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Long Lost Family's Davina: 'The lid comes off our emotions when we watch the first episode together'

If you find it difficult to get through Long Lost Family without shedding a tear, spare a thought for presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, who often have to break devastating news to the people they’re trying to help.

Davina explains: “As a presenter, sometimes you get a really big feeling, but then you have to put a lid on it. Nicky and I always watch the first episode together with tea and tissues. That’s when the lid comes off and we allow those feelings out. They should have us on Gogglebox together!”

We guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house as life-affirming series, Long Lost Family returns, determined to help reunite families torn apart by separation, adoption and mystery.

In the opening episode, on Wednesday, June 3 at 8pm on ITV, Davina travels to Canada to help married couple Susan and Chris Ellerton find the son they were forced to give up as teenagers. Meanwhile, Nicky heads to Hamelin to end the painful separation between former British soldier, Paul Wright, with his long lost German daughter, Karina.

But how will Susan and Chris’s son, Andrew, react to the shocking news his parents are still together and he has five siblings? And will Karina want to know the father she didn’t realise existed until her teens?

Davina says: “‘Sometimes their reaction knocks you for six. Chris kept saying he was fine and doing it for his wife, and I was really caught off guard because he was in bits.”


“There’s light and shade in the series, but also resolution. Even if it’s been a painful journey, questions are answered and loose ends tied up.”