The Missing TV Series Overview


The Missing is a British anthology drama television series written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams. It debuted in the UK on BBC One on 28 October 2014, and in the United States on Starz on 15 November 2014. The Missing is an international co-production between the BBC and Starz.

The first eight-part series, about the search for a missing boy in France, was directed by Tom Shankland. It stars Tchéky Karyo as Julien Baptiste, the French detective who leads the case, with James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor as the boy’s parents.

The second eight-part series, about a missing girl in Germany, was directed by Ben Chanan. It was broadcast in the UK, on BBC One, from 12 October 2016 and in the United States, on Starz, on 12 February 2017. Tchéky Karyo returns as Julien Baptiste, with David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes as the girl’s parents.

Both series received positive reviews, with critics praising the cast, especially Tchéky Karyo’s performance, and the storytelling.

In February 2019, a spin-off series titled Baptiste was broadcast on BBC One, again starring Karyo and written by Jack and Harry Williams.


Series 01

Tony Hughes, his wife Emily and their five-year-old son Oliver, are traveling from the United Kingdom to northern France for a holiday. It is the summer of 2006, during the FIFA World Cup. Soon after entering France, their car breaks down. They are forced to spend the night in the fictional small town of Châlons du Bois. That evening, Tony and Oliver visit a crowded outdoor bar, where a quarter-finals football match is being watched. Tony loses sight of his son, who goes missing.

Eight years later, Oliver has not been found; the police have closed their investigation. Now divorced, Tony has continued to search for his son after seeing a recent photograph in which a little boy is wearing a scarf identical to the one Oliver was wearing on the day he disappeared and made for him with a unique insignia. Tony and Julien Baptiste, the retired detective who led the original investigation, start to put the pieces together. The police decide to officially reopen the case.

Series 02

The story is paralleled by flashbacks to 2014 and is set near a British army garrison in Eckhausen, Germany. In 2014 police tell Sam and Gemma Webster, whose daughter Alice went missing in 2003, that Alice has reappeared and claims she had been held captive with Sophie Giroux, a French girl who disappeared about the same time. Retired French detective Julien Baptiste, who was in charge of the Giroux investigation, cannot resist becoming involved again and travels to Germany and Iraq to find answers.

Cast (Series 02)

  • David Morrissey as Captain Sam Webster.
  • Keeley Hawes as Gemma Webster, Sam’s wife.
  • Tchéky Karyo as Julien Baptiste.
  • Anastasia Hille as Celia Baptiste, Julien’s wife.
  • Roger Allam as Brigadier Adrian Stone.
    • Thomas Arnold as young Adrian.
  • Laura Fraser as Sergeant Eve Stone, Adrian’s daughter.
  • Abigail Hardingham as Sophie Giroux.
    • Eulalie Trillet as young Sophie.
  • Jake Davies as Matthew Webster, Sam and Gemma’s son.
  • Chelsea Edge as Alice Webster.
    • Madi Linnard as young Alice.
  • Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Stefan Andersen.
  • Filip Peeters as Kristian Herz, a butcher.
  • Lia Williams as Nadia Herz, Kristian’s wife.
  • Derek Riddell as Major Adam Gettrick, Press Officer.
  • Florian Bartholomäi as Jorn Lenhart.
  • Brian Bovell as Lieutenant Colonel Henry Reed.
    • Dempsey Bovell as young Henry.
  • Daniel Ezra as Trooper Daniel Reed, Henry’s son.
  • Diana Kent as Penny.
  • Indica Watson as Lucy.

Production (Series 02)

The second series was confirmed in December 2014 and production began in February 2016. Again written by Harry and Jack Williams, this series was directed by Ben Chanan. The filming locations were Morocco, Belgium (Malmedy, Brussels & Ghent) and Germany. Episode four shows a Hanover hospital (which was filmed in Az Sint-Lucas Ghent) and episode five shows soldiers marching over the Vesdre dam in eastern Belgium, and the fictional Vaaren in Switzerland is Monschau, in Germany.

The Missing (Series 02) Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): Harry Williams and Jack Williams.
  • Director(s): Tom Shankland (Series 01) and Ben Chanan (Series 02).
  • Producer(s): John Yorke, Harry Williams, Jack Williams, Jan Vrints, Elaine Pyke, Charles Pattinson, Polly Hill, Eurydice Gysel, Willow Grylls, and Colin Callender.
  • Writer(s): Harry Williams and Jack Williams.
  • Music: Amatorski (theme music composer) and Dominik Scherrer.
  • Cinematography: Ole Bratt Birkeland.
  • Editor(s): Una Ni Dhonghaile.
  • Production: New Pictures, Company Pictures, Two Brothers Pictures, and Playground Entertainment.
  • Distributor(s): All3Media.
  • Original Network: BBC One and Starz.
  • Release Date: 12 October 2016 to 30 November 2016.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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