Long Lost Family returning to ITV for fourth series

ITV have commissioned Wall to Wall’s (a Shed Media company) tear-jerking factual series, Long Lost Family for a fourth series.
The commission follows the show’s strongest launch to date – 5.6 million viewers, based on consolidated overnights.
The series, which has just finished its third run, averaged a live overnight audience of 5.2 million viewers/a 24% share of viewing, making it the highest rating series yet.

Sharon Temple-Sowerby and Adrian Stokes – Episode 7

Mon 29 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

 Long Lost Family with Davina McCall and Nicky CampbellA first for Long Lost Family this week’s episode will be a one-hour special.
Sharon Temple-Sowerby, a 50-year-old mother-of-two, is searching for her mother who, for reasons she may never discover, refused to ever formally give her up for adoption and yet was unable to bring her up herself.

Sharon grew up as the only daughter of a loving couple who, for many years, had been desperate for a child. She felt very close to both of them, especially her mother Elizabeth, describing their bond as ‘magical.’ But, when she was eleven years old, Sharon made a shocking discovery that caused her to question everything she knew about herself. Looking through some of her mother’s belongings she came across a letter that told her that her birth mother was called Ann. Elizabeth, the woman she had been calling, ‘Mam’ all these years, wasn’t actually her birth mother.

Polly Gillon and Steve Hearn – Episode 6

Mon 22 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

Seventy-six-year-old Polly Gillon lives in Banbury, Oxfordshire and is searching for the son she gave up for adoption over 50 years ago.

Polly is now married with two adult children, but she has never forgotten her first child Philip, who she gave up for adoption when she was 23 years old. She shows Long Lost Family the only photograph she has of him, taken when he was just a few months old, that she keeps by her bed.
She says: “It’s the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing before I go to sleep at night. And I treasure it, it’s the only thing I have, I don’t have anything else. Just memories and a photograph. “

Chris Jones and Sue Bartram – Episode 6

Mon 22 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

nicky-davina-long-lost-familyChris is a fifty-year-old family man who lives with his wife and two daughters in Eltham, South London.  He grew up with his mother, Velma, a loving but secretive woman, who told him very little about his early childhood. When he discovered, over twenty years ago, that he had a younger sister, who was given up for adoption when she was a baby, he was desperate to find her.

When Chris was a baby he moved with his mum and his dad, Charlie, from South London to Glasgow in pursuit of a better life. Shortly after the move, Velma fell pregnant with Chris’ baby sister. However, any happiness they might have experienced was short lived as, tragically, Charlie was killed in a car accident.

Robert Capron and Jean Jennings – Episode 5

Mon 15 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

 Long Lost Family with Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell
Robert Capron is a devoted family man whose happy life has been haunted by the absence of his mother who disappeared from his life when he was just a toddler.
Robert tells Long Lost Family that he never knew his mother. He grew up with his father, a gambler, who worked long hours in a restaurant and he would often only see him briefly in between shifts.
He says: “It was a very, very lonely upbringing. I’d see him for maybe half hour an hour and then he’d go back to work and I wouldn’t see him then. I would go out at night and walk around the streets at 10 O’clock at night because I was fed up of being in a bedroom sat on my own.”

Gail & Juliet Newmarch and Michael & Paul Coates – Episode 5

Mon 15 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

A first for Long Lost Family, 51-year-old twins Gail and Juliet Newmarch are searching for their brothers who, remarkably, are also twins. Gail and Juliet grew up with a close twin bond, which is still as strong and precious as it always was. There are, however, two people missing from their lives: their brothers, also twins, who were given up for adoption when the girls were just five years old.

Juliet says: “We don’t know where they are, what their lives have been like, whether they would even want to be in touch with us…they are a missing part of our family.”

Laurence Peat and Wendy | Episode 4

Mon 6 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

Fifty-five-year old divorced father of one, Laurence is searching for his mother who gave him up for adoption in 1957. In the hope of finding his mother and laying to rest the sense of rejection he has felt in his life, Laurence approached Long Lost Family.

Laurence tells LLF that he grew up in the town of Chesterfield as an only child and was unaware that he was adopted until the age of seven. Laurence, who still lives in the house he was brought up in, remembers vividly the day his parents called him into the kitchen to tell him this news.
Although the news came as a shock, Laurence tells LLF that he never spoke to them about the circumstances of his adoption, not wanting to cause his parents any distress.

Denise and Susan | Episode 4

Mon 6 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

 Sixty-three-year-old widow Denise gave birth to her daughter when she was just sixteen years old and, despite her family’s vocal opposition, brought her home and cared for her for three hard months. But, with no financial or emotional support, Denise struggled to care for her infant and, in the end, felt she had no choice but to give the baby she loved up for adoption.

Denise has missed her daughter ever since.

Julia Evans and Robert and Alan Boulter | Episode 3

Mon 1 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

Single mother Julia Evans is searching for her mother who disappeared when she was a baby, leaving her to be bought up by her father in a strict religious community in the industrial heartlands of South Wales.

Julia, who now lives in Bristol with her four year old daughter Alisha, tells LLF that she has absolutely no memory of her mother. Julia’s mother left when she was just a few months old and Julia had no contact with her after that time. Throughout her life Julia has been desperate to know why she left, and if what her father led her to believe was the truth – or a Continue reading ‘Julia Evans and Robert and Alan Boulter | Episode 3’ »

David & Paul Shannon and Dave Rees – Episode 3

Mon 1 July 2013 | 9.00pm – 10.00pm| ITV

 David, a fire fighter and father of three and Paul who works for BT and is a father of one are two brothers from the Liverpool area searching for their father who they last saw more thirty years ago.
In the early 1970s David and Paul’s father, Dave Rees with his wife and two young boys moved to South Africa in search of job opportunities. He had seen an advertisement in a national newspaper advertising opportunities for young men to work in the mining industry. With no job opportunities in Liverpool, the family took their chance and moved to Continue reading ‘David & Paul Shannon and Dave Rees – Episode 3’ »