Review: The Missing (S2 E8/8), Wednesday 30th November, BBC1

And so it came to this. The final instalment of a crazy, dual timeline-hopping story that has taken in Germany, Iraq and Switzerland as its three main locations. A story of family breakdowns, shocks, twists and a power drill. Yes, this second series of The Missing has had a bit of everything and is the…

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

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…

Review: The Missing (S2 E6/8), Wednesday 16th November, BBC1

Can we talk about the drill? I think we can. When army liaison officer Adam Gettrick was revealed to have been ‘Alice Webster”s captor and father to her child (or at least that’s what was inferred) and mercilessly and brutally killed German Polizei Jorn Lenhart with a cordless drill (I still can’t drive past a B&Q after…

Review: The Missing (S2 E5/8), Wednesday 9th November, BBC1

I’ve been enjoying this series of The Missing. I have, honestly. I know I’ve been gobbing on about lack of emotional connection with the characters (because of the dual timeline approach), but I have been enjoying it: it has been innovatively told, very well acted and full of edge-of-your-seat twists and turns. This episode – episode…

Review: The Missing (S2 E2/8), Wednesday 19th October, BBC1

So off we went on series two of The Missing last week – another emotional rollercoaster ride, this time featuring the Webster family, who were coming to terms with the reappearance of their lost daughter, Alice Webster. But that wasn’t all. That was in 2014, and now, in the present day, Julien Baptiste was in…

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

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…

Review: The Missing (S1 E8/8), Tuesday 16th December, BBC1

Like Broadchurch before it, The Missing has become the most talked about crime drama of the year. It has been a classic whodunit wrapped up in the emotive blanket of a child abduction case. So who did it? Why did they do it? And, crucially, what really happened to little Oliver Hughes?

Review: The Missing (S1 E7/8), Tuesday 9th December, BBC1

Three years after the disappearance of Oliver Hughes something else horrid happened in the region of Chalons Du Bois. In the blink of an eye another little boy was snatched from under the noses of their parents in a school car park. Only two miles from where Oliver was taken. Suddenly we were plunged into…

Review: The Missing (S1 E6/8), Tuesday 2 December, BBC1

Last week we were plunged into a new world of moral ambiguity when Tony Hughes – desperate to find any clues about his missing son – smashed the head in of paedophile Ian Garrett. This added another murky layer of wattle and daub to an already convoluted, albeit thrilling, hut of a plot. How would…

Review: The Missing (S1 E5/8), Tuesday 25th November, BBC1

After the initial teeth-gnashing emotion of the first episode – where Tony and Emily Hughes were coming to terms with the disappearance of their young son Oliver – I’ve felt this drama has taken a while to get going. Yes, it has been super-tense in places, but the dual timeline approach has seemed to stunt this drama’s…

Review: The Missing (S1 E4/8), Tuesday 18th November, BBC1

As good and as wrought and as thrilling as The Missing has been in places, I’ve been finding it hard to make an emotional connection with it. Which is a strange thing to say when you consider the emotional storyline it starts with. I’ll be writing a separate post on this in the near future…