Review: The Missing (S2 E7/8), Wednesday 23rd November, BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 15/11/2016 - Programme Name: The Missing series 2 - TX: 23/11/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. 7) - Picture Shows: Julien Baptiste (TCHEKY KARYO) - (C) New Pictures - Photographer: New Pictures

(C) New Pictures – Photographer: New Pictures

So last week I posted a review where I stated everything seemed to point to the women who said she was Alice Webster being Alice Webster. Some readers pointed out that I got this wrong. But surely this is all part of the game – the Williams brothers pulling us this way and that, injecting subterfuge and obfuscation at every opportunity to throw us off the scent. To lead us down avenues, and then take us down others. To establish suspects and then present us with others. But back to it. Adam Gettrick – the man who had killed our young German police friend – had been earmarked as the kidnapper, and with this we knew the chase was on to not only expose him and explain why he had done what he had done, but to catch him. And, of course, to finally find out the true identity of the young woman who had presented herself as Alice Webster…

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Review: The Missing (S2 E1/8), Wednesday 12th October, BBC1

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 04/10/2016 - Programme Name: The Missing series 2 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: **EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01 HRS ON TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2016** Sam Webster (DAVID MORRISSEY), Gemma Webster (KEELEY HAWES), Eve Stone (LAURA FRASER), Matthew Webster (JAKE DAVIES), Jorn Lenhart (FLORIAN BARTHOLOMAI), Alice Webster (ABIGAIL HARDINGHAM) - (C) New Pictures - Photographer: Robert Viglasky

(C) New Pictures – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

The first series of The Missing was the series that put the Williams brothers – Harry and Jack – on the map. It was a harrowing story of two British parents stranded in France searching desperately for their little boy, Oliver, with the help of local policeman Julien Baptiste. The search drove the couple apart and threw them into a downward spiral of madness and obsession, and as viewers it had enormous emotional impact, tapping into some of our greatest fears. The Williams brothers followed that series up with One Of Us, a disappointingly messy four-parter, but they’re back with the second series of The Missing – an eight-parter, but a brand-new story, this time providing a different spin on the idea of a missing person: that of a child returning from years of presumed disappearance. Continue reading