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Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing premieres on BBC One


The new drama series The Missing, written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, starts this week (Tuesday 28 October) on BBC One. The eight-part series was mainly shot in Belgium and stars James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor alongside local talent like Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen and Hilde Heijnen. Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. The Missing is a thrilling and heart-breaking drama of a life consumed by hope, love, truth and obsession. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.

Mainly shot in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions including Koen Fransen (production manager), Ann Lauwerys (costume designer), Didier Lechien (location manager), Jean-Paul Van Calster (props master), Luc Cuveele (sound recordist), Patrick Hella and Brigitte De Witte (Belgian casting), Olivier Bisback (fight coordinator), Merijn Sep and Miriam Matthys (art direction), Jo Vermaercke (DOP 2nd unit), Wim Temmerman (gaffer) and Bo Molderez (key grip). For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.

Part of the production and post-production facilities were supplied by Belgian companies such as Lites, who provided the light and camera equipment; and Eastwood & Brent, who constructed part of the sets. Other Belgian partners included L’affaire Culinaire (set catering), Cine Qua Non (grip equipment), Jules Logistics (location management equipment), Work@Dreams (lighting equipment), Caruur (rental cars) and Globus Reizen.

The series is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax shelter.

The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

The Missing will be aired every Tuesday on BBC One at 9pm (GMT) starting on October 28. International sales of the series are handled by All3Media International.

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