TV writing brothers Jack and Harry Williams are so in demand that they have two primetime dramas starting this week on British television – Liar on ITV and Rellik on BBC1.
But they are also the dynamic duo behind The Missing which ran for two series on BBC1 with two different mysteries investigated by the canny sleuth Julien Baptiste, played by Tcheky Karyo.
And the Williams’s say that while they don’t want to do a Missing 3, they have high hopes for a spin-off. In fact, RadioTimes.com can reveal that they are talking to the BBC about a potential project starring Karyo.
Viewers followed the enigmatic French detective through two very different investigations, during which his determination to see justice done continued to be his driving force even in the face of his own looming mortality.
“I don’t know how many things we can do to Julien with the past,” says Jack of the character who was last seen preparing to undergo surgery for a tumour. But he can see the ‘tec back on the BBC for a limited time.
“We’re going to talk to them and see what they think… we love Tcheky, we love the character and we love the world and tone of it.”
Karyo himself is also likely to be keen on bringing the character back.
When the drama ended last year he said: “The guy, you know, went through so many stories. I’m sure there are so many things to say. There was Hercule Poirot, and today we have Julien Baptiste!”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.