The Missing finale: BBC thriller confirmed for second series with eerie teaser trailer

The last episode of series one aired on Tuesday evening

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It reached its nail-biting climax last night, but fans of The Missing will be excited to hear that the thriller will return for a second series.

BBC viewers were given subtle hints that another run would be on its way in the final episode on Tuesday with Tcheky Karyo, who plays French detective Julien Baptiste, saying in a post-credits scene:

“To lose somebody can destroy a person. But to find them again, when so much as passed. Well, sometimes, that can be worse.”

A teaser trailer for series two has dropped online, showing an empty playground with an empty swing swinging eerily. A young girl is seen in the park, then clutching at a fence before the camera pans to a creepy cymbal-banging monkey toy.

The next series will be refreshed with a new case to solve, a new cast and a new location, while once again making use of two time frames, the BBC has confirmed.

Starring James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor, The Missing followed the harrowing mystery of Oliver Hughes’ disappearance on a family holiday to France.

It reached its big conclusion last night and, after a “fantastic” response, will return with an “even bigger tale on an even more ambitious canvas”.

“We always knew the story of Oliver Hughes would have an ending. But in writing the first series we found there were many themes and issues we didn’t have the chance to explore,” said writers Harry and Jack Williams.

The Williams brothers will join forces to pen the second series, with Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik promising “the same captivating long-form storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to”.

A girl clutches at a fence in The Missing series two trailer

The Missing earned two Golden Globe nominations last week - one for best mini-series or motion picture made for television and another for best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television (O'Connor).