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Some familiar faces gather for a Long Lost Family Christmas reunion

Over the past eight years, Long Lost Family has reunited over 200 relatives.

Now Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall are thrilled to see 120 of them at a lunch in London, which gives many of them the chance to spend Christmas with their families for the first time.

As they reveal how life has changed since their reunions, there are surprise presents – including new family members for some!

Andrew Field meets his youngest brother, and ex-England rugby player Spencer Brown can’t wait to meet his nephew…

With all that plus a moving performance from The Missing People’s Choir, if you’re not left weeping into your mince pies, we’ll eat our hats!

TV Times rating: *****

Long Lost Family: Christmas Reunion

Davina McCall and Nicky Cambell invite 120 LLF participants to join them

In 2015, HGV driver Andrew Field from Peterborough was stunned when his birth mother, Susan Ellerton, tracked him down with the help 
of Long Lost Family

Susan had given Andrew up for adoption when he was a baby in 1962, but there was another shock, too. Susan was still with Andrew’s birth father, Chris, and they had married, emigrated to Canada and had five more children.

Now the family are together again for ITV’s Long Lost Family Christmas Reunion, and this amazing event brings another surprise for Andrew as he meets his youngest brother, James, for the very first time.

Long Lost Family: Christmas Reunion

Andrew reunited with his parents, Susan and Chris

Here, Andrew, 56, tells TV Times 
all about it…

What was it like 
to be a part of the Christmas reunion?
It was emotional. Being able to meet other people in a similar situation was fantastic. Everyone’s story is different, so it was interesting to 
see other people’s perspectives. 
I was the only 
one wearing a Christmas hat, though!

You got an extra Christmas present when you met your youngest brother, James. Were you shocked?
Yes, I didn’t see it coming, but it was very special. James was the last piece of the puzzle and it was the first time for all of us to be together, so that must have been a moment for Susan and Chris, 
too.

My partner, Karen, and I were saving up to go over to Canada next year to meet James because we’ve spoken on the phone but whenever we’ve been over, we’ve always missed him.

So you could have knocked me over with a feather when Davina led me over to a Christmas tree and James came in. We were shell-shocked.

Long Lost Family: Christmas Reunion - Andrew

Andrew (right) meets James for the first time

Did you find you had things in common?
Everyone’s said that we are the siblings who are most alike – James 
is like a younger, 
a not so good-looking version of me!

He’s also a HGV driver like me, and all the family are drummers and I used to play in a band and my son plays in bands. Although I wasn’t brought up under their wing, we have the same interests; it’s strange.