Long Lost Family Special: Born Without Trace
In February 2019 Ariel Bruce collaborated with Wall To Wall Television to make a one off ‘Long Lost Family Special: Born Without Trace’, for ITV1. In this special episode, Ariel and her team use DNA research to trace the origins of ‘foundling babies’ who had been left in hospitals or on door steps, with no previous knowledge of who they are or where they cam from. Thanks to Ariel’s groundbreaking DNA work, along with experts Julia Bell & Charlotte Bruce-Lloyd, these foundlings are able to know a bit about their past.
2011 – 2019
Long Lost Family
Since 2011 Ariel has worked as the primary research consultant to Wall To Wall Television, makers of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ on the highly successful and award-winning series ‘Long Lost Family‘ for ITV1. In this series, separated family members are successfully traced and reunited by Ariel who provides appropriate professional support. Ariel’s work with Long Lost Family will continue into 2018 for series 9 of the show which will air in 2019.
The Great Train Robbery
A film documentary, A Tale of Two Thieves, released in 2014, claims to solve one of the Great Train Robbery mysteries that dogged investigators at the time – the identity of the infamous “Ulsterman”, credited with being the inside man at the Royal Mail. The film-makers employed Ariel Bruce to identify him. She is extensively interviewed as part of the film , See The Great Train Robber unmasked: The Irish Independent, 5th October 2014. And also Great Train Robbery cash was passed on to Catholic church, claims film’, Duncan Campbell, The Guardian 2nd September 2014.
Previously, Ariel’s work has featured in a number of television documentaries including ‘Relative Strangers‘ (Channel 4, 1991), in which two of her searches were followed from start to finish, ‘Forgotten Mothers‘ (Channel 4, 1997), ‘Looking for My Mum‘, (Channel 4, 2001) and ‘Looking for Dad‘ (Channel 4, 2003). Many of these documentaries have been broadcast around the world. She has also been a guest on various television and radio programmes including ‘This Morning‘ (ITV1) and ‘Women’s Hour‘ (BBC Radio 4). Ariel has also undertaken searches and acted as a consultant for documentary makers including Polly Bide, Bob Woffinden and Nick Broomfield.
Fifteen – Daisy Asquith
In 2001 Ariel worked as a consultant on Daisy Asquith’s documentary series ‘Fifteen’ for Windfall Films. Ariel helped Asquith to reunite one of the three protagonist’s with their birth mother, and facilitated a meeting for the documentary.
An interview with Daisy Asquith can be read here (Click Link)
Hanratty: The Mystery of Deadman’s Hill
Ariel worked as a researcher on this “True Stories” programme, produced by Bob Woofinden for Channel 4.
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