Will The Missing be back for a second series?

A follow-up to the child abduction drama is in the works even before we find out what happened to young Oliver Hughes – but is that a good thing?

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James Nesbitt drama The Missing may return for a second series.

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The BBC is in talks with writers Jack and Harry Williams about another run of the thriller, which is currently gripping BBC1 viewers with its emotionally-charged story of Nesbitt’s character Tony Hughes and the search for his abducted son Oliver.

Whether this means a return for Nesbitt is unclear, though, with the writers keen to avoid spoilers.

“It’s in negotiations, I think that’s fair to say,”Jack Williams told The Guardian.

“It’s definitely something we are keen to do and [the BBC] feel like they’re keen to do but to say any more may be too difficult.”

A BBC spokeswoman told RadioTimes.com that there is no news yet on a recommission but we understand that talks are in an advanced stage even before the broadcast tonight [Tuesday] of the penultimate (seventh) episode.

The twisting drama about Hughes’ search for his five-year-old son – who disappeared while the family were on holiday in France during the 2006 World Cup – has proved a hit with viewers, with an average of nearly 8 million tuning in each week so far.

News of a possible second series could hint that the outcome of the current run will be inconclusive but Jack Williams promises that season one will have “closure” and it remains unclear whether Nesbitt would be in a position to reprise his character or if The Missing II would take on an entirely new case.

Some argue that shows like Homeland, The Fall and even Broadchurch should be left alone after a brilliant first run, with subsequent episodes diluting their appeal and spoiling the memory.

Do you agree? Or would you be keen on being put through the Missing wringer once more…?

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UPDATE: The Missing will be back for a second series. Click here for more info.