BBC The Missing with James Nesbitt starts tonight

James Nesbitt, image BBC (c)

I’ve recently been watching quite a few BBC programmes, especially drama has been getting better and better. If you get a chance to grab these i heartily recommend The Honourable Woman and Our Girl (the latter has just finished and i enjoyed it a lot, which was surprising, especially since i feel quite conflicted on the theme of troupes abroad, it did also change some my views on the subject somewhat which i thought was a good thing too).

So tonight a new one starts on BBC One at 9pm, The Missing (link will take you to the BBC site with clips and details on characters and plot). It’s described as a relationship thriller, told over two time frames and two countries and it explores the emotional fallout of a child’s abduction not only on the family but on the wider community. James Nesbitt plays Tony Hughes, ‘a devoted family man, who is looking after his son, Oliver, when he suddenly goes missing while on holiday in France. Tony holds himself responsible for Oliver’s disappearance and finds it impossible to move on with his life as he becomes completely consumed with locating his son.’

The relationships and psychological aspects as well as the time shifts were a particular challenge for the actors as the director Tom Shankland explains in further details in his blog, focusing particularly on the on screen chemistry between James Nesbitt and Tcheky Karyo (who plays the police detective Julien Baptiste) – which i can’t wait to see!

Tcheky Karyo as detective Julien , image BBC (c)

Further info on this drama and more on his upcoming work from James Nesbitt in an interview from the Guardian.

all info on cast and characters here