The story of the disappearance of a young child on a family holiday was always going to be a haunting watch for parents and non-parents alike, but BBC1’s The Missing starring James Nesbitt as grieving father Tony, drew in an impressive six million viewers yesterday evening.
Twitter was also brimming with feverish discussion of the thriller. Here’s a round-up of what viewers had to say.
Some found it almost too harrrowing…
— Emma Clark (@EmmaSophieClark) October 28, 2014
#themissing is giving me heart palpitations. I am going out to buy some tracking devices to attach to my children tomorrow!
— Mark Edwards (@mredwards) October 28, 2014
#TheMissing brilliant but wish I hadn’t watched it just before bed.Totally freaked me out
— Chris Niel (@chrisniel) October 29, 2014
But most were hooked…
My whole body was in shivers with that final scene, unreal stuff from Nesbitt once again #TheMissing
— Connor (@connorbrennan) October 28, 2014
— Darren Borland (@darrenborland) October 28, 2014
Just caught up with #TheMissing. Terrifying, heartaching drama. I've a feeling it's going to get better and better. James Nesbitt – genius.
— Elliw Mai (@ElliwMai) October 29, 2014
There were a flurry of tweets declaring that this could be the one of the most exciting new series in a long time.
Jesus. #TheMissing has the potential to be one of the best dramas I have ever seen!
— Marc (@marctsmith) October 29, 2014
And that it was the new Broadchurch…
Well, #TheMissing is certainly the new broadchurch. What a brilliant first episode and superb acting from James Nesbitt
— Ian Rumsey (@IJRumsey) October 28, 2014
#TheMissing is the next Broadchurch. Can’t wait to see this play out.
— Jenna Kinsey (@JennaKinsey) October 28, 2014
— craig gamble (@gamble_14) October 29, 2014
There was even a tweet from one viewer in Germany, roughly translated as: having seen part one of BBC series The Missing, I’m wondering why we don’t have such exciting series at home.
— Stefanos Tsarouchas (@fmusic1990) October 29, 2014
Some users were concerned the drama wouldn’t be able to keep up the suspense over eight episodes.
— Lucy Ellen Kierans (@LucyKierans) October 29, 2014
#TheMissing was good, but 8 episodes? Makes me wonder if it will go a bit crap in the middle then good again at the end
— Adam Jones (@AD11AMJ) October 28, 2014
After a muddling start #TheMissing became an interesting, intelligent, serious drama. Though stretching it to 8 episodes seems ambitious.
— Martin Z (@Southwoldian) October 28, 2014
But most were already desperate for the second instalment…
— Sonia Sanders (@Sonia_Sanders) October 28, 2014
Don't want to wait a week for the next episode #TheMissing
— Hope (@ItsHopeCicely) October 28, 2014
It’s fair to say the haunting, compelling and nightmare-ish first episode lived up to the hype – let’s see whether episode two next Tuesday can match this week’s success…
The Missing continues on Tuesday at 9:00pm on BBC1