Heir Hunters is a popular formatted series that follows probate research firms as they attempt to track down the unwitting beneficiaries of estates worth thousands of pounds.
When someone dies you would expect that their worldly possessions would go to their nearest and dearest but if the deceased had no known relatives and there was no last will and testament then it goes to the Government, unless that is the 'heir hunters' step in.
Heir Hunters follows probate research firms' investigators as they race against the clock and the competition to track down long lost relatives and bring them the news, both good and bad. Combining elements of fortune hunting, genealogy and ultimately life-changing moments, there are different stories covered in each episode.
The Heir Hunters audience has grown considerably since the show's launch in 2007; the fifth series (2011) attracted 48% more viewers than series one. A sixth series is due for Spring 2012.
A Flame TV production for BBC One
Episodes available: 165 x 45' plus 20 x 60' reversions (HD)