It has gripped more than seven million viewers across the nation for the last eight weeks. So fans of The Missing will be relieved to hear that the BBC has confirmed a second series of the drama following its final episode on Tuesday.
James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor starred in the first series as an English couple struggling to come to terms with the abduction of their son Oliver on a family holiday in France during the 2006 World Cup.
The series follows the parents as they work with the French lead detective on the case to solve the mystery. As the final episode resolved the case, the BBC has said that the second series will feature a new story, new characters and a new location.
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James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor starred in the first series of The Missing
A taster trailer of the second series aired as the final episode ended on Tuesday evening.
The season finale garnered a lot of attention and was trending on Twitter as viewers expressed their opinions about the dramatic conclusion.
Speaking about the show's success, Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama, said: "Harry and Jack Williams' original drama series has had the nation gripped for the last eight weeks and has proved both a critical and ratings hit with our BBC One audience.
"With a brand new and fresh case ahead – we can't wait to learn what Harry and Jack have in store for series two."
The Missing reached its dramatic conclusion on Tuesday
The Missing has attracted critical acclaim and recently received two Golden Globe nominations for best mini-series or motion picture made for television, and best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television for France O'Connor.
Harry and Jack Williams, the show's writers, said: "The response to the show has been fantastic, and we're thrilled to be telling a brand new story which we hope will surprise and intrigue and tell an even bigger tale on an even more ambitious canvas."