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Long Lost Family

  • Episode:

    9 of 10

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 31 Aug 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 35 2021 : Sat 28 Aug - Fri 03 Sep

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 01 Sep 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 9

This week’s episode takes us on a quest across the Atlantic on behalf of our eldest ever searcher. With his 87th birthday approaching, Roy David believes this is his last chance to find his daughter. But his search has a far bigger impact than he could ever have foreseen.

Retired merchant seamen Roy David was born in what was then British Guiana and he met his first wife Sylvia in New York while working there. They had a daughter, Cheryl, but there were tensions within the family, leading to him separating from his wife and eventually losing touch. He hasn’t seen his daughter for nearly 60 years, since she was a little girl. Now Roy seeks forgiveness from Cheryl for not trying harder and standing up for his rights as a father, he doesn’t want to go to his ‘resting place’ without seeing her again.

But what Roy could never have known is that his search sparks another one and affects people across the globe and throughout generations…

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