A mysterious reappearance
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