Missing Pieces

TV3 and the creators of Missing Pieces and Family Secret are looking for people searching for family members for a new show Who Am I.

Is there a family member you want to find? Have you been separated from someone special in your life? Do you have any questions about where you come from?

If you are looking for family members, or would like to learn more about your family history, you can apply here.

8:00pm – Tuesday, February 7 on TV 3

Returning to our screens for an unmissable fourth season, Missing Pieces screens on Tuesday, February 7th at 8pm on 3.

This year Missing Pieces sees David Lomas taking New Zealanders to Australia, the UK and to exotic locations such as Dubai, Crete, Ecuador to fulfil their lifetime dream and reunite them with the person they have missed most in their life.

Make sure not to miss the first of these emotional stories when Missing Pieces returns on Tuesday, February 7th at 8pm on 3.

8:00pm – Tuesday, September 27 on TV 3

Missing Pieces, the local series which re-unites people with a past they thought they had lost, returns to our screens on Tuesday, September 27th at 8pm on 3.

Narrated by 3 News’ Mike McRoberts, Missing Pieces tells the stories of surprise re-unions. Each tale starts with a down the barrel video “plea” from the seeker, explaining who they are looking for and why. Then the viewer is taken on a journey as the Missing Pieces team of investigative journalists traces the lost child, parent, friend or lover.

Series producer David Lomas says the initial contact with the person being sought was always the difficult part and 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.”

But it’s this week’s story that Lomas recalls as one of the series’ most challenging.

“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,” Lomas explains.

“The mother just walked out of her home in West Auckland and left her daughter with a neighbour. The daughter is now 38 and has terminal cancer.”

Make sure not to miss the touching conclusion to this story when Missing Pieces returns to our screens on Tuesday, September 27th at 8pm on 3.

8:00pm – Tuesday, March 30 on TV 3

This week’s Missing Pieces series finale promises to be another emotional journey for two people trying to reunite with the past they thought they left behind. Missing Pieces concludes its second season on Tuesday, March 30th at 8pm on 3.

“The terrible thing we have found as we have done Missing Pieces is that too often family members go without seeing each other simply because of miscommunication,” says Missing Pieces producer David Lomas when asked about what he has learned over the series’ two seasons.

Lomas continues, saying this week’s instalment is a prime example of that, referring to the story of Susan, who last saw her father when she was just two-years-old.

“Susan Mills has always wanted to catch up with her father. Her Dad, Rod Mills has always wanted to be connected with his daughter,’ he says. “But a misunderstanding many years ago left Rod believing he had no place in his daughter’s life and Susan believing her father did not care about her.”

Following the search for Susan’s long-lost father, Missing Pieces meets Pat, a man who years ago made a decision he will forever regret but is now trying to make it right as he searches for his children.

“Pat is an alcoholic who has not touched alcohol for more than 30 years,” Lomas explains. “He admitted he had done a lot of bad things and just wants to put things right.”

“His plea is quite amazing,” Lomas continues. “He stands in the busy Britomart train station and says straight to the camera that he is an alcoholic and he wants to put things right with his family.”

Its moments like these that have touched the hearts of so many New Zealanders, and Lomas hopes they have also helped people realise they are not alone in their search for their loved ones.

“It is just staggering how many people have lost contact with loved ones, many just through silly misunderstanding,” he says.

“A lot of people are too scared to try to find their relatives,” he continues. “They are worried they will be rejected. One of the first questions they ask me when I tell them we have found their father/mother/son/daughter is ‘do they want to see me?’ – it is only then they really cry, real tears of relief that they have not been forgotten.”

But will Susan and Pat be as lucky? Find out when Missing Pieces concludes its second season on Tuesday, March 30th at 8pm on 3.

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8:00pm – Tuesday, February 16 on TV 3

This week sees emotions run high when adopted-at-birth Alan seeks his birth mother on the hit local series Missing Pieces, screening on Tuesday, February 16th at 8pm on 3.

“Al is one of the most engaging characters we have had on Missing Pieces,” says series producer David Lomas. “His is an amazing story.”

That story began when Alan’s birth mother, Kate, had an affair with a British soldier who was stationed in Belfast. When she became pregnant her father forced her to move away to a nearby town till she had the baby.

“Al was then taken from her immediately after birth, and sent to be adopted,” explains Lomas. “She held him for just five minutes.”

“When I rang her to see if she would meet Al she was totally confused – a strange man ringing from New Zealand talking about a boy called Al,” Lomas continues. “She was so shocked hearing that Al wanted to see her she could not talk to me, and asked me to ring a few days later.”

“The reunion was great, Al and Kate spent the first 12 hours together in a bar just talking non stop.”

Following Alan’s reunion audiences will be introduce to Sarah, according to Lomas the most emotionally charged Missing Pieces story thus far.

“This was a really hard story, but an inspirational one,” he explains. “It is a story with an ending that still makes me quite emotional.”

“The missing thing in Sarah’s life was her father – who she had always wanted to meet,” Lomas continues. “But he had never wanted anything to do with her, especially when he left New Zealand and moved to England.”

Will Lomas be able to convince Sarah’s father to finally meet his daughter? Find out when Missing Pieces screens on Tuesday, February 16th at 8pm on 3.

8:00pm – Tuesday, January 26 on TV 3

Missing Pieces, the ground breaking Qantas Award-winning local series which re-unites people with a past they thought they had lost, returns to our screens on Tuesday, January 26th at 8pm on 3.

Missing Pieces tell the stories of surprise re-unions. Each tale starts with a down the barrel video “plea” from the seeker, explaining who they are looking for and why.

