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Missing Live
Presented by Sally Magnusson (2005–2007)
Rav Wilding (2007–present)
Louise Minchin (2007–present)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
Location(s) London, England
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Original run 31 January 2005 –
Status Returning series
Related shows Missing

Missing is a BBC One morning television series which has been running since 2005. The programme's current presenters are Louise Minchin and Rav Wilding, with the show's previous series having been presented by Sally Magnusson.[1] The fifth series of 'Missing' adopted a live studio style as opposed to the pre-recorded, docu-drama, style of the previous series.



The programme follows the work of the police and the charity Missing People, as they search for some of the 210,000 people who are reported missing every year. [2]

Series One (2005)

This series was presented by Sally Magnusson and was split into two parts. The first part ran from 31 January 2005 to 4 February 2005. The second part ran from the 9 May 2005 to 13 May 2005 as part of Missing Persons Month. The first series featured the charity Missing People and Lambeth Police Missing Persons Unit.

Series Two (2005)

Series Two ran from 12 to 23 December 2006 and aired from 9:15-10:00am.[3] The second series continued to feature the charity Missing People and Lambeth police, but also featured Hackney Police Missing Persons Unit.

Series Three (2006)

Series Three ran from 24 April to the 5 May 2006 and aired from 9:15-10:00am. Series Three featured the cases of Robbie Carroll and Anne Simpson[4] both of whom are still missing.[5] [6]

Tom Moore, who has been missing since 15 July 2003, was also featured.[7] Tom is still missing.[8]

Series Four (2007)

Series Four ran from 16 April to the 27 April 2007 and aired from 9:15-10:00am. [9] Series Four featured the case of Barry Coughlan who has been missing from Crosshaven in County Cork since 1 May 2004.[10]. Barry is still missing.[11]

Series Five (2008)

Series Five ran from the 21 April to 16 May 2008 and aired from 9:15-10:00am.[12] This series use filmed reconstructions of individual missing persons cases, live studio interviews with the friends and family of missing people and on-air appeals for more than 100 people.[13] The programmes also investigated the reasons why people go missing and looked at the technology and techniques used to help find those who have disappeared, including age progression techniques. Guests on series five included Bob Geldof, Gerry and Kate McCann (parents of missing Madeleine McCann) and Linda Bellingham.[14]

As a result of appeals made during the programme, the BBC and Missing People’s confidential helpline received hundreds of calls and potential sightings and a total of 17 people featured on the show were found.[15]

The programme was mentioned in Parliament by Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament Susan Kramer and the former Conservative Minister Peter Bottomley.[16]

Series Six (2009)

Series six began in March 2009, and concluded in April.

Series Seven (2010)

Series Seven began airing on 15 March 2010.



  1. ^ "Biographies, Sally Magnusson". BBC. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  2. ^ Newiss, G. "Missing Presumed…? The police response to missing persons, Police Research Series Paper 114". The Home Office. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  3. ^ "New plea in missing mother case". BBC. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Lost: the thousands of people who disappear in Britain each year". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  5. ^ "Robert 'Robbie' Carroll". Missing People. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Anne Simpson". Missing People. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  7. ^ "TV Appeal for Missing Brentford Man". Brentford TW8. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  8. ^ "Tom Moore". Missing People. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  9. ^ "Lost: the thousands of people who disappear in Britain each year". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  10. ^ "Missing". Irish Post. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  11. ^ "Barry Coughlan". Missing People. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  12. ^ "Episodes from 2008 for Missing Live". BBC. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  13. ^ "BBC One's Missing Live is recommissioned after a successful debut series". BBC. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  14. ^ "BBC One's Missing Live is recommissioned after a successful debut series". BBC. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  15. ^ "Missing Live to return to BBC1". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  16. ^ "BBC One's Missing Live is recommissioned". Missing People. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 

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