Introducing “Key to a Fortune,” an exciting new property show with an added genealogy twist

Premiering on Channel 4 this Sunday, the series delves into the stories of individuals unexpectedly inheriting properties from distant relatives, showcasing the emotional decision-making process of whether to retain or sell their newfound assets.

The six-part series follows unsuspecting heirs traced by probate genealogy firms – just like us – who receive the news of an unexpected inheritance, with a team of property experts on hand to assist the new owners; whether to put it on the market or to keep and renovate. The cameras record what are often tough decisions to take, making for compelling and sometimes moving viewing.

Kate Thomas, Commissioning Editor, Daytime and Features at Channel 4, said: “In Key to a Fortune we are going to make dreams come true as we surprise members of the public with unexpected windfalls, whilst also taking them on an emotional journey to meet relatives they never knew they had”.

The first episode features Storme, a lady we identified as the entitled beneficiary of an unclaimed estate. Storme receives the totally unexpected news that she has inherited a dilapidated cottage in Kent. Tune in to watch this fascinating story on Sunday night and find out what she decides to do with her new property.

The series will shine a positive light on the work being conducted by probate genealogists on a daily basis and we are delighted to share the stage with fellow professionals from across the sector.

Hosted by Jean Johansson, the first episode of Key to a Fortune airs on Channel 4 on Sunday 24th March at 5.15pm.

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