|Stranded – Tony's life is shattered by his son's disappearance. Pics: BBC|
BBC1: starts Tuesday, 28 October, 9pm
Story: Tony and Emily Hughes’ life changes forever when their five year-old son Oliver goes missing on a family holiday to France.
IT'S SAID THAT CRIME DRAMAS are a way for viewers to confront the nasty, violent side of life from the safety of their sofas. Well, The Missing is different. It confronts you with something more haunting – a living nightmare.
Because this tale of child abduction is so truthfully and simply told, it is much more affecting than run-of-the-mill murder and mayhem tales can ever be.
James Nesbitt ditches the smarmy and cheeky side of his repertoire to offer a powerful portrayal of a man none of us wants to be – the parent who loses his five-year-old son.
A normal holiday turned nightmareHe plays Tony, a normal, hard-working guy on his hols in France with wife Emily and little Oliver.
|When everything was normal – Tony with Oliver|
It's 1998 and France is gripped by the World Cup Final featuring their team. After taking Oliver for a swim, Tony and the boy go to a resort bar that is packed with soccer-enthralled locals. When he turns round, Oliver is gone. While everyone is celebrating the big match, Tony charges around in a mounting panic.
This eight-parter swings the narrative between this traumatic moment and events eight years later, when Tony and Emily have split. Continued…