Arguably the best thing about The Missing – Harry and Jack Williams’ helter-skelter series – was Tchéky Karyo’s Julien Baptiste: that wily, brain-tumour-suffering detective who stopped at nothing to find those missing kids. I don’t mean to namecheck but I did once have a conversation with Harry over a glass of wine a few years back, suggesting to him that a spin-off series featuring the adventures of Baptiste would be a fine idea. And… what do you know?
NB: Spoilers inside
I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to watching Liar. Yes, it’s created by Harry and Jack Williams, and yes, it stars the ever-reliable Joanne Froggatt (and Ioan Gruffud), but this was advertised as a story about a young woman who had gone out on a date with a reputable surgeon, and woke up the next morning and accused him of rape. It filled me with unease – in a world where survivors of sexual abuse have a hard enough time convincing the authorities (and indeed friends and families) that their claims are truthful, I did wonder whether this story was going to be detrimental to rape survivors.
September is going to be a big month for Harry and Jack Williams, the siblings behind BBC One’s The Missing. They have a new, ITV series is called Liar starting up in a few weeks and again it sounds intriguing. I think the Williams brothers have now patented the word intriguing when it comes to crime drama.
It’s going to be a big week of crime drama action in the a few weeks’ time, with a couple of primetime series kicking off. One of them is Rellik, an intriguing new six-parter from the minds of Harry and Jack Williams, the sibling showrunners of The Missing. Indeed, that very same week, the Williams brothers have another new series starting on exactly the same time over on ITV. You won’t be able to move for them in this week.
Last night I went along to a special screening of episode five of The Missing (review coming later tonight), held at a posh hotel in the middle of London. It’s always a treat to see television dramas on the big screen, and to also see some of the talent connected to them talk about their work afterwards. In this case, Harry and Jack Williams and Tchéky Karyo were in attendance, so I’ve transcribed some of the things they said.
Look out for next week. It’s when some big, new series start. None more so than the Williams brothers’ new four-part whodunit, One Of Us. The brothers are one of the hottest properties in TV at the moment thanks to last year’s The Missing, and with a new series of that starting this autumn, it’s going to be busy for them. One Of Us tells the story of two families, who are rocked when they learn that their children – who have recently married – have been murdered. When the murderer turns up on their doorstep on the same day as the murder, they have to ask themselves what they should do next. There’s an interview with Harry and Jack we managed to get hold of after the jump… (we’ll be posting up an interview a day in between now and next Tuesday).