Dan Walker announces full missing persons series of Vanished after Nicola Bulley special

Dan Walker on 5 News
Dan Walker is launching a missing persons series at Channel 5. (Channel 5)

Dan Walker has announced a full Channel 5 series of Vanished, about people who have gone missing in the UK, following the one-off special Vanished: Where is Nicola Bulley?.

The newsreader and broadcaster presented a one-off documentary in February about the search for Nicola Bulley before her body was eventually found in the River Wyre.

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It saw him sit down with Bulley's partner Paul Ansell to discuss her disappearance and he also spoke to police and search experts during the time that she was missing.

Now, Walker is set to extend the Crimewatch-style show into a full series about other UK missing persons cases.

Walker shared the news on Instagram from a Channel 5 post, which read: "Very pleased to announce a new series hosted by @mrdanwalker - #Vanished will focus on people who have gone missing across the UK. Coming soon to @channel5_tv"

Recently, Walker had a horrific bike crash that landed him in hospital after a collision with a car, but he said that wearing a helmet had saved his life.

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He had posted a photo from the back of an ambulance on Instagram of his injuries at the time, and later of himself back at home with cuts and bruises on his face.

Walker wrote: "Battered and bruised but - amazingly - nothing broken."

File photo dated 06/12/22 of Dan Walker arriving for the TRIC (The Television and Radio Industries Club) Christmas lunch at the Londoner Hotel in London. Dan Walker has said he is
Dan Walker recently had a bike crash. (PA/Alamy)

He added: "The helmet I was wearing saved my life today so - if you’re on a bike - get one on your head."

Journalist Walker, who competed in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing, hosted BBC Breakfast until last year, when he departed for a new role at Channel 5.

He now hosts 5 News, but said at the time of his exit that he had been tempted in by the offer of other factual shows too, like the recently announced Vanished.

Walker said at the time: "I've never ever been motivated by money in any job that I've ever taken, and even though I've loved working at BBC Breakfast and everybody who works on the show, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with a brilliant team at Channel 5.

"And also go and make some other programmes outside of news."