The BBC’s eight-part limited drama series The Missing debuts tonight on BBC One ahead of its Stateside Starz premiere on November 15. Starz partnered with the BBC back in March to co-produce the kidnapping thriller. James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy) stars as a father obsessed with finding his son after the boy is abducted during a family vacation in France in 2006. The series’ eight episodes span eight years with flashbacks incorporated as Nesbitt’s Tony continues an unrelenting search, fracturing his marriage in the process.
Frances O’Connor plays Tony’s wife Emily, and Tchéky Karyo is Julien, the French police detective who launched the initial search for the child.
The Missing has been highly-anticipated in Britain where recent serialized crime dramas like Happy Valley and Broadchurch have been huge draws (it’s also got the same Tuesday at 9 PM slot that those BBC and ITV series had during their first-season runs). Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, it’s produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Colin Callender’s Playground.
Check out the trailer.