The Missing is a British television series drama written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland.
Starring: James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor, Saïd Taghmaoui, Tcheky Karyo, Ken Stott and Jason Flemyng.
Synopsis: Tony and Emily Hughes (James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor) are holidaying in France when their son Oliver (Oliver Hunt) goes missing. The story focuses on the impact this has on a series of characters, and the fight to determine what happened to their son. Along the way, the narrative shifts between time frames in an attempt to piece together the mystery. With the help of retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo), they begin to slowly discover the disturbing truth about what happened eight years before.
This is shaping up to be a very good television series. With real life cases of missing children (most notably the Madeline McCann disappearance), public interest in these topics is very high. It is every parent’s nightmare to lose their children, and this story evokes this perfectly.
The acting is very good, and the viewer truly connects with James Nesbitt’s character Tony. This is heightened when dealing with the harsh truth of being the one who lost his son. Nesbitt has always been an actor I have admired, and this performance does nothing but strengthen this perception. Co-star Emily Hughes is also very impressive in her role as well as the other cast.
What I like about this show is that we are shown certain events from different vantage points – including suspects in the disappearance of Oliver. These add another dimension to the show.
At the time of writing this, only three episodes have aired so far of this eight part series but I highly recommend watching this.
By Robert Spence