Davina McCall opens up about filming Long Lost Family: ‘I can’t take the pain away’

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace will return to ITV next week (Monday 23 May) as Davina McCall, Nicky Campbell and the team do their best to reunite foundlings with family members and shed light on their mysterious beginnings.

The show – which is now a firm favourite of viewers – has always been a tear-jerker, but Davina has admitted that she finds the filming process for Born Without Trace particularly difficult.

Speaking about one of the foundlings the team helped this series, Davina recalled: "I couldn't take the pain away."

She explained: "To be honest, something I have found very hard but I have tried to learn over time is that I have to let people feel all the feelings that they feel and not try and make them happy or make it feel better."

Davina continued: "For example with Niki, whose story is in the third episode, she had to deal with something big and I know it has really been hard. To find out that her parents had other children together but left her.

"And when I spoke to Niki, I couldn’t take that pain away. So if she was angry, it was alright for her to be angry. That was a justified response and I mustn’t try and take that away.

"It was only through learning from Ariel, that I realised it was okay to let someone sit with how they feel. The temptation to try and make it better and say, ‘But look isn’t this brilliant you’ve got four siblings?’, is so huge, but it’s not what I should be doing."

Davina presents the show alongside Nicky who added: "People are always incredibly compassionate about the circumstances and why their parents were in those circumstances.

"We know as human beings that it takes a heck of a lot for that to happen and there must have been a lot of pressure."

He concluded: "We’re not just changing people’s lives, we’re changing their entire world. The world they live in and every single perspective in their life changes if we manage to make a breakthrough."

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The latest instalment of Born Without Trace will see the show's youngest ever foundling – Natasha Carr – try to solve the mystery of her birth. She was left in public toilets outside London's St Thomas's hospital in 1989 and is desperate to know why her mother left her.

Also this series, one of the most famous foundlings in recent years comes forward to try and uncover more about his past.

Mat Butt – who became known as 'The Ice Baby' after he was found in a phone box on the coldest night of the year – is determined to find out who his mother was.

Long Lost Family Born Without Trace starts on Monday 23 May at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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