This heart-warming new series sees people journey into their past in order to change another person’s future with an act of extraordinary generosity.
These benefactors aren’t millionaires, instead, they are ordinary people who have themselves battled hardships in their lives and now want to reward those who helped them in their hour of need, or support people suffering similar setbacks today. The popular presenter Aled Jones acts as our host, introducing us to a benefactor in each episode and asking them about their story.
Stepping down memory lane, Aled reunites each benefactor with locations and people from their past, discussing how their lives could have turned out differently. Archive footage connects each story to the wider social history of the time and helps our contributors retell their personal tales. Our benefactor then meets potential beneficiaries to see if they could help their lives in any way.
At a meeting with their own family they share their discoveries and talk about their donation and then the benefactor makes their life-changing gift in an emotional final scene
– EPISODE GUIDE –
Monday, July 2
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the 1940s to hear the courageous story of one of the last remaining Land Girls in Great Britain, who worked the land and fields during World War Two. On her journey, she meets a modern day veteran and his family who are still struggling with the affects of war. But can she give something back to them with a generous act that will change their lives?
Monday, July 9
Today, Aled Jones is going back to Oxfordshire to see the extraordinary dogs who have been trained to help children with disabilities. He meets the incredible woman whose disabled son inspired her to make it all possible and introduces her to a brave young boy and his mum whose life has parallels to her own. Can she give something back and find a way to make a massive difference to their lives?
Monday, July 16
Today Aled Jones is going back to Paddington and 1999 to hear the story of ‘The Lady in the Mask’ an incredible woman whose face became the symbol of one of the worst rail disasters of our generation. On their journey, Aled introduces her to an inspiring young woman who has had to deal with her own life changing injuries. Can she give something back to her with a gift that will change her life?
Monday, July 23
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the 1980s to hear how a tragic accident turned one man’s world upside down. On the journey we meet the people who helped him and Aled introduces him to a courageous women, whose own life has also been completely transformed after a freak accident. Can he find a way to help her and can he give something back by offering her a gift that will change her life?
Monday, July 30
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the 1960s to hear the story of an inspirational woman who was lucky enough to experience an idyllic and carefree childhood in a beautiful seaside village in Cornwall. In stark contrast to her own upbringing, she meets a family living in East London, who have never been outside the capital or even seen the sea. Is she able to give something back and offer them a gift of a lifetime?
Monday, August 6
Today, Aled Jones is going back to Leeds in the 1970s to hear the story of a little boy whose childhood was left devastated by one of the most notorious serial killers of our generation. On his journey Aled introduces him to an inspiring and resilient young mother who has also faced her own difficulties.
Monday, August 13
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the 1960s to meet a man who has managed to overcome huge adversity. He’s a successful artist who paints with his feet and mouth, but his early life was dominated by one of the worst medical disasters of our time, which occurred when thousands of pregnant women took the Thalidomide drug. Aled introduces him to a little boy with disabilities. Will he be inspired to help him and give him a gift that while make a massive difference to his young life?
Monday, August 20
Today Aled Jones is going back to the 1990s to meet Manchester’s answer to Billy Elliot. He’s a man who had a tough start in life, but against all the odds, has become a success. On the journey, Aled introduces him to an inspiring young dancer who’s also faced adversity, but is desperate for a break. Can he find a way to help her and give something back with a gift that will change her life?
Monday, August 27
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the 1930s to hear the remarkable story of how one woman’s father rose above his childhood disabilities but lived an adult-life shrouded in secrecy. On her journey she meets an inspirational family who are facing their own difficulties with dealing with a young daughter with a very rare illness. Can she find a way to help them, and can she give something back with an extraordinary gift of generosity?
Monday, September 3
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the 1950s and Northumberland to hear the astonishing tale of a man whose childhood held a shocking secret. Along the way Aled introduces him to a young man who also had a tough start in life, and although he has the drive and ambition to succeed he needs a helping hand. Can he find a way to assist him and can he give him a gift that will transform his life?
Monday, September 10
Today, Aled Jones is going back to Liverpool in the 1960s to meet a man who escaped a childhood of poverty and has since devoted his entire life to helping others and raising money for charity – over the years he has raised millions of pounds. Aled introduces him to an inspirational teenager who has also dedicated her life to looking after her sick parent. Can he give something back with a gift that will change her life?
Monday, September 17
Today, Aled Jones is going back to London in the 1980s, to hear how a successful footballer’s dreams turned to dust, but instead of giving up, he used his drive and ambition to help him achieve success in life. Aled introduces him to a young women who has also overcome challenges, but can he find a way to give something back with a gift that will change her life?
Monday, September 24
Today, Aled Jones is in West Yorkshire to hear the inspirational story of a young mother whose life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with a life threatening illness. She’s now recovered, but her experience has led her to want to help someone else in a similar situation. Aled introduces her to a young mother who has also struggled with illness. Can she offer her a special gift to make her life easier?
Monday, October 1
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the home of the Paralympics – Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire to hear how sport saved a man’s life after he was struck down by illness. On the journey, Aled introduces him to a little boy and his family who have shown great determination and positivity, when faced with disability. Can he give something back with a gift that will mean the world to them?
Monday, October 8
Today, Aled Jones is going back to the 1970s to hear the remarkable tale of a man who once had nothing, but is now one of the most successful businessman in the country due to his hard work and determination. On the journey, Aled introduces him to a young and talented businesswoman who has the drive and determination but needs some help to achieve her goal. Can he find a way to help her, and give her a gift that will change her life?