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Heir Hunters

Series 12

Episode 1: Barker/Rowlinson

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Scotland HD

Michael Buerk follows the work of genealogy detectives as they race to find heirs to unclaimed fortunes.

Retired postman Melvin Barker may have appeared to have led a modest life, but an unexpected discovery means he could have been a secret millionaire with a vast fortune to pass on to his forgotten family. In searching for beneficiaries to his estate, the heir hunters also uncover a tragedy in the family, after discovering an uncle who worked as a trawlerman was part of the crew of a ship which went missing at sea, leaving its 16 sailors presumed dead.

Meanwhile, there is also the tricky case of Trevor Rawlinson where some good old-fashioned detective work by the heir hunters reveals a huge family tree. Show less


Michael Buerk
Series Producer:
Alison Vann
Executive Producer:
Lindsay Bradbury
Executive Producer:
Tim Quicke
Production Company:
Flame Television

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