First look at tonight’s episode of Long Lost Family

Last night's episode had us bawling, as usual.

From Wall To Wall Productions 

Monday 11th June 2018 on ITV 

Pictured: Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall 

Episode 1 catches up with three families whose lives have been transformed in ways they never imagined. 

Cathie Cutler Evans came to us in 2016 desperate to find her birth mother who had given her up for adoption nearly 50 years before. After uncovered the tragic news that her mum had already passed away, Cathie was reunited with her half-sister Ann in Liverpool. Since meeting the siblings have formed a powerful bond with each other and their brother Mark. But theyÕve all had to come to terms with the fact Cathie will never get to meet their birth mum Adrienne. We discover how building their relationship has given them all the strength to deal with their grief, and find out how Cathie has felt about being welcomed into a huge new family.

We also catch up with John Ayton, who after being adopted as a baby, had longed to find his father Kenneth. John was reunited with his half-brother Steve in 2017 after facing the difficult news that Kenneth had already passed away. But since their meeting, although JohnÕs relationship with his brother has gone from strength to strength, it also underlined just how little he knows about the other side of his family Ð his birth mother, Marlene. JohnÕs need for answers launches an incredible new search, taking him on a journey he never thought possible. 

In our final story, we revisit one of Long Lost FamilyÕs first searchers. Maureen Charlton came to us in series 2 looking for her brother Michael who had been expelled from the family for being gay. But although close as children, after 40 years apart, the siblings couldnÕt just slip back in to the relationship they had back then. We join Michael and Maureen in Brighton to discover what itÕs like to have to get to know each other all over again.


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You can always rely on Long Lost Family to tug at your heartstrings, and last night’s episode was no exception.


The foundlings special, Born Without A Trace, attracted the show’s highest viewing figures since 2014, as we sat down to hear the stories of people who were born with no connections, no tracing information or clues about who they are related to. A peak of 5 million viewers tuned in last night, with more still to watch the show on catch-up.

If you’re working from your home office and counting down the hours to tonight’s concluding episode, we have a clip for you to enjoy on your coffee break…

Last night’s episode focussed on David and Helen’s stories, and tonight we meet both Simon and Fi.

Here we see one-time foundling, Simon Jeffery talking about his adoptive family and how it felt to read a shocking revelation about his family history after discovering a newspaper about an abandoned baby. Simon was left in a box outside a pub when he was a baby and finding out about this had a profound emotional impact on him, as you can see in this clip.

Hosted by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, Long Lost Family has an incredible success rate in reuniting families and providing people with the ancestral information they so desperately need for their own peace of mind. But there are still cases where they can’t find any answers, however much research and time they devote to each and every story.

Tune in tonight to see if the show is able to shed any light on Simon’s heritage, and the mother who walked away from him.


The final part of Long Lost Family: Born Without A Trace airs tonight on ITV at 9pm. To find out what else is on, check out our TV Guide.