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ITV seeks Northern Ireland people wanting to rekindle a long lost love for new TV programme

Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca
Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca

Research shows that one in five people long to get back with an old flame, and now a new television show is searching for pining lovers in Northern Ireland.

The team behind ITV's Long Lost Family, which has been reuniting people with missing family members for a decade, want to bring romantic soulmates together after years apart.

The turbulence of The Troubles and waves of migration to and from Northern Island in the latter part of the 20th century mean many couples may have been separated by circumstances. If this sounds like you, you're eligible to apply for Long Lost Loves.

An American study of over 1,000 rekindled relationships found that their success rate was staggeringly high with 72% staying together long-term.

This is because ‘rekindlers’ were initially separated for situational reasons: perhaps their family moved away, or their parents disapproved. In other words, their love was interrupted rather than concluded.

The study found that the connections that we make between 14 and 25 are often the strongest of our lives because they occur during our formative years. ‘Rekindlers’ typically grew up together; they have a shared history and similar backgrounds which are both good starting points for any long-term romance.

If you want to reconnect with someone special from your past call 020 3301 8577 or email

All applicants must be single and 18 or over. All information will be treated as confidential.

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