- on Thursday, 13 December 2018.
On Monday 17 December, the Missing People Choir will feature in a one-off Christmas Reunion episode of ITV's Long Lost Family.
Over the last eight years Long Lost Family has reunited over 200 relatives desperate to find that one person missing from their lives, to make their family complete. Now for the first time many of these families are brought together under one roof, to celebrate Christmas and the joy of finally being together, after the agony of years apart.
Long Lost Family Christmas Reunion will find out what it means to spend your first Christmas with your loved ones and reflect on how lives have changed for people since finding their relatives, with some guests meeting new family members for the very first time during the programme.
Presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell are on hand to welcome everyone and ensure it’s a day they will treasure. Davina says: “This is a chance to catch-up on eight years of Long Lost Family, seeing you all here, knowing you are all telling each other each other’s stories is really lovely.” Nicky adds: “It is the biggest family Christmas lunch in the history of family Christmas lunches!”
The programme will also be remembering those who are still without their loved ones. The Missing People Choir sing carols throughout the day and share the heartbreak of facing the festive season, when there is an empty space at the Christmas dinner table.
Peter Boxell, whose son Lee Boxell went missing from Sutton, Surrey in 1988 explains: “My son Lee has been missing just over 30 years, this will be our 30th Christmas without him. Every year, he’s not at that Christmas table with us. We lay a place for him and we just pray that he can come home and join us again.” We hear from other family members who are preparing for another Christmas without their missing loved one.