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Discovery Intl commissions new show on family reunions

MUMBAI: Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned ‘Separated At Birth’, a new documentary series following the emotional and surprising stories of families reunited years after being adopted, abandoned, stolen or switched at birth.

The seven episode, one hour series will air on DNI’s factual entertainment and lifestyle channels from 2016.

The show will reveal unprecedented access to personal and heartwarming stories, from serendipitous reunions to yearlong searches for loved ones. Contributors will reveal shocking accounts, including stories of abandonment at birth, secret siblings, and reuniting with parents after being kidnapped as a baby. These unbelievable personal anecdotes elevate family reunion television to a higher standard of excitement and sentiment.

The show will follow the drama as empowered characters journey to reunite with their blood relatives, many of whom they never knew existed. As contributors lead viewers through their own compelling stories, the emotions and anticipation will build with each revelatory twist. The series will use a mix of observational documentary and user generated footage to add a contemporary twist to family reunion television and unveil the contributors’ journeys in real-time.

DNI VP Factual Entertainment Production and Development Sarah Thornton said, “This ambitious series is unlike anything Discovery Networks International has ever commissioned and each story will captivate viewers around the world with its own natural jeopardy, astounding discoveries and authentic emotion.

“While many of the circumstances surrounding these stories are unimaginable to most, ‘Separated At Birth’ proves that strength and determination can result in life-changing moments and we hope viewers around the world are compelled by the journeys that unfold across the series.”