The Missing script
The Missing  Season #1 Episode #1 (2014)
Synopsis: The Missing is a British television drama series first broadcast on BBC One in the UK on 28 October 2014 and in the US on Starz on 15 November 2014. It is a co-production between BBC and Starz.The eight-part series about the search for a missing boy in France, was written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams, and was directed by Tom Shankland. It stars Tchéky Karyo as Julien Baptiste, the French detective who leads the case with James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor as Oliver's parents. The second eight-part series, featuring a new case set in Germany, was broadcast on BBC One from 12 October 2016. Tchéky Karyo returns as Julien Baptiste, with David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes as Alice's parents.

1 EXT. GRAND PLACE - DUSK 1 1

The central square in the small French town of Chalons Du

Bois. It’s late November, and it’s already getting dark.

Torrential rain beats down on the empty streets and

mismatched buildings. The whole place has the air of a ghost

town.

2 INT. LE CENTRAL - DUSK 1 2

A brasserie right on the Grand Place that was probably quite

smart when it was refurbished in the 80’s - but it’s changed

little since then. A fire blazes in one corner, and a few of

the of the booths and tables are occupied by people taking

shelter from the deafening rain.

At one table, we pick out a tired, dishevelled looking man

with a thick beard. In his late forties, dressed in grubby

trousers and an un-ironed grey shirt, he has an intense look

about him. He is quietly drinking coffee and reading from an

English newspaper. This is TONY HUGHES.

At a nearby table, just by the large window facing onto the

Grand Place, a MUM and DAD sit with their two kids - a GIRL

(6) and a BOY (13). The girl is revving up for a bout of

screaming, the parents desperately trying to appease her in

hushed tones. An uneaten ice cream sits on the table.

GIRL:

I wanted chocolate. You said...

MUM:

Sweetie you asked for strawberry,

you’ve only had one spoonful.

GIRL:

But... you said...

The girl stutters then starts to cry. The parents put their

arms around her, desperate to pacify her. Tony looks over at

the family and notices their little boy sat patiently beside

them, reading. While the parents are busy consoling their

girl, Tony smiles and leans over to him.

TONY:

(quietly)

What are you reading?

The boy doesn’t answer, just holds up the cover of the book.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.

TONY (CONT’D)

That’s some heavy reading.

(beat)

How old are you?

(CONTINUED)

EDEN Episode One. GREEN Amendments. 10th June 2014 2.

2 CONTINUED:
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BOY:

Thirteen.

The mum notices him talking to her boy, staring intensely at

him. Suddenly protective, she puts her arm around the boy

and flashes a polite but fixed smile at Tony. A why-the-hellare-

you-talking-to-my-thirteen-year-old-boy smile.

TONY:

Sorry. I... I have a son his age.

MUM:

No, no. It’s fine.

The woman looks out the window. Between the crying kid and

the creepy guy in the corner she’s had enough.

MUM (CONT’D)

Well look at that. The rain seems

to be easing off. Come on Jim.

We’re going to have to brave it at

some point...

A cursory smile at Tony, and she gets their things and

bundles them out of the brasserie, with their girl still

wailing her head off. As they go, the boy turns and waves at

Tony, who waves back. The mum shoots him a look but it

doesn’t seem to bother Tony at all. He doesn’t even notice

her. His eyes remain fixed on the boy.

3 EXT. LIQUOR STORE - DUSK 1 3

TONY walks down the street. The rain has eased off but it’s

still drizzling. He wraps his coat tighter. He stops outside

a liquor store - ‘La Prairie’ - but it’s shut. Looking

through the window he bangs on it hard. No reply. He checks

his watch, looks annoyed, then moves on down the road. As

Tony goes, an old man leans out of the window above La

Prairie, woken by the knocking, and sees Tony walking off.

He shakes his head grumpily and goes back inside.

3A EXT. GRAND PLACE- DUSK 1 3A

TONY walks through the Grand Place in the rain.

3B EXT. CHALONS DU BOIS OLD BRIDGE- DUSK 1 3B

TONY wanders over the bridge in the rain

4 EXT. HOTEL L’EDEN - DUSK 1 4

TONY approaches a hotel. A neon sign spells out the words

‘Hotel L’Eden’. A stock picture of a palm tree on a beach

sits beside it. Tony goes in.

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Jack Williams was born on April 15, 1921 in Butte, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on Wild Wild West (1999), Innerspace (1987) and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985). He was married to Clare. He died on April 10, 2007 in Sylmar, California, USA. more…

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