BBC announces The Missing spin-off series, Baptiste, starring Tchéky Karyo

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,…

The Killing Times’ Top 15 Crime Dramas Of 2016: Part Two, 10-6

Yesterday, I kicked off the countdown that every self-respecting, discerning crime drama fan had been waiting for (well, two of you): The Killing Times’ Top 15 Crime Dramas Of 2016. This year has seen an incredible variety of crime dramas, and numbers 15-11 reflected that: there was a horror/crime mash-ups, dramas based on real, true-life…

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…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 21st – Sunday 27th November)

Hold on to your thermals: at the end of this week much-anticipated Swedish crime drama, Modus, starts up on BBC4. Normal service is resumed, hurrah! Elsewhere, The Missing reaches its penultimate episode, Y Gwyll/Hinterland continues on S4C, and there’s a new radio drama on BBC Radio 4. Elsewhere, it’s slim pickings as a) I’m A…

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…