The Missing script
The Missing  Season #2 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. LEICESTER SCHOOL. PLAYGROUND - DAY 3 1

It’s lunch break, and a mass of children are running around,

playing football, laughing, and generally letting off steam.

A shrill whistle. A TEACHER waves them in and the pupilscollectively start to make their way back inside. And slowlythe concrete area is emptied.

When they’re all inside, we PAN BACK - a way away - rightover to the back of the playground. Past some trees lies theschool wall. And here, behind a clump of oak trees, standsYOUNG ALICE (around 11). Awkward and overweight with agoth/emo vibe about her. A bag’s slung over her shoulder and

she’s smoking a cigarette, lost in thought. A small boy,

YOUNG MATTHEW, approaches (around 8/9). She doesn’t hearhim. He looks at something on Alice’s wrist, which she’sstaring at, lost in thought. A tattoo of a spider’s web.

It’s crude, all in black. Definitely not professionallydone.

YOUNG MATTHEW:

I still can’t believe Dad didn’t

kill you for doing that.

Alice jumps - surprised to see him there.

YOUNG ALICE:

Bloody hell, midget, you shouldn’t

creep up on people.

YOUNG MATTHEW:

Did it hurt?

YOUNG ALICE:

Not really.

YOUNG MATTHEW:

Can I have one?

YOUNG ALICE:

No.

YOUNG MATTHEW:

Mum and Dad are going to kill you

if you keep bunking off.

(beat)

Is Sally Cranham picking on you

again?

Alice sighs, annoyed.

YOUNG ALICE:

Just go away.

She starts walking off through the trees. Matthew watchesher go then heads over to the fence, pulling open a smallarea that has come loose. He wriggles underneath it, backinto the playground.

THE MISSING II EP 1 FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT 20/07/16 2.

2 EXT. MILITARY CAMP - LATER - DAY 3 2

YOUNG ALICE sneaks past a sign that reads “WELCOME TOECKHAUSEN, HOME OF THE 14th ARMOURED BRIGADE”. A convoy of

military vehicles are heading up the road as she ducks intothe woods.

3 EXT. ROAD - LATER - DAY 3 3

YOUNG ALICE makes her way down an empty road. She’s smoking,

lost in the music playing through her headphones. From aWIDE, a way back, we see a yellow VW campervan roll into

view behind her. It slows briefly. Then picks up its pace.

We’re with Young Alice, side on, as she walks along in herown world. The frame is wiped by the yellow van, which stopsbeside her and comes to a standstill.

We can’t see anything, because our view is obscured by thesoft-focus foreground of the van. But we can hear a muffledsound, the slamming of the van door, and the noise of theengine being restarted.

Back to the WIDE. The camper-van drives off, but Young Aliceis not there anymore. The road looks empty and stark -

suddenly an altogether more sinister and disturbing place.

4 INT. VAN - DAY 3 4

We’re inside the van. All we can see are YOUNG ALICE’S legs,

lying there motionless and limp. The only movement comingfrom the bumping and turning of the van.

5 EXT. ROAD - DAY 3 5

We PULL BACK now, following the van down a long windingroad, down from the base, as we pull back, back on asuperzoom lens, to take in the town of Eckhuasen below.

CAPTION:
Eckhausen, Germany. 2003.

6 EXT. FOREST - DAY 3 (2003) 6

The sound of breathing. We hear it before we see it

A naked MAN runs as fast as he can through the forest,

breathing hard. We can’t see what he’s running from, justthe grim determination in the set of his jaw.

He crests the hill, and we hear a raucous cheer, and reveal

ten men in Army uniform standing there. One has a camera andis filming the naked man. Another, SAM, steps forward.

Ruggedly handsome, mid 30s. He’s wearing a Staff Sergeant’s

uniform. He takes out an Army insignia badge.

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Jack Williams

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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