Then the viewer is taken on a journey as the Missing Pieces team of investigative journalists traces the lost child, parent, friend or lover.

Series producer David Lomas says the initial contact with the person being sought was always the difficult part and had to be handled carefully.

“We were dealing with unique, sometimes extremely sensitive situations,” Lomas explains.

With taped phone calls and covert filming, viewers see and hear the actual reaction of the person sought when they are first approached.

“It is eavesdropping on real life,” says Lomas. “Some people are overjoyed they have been found. Others are very suspicious.”

As well as these surprise reunions, this season Missing Pieces is incorporating a new “Plea Segment” into its format, allowing people the opportunity to find their missing loved-ones.

Make sure to join the Missing Pieces team for this week’s season premiere as they travel to the iconic Greek city of Athens where a young man desperately searches for his Greek father.

Later, this week’s Plea Segment attempts to help Theresa find her dad. Missing Pieces premieres its second season on Tuesday, January 26th at 8pm on 3.

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.

Tuesday, March 24th at 8pm on TV3

Missing Pieces, the new local series which has touched many hearts around New Zealand, is this week telling two emotional stories of lost families, tears and despair when the series screens on Tuesday, March 24th at 8pm on 3.

First Missing Pieces takes viewers inside the world of schoolgirl Emily Addis. As a young girl Emily was adopted but for many years her birth mother Tara kept in close contact with her.

However five-years-ago the Otago youngster received a letter from Tara saying she had cancer. Emily has not heard from her birth mother since. She now wants to know if Tara is alive and, if she is, why she abandoned her.

Then the series goes inside the world of Stephen Westin. “Stephen is one of those guys who will surprise you,” says Missing Pieces producer David Lomas about the man who spent his childhood moving from foster home to foster home.

After being placed in foster care as a rebellious youngster Stephen was forced to move from home to home until being placed with Don Cairn, a take charge kind of carer.

“Don was a real no nonsense bloke who is wheelchair bound after a truck accident,” Lomas says of the man who changed Stephen’s life.

But convincing Don to meet with Stephen was no easy feat; “At first he was quite anti television,” says Lomas. “But he finally agreed to the meeting with us and was stunned when he discovered how much Stephen had appreciated what he had done for him.”

What Don had done was boldly broke the rules and decided Stephen should be home with his mother. According to Stephen, Don was “the one person who cared” and now he wants to find and thank the man who turned his life around.

Make sure not to miss this reunion, and find out if Emily Addis is able to find the mother she hasn’t heard from in years when Missing Pieces screens on Tuesday, March 24th at 8pm on 3. 

 

Tuesday, March 10th at 8pm on TV3

This week sees emotions run high when after ten years without contact a 12-year-old Australian boy attempts to reunite with his long-lost father in the latest instalment of Missing Pieces, screening on Tuesday, March 10th at 8pm on 3.

This week Missing Pieces takes viewers inside the world of Shannon O’Byrne, a Dad who disappeared from Perth, Australia some 10 years ago and is now being sought by his son, 12-year-old Aiden Goodhill.

Aiden’s mum had remarried and changed her name, eventually losing contact with Shannon and his family. So with a different name and completely separate lives neither Aiden’s mother nor father knew how to contact each other.

Missing Pieces producer David Lomas says tracking down Shannon proved to be more challenging then any other missing person over the course of the series.

“As an Australian who had moved to New Zealand he had no relatives or old friends in the country which is usually the easiest way to track people,” says Lomas.

But no old friends or relatives was not the only problem; “He was also not on the electoral roll,” adds Lomas.

However despite these odds and with the use of some creative investigating, Lomas and the Missing Pieces team managed to find Shannon. “We tracked him by finding a loan he had taken on a car.”

And like a true Cinderella story Aiden and Shannon were reunited for the first time in over 10 years. “He was ecstatic when we found him; he immediately flew to Sydney to meet Aiden.”

Now happily reunited with his father Aiden has another surprise, could there be more family he never even knew existed? Find out when Missing Pieces screens on Tuesday, March 10th at 8pm on 3.

 

Tuesday, March 3rd at 8pm

The series that reunites people with the past they thought they had lost introduces audiences to Taite Bevan, a Maori master carver who wants to find the daughters he left behind when he fled Australia after a drug-taking binge. Missing Pieces screens on Tuesday, March 3rd at 8pm on 3.

Narrated by 3 News’ Mike McRoberts, Missing Pieces tells the stories of surprise re-unions. Each tale starts with a down the barrel video “plea” from the seeker, explaining who they are looking for and why. Then the viewer is taken on a journey as the Missing Pieces team of investigative journalists traces the lost child, parent, friend or lover.

With taped phone calls and covert filming, the viewer sees and hears the actual reaction of person sought when they are first approached.

“It is eavesdropping on real life,” Series producer David Lomas explains about the ground breaking concept.

However he is quick to point out that not everyone wants to be found and this can often lead to mixed reactions from the person being sought. “Some people are overjoyed they have been found. Others are very suspicious.”

All participants of the series agree to co-operate with Missing Pieces and allow the programme to broadcast their initial responses. But its honest emotions that Lomas and his team want from the person being sought.

“We were always seeking a surprise element,” he says.  “We wanted reactions to be honest.”

As well as honest, the Missing Pieces re-unions are also filmed in a unique style, where at times the seeker and the person being sought are put in situations where they are almost side-by-side but not recognising each other.

And this week is no different. So how will Bevan’s daughters react to finally meeting their long lost father? Find out when emotions run high on Missing Pieces, screening on Tuesday, March 3rd at 8pm on 3.