Offside: The Missing a big hit


Flanders-financed and Belgian-shot British drama The Missing is up for two awards at the Golden Globes

Series 2 on the way

A BBC TV series financed by Flanders and shot largely in Belgium has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards. The British eight-part miniseries The Missing concerns an apparently ideal couple and their five-year-old, who goes missing in a town in the north of France (filmed in Huy in Liege province) during the 2006 World Cup.

The timeline then splits as we follow the investigation in flashback and watch how the father, played by the Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt (pictured), goes to pieces with guilt over the years, before a tiny clue shakes him out of his reverie.

The series was co-produced by VRT, RTBF and Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Brussels-based Czar TV. BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance also co-produced, with support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.

Last year The White Queen, another Czar TV co-production, shot across Flanders, was nominated three times, but failed to pick up any awards. The nominations for The Missing include Best Miniseries and Best Actress for Frances O’Connor, who plays the missing boy’s mother. The awards will be announced on 11 January.

As well as finance and location – Brussels stands in for Lille – Flanders also provided much of the cast, including Titus De Voogdt (Welp, 22 Mei), Johan Leysen (De smaak van De Keyser), Hilde Heijnen (Parade’s End) and Lotte Heijtenis (Jes, Zot van A).

The series has not yet been scheduled for airing in Flanders, but the news is that a second series has been commissioned, with a new cast, new characters and a new storyline. 

Photo courtesy BBC