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The Missing continues on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC1 BBC

Last week's episode left us hiding behind our sofa cushions in terror, and Thursday night's (2 November) episode of The Missing is set to continue giving us spine chills.

Gemma (Keeley Hawes) – the mother of the missing Alice Webster – left us on a cliff hanger last week when she revealed a picture that proved the returned Alice (Abigail Hardingham) was not in fact her real daughter.

It had already been suspected by French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) that the unknown girl who was posing as the Websters' daughter was in fact Sophie Giroux, a girl from France who went missing at around the same time.

After being sussed out by Gemma, the fake Alice set herself on fire in the garden shed – and when man of the Webster household Sam (David Morrissey) went to save her, he caught on fire. This week's episode sees him recover in hospital from his injuries – but he pushes away his wife and son in his traumatised state.

We see the Websters begin to crack even more over the devastation that the ersatz return of Alice, and Gemma says at one point: "When she walked back into our lives, we fell apart all over again."

In the wake of the horrific fire and the revelation that Alice was not in fact the real Alice – who went missing 11 years ago – Gemma is forced to face up to the devastating truth about what has happened to her family as she makes a statement to the press. But a trawl through CCTV footage unveils new evidence that implicates another major suspect.

In 2016, Gemma and Eve (Laura Fraser) discover the abductor's crimes may stretch further than originally thought. Detective Julien returns to Ebril to follow up on a new lead that appears to incriminate two individuals in Germany. Get your popcorn to the ready.

The Missing continues tonight at 9pm on BBC1.

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The 'fake' Alice Webster BBC