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Starz, BBC Team Up for New Drama Series ‘The Missing’

”The Hobbit’s“ James Nesbitt stars as a father searching for his abducted son

Starz and BBC have found common ground in “The Missing.”

The two companies are pairing up for eight-episode series “The Missing,” which will premiere on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the U.S. in the fall.

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James Nesbitt (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), Frances O’Connor (“Mr. Selfridge”) and Tcheky Karyo (“Bad Boys”) will star.

“The Missing” follows Tony (Nesbitt, pictured above), a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. He becomes a man obsessed, unable to accept that his child may be dead and spends years searching for him. Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his marriage to Emily (O’ Connor) and threatens to destroy his life.

Karyo plays Julien, the French police detective who launched the initial search for the child. Even though Julien is retired in present day, he too cannot shake the small belief that the child may still be alive.

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Harry and Jack Williams (“Honest”) wrote the series, with Tom Shankland (“Ripper Street”) directing.

New Pictures and Company Pictures are producing in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground.