Stacey Dooley’s latest documentary series concluded on Wednesday (June 15) and the final episode focused on a 53-year-old sperm donor who wanted to know if he had any children looking for their father. The Luton-born journalist is always bringing fascinating documentaries to our screens, often exploring emotional social issues which get the tears flowing both on and off the TV.
The 35-year-old recently presented the second series of BBC Two’s DNA Family Secrets series with geneticist Professor Turi King. Through pair meet with people “across the UK who want to unlock the mysteries hidden in their genetic code” and focus on three individuals per each of the six episodes. The finale aired on Wednesday, June 15, and has got viewers discussing a moral quandary.
Stacey shared an Instagram post with her followers during the week to say the series was concluding, with a photo of cabaret performer Luke who starred in it. She said: “DNA Family Secrets concludes tonight! I’ve absolutely loved it and adored everyone we’ve hung out with. Thank you. For the last time … tonight @bbctwo 9pm x”
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The show has been praised for its heart-warming moments and the interesting DNA knowledge, but the final episode raised a point which viewers couldn’t help but disagree with. One of the three people to be featured in the finale was 53-year-old cabaret performer Luke who was a sperm donor from age 19 to 23, donating twice a week for nearly five years. He had become interested in finding out if he had any children who wanted to get in touch with their biological father, and though the conclusion was that he didn’t have any, people took to Twitter to discuss his motivations.
Stephanie said “He just wants to know how fertile is he doesn’t he” and called the situation “icky”, while Ian thought Luke is the kind of person who has “told everyone he has hundreds of kids”. Andi shared her opinion and labelled him as selfish, saying: “You spent your youth enjoying a life without children. It’s totally selfish to now want them as you get older”.
Andi also added: “If you gave sperm you should move on and leave the situation alone. These children are the children of the fathers who raised them. Why seek them out and call heartache”. However, other Twitter users were more sympathetic to Luke’s plight and one said: “Aw, Luke’s heart is in the right place. He seems lovely.”
Luke had his reasons for wanting to know more about his potential genepool and told Stacey: “I’d spoken to a lot of people who never found out who their real parents or their biological parents were, or whatever. It always troubled me and I thought well, there’s people out there that would probably just like to know. If I can give them that, and if I can give them that before anything happens to me because I was made very aware that something could happen to me.”
Later on, just before finding out the results of the test, Luke said: “Be lovely to have some sort of relationship in that sense, you know, children suddenly find their long-lost dad. I’d love to know what they’re doing.” The donor register is keeping in touch with Luke and will contact him if they find anything new, however for now it wasn’t the result he might have hoped for.
You can catch up on the entire series of DNA Family Secrets on BBC iPlayer.
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