I have cameo role in this production and I had the opportunity to act with James Nesbitt and it was great to watch him working. I remember watching Bloody Sunday with my mum and I wasn’t sure if it was a film or a documentary because it was so realistic. James Nesbitt has the skill to make you feel you are there in the room for real. It was like a masterclass.
Here is an edited piece from Venessa Thorpe from The Observer newspaper and you can see the full interview here:-
For a television audience to be prepared to journey into a parent’s bleakest nightmare, they need to feel in safe, serious hands. On 28 October, the actor James Nesbitt will attempt to take viewers to a very dark place with the launch of the BBC1 drama series The Missing, an eight-part thriller that tells the story of the disappearance of a young child on a family holiday.
The Missing can be defended as a properly considered, human tale. “We are becoming inured to the horror in a lot of these shows, so whether it will be too much for viewers is an interesting question. I believe if these stories are told truthfully, then audiences are prepared to go there. But not if they are told explicatively,” he said.
Although the BBC drama is not based directly on recent events, the plot of The Missing echoes real-life cases such as that of Madeleine McCann. “Whatever the BBC and the writers say, there are going to be parallels there in cases we have all heard about. It takes you right back there. And it does make you want to hug your own children to you,” said Nesbitt.
As the drama unfolds, jumping between dual time frames, the fragility of family happiness becomes a strong theme. “It is not a conscious plan, but behind all these dramas the notion that we should not be taking things for granted is out there I am sure,” said Nesbitt, adding that good drama, while a commercial entertainment, still has the ability to show viewers the best and the worst human qualities.