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Long Lost Family

  • Episode:

    8 of 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 23 Aug 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 34 2021 : Sat 21 Aug - Fri 27 Aug

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Thu 12 Aug 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 8

Louise Stoppani is looking for the father she never knew, having discovered aged seven that the man bringing her up was not her biological dad. Her ‘real’ father was a teenage boyfriend of her mum’s who’d wanted to be part of his daughter’s life at the beginning but had then disappeared and not made contact for nearly 40 years.

Jonathan Gaskarth was adopted at six weeks old and had such a happy adoption that he’d never felt the need to search for his birth mother or father. Then five years ago his own family unit split up following the breakdown of his marriage and he was struck by what his birth parents must have been through losing him. Ever since he’s been determined to find them.

NB: Filming for this episode took place during the Covid-19 pandemic with social distancing restrictions in place and under Covid-safe guidelines.