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Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing nominated for three BAFTA TV Awards

08/04/2015

The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing has been nominated for three BAFTA Television Awards. The eight-parter, co-produced with and mainly shot in Belgium, is nominated in the categories Best Leading Actor (James Nesbitt), Best Supporting Actor (Ken Stott) and Best Drama Series. The series is also nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award. Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.

Shot mainly in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions as well as local production and post-production facilities. For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.

The BAFTA Television Awards are awarded by the members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and celebrate the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2014. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal in London on Sunday 10 May. Last year, The Missing also received two Golden Globe nominations in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor)

The Missing is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax Shelter.

The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. International sales are handled by All3Media International.