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Heir Hunters is a BBC One daytime television programme focusing on attempts to find missing or unknown heirs, entitled to deceased people's estates before the British Treasury lawfully collects the money. The show follows the work of Probate researchers from a number of different firms to show how time-consuming research positively impacted people's lives.

The series is made by Flame TV. The first series was presented by Nadia Sawalha, while the second, third, fourth and fifth are narrated by Lisa Faulkner.

The series ran as part of BBC One's weekday lineup in the early morning factual slot (9.15am - 10 am), alongside shows including 7 and Helicopter Heroes. The second series had record viewing numbers for the time slot and beat the Jeremy Kyle show on ITV consistently during its run, prompting the BBC to immediately recommission a third series.

The title cards for the 2008 and later series spell 'Heir Hunters' as 'H£ir Hunt£rs', using the pound sterling sign as an E. The most recent series began in February 2011.

In each programme three unclaimed estates from Bona Vacantia are mentioned in the hope of information being given by a viewer which could help find an heir. One of these mentioned in the first series resulted in information that led to some heirs being found for an estate.

The term "Heir Hunter" has become known to refer to any person or firm who tracks down beneficiaries to estates of deceased persons. Heir Hunters may also be known as probate detectives,......
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