The Missing

BBC & Starz

Harry Williams

Jack Williams

Tom Shankland
Chris Clough
Executive Producers

Willow Grylls

Charles Pattinson

Elaine Pyke

Colin Callender

John Yorke

Harry Williams

Jack Williams

Euryduice Gysel

Jan Vrints

Polly Hill for BBC


James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Tchéky Karyo, Ken Stott, Jason Flemyng


BAFTA TV Awards (Nominated) – Best Drama Series, Best Leading Actor (James Nesbitt), Best Supporting Actor (Ken Scott)

Audience Award BAFTA Awards Scotland (Winner) - Best Actress (Laura Fraser), Best Actor (Ken Scott)

Primetime Emmy Award (Nominated) – Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Golden Globes (Nominated) – Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Miniseries or Motion Pictures for Television

RTS Craft & Design Award (Nominated) – Best Picture Enhancement

BAFTA Television Craft Awards (Nominated) – Sound: Fiction, Editing: Fiction

THE MISSING is a gripping thriller about a missing boy, his parents and a community of characters all touched by the events surrounding his disappearance.

Set in France and the UK over two time frames 8 years apart, the story focuses on Tony Hughes, his wife Emily and their 5 year old son Oliver. Whilst staying in the town of Chalon du Bois during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals, father and son, Tony and Oliver, visit a crowded outdoor bar showing a live world cup game. France score and the local fans celebrate, but amidst the celebrations Tony loses sight of his son. The search for Oliver begins.

Eight years later and Oliver is still missing. Tony and Emily are now divorced and the local Police have long since closed their investigation. Through his determination and a refusal to give up hope, Tony uncovers new evidence and enlists the help of Julien Baptiste, a retired French detective who led the original investigation into Oliver’s disappearance. Tony and Baptiste work together and eventually persuade the local Police to officially reopen the case. 

A New Pictures & Company Pictures production in association with Two Brothers Pictures & Playground Entertainment for the BBC and Starz.

Co-produced with BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund and Czar TV Productions. Filmed with the support of the Belgium Federal Government’s Tax Shelter scheme for VR.

“The best drama on BBC One for a long time”
The Times
“Hauntingly brilliant television”
The Guardian
“The Missing is not mawkish, or overly sentimental; it's just very human, and very very sad.”
The Guardian
“This riveting, haunting limited series about a missing boy scores for Starz and is one of the better stories since 'Broadchurch.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“Not since Broadchurch has a modern British series left me begging to see the next episode to discover the secrets and lies gradually being uncovered on a weekly basis.”
The Mirror