BBC-One-moonJames Nesbitt is to star in a new eight-part thriller for BBC One titled The Missing.

Told using a fascinating narrative puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, The Missing follows Nesbitt’s character Tony as he attempts to locate his missing child.

When Oliver disappears on a holiday in France, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his marriage to Emily, played by Frances O’Connor, and threatens to destroy his life.

Julien, a French police detective played by Tcheky Karyo, who launched the initial search for the child, also cannot shake the small belief that he may still be alive.

Set in two countries and told simultaneously over two time frames, this thrilling new drama shows the impact of a child’s abduction, exploring the emotional cost of obsession, hope and finding when to let go.

Nesbitt, O’Connor, and Karyo, are joined by an international cast including Jason Flemyng, as Mark, Ken Stott as Ian, Arsher Ali as Malik and Titus De Voogd as Bourg.

Other cast confirmed include Said Taghmaoui (Ziane), Emilie Dequenne (Laurence), Anamaria Marinca (Rini), Eric Godon (Georges), Anastasia Hille (Celia) and Johan Leysen (Sieg).

Filming has commenced on the drama which is written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland. New Pictures and Company Pictures will produce the drama in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground.

Harry and Jack Williams have created a wonderfully complex and mature emotional thriller and I am delighted that New Pictures’ first series highlights their work.

It’s great that two writers who are new to long-form drama have attracted such an exciting, high-calibre cast.

– Charlie Pattinson, Executive Producer for New Pictures

The Missing was commissioned by Controller BBC One, Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning. The drama will air on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the US later this year.

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