The Gift

Publisher:
BBC

The Gift

5.0/5

Critic Rating

Without us realising, an enormous DNA database has been created online. It holds the secrets of your true identity and promises to reveal untold family connections. But what happens when online ancestry tests reveal more than you had bargained for?Across six episodes, Jenny Kleeman meets the men and women whose lives changed forever after they opened a box that contained a DNA test. Exposing scandals, upending identities, solving mysteries and delivering life-changing news - Jenny investigates what happens when genealogy, technology and identity collide.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Sep 24, 2023

"...a series that is essentially a true-crime anthology which is variously sad, gripping and brimming with plot twists. The Gift is really a cautionary tale..."

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Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Sep 16, 2023

"...an engaging six-part series that examines what can happen when someone gets given a DNA kit...the story was weirder and, really, much more serious than you might expect. The Gift’s host, Jenny Kleeman...plainly, she’s interested in the question of fertility and parenthood. She’s the right mixture of serious and light, and what becomes clear is that different people react differently to an unexpected genetic discovery."

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