Missing (2009 TV series)

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Genre Crime drama
Starring Pauline Quirke
Mark Wingett
Felix Scott
Pooja Shah
Jamie Belman
Adjoa Andoh
Roy Hudd
ComposerDavid Lowe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes15 (list of episodes)
Executive producersSusie Field
Joey Attawia
James Burstall
ProducerJulie Press
Production locations Kent, England
EditorDominic Strevens
Running time45 minutes
Production companyLeopard Films
Original network BBC One
BBC HD (2010)
Original release16 March 2009 (2009-03-16) 
26 March 2010 (2010-03-26)
Related shows Missing Live
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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 10 episodes airing in 2010. It was filmed in and around Dover, and Tonbridge. [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]


It was the first British daytime regular series to be broadcast on the BBC since Doctors in 2000. Channel 5 brought the rights to Neighbours in 2008 and Missing, was shown on Neighbours former 14:15 slot and since Missing was first broadcast, Moving On, Land Girls, The Indian Doctor, Justice, 32 Brinkburn Street, The Case, Secrets and Words, Nick Nickleby (as a mini-series), Privates, Father Brown, WPC 56, The Coroner, The Moonstone (as a mini-series), Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators and The Mallorca Files have been commissioned by BBC Daytime, including Pitching In and London Kills which have both been broadcast on BBC One Wales and Acorn TV respectively before being broadcast on BBC One. Moving On, Father Brown, Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators and The Mallorca Files are current BBC Daytime Productions all have been shown after Doctors.


The first series was commissioned in July 2008 to be broadcast in the daytime schedule, alongside a new series 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

Episode list

Series 1 (2009)

EpisodeTitleWritten byDirected byViewers
(millions) [6]
Original airdate
1"Flip the Coin"Roy BoulterLaurence WilsonTBA16 March 2009 (2009-03-16)
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 LeysJenny AshTBA17 March 2009 (2009-03-17)
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 McLachlanJenny AshTBA18 March 2009 (2009-03-18)
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 LeysLaurence WilsonTBA19 March 2009 (2009-03-19)
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 MambroJill RobertsonTBA20 March 2009 (2009-03-20)
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)

EpisodeTitleWritten byDirected byViewers
(millions) [6]
Original airdate
1"A New Beginning"Matthew LeysLaurence WilsonTBA15 March 2010 (2010-03-15)
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 McLachlanLaurence WilsonTBA16 March 2010 (2010-03-16)
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 JamesonJill RobertsonTBA17 March 2010 (2010-03-17)
The disappearance of two otherwise unconnected victims becomes increasingly complicated when a car crash reveals that they are in fact 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 ClompusJill RobertsonTBA18 March 2010 (2010-03-18)
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 BoulterSean GlynnTBA19 March 2010 (2010-03-19)
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 JamesonSean GlynnTBA22 March 2010 (2010-03-22)
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 CairnsStewart SvaasandTBA23 March 2010 (2010-03-23)
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 MurrayStewart SvaasandTBA24 March 2010 (2010-03-24)
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'MalleyLaurence WilsonTBA25 March 2010 (2010-03-25)
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 FranklandLaurence WilsonTBA26 March 2010 (2010-03-26)
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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