Missing (UK TV series)

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Missing
Genre Crime drama
Starring Pauline Quirke
Mark Wingett
Felix Scott
Pooja Shah
Jamie Belman
Adjoa Andoh
Roy Hudd
Composer(s) David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 15 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Susie Field
Joey Attawia
James Burstall
Producer(s) Julie Press
Editor(s) Dominic Strevens
Location(s) Kent, England
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Leopard Films
Release
Original network BBC One
BBC HD (2010)
Original release 16 March 2009 (2009-03-16) – 26 March 2010
Chronology
Related shows Missing Live
External links
Website

Missing is a British daytime television crime drama series starring Pauline Quirke and Mark Wingett. The series is set in a busy, under-resourced missing persons unit, and follows the team led by DS Mary Jane "MJ" Croft (Quirke). The first series of five episodes aired on BBC One in 2009, with an extended second series of ten episodes airing in 2010. It was filmed in and around Dover, Kent and Tonbridge, Kent.[1][2] The series also starred Felix Scott and Pooja Shah as Croft's sidekicks, Jason Doyle and Amy Garnett. Guest stars who appeared throughout the series run include Paul Nicholas, Brooke Kinsella, Gary Lucy and Sylvia Syms.[3]

Production[edit]

The first series was commissioned in July 2008 to be broadcast in the daytime schedule, alongside a new series of Missing Live,[4] which follows the work of the police and a missing persons charity searching for people who go missing. A second series was commissioned in October 2009. BBC daytime controller Liam Keelan commented: "We have seen how successful combining drama and factual programming has been in BBC Daytime - extending the run of Missing will create an even greater sense of event."[5]

Main cast[edit]

  • Pauline Quirke as DS Mary Jane 'MJ' Croft – Head of Dover's Missing Persons Unit
  • Mark Wingett as Danny Hayworth – Former crime journalist, now a radio DJ for Dover Radio; friend of DS Croft
  • Felix Scott as DC Jason Doyle – MPU Detective; former member of the Vice Squad who is currently pursuing his Sergeant's exams
  • Pooja Shah as Amy Garnett – MPU Civilian Technical Assistant
  • Jamie Belman as DC Josh Kemplin - Former member of the Flying Squad who joins the team in series two
  • Adjoa Andoh as DCI Lauren Ford - Head of CID
  • Roy Hudd as Jack Croft - MJ and Ellen's estranged father
  • Helen Baker as Ellen Croft - MJ Croft's sister, who was thought to be dead

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2009)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[6]
Original airdate
1 "Flip the Coin" Roy Boulter Laurence Wilson TBA 16 March 2009
MJ and her newly-assembled team are assigned two separate investigations: the disappearance of a young Autistic boy's mother, and a man who appears to have stolen a large sum of money from his fiancé and subsequently fled. Meanwhile, MJ agrees to appear on the radio to highlight the work of her team and plea for information relating to both cases.
2 "Young and Restless" Matthew Leys Jenny Ash TBA 17 March 2009
MJ and Jason investigate the disappearance of a young girl following a night out with friends, but suspect that her own father may have something to do with her disappearance. Meanwhile, Amy re-opens the investigation into the disappearance of MJ's sister, which brings further heartbreak when MJ discovers that she is still alive.
3 "Repeat Offender" Karen McLachlan Jenny Ash TBA 18 March 2009
Jason is assaulted by an irate husband whose wife has disappeared, but after DCI Ford intervenes and arrests the man on suspicion of murder, MJ discovers that the missing wife is a "serial missing person", having disappeared several times before. Meanwhile, Amy investigates the disappearance of a witness in a criminal trial.
4 "Gone But Not Forgotten" Matthew Leys Laurence Wilson TBA 19 March 2009
MJ investigates the disappearance of a lawyer, who appears to have simply vanished whilst playing the park with his young daughter. Meanwhile, a young woman approaches the team for help in finding her abusive father, who she hasn't seen since she was sixteen. Amy stumbles across a phone number registered to MJ's long-lost sister.
5 "Deeper Problems" Ann Marie Di Mambro Jill Robertson TBA 20 March 2009
Businessman Sam Wise disappears in mysterious circumstances, and MJ's investigation leads her to believe that his financial problems may have been a factor in his disappearance. As Amy interviews a possible witness, she finds herself in unexpected danger. Meanwhile, MJ finally comes face to face with her sister at the local hospital.

