Terrified of getting your gas meter read? You definitely should be, according to Baptiste viewers.
In the first episode of The Missing spin-off following fan favourite French investigator Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo), audiences were petrified as a murderer posed as a gas engineer to gain access to an old man’s house.
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After fooling the OAP, the killer (played by Alec Secareanu from God’s Own Country) proceeded to strangle him with a plastic bag before chopping up the body with a chainsaw.
The grizzly scene left audiences thinking one thing: you better be scared when the gas man cometh:
Two minutes in and that's me taking my own gas readings from now on #Baptiste
— Michelle Howe (@MichelleH999) February 17, 2019
Oh god I’m not going to let the gas man in the house again! ?#Baptiste
— The Leg Man (@singlelegman) February 17, 2019
"But I've been reading your gas meter for the last 5 years"
— Kevin Elphick (@Kevin_Elphick) February 17, 2019
when you’ve just watched #Baptiste and you have British Gas coming to replace your boiler tomorrow ????????
— hannah johnson (@hannahemily11) February 17, 2019
After #Baptiste I am never, ever letting a gas meter reader come in if they’re carrying a chainsaw. No chance
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) February 17, 2019
The killing prompted many chainsaw-fearing viewers to sign up for a smart meter:
Well, if nothing else, #Baptiste has convinced me to get smart meters installed.
— Paul W. (@limeandonion) February 17, 2019
Ringing up tomorrow for a smart meter ????#Baptiste
— Sue (@CyprusSuzie) February 17, 2019
Really must get a smart meter fit ???? #Baptiste
— Louise Rixon (@DeidreBLou) February 17, 2019
And here’s the worst bit: more killings might be ahead. As we saw at the close of the episode, the head of the gas man’s elderly victim is in a basement belonging to Edward (Tom Hollander).
Did Edward order the gas man murder? If so, why? And could he strike again? Just one of the many questions we have after that first instalment.