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Documentary series following the work of Britain's army of family finders as they track down lost family members.

Genres: Family | Lifestyle
Station: BBC One (UK)
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Status: Running
Start: 2015-06-08

Family Finders Season 2 Air Dates


S02E01 - Episode 1 Air Date: 23 May 2016 10:00 -

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Sisters Wendy and Nicola had always wanted to find out more about their mysterious maternal grandmother, so they hired a genealogist to explore their family history. Research revealed that Wendy and Nicola's grandmother was a music hall star in the 1920s - and not only this, the sisters also discovered a cousin, Helen, who they never knew existed. All three cousins get together for the first time and head to Covent Garden to discover more about their family's fascinating musical heritage. The programme also meets Allan Skeggs, who carried out his genealogical detective work himself. Years of searching finally led him to his half-brother David. David discovers more about the father he never knew, and Allan gets to see to the children's home where David grew up, before sampling his newly discovered older brother's favourite pie and mash shop in the East End.


S02E02 - Episode 2 Air Date: 24 May 2016 10:00 -

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Belinda O'Brien discovered an old letter from a mysterious relative in Peru. From here, she embarked on some detective work which revealed a South American side of her family. Belinda finally made contact with her cousin, Rosemary, who had been raised in Peru. Now Rosemary's son, Alex, is coming over to London to meet his English Aunt Belinda for the first time. The programme also meets Barbara Cohen, who grew up as an only child in the Jewish community of east London after the Second World War. Barbara was introduced to an older half-sister, Sybil, just once as a young child but never saw her again. Many years later, Barbara set about trying to trace Sybil. Research revealed that Barbara's father had been married before - to a Christian woman. This interfaith marriage was frowned upon, and their young daughter Sybil was ostracised by the local Jewish community.


S02E03 - Episode 3 Air Date: 25 May 2016 10:00 -

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Janet Emery has been trying for decades to find her birth mother, who left for Canada during World War II. After years of unsuccessfully trawling through records, Janet had given up on her search, but her daughter Deborah continued to track her grandmother down. In the process, she found a great-aunt and cousins still living in the UK. As they meet for the first time, Janet is confronted with photographs she had never seen of her mum in Canada, along with two children from her marriage to a Canadian serviceman - Janet's half-sisters. We also meet Denise Wilson, who was adopted as a baby and had always wanted to find her birth mother. After years of searching, Denise finally met up with her mum, Elsie, and discovered that she had four other half-sisters. Now Denise meets up with her new-found sister Kathy, and they travel together to Manchester, where they were both born.


S02E04 - Episode 4 Air Date: 26 May 2016 10:00 -

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Michael, James and John Buckley are brothers from Glasgow. Following the death of their mother, they were placed in the Nazareth Children's Home. After James's wedding in 1966, John, the youngest brother, disappeared - and it would be 50 years before they found him again. Following decades of unsuccessful searching of telephone directories and records, the Buckley family turned to a tracing agency, who finally found their long-lost little brother living in Blackpool. Now John is heading home to Scotland for an emotional reunion, a 69th birthday and a warm welcome from the nephews and nieces he's never met. We also meet Alison Searle from Worthing, who discovered she was adopted when she told her parents she was getting married, aged 16. Alison's hunt for her birth mother takes her on a voyage of discovery which unearths two half-sisters.


S02E05 - Episode 5 Air Date: 27 May 2016 10:00 -

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Brothers Fred and Jimmy O'Donnell spent 80 years apart. Their mother gave birth out of wedlock, first to Jimmy, who was placed in an orphanage, and later to Fred, who grew up in a Catholic boy's institution. Both boys grew up completely unaware of each other's existence. The question of what became of his mother played on Fred's mind, and Fred's daughter made it her mission to help. Her search reveals a tragic story but also uncovers that her dad had a brother. Tessa and Jan's father died when they were young. They found out that their mother and father had been divorced before he died and that he had been in a relationship with another woman, called Rosemary. As well as this, soon after their father died, Rosemary had given birth to twins. After a conversation at a party revealed the twins' existence, Tessa and Jan meet with them to exchange photographs and memories.


S02E06 - Episode 6 Air Date: 30 May 2016 09:45 -

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David Stewart grew up in Scotland along with two older sisters and brother. When he was still a young boy, David discovered that his mother and older sisters weren't in fact his family by birth. His dad was his real birth-father and had brought David and his brother to live with him and his new family. Years later, after the death of his father, David felt the desire to find out if he did in fact have any other blood relatives and, chasing up a rumour that his father had had other children before him, David employed the help of an amateur genealogist online. It seemed the rumours had been true as David discovered a half-brother called Steven. After several weeks of on-the-phone communication and, it turned out, several years unknowingly living just 50 miles apart, today the brothers are meeting up for the very first time.


S02E07 - Episode 7 Air Date: 01 June 2016 10:00 -

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When actress Jacqueline Clarke was still a young child, her mother revealed something that was to change her life forever - that she was adopted. It was never spoken about again but, after the death of her adoptive parents, Jacqueline began browsing the family registers for any trace of her birth mother. Drawing a blank, she turned to a professional genealogist for help, and before long the genealogist hit gold uncovering a sister, Sylvia, who had also been adopted as a young child. Now, after 70 years apart, the sisters are back in touch and today they're meeting up to visit the house where their mother lived and where they were both born. Sisters Tracy Kerrison and Theresa Horsler had a happy childhood growing up with their parents in Hounslow, London, but they were aware from a young age that they had an older half-sister, Leslie.


