BBC Kate Adie documentary "Found" seeks contributors

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I'm series producing a new series for BBC1, hosted by Kate Adie, their chief correspondent. The series is called "Found", and considers the stories of people from all walks of life and in all manner of jobs who are trying to discover their identity. They may be foundlings, adoptees or birth relatives, but all are engaged in a search to find their loved ones.

We are looking for people to participate in the series and tell us their extraordinary stories, of searches and of reunions. We are keen to hear from people who have traced long-lost family members through electoral rolls and census information, or perhaps more specialised cases involving requests for information about Armed Forces personnel.

For example, we have a story from WW2 involving a POW who returned to his Yorkshire home, surprising his wife who had been sent a telegram saying he was killed in action in 1941, and after grieving for him had married someone else in the meantime; the child of that relationship was fostered out and has spent 50 years trying to discover the identity of her real father.

However we are keen to cover stories that touch on other aspects of life in the Armed Forces or which are rooted in later conflicts. We are especially interested in hearing from people with ongoing searches, or who are on the cusp of discovering more about their family background.


Participation would involve up to 3 days of filming in the UK, and an interview which would be conducted by Kate Adie. We would need to finish our filming by Christmas, so that the series may be transmitted in the spring on BBC1.

The series avoids sensation and gives careful consideration to all sides of the stories we cover, many of which are very moving. We would welcome contact from any members of the Army Rumours community who have a story to share, or who may know someone who would like to participate; initial contact would be through a confidential discussion with our team to work out filming possibilities and the details of your story.


We can be reached via email: found @, alternatively our researcher Jane Ayoade is contactable on 020 7288 2175 or 2196. All calls or emails will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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