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Long Lost Family

Series 3-Episode 2

Series 3-Episode 2

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Review

Again, Long Lost Family strikes great gushing wells of emotion as it sets about trying to put right divisions that have overshadowed whole lives. Wendy sobs as she tells us how she longs to meet her real father. Aged seven, growing up in Londonderry, she was told that the man she knew as her father wasn’t: her father was an American sailor who had been bundled out of Northern Ireland in suspicious circumstances in the 70s, and whose letters to Wendy’s mother were, cruelly, intercepted.

It’s these tragic touches that give the programme a sense of heaving lifelong sadness. Wendy has searched for her dad without success for 20 years. The show’s researchers, of course, have better luck.

Summary

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell meet Wendy O'Hagan, who grew up in Derry in the late 1970s and found out about her father at the age of seven. Her mother had fallen in love with American serviceman Grant Williams, but his movements across the border brought him to the attention of the authorities, who suspected him of being a Republican sympathiser. He was eventually arrested, and deported before his daughter was born. Also featured is the story of Helen Harrison, who is searching for the son she was forced to give up for adoption more than 30 years ago.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Davina McCall
Presenter Nicky Campbell
Director Clare Bradbury
Executive Producer Duncan Coates
Producer Clare Bradbury
Series Producer Kate Scholefield
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