Britain’s Secret War Babies (2022)


Two people born to African American GIs and British women set out to discover who their fathers were and learn more about their black heritage.


This is like a Long Lost Family special with a sharp historical twist. Mary from Bristol is in her late 70s and has been trying for 20 years to trace her father. He was a black GI who knew her mother when he was stationed in South Wales during World War II. After the war, he sent a letter inviting Mary and her mother to join him in America, but in a cruel move, Mary’s grandmother ensured they never received it.

Presenter Sean Fletcher highlights Mary’s story as one of thousands of children born to the British girlfriends of African-American GIs – as he puts it, “the first significant generation to be born Black and British, but missing a vital part of their identity.” John from Weymouth has a similar tale and when Fletcher tracks down relatives, we see him and Mary movingly reunited with parts of their US families, as years of stigma and isolation fall away.

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s):
    • Sean Fletcher.
  • Director(s):
    • Alex Thomas.
  • Producer(s):
    • Emily Shields … executive producer.
    • Yasmine Permaul … producer.
  • Writer(s):
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  • Distributor:
    • Channel 4.
  • Release Date: 17 August 2022.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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