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‘The Missing’ Season 2 Gets Greenlight, David Morrissey to Star

18 February 2016 5:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production has begun on a second season of Starz and BBC One’s mystery drama “The Missing,” Variety has learned. The thriller will return with a new case, new characters and a new location, and will star “The Walking Dead’s” David Morrissey, “The Casual Vacancy’s” Keeley Hawes and season one alum Tchéky Karyo, reprising his role as Julien Baptiste.

The eight-part anthology series is produced by New Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground for BBC One and Starz. “The Missing” will once again be written by Harry and Jack Williams, with the new installment being directed in its entirety by Ben Chanan (“The Last Kingdom”).

The new series follows Sam (Morrissey) and Gemma (Hawes), whose daughter Alice went missing in 2003. In 2014, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. Her name is Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), and she has been missing for 11 years. »

- Laura Prudom

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Discovery/Liberty Global’s All3Media Buys ‘The Missing’ Producer New Pictures

7 January 2016 2:47 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — All3Media, which is jointly owned by Discovery and John Malone’s Liberty Global, has acquired New Pictures, the U.K. production company behind drama series “The Missing” (BBC/Starz) and “Indian Summers” (Channel 4/Wgbh).

Both “The Missing” and “Indian Summers” were critical and audience hits, and are now in production on their second seasons. New Pictures, which was set up by Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke, Willow Grylls and Richard Nelson, has been commissioned to produce two new thriller series for the BBC in 2016/17: “Rellik” and “Requiem.”

Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Charlie, Elaine, WiIllow and Richard as they develop and grow their slate of programs through New Pictures. They are a fantastic team with a phenomenal track record and very exciting plans for the business.”

Pattinson added: “This is a very exciting new phase for New Pictures. We »

- Leo Barraclough

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BBC commissions Kris Mrksa's Requiem

5 January 2016 6:12 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Kris Mrksa

Australian screenwriter Kris Mrksa (Glitch, Janet King, The Slap, Underbelly, The Secret Life of Us) will write a six-part series for BBC Drama..

Requiem will be made by New Pictures (coming off the back of a great success with The Missing, starring Australia's Frances O'Connor) and will consist of six one-hour episodes. The show will be executive produced by Willow Grylls, Elaine Pyke and Charlie Pattinson for New Pictures and Polly Hill for BBC One.

A thriller which flirts with the supernatural, Requiem is the story of a young woman who discovers, in the wake of her mother's death, that everything she thought she knew about herself was a lie.

So: expect a more adult, ambiguous, and female version of Harry Potter.

"Requiem is the show I've always wanted to make", Mrksa said. "To be making it with the team at New Pictures, and for the BBC, a »

- Harry Windsor

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