The Missing spinoff casts Night Manager's Tom Hollander

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New BBC One drama Baptiste – a spin-off of The Missing starring the titular investigator Julien Baptiste – has added Tom Hollander.

Due to play the role of Edward, the BAFTA-winning The Night Manager actor said of his casting: "I am very excited to be working with [creators] Harry and Jack Williams.

"They are brilliant storytellers of nuance and suspense."

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The Williams brothers added: "We have wanted to work with Tom for some time and are so pleased he is going to play Edward in Baptiste. Tom's huge range and formidable talent make him a wonderful addition to our cast."

BBC executive producer Tommy Bulfin, said: "Tom is a wonderful actor and to have him teaming up with Tchéky is very exciting. Baptiste promises to be another thrilling series from the Williams brothers for BBC One."

Tchéky Karyo and Anastasia Hille are reprising their roles for the spin-off drama, as Julien and Celia, with the writers admitting they'd long considered Julien to be "the heart" of The Missing anyway.

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"I know Tony (James Nesbitt) was ostensibly the lead [in series one], but for us, Julien was more the heartbeat of the show, throughout the whole two series," Harry said.

The new show will see Baptiste tackling a new investigation with minimal ties to the two series of The Missing.

Filming on Baptiste starts later this year in Amsterdam and Belgium, so you can expect the new series to launch on BBC One in 2019.

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