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BBC and Starz renew The Missing for second series

Story by Jack Foley

A SECOND season of child abduction drama The Missing has been commissioned by the BBC and Starz.

The sophomore run will, however, feature a new case, characters and location, according to The Hollywood Reporter, although no casting has yet been announced.

The first installment followed Tony (played by 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). The series was split between two time periods – one immediately after the abduction and the other several years later as the story reaches its end.

The second season will once again be written and executive produced by brothers Harry and Jack Williams.

Commenting on the renewal, which will follow a similar anthology approach to both American Horror Story and True Detective, Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz, said in a statement: “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 longform storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to.

“We have been thrilled with the critical response and look forward to continuing our terrific collaboration with the BBC, New Pictures and Playground Entertainment.”

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