Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present the final edition of the current series of Long Lost Family, as two more people search for relations they have lost touch with.
Derek Berg grew up in a Jewish family in East London, the only son of Freda and Kenneth Bergbaum, and at 21 years old he married his childhood sweetheart Jackie. When the couple were expecting their first child in 1965, Freda made a confession to Jackie. During the war, Freda had begun an affair with an allied soldier.
When he left, she discovered she was pregnant, and shortly after that, Kenneth returned home. Freda’s son Barry was born on Christmas Eve 1944, one of an estimated 45,000 children born to American and Canadian servicemen during the war. Like many war babies, Barry was put up for adoption, and Kenneth ordered Freda never to mention it again. Derek is aware that time is running out to find his brother. The final search of the series comes from grandmother Ann Smith in Watford.
As a baby, Ann was adopted by George and Jean Smith, and grew up in a loving family. Ann was always aware she was different, and as she got older life outside home became more troublesome. Her difficulties led her to question who her birth mother might be. Ann uncovered her mother’s name 20 years ago, and as the years have passed her need to know her mother has increased.
Long Lost Family Season 7 Episode 7 airs on Wednesday 6 September 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.