While an unbearable tragedy in reality, in a fictional setting, the disappearance of a loved one makes for riveting TV drama.
As the days pass by and their whereabouts remains undiscovered, the speculation mounts, with fingers pointed and blame attributed to those left behind.
One of the more well-received depictions of this in recent years was The Missing. Spanning from 2006 to the present day, the series starred James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor as distraught parents Tony and Emily and tracked the changes their marriage – and Nesbitt’s facial hair – underwent after the disappearance of their five-year-old son Olly on holiday in France.
Now a second series is looming and while Nesbitt and O’Connor won’t be returning, in their place are Keeley Hawes and David Morrissey, who play Gemma and Sam Webster, the parents of a missing girl.
During the course of the series, the Websters call upon the expertise of returning French detective Julien Baptiste, played by Tcheky Karyo.
Baptiste is brought into the investigation when Alice, the Websters’ daughter, played by Nina Forever actress Abigail Hardingham, is discovered in Eckhausen, the tight-knit German town she was abducted from 11 years previously.
The Missing, BBC1, Wednesday, 9pm