Tchéky Karyo resumes role in The Missing series two, James Nesbitt will not return

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James Nesbitt will not be returning for the second series of BBC One drama The Missing.

The critically acclaimed thriller, which aired in 2014, kept us on the edge of our seats for two months as we watched the story unfold of a father desperately trying to find his missing son.

BBC commissioned a second series, but it will focus on a new case, new characters and a new location.

The Missing: James Nesbitt and Tchéky Karyo.
December 2014.

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Produced by New Pictures, series two of The Missing will be an eight-episode series. Fans will be pleased to hear that Tchéky Karyo is returning as Julien Baptiste, and David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes will be joining as new additions.

In the first series, Tony and Emily Hughes' (James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor) lives were turned upside down after travelling to France with their five-year-old son Oliver, only for him to disappear into the crowd of a busy French street.

Now this new story will follow Sam and Gemma, played by David and Keeley, whose daughter Alice went missing in 2003.

In 2014, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. Her name is Alice Webster, played by newcomer Abigail Hardingham, and she has been missing for 11 years.

Told in dual timelines, we'll follow Alice's family as they are thrown back into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams, and French missing person's detective Julien Baptiste races across Europe to pursue a 12-year-old case that he never let die.

Filming has already commenced for the second series and it will once again be written by Harry and Jack Williams, with Ben Chanan as the director.

Willow Grylls, executive producer for New Pictures, said: "I am so proud to have such a high calibre of cast attached to this project and, with the genius of Harry and Jack Williams' scripts, I know the audience will be gripped to this series just as much as they were to the first.

"And the beloved Julien Baptiste is back! I am also thrilled to have the wonderful Ben Chanan as director leading the charge, telling the story as it twists and turns over two time frames. The Missing series two will be just as thrilling, heart-wrenching and character driven as you'd hope it to be."

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