The Missing Returns To BBC One For Second Series

The first series of The Missing, by Harry and Jack Williams, followed the disappearance of Oliver Hughes, and the desperate search by his father Tony (James Nesbitt) to find him. However, series two will explore a different side of what happens when a child goes missing when it returns on 12th October.

It’s late 2014 and a young British woman stumbles through the streets of Eckhausen in Germany and collapses. Her name is Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham) – and she was abducted from the same town 11 years ago.

Her return sends shock waves through the tight-knit local community, as her family are thrown into turmoil. As the search for the abductor gathers pace, Alice also appears to hold vital clues to the whereabouts of a second missing girl, Sophie Giroux, whose disappearance was investigated back in 2003 by French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo).

In present day, Alice’s parents Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma (Keeley Hawes) are barely speaking, whilst Alice’s brother, Matthew (Jake Davies), has become violent and withdrawn. Meanwhile Julien is in Iraq, following a clue that he believes is key to finding the person who abducted the girls.

Harry Williams said: “We didn’t want to recreate the same story, we wanted to do something different. Rather than losing someone, it’s about finding someone, and whether that is the happy ending that everyone thinks it is.”

Jack Williams said: “What’s crucial about the show is that it’s all about how people have changed, and one of the central questions you ask is, what’s happened to them in the meantime? How did they get from there to here?”

“You look at Sam, Gemma, and Matthew, in the past, and the way they respond to the return of Alice. Then you see them in the present, and they’re so fractured and on different trajectories. It just shows the different way they deal with this, in quite a stark way.”

The Missing series two was filmed in Germany, Belgium and Morocco, and will premiere on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 12th October.