Long Lost Family returned to our screens on Monday night with an especially tear-jerking episode as Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell reunited parents with their son.
Phyllis and Kevin were reunited with son Ryan, now named Ruben Molinero, who had lived in Spain with his adopted parents since he was four.
They had to have a translator to help them communicate, but the emotion was clear without the need for words as they all sobbed and held each other tightly.
As they sat down to talk, Ruben, now 45, apologised for his English and vowed he would learn it.
He said he always feared he was abandoned, and Kevin assured him that was never the case.
“You were never abandoned, we fought for you, we went to court for you, but the judge decided that we didn’t have enough to offer you,” he said.
Phyllis and Kevin gave up their son due to the scandal the pregnancy caused in their Catholic community as they were unmarried and had not been together long in the 1970s.
They tried desperately to get him back through the courts, but were unable to as it was ruled their child was settled with his adopted family.
They hatched a plan to run away to England to bring up their baby, and escaped to London together before welcoming another baby named Sean.
But when their landlady discovered they had a baby they were kicked out.
Suddenly homeless and desperate to put their baby’s interests first, they agreed through an agency to place their son in the care of a family, with the possibility of adoption if they could not find their feet.
They found permanent jobs and a flat after two months, but made a devastating discovery when they went back to pick up their son.
The couple were told he was staying with a Spanish family and it was best to leave him where he was.
Their only chance to get their child back was to go to court, but the judge ordered that the adoption be finalised.
Even more heartbreakingly, Sean died aged 24 in a road traffic accident in 2008, and so never got to be reunited with Ruben.
As the tear-jerking reunion scene aired, one viewer tweeted:” One day I won’t cry like a baby watching #LongLostFamily but today is not that day.”
Another gushed: “I’ve so missed @longlostfamily with @ThisisDavina and @NickyAACampbell been watching the American version but there’s so many differences!! Always makes me emotional as well!! #longlostfamily@ITV “.
“Kevin and Phyllis are so lovely, It’s so sad what happened to them #longlostfamily,” wrote a third.
* Long Lost Family returns next Monday at 9pm on ITV