I Would Rather Stab My Thigh with a Biro Than Cry. as We're Filming; WHAT MAKES DAVINA MCCALL START SOBBING? MARION MCMULLEN LOOKS AT THE EMOTIONAL STORIES BEHIND THE NEW SERIES OF LONG LOST FAMILY PICK OF THE WEEK LONG LOST FAMILY Wednesday, ITV, 9pm

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I Would Rather Stab My Thigh with a Biro Than Cry. as We're Filming; WHAT MAKES DAVINA MCCALL START SOBBING? MARION MCMULLEN LOOKS AT THE EMOTIONAL STORIES BEHIND THE NEW SERIES OF LONG LOST FAMILY PICK OF THE WEEK LONG LOST FAMILY Wednesday, ITV, 9pm


Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

Do you have to fight back the tears filming Long Lost Family? YEAH, I often find it very difficult and it's usually when I've said something and someone has a really, really big outburst. That's when I think, 'Oh my god, am I going to go?'But I won't let myself. I literally would rather stab my thigh with a biro than cry.

The thought that a contributor would look at me and say, 'Are you ok?' would be terrible. I just couldn't do it. The last series of What Happened Next was so good and I cried the whole way through when I watched it. I was a blubbering wreck.

So that's when I cry. I cry when I watch it.

This is the seventh series of Long Lost Family. What do you think is the secret behind its enduring popularity? THERE'S always something quite extraordinary that happens because, as I'm realising in life the older I get, everybody has a story. We've just got to find it.

Also, this need to feel a part of something, to feel a part of a family, is what gives us roots and grounds us. It's just part of our DNA. I think the nation can empathise with everybody, even if they haven't been through exactly what they've been through.

It's a little bit like in the first scene of Love Actually where they film people arriving at Heathrow.

There's just something about a meeting or a hug between two people who haven't seen each other for a long time, or in Long Lost Family's case maybe have never met each other, that is just so phenomenally moving and it never ever gets boring.

Which story from this series stands out for you? THERE are loads actually. But for me in particular there was a lady called Mary Davis who was searching for her birth mother and she is our first deaf contributor.

I wondered whether having a translator work with me while I'm delivering quite difficult news would have the same impact, but actually I found it even more impactful.

It was really extraordinary and incredibly moving. Mary was lovely.

Any other emotional reunions? MARION and James, who were childhood sweethearts. Again this idea that a couple who have gone off and married other people but had a child together and always wondered where he was. And they came together to look for him.

I just thought that was the sweetest thing. …

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