Interview: Maxime Taffanel, The Disappearance

BBC4’s recent French whodunit, The Disappearance (or Disparue in its native France), really hit hard emotionally with viewers. The 10-parter told the story of missing teen Leá Morel, the search for her body and killer, and the emotional fall-out experienced by her family. It’s now out to buy on DVD, so we managed to grab…

Review: The Disappearance (S1 E7&8/8), Saturday 18th June, BBC4

  Finales to series that you have invested so much emotion in are tricky things, and entirely subjective – some won’t like the denouement; some will be entirely satisfied. And so it will be with The Disappearance. Some will not like the finish, some will. But for me, it tied up everything very neatly and provided…

The Disappearance finale: Who killed Léa Morel?

As soon as teenager Léa Morel walked out of her parental home to attend a music festival on the eve of her birthday we knew that we were going to be plunged into a world of grief, guilt and frantic soul-searching (the clue was in the title of the show). Subsequently, the Morel family has been…

Review: The Disappearance (S1 E3&4/8), Saturday 4th June, BBC4

If the first two episodes of The Disappearance showed us anything, it was that the story of a missing child makes for compulsive, addictive viewing. What is it about missing children that affects us so much? With our innate desire to protect, losing a child on our watch is our greatest fear. We watch these emotional…

Review: The Disappearance (S1 E1&2/8), Saturday 28th May, BBC4

This French series – called Disparue in its native France – has attracted some big viewers in its home country, and some have even called it ‘the French Broadchurch’. It was inspired by Spanish series Desparecida, and has an-female production, writing and direction team, which gives it flavour and an interesting edge behind the camera….

BBC4 confirms transmission date for The Disappearance

Last week we brought you news that BBC4 had snapped up the UK broadcast rights to French series, The Disappearance, dubbed by some as ‘the French Broadchurch’. With series two of Hinterland finishing this weekend, there’s a gap to be filled from 28th May onwards. And, wouldn’t you know it, BBC4 has now confirmed that…

BBC4 picks up French crime drama The Disappearance

Over the past few years, French crime drama has been a real sub-genre to watch – both Spiral and Witnesses (add to these supernatural drama, The Returned) have both been instrumental in spreading the word and showcasing the country’s growing output. Now we hear that BBC4 – still the benchmark when it comes to quality,…