A mys­te­ri­ous reap­pear­ance

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - The Miss­ing,

The sec­ond sea­son of this ter­rific crime thriller — which first aired on Fox­tel’s BBC First in early 2017 — comes to free-to-air this week. It is chal­leng­ing, tense and thor­oughly en­joy­able.

Turk­ish-born French ac­tor Tcheky Karyo reprises his role as de­tec­tive Julien Bap­tiste, who ar­rives on the scene af­ter a young Bri­tish woman (Abigail Hard­ing­ham) stum­bles through the streets of the Ger­man town of Eck­hausen and col­lapses in the main square.

She claims to be Alice Web­ster, who went miss­ing as a girl more than a decade ear­lier. Alarm bells go off when it is re­vealed that she may hold vi­tal clues to the where­abouts of an­other miss­ing girl, So­phie Giroux.

When “Alice” is re­united with her par­ents Gemma (Kee­ley Hawes) and Sam (David Mor­ris­sey, Bri­tan­nia), they treat her ex­tremely gin­gerly in the ini­tial scenes. So much so, one is prompted to think: if that was my daugh­ter I The Miss­ing would be hug­ging her … why aren’t they? Is this re­ally their daugh­ter?

Be­ware: the se­ries op­er­ates along mul­ti­ple time­lines, in­clud­ing when Alice is a young girl, when Alice has just re­turned, and a later pe­riod too. It can be con­fus­ing, though Bap­tiste’s chang­ing hair­styles are a rea­son­able in­di­ca­tor.

And such is the af­fec­tion au­di­ences have for Karyo’s por­trayal of Bap­tiste, the BBC has com­mis­sioned a spin-off se­ries named af­ter the char­ac­ter. Set in Am­s­ter­dam, it will also star Jes­sica Raine ( Pa­trick Mel­rose) and Tom Hol­lan­der ( The Night Man­ager).

It is ex­pected to pre­miere next year, and is part of a very ex­cit­ing for­ward slate on BBC First in­clud­ing an adap­ta­tion of John le Carre’s Lit­tle Drum­mer Girl, a non-mu­si­cal ver­sion of Les Mis­er­ables, and sea­son five of Luther. Wed­nes­day, 8.35pm, SBS.

Tcheky Karyo reprises his turn as de­tec­tive Julien Bap­tiste in sea­son two of

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