Series 2 (2010)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[6]
Original airdate
1 "A New Beginning" Matthew Leys Laurence Wilson TBA 15 March 2010
MJ finds herself stonewalled by DCI Ford whilst trying to investigate the disappearance of a six-year-old girl who appears to have been abducted by her biological father. Meanwhile, Amy tries to re-unite a father and son who have drifted apart after the boy came out as gay, while MJ is forced to deal with the re-appearance of her father.
2 "The Old Romantic" Karen McLachlan Laurence Wilson TBA 16 March 2010
MJ investigates the disappearance of teenager Jess Stratton, who she fears may have been abducted by a violent psychopath whom she encountered during her time in foster care. Meanwhile, Danny tries his hand at re-uniting a man with his long lost lover, but the case takes an awkward turn. MJ's father offers her an olive branch.
3 "Two of the Same" Martin Jameson Jill Robertson TBA 17 March 2010
The disappearance of two otherwise unconnected victims becomes increasingly complicated when a car crash reveals that they are infact the same man, who has been using different aliases to life a double life. Meanwhile, MJ becomes irate with Amy after she lodges a complaint with DCI Ford regarding her father's necklace, which turns out to be stolen.
4 "Hostile" Mark Clompus Jill Robertson TBA 18 March 2010
An ex-corporal reports the disappearance of his young lodger, but when MJ manages to track him down, she realises that the situation is not as clear cut as she first thought. Meanwhile, a training coach reports one of his promising young athletes as missing, but fails to add that they have been having a sexual relationship.
5 "Married Acquaintance" Roy Boulter Sean Glynn TBA 19 March 2010
A motorcycle courier is forced to go into hiding after rumbling a dangerous gang of violent counterfeiters, but MJ discovers he may have a more pressing reason to disappear. Meanwhile, Jason feels used when an old schoolmate asks him to track down a former girlfriend, who turns out to be a woman he has become increasingly besotted with.
6 "Unselfish Reasons" Martin Jameson Sean Glynn TBA 22 March 2010
The disappearance of a nervous fiancé soon becomes a race against time when MJ discovers that he has taken several bottles of sleeping pills with him. Meanwhile, Amy begins the search for a missing husband, only to receive the shock of her life when his real identity finally comes to light.
7 "One for Sorrow" Mark Cairns Stewart Svaasand TBA 23 March 2010
The case of a teenage nanny who has disappeared without trace soon becomes penetrable when her therapist reveals that she let slip that the girl was adopted shortly after birth. Amy offers to help ex-policewoman Beth Murphy, whose best friend Polly has vanished - but she discovers that Polly is long since dead and that Beth may just be looking for company.
8 "Proving the Point" Chris Murray Stewart Svaasand TBA 24 March 2010
MJ takes an instant dislike to a former flying squad detective who joins her team, but is impressed when he manages to track down a missing teenage music prodigy who disappeared whilst fishing with his father. Meanwhile, Amy tries to play cupid for a businessman whose P.A. is not returning his calls, but unwittingly finds some romance of her own.
9 "Control" Debbie O'Malley Laurence Wilson TBA 25 March 2010
On advice from Josh, Jason pressures MJ into taking the lead on the disappearance of a teacher from the local grammar school, who had recently been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a pupil. However, Jason soon realises that the young girl in question may have a different agenda, and may hold the key to where the teacher might be.
10 "Ghosts" Hilary Frankland Laurence Wilson TBA 26 March 2010
MJ offers to help a young mother after she claims to have seen her daughter, who disappeared eight years earlier, aged five, playing on the local beach. As the search gets underway, Josh threatens to jeopardise the investigation by ordering a DNA test on the girl behind MJ's back, a decision which leads him to contemplate his future within the unit.

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