Posted by Brian Gallagher on July 10, 2014 in Long Lost Family, United Kingdom

Monday the 14th July sees the return of the BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family. The show traces and reunites families who have been separated for most of their lives.


In what is often an emotional and moving journey, Long Lost Family explores the background of each family’s separation and why it occurred. Many of the people in the series were adopted or gave children up for adoption when they were younger.

The new series features mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers searching for loved ones who they are desperate to be reunited with. Presenters Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell travel as far as South Africa and Australia to help locate and unite long lost families.

Episode one features the heart wrenching stories of Ann Munro & Louise Kendall:


At the age of twenty-one Ann gave up her first son for adoption and ever since, her life has been overshadowed by guilt and the longing to be see her son again. All she has ever wanted is to explain that she gave him up out of love.

Now Sixty-three years old, Ann Munro hopes that the show can trace the son she has waited over forty years to see again. With the help of specialist adoption support agents, Long Lost Family was able to track down her son. Nicky travels to the Isle of Wight to meet him in the hope of uniting mother and son.


Louise Kendall is a twenty-eight year old nurse who lives in Bradford. A devoted mother, Louise is longing to share her life and family with the father she has never known. Her mother had a relationship with her father Stephane while working as an au pair in France.

Louise’s mother returned to Bradford where Louise was born and lost touch with Stephane shortly afterwards. The only connection Louise has to her father is a passport photo she received in 1986; a small picture of a curly haired, seventeen year old boy.

Long Lost Family discovered Stephane Le Postollec living in the French Alps.  As a fluent French speaker, Davina makes the trip to meet him at his home. He shows Davina baby photos of Louise that he has kept with him through the years.

When Davina tells Louise her father has been found, she is overwhelmed with emotion. When she sees a photo of Stephane, Louise cannot believe the man staring back at her is her dad.

Long Lost Family is broadcast on ITV this Monday July 14th at 9pm. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to share your thoughts on Ann and Louise’s emotional journeys.



Brian Gallagher

Brian is the International Social Media Specialist for Ancestry, working closely with our United Kingdom, Sweden, German and Australian teams.


  1. Beverley

    Very excited! Wish someone would help my mother find her cousins. She is 84 and running out of time. Her mother died when she was only 9 and she went to live with her aunt, uncle and two cousins. We have tried and although we seem to get close we never seem to quite get there.

    Good luck to all concerned with the series.

  2. Connie Barnum

    Does this program air in the United States? I would love to see it. I have DISH. If it is in the US, what is the # of ITV? Thanks

  3. Bry

    Message for Susan and Connie. ITV is a television channel here in the UK and you can access the show on line using ITV Player.
    The program can also be viewed on YouTube … Search Long lost family louise kendall. Have your tissues ready.

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