The BBC’s relationship with US premium cable provider Starz continues with thriller miniseries The Missing; a major drama event scheduled to reach British and American audiences in the run-up to Christmas. To get us excited, Starz has released an atmopsheric teaser poster, plus some first-look stills, for the drama (pictured in full below).
The series stars James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor (both pictured below) and Jason Fleming and focuses on the disappearance of a child during a family holiday in France. When the young boy disappears, the parents’ relationship with each other is put under immense pressure as the investigation reaches intense levels.
Written by Harry and Jack Williams, The Missing will be another gritty BBC drama from director Tom Shankland, who brought Ripper Street to life for the channel two years ago. He is also known for directing the critically-acclaimed horror film The Children, which was released in cinemas in 2009.
The Missing marks yet another co-production between the BBC and Starz, a relationship that has proved very successful in the past. Their first collaboration was on the fourth series of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood (subtitled Miracle Day). They then joined up on two period dramas, Da Vinci’s Demons (which aired on FOX in the UK) and The White Queen, which was a ratings hit for Starz but a ratings railure for BBC One. As such, Starz are at work on a sequel without the BBC. The channel also picked up BBC Two’s Stephen Poliakoff miniseries Dancing on The Edge for US broadcast.
The Missing will begin on BBC One and Starz this November. Full poster art below: