Finding an heir

finding an heir

Finding an heir focus on people who have died in Sweden, seemingly alone, and without the authorities succeeding to find possible family members. The hosts take on the task to find the unknown heirs, and the program then succeeds to reunite families, heal wounds and tell stories about our modern history.

During the second season, the series increased the number of viewers. Every week, one million viewers (33% average share) watched the show and the online performance is also a success.

In one episode we get to know Rischard Lewkowiez, a boy with Down’s syndrome who was left in an orphanage in Malmö, Sweden in 1953. Our hosts are trying to understand why his parents left him behind. They unravel a cruel story beginning in the Ghetto of Łódź, Poland during the Nazi era, taking them further to both New York and the Netherlands - finding answers that a family have searched for in generations.

Finding an heir was presented at the EBU Creative Forum in 2017 and in September 2018 the series was nominated in the category Reality & Factual at the Rose D’Or. The series has also been nominated for Kristallen, the major Swedish TV award.

finding an heir

Original title: Arvinge okänd

Genre: Factual Entertainment, Genealogy

Duration: 6 x 60 minutes

Year of Production: 2018 - 2020

Broadcasting channel: SVT1

Format distributor: Magnify Media