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Long Lost Family

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Episode 6: Long Lost Family

Summary

When Colin Deering left home to join the Army, his mother Nellie revealed to him and his younger sister Helen that she had given birth in 1945 and put the baby up for adoption, believing he would have a better chance in life. Shortly before her death, Nellie begged Helen to find her brother and reunite the family, and this programme aims to fulfil that dying wish. Plus, the story of Stephen Haywood, who has put his life on hold until his birth mother can be a part of it. He feels unable to celebrate important occasions without her present, and in recent years his search has become more urgent due to serious health issues. Presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One of the most moving things about Long Lost Family’s reunions is the way that men and women find peace late in life, as the years of separation, anguish and often guilt simply fall away.

Stephen has never been able to celebrate milestones – he won’t even marry his long-term partner – because he has so keenly felt the absence of the mother who gave him up for adoption when she was a baby. Brother and sister Colin and Helen, meanwhile, have searched for their brother Bryan since 1962, to fulfill their dying mother’s wishes.

There’s no rancour or bitterness, just understanding that times used to be so very different for women forced to give up children in the most cruel, arbitrary way.

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PresenterDavina McCall
PresenterNicky Campbell

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DirectorSally Benton
Executive producerColette Flight
ProducerSally Benton
Series producerKate Scholefield

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  • Episode 6

    Long Lost Family

    Summary

    When Colin Deering left home to join the Army, his mother Nellie revealed to him and his younger sister Helen that she had given birth in 1945 and put the baby up for adoption, believing he would have a better chance in life. Shortly before her death, Nellie begged Helen to find her brother and reunite the family, and this programme aims to fulfil that dying wish. Plus, the story of Stephen Haywood, who has put his life on hold until his birth mother can be a part of it. He feels unable to celebrate important occasions without her present, and in recent years his search has become more urgent due to serious health issues. Presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    One of the most moving things about Long Lost Family’s reunions is the way that men and women find peace late in life, as the years of separation, anguish and often guilt simply fall away.

    Stephen has never been able to celebrate milestones – he won’t even marry his long-term partner – because he has so keenly felt the absence of the mother who gave him up for adoption when she was a baby. Brother and sister Colin and Helen, meanwhile, have searched for their brother Bryan since 1962, to fulfill their dying mother’s wishes.

    There’s no rancour or bitterness, just understanding that times used to be so very different for women forced to give up children in the most cruel, arbitrary way.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDavina McCall
    PresenterNicky Campbell

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSally Benton
    Executive producerColette Flight
    ProducerSally Benton
    Series producerKate Scholefield

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