The High Street Abduction
This BBC mini-series (and we do mean mini; in the vein of The Body on the Moor, it comprises five eight-minute episodes) documents the abduction of a toddler child from a busy high-street fashion retailer by two teen girls. The child's mother quickly notices that she's missing and the city's law enforcement enters a state of high alert: every CCTV camera is being checked and every police officer is swarming into the inner city. But every minute that passes widens the radius of the unknown, and with the case evoking vivid memories of James Bulger, panic is rising on all sides. It's a pacy thriller and a fascinating procedural, which unfolds in close to real time.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Lost child (24 Jan 2017)