Some familiar faces gather for a Long Lost Family Christmas reunion
Over the past eight years, Long Lost Family has reunited over 200 relatives.
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: *****
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.
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.
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.