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David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes to headline The Missing 2

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Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Morrissey and Keeley Hawes are to head the cast of The Missing 2.

The first series, starring James Nesbitt, became a massive hit for the BBC as it followed the story of a child abduction and its repercussions years later.

The second season will focus on an entirely new case and new characters in a new location.

This time around, Morrissey and Hawes play a couple whose daughter, Alice, went missing in 2003.

However, in 2014, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. Her name turns out to be Alice Webster, played by newcomer Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever), and she has been missing for 11 years.

Alice’s return sends shockwaves through the small community.

The series will once again be told in dual timelines, flitting between 2014 and the present day.

Each episode will follow Alice’s family as they are struggle to cope with the turmoil caused by Alice’s disappearance and sudden re-appearance.

Tcheky Karyo is set to reprise his role as French missing-persons detective Julien Baptiste.

Joining the principal plays this time around will be a strong ensemble, including Roger Allam (Endeavour), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Anastasia Hille (Snow White and the Huntsman), Lia Williams (The Crown), Abigail Hardingham, Jake Davies (X + Y), Florian Bartholomai (Deutschland 83) and Daniel Ezra (Murdered by My Boyfriend).

Harry and Jack Williams, who penned the entire first season, have returned to write the eight new episodes. They commented: “While we were writing the first series, we began talking about what the show would have been had Oliver Hughes been found.

“This story grew out of that discussion. It’s the other side of the coin to [season one] — an exploration of loss, of freedom, of how the past can shape the present in myriad ways that we cannot fully understand. It’s bigger, more ambitious, and we’re delighted to have such a brilliantly talented cast joining Julien Baptiste for a new case.”

Ben Chanan (The Last Kingdom) is attached to direct.

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