Long Lost Family

Long Lost Family

Series 6 - Episode 4



Two more powerful stories of adoption this week. Seventy-year-old Norfolk widow Susan gave up her baby daughter Samantha in 1967, feeling it would be impossible to raise her as part of a family already reeling from tragedy. The aftermath of losing Samantha brought a further level of cruel sadness: the one thing worse than losing a child and living only with the memories? Losing the memories.

The same year, 1967, was when three-year-old Sonia and her younger sister were abandoned in London by their mother. Sonia, now 51 and living in Cambridgeshire, has known the reasons for her mother’s decision for some time: it’s a shocking story that leads to Ireland’s notorious Magdalene laundries. As Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell oversee a new investigation, Sonia’s mother isn’t the only person they’re seeking.


Seventy-year-old Susan Webb is desperate find the daughter she gave up for adoption in 1968. At the time, she was suffering with depression, and after being treated with electroconvulsive therapy that severely affected her memory, she was left with no recollections of her child. Meanwhile, Sonia Walsh looks for the mother that abandoned her at the age of three with her younger sister. During her investigations, she discovered her mother had also given up another baby, and she is now determined to make up for the pain of the past. Presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Davina McCall
Presenter Nicky Campbell
Director Alison Grist
Editor Rick Barker
Editor Paddy Lynas
Executive Producer Colette Flight
Producer Amelia Lavington
Producer Rachel Ozers
Series Producer Sally Benton
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