Long Lost Family is on ITV TONIGHT – here's what time it's on and why it's a real tear-jerker

PREPARE to ball your eyes out because Long Lost Family is back on your screens TONIGHT for its penultimate episode of the series.

The ninth series is coming to an end next week but there are still more tears to be shed yet. Here's what we know…

When did Long Lost Family return?

Season nine of Long Lost Family kicked off on June 10, 2019.

And it's back on tonight (July 22) at 9pm.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell returned to present the heart-warming show, which unites families.

Of the new series, Davina described it as “very moving.”

How many episodes are there in series nine of Long Lost Family?

Long Lost Family season nine is made up of seven episodes, which are each an hour long.

The first aired on ITV on Monday, June 10, 2019 and it continues tonight with the penultimate episode of the series.

More than 400 people from across the UK have been in touch with the Long Lost Family team, asking for help to find a missing loved one.

What happens in the current series of Long Lost Family?

As always Davina, Nicky and a team of trained intermediaries help find people, who previously could not be traced and reunite them with family members.

But expect some series firsts, as the team take on a search for someone in the public eye – KT Tunstall.

In episode 3, the singer turned to the squad to help her find her birth father and uncovers many surprises along the way.

Also, this season sees the oldest ever searcher at the age of 83, who is desperate to find her daughter before it’s too late.

What’s more, Davina and co. travel to places such as Chicago, Brisbane, Belfast and Canada in their quest for answers.

What to expect from the sixth episode of Long Lost Family?

Have your tissues at the ready because episode six is set to be an emotional rollercoaster.

The sixth instalment sees Rochdale-raised Martin Smith searching for his birth mother after having been adopted at a young age.

Plus Anne Jordan also continues her thirty-year search for her birth mother – and is holding off on getting married to her fiancé Chris until she meets her.

What have been the most tear-jerking stories on Long Lost Family?

Deborah Ozturk and Kate, 2016

Deborah Ozturk from Essex, had longed to find her birth mother, who gave her away as a baby.

She wanted to thank her for making the difficult decision to let her go and for hand-picking her incredible adoptive family.

Remarkably, she found her on the other side of the world in South Australia, despite her changing her name from Joan to Kate.

For years Kate believed she was a bad mother, who was not worthy of a family, and had no more children.

When Deborah and Kate met they could not stop hugging and gazing at one another. (Brings tears to our eyes even now.)

Marc Wolfe and Esther, 2018

A day rarely went by when Marc Wolfe from Surrey did not think about his birth mother, Esther, after being handed over to a close-knit Jewish family as a newborn.

He was reunited with Esther 50 years after she had given him away and learned he had two half-siblings.

Esther, who migrated to New Zealand in 1972, revealed she had never wanted to give up her son, but felt she had no other choice, as her family did not support her.

Christina Barlow and Encarnacion and Alcibiades, 2018

The story of Columbian-born Christina’s reunion with her biological parents made This Morning’s Ruth Langsford to sob in 2018.

Christina from Berkshire met her parents, on the show, more than 20 years after they had put her up for adoption in an effort to help her escape a life of extreme poverty.

She was adopted by British couple, Steve and Jane, and raised in their home in Berkshire.

But when Jane died in 2011 Christina decided to track down her birth parents.

Maureen Saville and Mike and Sue Pring, 2012

Maureen Saville from Old Swan went on a hunt for her birth mum after she abandoned her as a toddler.

Sadly, the research team discovered Maureen’s mother Monica had re-married four times and died in 1995.

However, they unearthed something rather interesting – Monica had given birth to two more children, Mike and Sue Pring, who Maureen had no clue existed.

Naturally, when the trio met, in the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, they were consumed with emotion and cried as they hugged each other.

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