The Missing has been renewed for a second season of eight episodes, featuring a new case, characters and location, The Hollywood reporter has learned. Produced by New Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground, the second series of The Missing will air on BBC1 and the Starz cable channel in the U.S.
The first instalment of the series, a co-production with the BBC, centres on Tony (The Hobbit’s James Nesbitt) as a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. unable to accept that his child may be dead, he spends years searching for him at the expense of his marriage to Emily (Mr. Selfridge’s Frances O’Connor). no casting for the second season has been announced.
The second season will again be written and exec produced by brothers Harry and Jack Williams. New Pictures’ Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson and Elaine Pyke, BBC’s Polly hill and Playground’s Colin Callender will also exec produce.
“The remarkably talented Williams brothers crafted a beautifully complex and heart-wrenching story with the missing and while the story, character and locations will be different in this new iteration, we anticipate the same captivating long form storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said.
The Missing aired at the end of the year here in the U.K. and averaged more than 7 million viewers each week on BBC One and up to 8 Million with Catch-up included.
The Missing becomes the latest anthology series to take shape as broadcast and cable networks alike look to lure viewers in an increasingly competitive scripted landscape with short-run stories and A-list stars, the likes of True Detective, American Horry Story, and The Missing to name but a few
It will be interesting to see The Missing return here in the UK on the BBC. There was more to Season 1 of The Missing that could have been worked on, but the closure it still gave was good enough for me, as it also lead to the viewers to their own answers, so everyone could have their own conclusion, good or bad. With Season 2 inbound, as long as the characters and the script are just as strong, we should have found another hit!
If you haven’t seen The Missing season 1 on BBC yet, then we highly recommend it. Have a look at the trailer for the show that was shown in October on BBC just before its release. Its well worth a watch,