‘The Disappearance’ starts Saturday on BBC Four


The question soon to be on everyone’s lips: what happened to Léa Morel?

Hot on the heels of the season two finale of Hinterland comes a new mystery to bear witness to. Based on the original Spanish award-winning series Desaparecida (2007-2008), The Disappearance transports us to the landscape of Lyon, with a tense and moody re-imagining that has been compared to the likes of Broadchurch. The Disappearance is an eight-episode series which starts on Saturday with the first two back-to-back episodes from 9pm on BBC Four.

At the heart of the drama that every parent would agree is their worst nightmare is seventeen-year-old Léa Morel. When she vanishes without a trace, Léa’s family are left to wallow in the fear and emotional fallout while the police search for clues. We soon understand that the Morel’s family and friends have their own secrets they want to remain hidden. Has Léa’s fate been sealed by this cast of suspicious characters? Distressed and torn apart by the slow-burning investigation, the hope that the Morel’s be reunited looks less likely in this harrowing new Noir series written by Marie Deshaires and Catherine Touzet (Détectives, 2013- ), and directed by Charlotte Brändström, Wallander (2005-2013).


Brought to us after BBC Four acquired the show from Zodiak Rights, the Head of International Scripted at Zodiak Rights, Caroline Torrance, shared her excitement for the series reaching British screens: “We’re very pleased to lead the global success story of The Disappearance with this landmark sale to BBC Four, the U.K. home of a roster of television’s most successful international dramas in recent years.” The Head of BBC Program Acquisition, Sue Deeks, echoed the fitting style of the show: “The Disappearance is a wonderfully nuanced and compelling drama that will keep viewers engrossed until the very end.”

The Disappearance stars Alix Poisson (The Returned), Pierre-François Martin-Laval, François-Xavier Demaison, Laurent Bateau and Camille Razat.

Keep your eyes open for The Disappearance on Saturday 28th May with two back-to-back episodes from 9pm on BBC Four