Pauline Quirke stars in new drama and Missing Live

by Lisa McGarry


Missing Live returns to BBC One Daytime following a hugely successful first run last year, exploring the work of missing persons investigations with direct appeals for missing people in a live daily studio show. Missing Live will be accompanied by a daytime drama titled ‘Missing’ starring Birds Of A Feather’s pauline Quirke.

When someone goes missing, lives are irrevocably changed. Those left behind have to learn to deal with the possibility that their loved one had a secret life, and the painful reality that they may never discover if they are still alive.

Louise Minchin (BBC Breakfast) and Rav Wilding (Crimewatch) return as the hosts of the compelling and often emotional series which reveals the valuable ongoing work of police forces across the country and the UK charity Missing People, as they try to discover the whereabouts of some of the approximately 200,000 people who are reported missing each year.

Missing Live asks viewers for assistance with new cases and makes appeals on long-term cases in a live and fully interactive TV series.

Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, says: “We are very proud to have Missing Live back in the BBC Daytime schedule. The last series was instrumental in finding missing people and was commended in the House of Commons.

“We hope that the interest the viewers showed in the last series will be repeated with even more people being found as a result of their calls. An afternoon drama fronted by Pauline Quirke accompanies the series and is a welcome addition to the BBC One Daytime line-up.”

And in a new drama for BBC Daytime, Pauline Quirke stars in Missing, set in a busy Missing Persons Unit.

Pauline plays DS Mary Jane Croft, a charismatic detective who runs the under-resourced unit. But MJ, as she likes to be known, has her own dark secret – a missing sister. Each case is a race against time as so often, they involve people at risk, either from themselves or others.

Missing also stars Mark Wingett (The Bill) as Dan Hayworth, a former crime journalist hosting his own radio show for the first time; Pooja Shah (Bend It Like Beckham, EastEnders) is Amy Garnett, MJ’s technically savvy civilian colleague working alongside her in the unit; and Felix Scott (Wire In The Blood, Family Affairs) is young DC Jason Doyle – straight out of Vice and rough around the edges, and with an expectation that the MPU will be dull.

Pauline Quirke says: “I was amazed by how many people do go missing, that was a real eye-opener. There are the cases we all hear about, but so many that we don’t. It surprised me that in this day and age with all the CCTV cameras and a big brother society that it is still possible to disappear.”