Series final: April 14 2009

It’s been an emotional series of reunions, tears and joy but unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye to Missing Pieces when the series screens its season final episode on Tuesday, April 14th at 8pm on 3.

Looking back over the series, Missing Pieces producer David Lomas says the initial contact with the person being sought had to be handled carefully. “We were dealing with unique, sometimes extremely sensitive situations,” he says.

“In one case we had to tell a 70-year-old man he was the father of a daughter he did not know existed. She was critically ill in hospital in Brisbane and was seeking blood relatives for a bone marrow transplant.”

“In another we had to convince a woman living in the backblocks of Australia that she should meet the daughter she abandoned when the child was two-years-old.”

But despite the emotions always running high, Lomas says that Missing Pieces has proven to be one of the most rewarding projects his been involved in. “It has been extremely satisfying to have had the opportunity to help so many people,” he says.

“In four decades in journalism most of the time I have written or made television stories about negative things – Missing Pieces has been positive.”

When asked about the episode that’s stuck in his mind as the most rewarding, Lomas says it was that of the 27-year-old mother dying of leukaemia. “Without doubt the story which struck the strongest chord was the Kelly Traille story,” he says.

“Kelly was 27 and dying of leukaemia and needed a bone marrow transplant when she came to us seeking help to find her father who she had never met.”

“When we found the father, Ted Paul, was stunned and at first, while in shock, denied he was the father. But even while denying paternity he had instantly said he would do anything he could to help Kelly.”

“Ted was a special person,” Lomas continues. “When he flew to Brisbane to meet Kelly for the first time he was amazing. He immediately embraced accepted her as part of his family.”

“For the last two months of Kelly’s life Ted rang her everyday to talk to her. He was devastated when Kelly died after two failed bone marrow transplants.”

Its stories like these that have touched the hearts of so many New Zealanders, and this week’s finale is bound to do the same when Missing Pieces takes viewers inside the world of Kirsty Coombes.

With her wedding day just around the corner Coombes’ decides to go in search of the father that’s been missing from her life for 18 years. But when her search leads her to a brothel she wonders whether the dream of finding her Dad is still one she really wants to become a reality.

Find out how this story concludes when Missing Pieces finals on Tuesday, April 14th at 8pm on 3.

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