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Long Lost Family 2 - Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return to help more people reunite with long-lost relatives, including Pearse who finds his birth dad Eddie

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return to help more people reunite with long-lost relatives.

As Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall (above) put us through the wringer once more with the return of the highly addictive blub-fest, they kick off with emotional searches on behalf of two of their youngest participants.

First up is Irishman Pearse Egan, 29, who has never met his dad Edilson Santos (‘Eddie’), and has only had a brief phone call with him when he was a boy.

Long Lost Family shows Pearse Egan with his birth father Eddie Santos

Pearse with his birth father Eddie

But after hearing a rumour that Eddie has been ill, Pearse embarks on a trip to New York to find him.

Meanwhile, Christina, 27, was born in Colombia and adopted by a British family, and she is utterly stunned by the discovery Nicky makes when he heads to Bogota to track down her birth mum…

We asked Davina if she can imagine doing this show for many more years.

'A lot of the adoptions were from the 1960s and 1970s – after that, it wasn’t so hard to stay in touch with people, so I imagined it would come to an end point. But we’re finding that even when people have passed away there are often other relatives to find,' she says. 'We have cousins who meet up this time.'

'Yes, every story is always different and that’s why it’s still going strong,' adds Nicky. 'We’ve also got other exciting programme ideas in the pipeline concerning different ways of starting or finishing these types of stories.

'For me, it is still a privilege to be involved in people’s journeys. It’s extraordinary television. It’s not a job; it’s a life experience for us,' he says. ' I’d happily do it for nothing.'

TV Times rating: *****

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