6 of 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 09 Aug 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 32 2021 : Sat 07 Aug - Fri 13 Aug

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 28 Jul 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 6

Episode 6 features two heart-breaking stories of separation; a man whose only memento of his birth family is an old newspaper article which describes them being evicted from their home and living in a squat; and a mother searching for her only child, who she hasn’t seen since he was 10 days old. Both turn to Long Lost Family for help …

Forty-six-year-old Leon Parton lives in Bebington, Wirral with his partner Rachel and her two children, Oliver and Evie. Leon was adopted as a baby and, though he was fond of his adoptive mother and siblings, he had a very difficult childhood. 

When he was 11 years old, Leon’s adoptive mother showed him a newspaper clipping she’d kept since he was a baby. The article described Leon’s birth mother, Ute Daniels, and his three siblings being evicted from their family home and having to squat.

What became of Leon’s birth family is a mystery he is now determined to solve, turning to Long Lost Family for help.

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Our second searcher is retired bank clerk Lynne Oakes from North London. When Lynne was only 14 years old, her safe and carefree childhood was shattered when she fell pregnant by an older man who then disappeared. Lynne was sent away to a mother and baby home.

When Lynne’s baby boy was born, she named him Eugene and spent several days taking care of him in hospital. Lynne recalls, I loved every minute of it, bathing him, I’d sing to him, and I’d talk to him. For 10 days you get to love something … Then the very last day I remember crying, all my tears were dropping on his face as I was feeding him and I was talking to him saying I was sorry and I told him I loved him and I’ll always love him and one day I would find him, and then they put him in the cot … they just wheeled him away and that was it.”

Lynne went on to marry, but never had any more children.