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Gift, The (BBC-1 2015, Mel Giedroyc, Matt Baker)

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The Gift, hosted by Matt Baker and Mel Giedroyc, attempts to channel entertainment shows such as Surprise Surprise with the history led style of Who Do You Think You Are? as it attempts to give people the chance to make amends or say thank you to someone who they never got the chance to first time around. Hos

From lives that were saved by incredible acts of bravery, to regretful acts that leave a powerful need to seek forgiveness, there are certain words, which left unsaid, can lead to a lifetime of regret. The show embarks on a journey that travels from the remotest parts of Africa to the Hollywood Hills.

The first episode looks at two different stories. In 1987 soldier Patrick Provis was left fighting for his life after being hit by an IRA mortar. But facing extraordinary dangers, an army helicopter flew in to rescue him and Patrick survived. Now desperate to draw a line under the trauma that continues to haunt him, Patrick can’t rest until he’s thanked the person who took the decision to rescue him. But so far his 20 year search to find the person who saved his life has drawn a blank. With military records from the Troubles shrouded in secrecy, what are the chances of Matt succeeding where Patrick has failed?

For the past 60 years Grace Bates has been desperate to apologise to Hermann, the first man she ever loved. They met as teenagers in the 1950s, but a terrible mistake by Grace left Hermann heartbroken and he emigrated to America. Now in her 70s, Grace is determined to find Hermann but time is running out. But if Mel can find Hermann, how will he feel about Grace reappearing in his life, and will he accept her apology?

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UK / BBC One / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Tuesday 10 February 2015 @ 9.00pm

Series Producer: Annabel Borthwick / Executive Producer: Duncan Coates


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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