Durham Police have to respond to 47 reports of missing persons – “mispers” – each week. Some of the cases end well, some end in tragedy.

In this new series, BBC camera teams are embedded with Durham Police as they react to a misper case. We see every stage of the story, from hearing the first frantic 999 call to the resolution, whether it be happy or dreadful.

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Tonight, a 12-year-old boy called Joshua has vanished from home. He had an argument with his mother over the use of his tablet, and while this may seem like nothing more than a child’s tantrum, Joshua has learning difficulties and is vulnerable. Also, his mother is partially deaf and did not hear him when he left the house, so he may have been missing for hours.

In another case, we hear the shaky voice of a mother as she phones to report her 13-year-old daughter is missing and has left “a very disturbing note” which says she is not fit for this world.

The police respond with kindness and gentleness as well as lightning-fast efficiency.


This is a strange but lovely wee programme.

I have a Spotify playlist of various sounds to help me sleep; my favourites are waves, raindrops and Tibetan singing bowls but Spotify keeps suggesting I listen to the soothing sounds of wind. And this short programme all about its pure and clean sound may have won me over.

Tim Dee is a nature writer and “wind collector”, who goes for a stroll along the vast, flat landscape of The Wash in Lincolnshire with a big furry microphone to try and capture its untainted sound.

This will appeal to you if you love “slow TV” or simply want something different that offers lyrical language as Tim stands in the damp, empty countryside marvelling at the “wash” of the wind, interrupted sometimes by twittering birds.