A Stockton family’s heart-rending story had TV’s Long Lost Family viewers “weeping buckets”. Maureen Charlton and her brother, Michael, spent 40 years apart when Michael was kicked out of their family home for being gay. Maureen Charlton made her first appearance on the hit ITV show, presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, seven years ago when she was searching for her long-lost brother. She recalled precious memories of her “hero” eldest sibling lovingly teaching her how to ice-skate at ten. But just four years later, Michael disappeared from her life and she was told by her mum never to mention his name again. Speaking on last night’s Long Lost Family: What Happened Next, Maureen said: “Slowly photos started to go. I think she was hoping over the years that I would forget I ever had an elder brother.” “Nobody ever mentioned him, it was just ‘OK he’s gone’.” It wasn’t until her mum died in … [Read more...] about Long Lost Family viewers ‘weeping buckets’ over Maureen & Michael
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A Leighton Buzzard businesswoman is appearing in ITV’s Long Lost Family: What Happened Next? as the show brings audiences up to date after she shared an emotional reunion with her big sister. Last year, Ann Beggs took part in the channel’s parent show Long Lost Family, which saw her meet older half-sister, Cathie Cutler-Evans, for the very first time. At 19, their mother Adrienne - later a well-known campaigner for multiple sclerosis charities - had given baby Cathie up for adoption; however, she had always tried searching for Cathie after she knew her daughter had turned 18.Sadly, Adrienne died in 2012 and was never reunited, but Cathie contacted the ITV show, its team putting her in touch with her sister, Ann, and brother, Mark, who were both thrilled to meet the older sister Adrienne had always told them about.Speaking to the LBO last year, Ann said: “Mum was the best - she was just amazing. We always knew about Cathie - there was never a sit down moment; Cathie … [Read more...] about Leighton Buzzard’s Ann and sister Cathie share story in ITV’s Long Lost Family: What Happened Next?
WHAT can't you miss on TV tonight? Our guide to the must-see shows... Long Lost Family: What Happened Next, 9pm, ITV Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell have spent seven years reuniting over 200 families, and now they do what we’ve all been waiting for: revisit some of the people they brought together. In each of the three episodes of this series, we catch up with three families whose lives have been completely transformed by the LLF journey. Tonight, there’s Maureen (left), who was reunited with her brother Michael (right), who’d been exiled from the family for being gay. Is it emotional? Put it this way – there may well be flood warnings put into place again because of all the tears the nation will be shedding.Fight Like A Girl, 7.30pm, BBC One Meet Kimberly Benson (left), aka Viper. The endearing 27-year-old Scot works for her family’s coach-hire business when she can, but for most of the year she takes on opponents in the wrestling ring. … [Read more...] about What’s on TV tonight? Shows to watch on Monday 11 June from Long Lost Family: What Happened Next?
A MAN with a deadly inherited heart disease has had his life saved — thanks to Davina McCall’s Long Lost Family programme. Simon Day, 47, learned of the condition, which had already killed four family members, only after he was reunited with his parents on the ITV show. Hearing he had recently survived a heart attack, dad James McDonnell, 65, urged Simon to see a specialist. The doctor found the web designer, of Torquay, Devon, had four blocked arteries and needed an immediate quadruple bypass operation. Simon said: “There’s no question that by finding me and warning me, my dad saved my life.” They were reunited on Long Lost Family last July. Their hunt for Simon to warn him he may have a hereditary heart condition is told in the new series of Long Lost Family: What Happened Next, with hosts Davina and Nicky Campbell. Simon, who has now made a full recovery, said: “James told me ‘we had to find you, because you’re a ticking … [Read more...] about Man with life-threatening heart disease saved by Long Lost Family after reuniting with his birth parents on the show
A Chester woman’s search for her birth mother through ITV ’s Long Lost Family uncovered the sad news her mum had died. But a huge positive was when Cathie Cutler-Evans, 53, from Guilden Sutton , found out she had a half brother and sister. Since then the siblings have formed a powerful bond. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next, which airs at 9pm on Monday, follows Cathie’s journey in a show, presented by Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall , featuring three tear-jerking stories. ITV says: “In this series we revisit nine of our most compelling stories and explore the challenging, unexpected and emotional turns their lives have taken.” It was in 2016 that Cathie, who runs Westminster Barbers in Hoole , approached the programme desperate to find her birth mother Adrienne who had given her up for adoption nearly 50 years before. Cathie, who has three sons, had enjoyed a happy childhood on the Wirral and knew from an early age she was adopted. As a … [Read more...] about ITV’s Long Lost Family helps Chester hairdresser find her siblings