S02E08 - Episode 8 Air Date: 02 June 2016 10:00 -

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During WWII and the postwar years, the number of babies born to unmarried mothers increased. Rob Skinner was once such baby and was given up for adoption soon after his birth. But it was only as a young adult that Rob found out he was adopted and that he had two siblings, twins Martin and Sue. Rob meets up with them for the first time in over a year and reveals some surprising news about his biological father. Sisters Sue and Eileen spent 50 years apart and led completely different lives. Both went to live in a baby home when their mum became unable to cope. Eileen then left to live with her biological dad, and Sue was subsequently adopted by the parents of one of the young nurses, Dilys, who worked at the baby home. Years later, when Sue's adoptive mum and dad died, she started to do some digging and finally tracked down her half-sister Eileen. Now the newly united sisters are meeting up with Dilys, the only person who remembers Eileen as a baby.


S02E09 - Episode 9 Air Date: 03 June 2016 10:00 -

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When Tony Robinson was a boy he was sent to boarding school. Following his parents' death, Tony discovered they had given up a baby son for adoption while he was away, Stephen. The brothers met up and have been in contact since. Tony then discovered that his parents had given up a second baby and so he had another brother, Ian. Several searches had hit a brick wall when one day a message popped up on Tony's laptop - Ian had changed his name to Martyn and Tony's little brother had found him! Today Tony, Martyn and their sister Diane take a trip down memory lane. Lorraine Hall spent her childhood believing that she was an only child but, when Lorraine was 15 and family friend Sylvia died, she discovered that Sylvia was in fact her biological mother and Sylvia's children were in fact her brothers and sisters. Years later, Lorraine has been reunited with two of her sisters.


S02E10 - Episode 10 Air Date: 06 June 2016 10:00 -

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As a schoolgirl, Sarah Lindfield became pregnant and made the decision to have her baby son Daniel adopted. All his life Daniel, now called Iwan, longed to meet his birth mum. At the age of 21 Iwan requested his adoption papers from social services - they revealed his mother's full name, but Iwan still had to pluck up the courage to make contact. Years later, Iwan found his mum's address and they met up. Hussin Zahra was a businessman in Syria, but when civil war broke out he had to flee for the safety of his family. Hussin and his family travelled to Egypt, where he made the decision to leave his wife, daughters and baby son while he, his 11-year-old son and his nephew made the trip across the Mediterranean. They lived in a camp in Calais before travelling to the UK in the back of a lorry. Securing asylum, Hussin turned to the British Red Cross to trace his family.


S02E11 - Episode 11 Air Date: 07 June 2016 10:00 -

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In WWII, thousands of British soldiers were declared missing, presumed dead, only to return to their families. In some cases their wives had started new relationships and had children, only to then give them up for adoption when their husbands returned. Maureen Cooper was adopted as a young girl when her father unexpectedly came back. Her search for her birth mother led her to a sister who had unfortunately died by the time she was traced, but Maureen has since met up with her newly discovered nieces and nephews. We also meet Wendy Stringer, whose mother was with a new partner and pregnant when her husband returned, having been declared missing. When the baby boy was born, he was found a new home, and it was only after her father's death that Wendy felt she could try to trace him. Wendy's husband took up the search and eventually found her half-brother, John, online.


S02E12 - Episode 12 Air Date: 08 June 2016 10:00 -

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Brothers Fred and Jimmy O'Donnell spent 80 years apart. Their mother gave birth out of wedlock, first to Jimmy, who was placed in an orphanage, and later to Fred, who grew up in a Catholic boy's institution. Both boys grew up completely unaware of each other's existence. The question of what became of his mother played on Fred's mind, and Fred's daughter made it her mission to help. Her search reveals a tragic story but also uncovers that her dad had a brother. Tessa and Jan's father died when they were young. They found out that their mother and father had been divorced before he died and that he had been in a relationship with another woman, called Rosemary. As well as this, soon after their father died, Rosemary had given birth to twins. After a conversation at a party revealed the twins' existence, Tessa and Jan meet with them to exchange photographs and memories.


S02E13 - Episode 13 Air Date: 09 June 2016 10:00 -

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Basharat Najib has been trying to trace his grandmother Ellen for his mother Yasmin for ten years. As a young girl, Yasmin was adopted by her stepfather and grew up with his family in Pakistan. She married a local man and returned to England with him and their children in the 1950s. Basharat has yet to find Yasmin's birth mother but has found two half-sisters of Yasmin's. We also meet twins Janet and Michael. When their mother died, they became aware of a family secret - while their father was away fighting during WWII, their mum had become pregnant, and the baby girl had been given up for adoption. Janet and Michael had given up hope of finding their half-sister, until a change in the law allowed relatives of people given up for adoption to contact them. They finally meet their half-sister, and a newly found letter may give a clue as to who her father was.


S02E14 - Episode 14 Air Date: 09 June 2016 10:00 -

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S02E15 - Episode 15 Air Date: 10 June 2016 10:00 -

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