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Who wrote the book Elizabeth Is Missing on which the TV movie starring Glenda Jackson is based?


Glenda Jackson plays pensioner Maud who is on the trail of a mystery in Elizabeth Is Missing (Picture: BBC)

Veteran acting legend Glenda Jackson is set to return to TV on Sunday night in BBC One’s one-off thriller Elizabeth Is Missing.

The TV movie sees the Oscar-winning star in the role of Maud, an 80-year-old woman battling dementia who is caught up in a mystery surrounding her best friend Elizabeth (Maggie Steed).

The film’s actually an adaptation of a best-selling novel – but who wrote the original book?

Here’s what you need to know…

Who wrote the book Elizabeth Is Missing?

Emma Healey published Elizabeth Is Missing in 2014

Elizabeth is Missing was the debut novel by writer Emma Healey.

It was published in 2014, became a Sunday Times best-seller and went on to win the Costa First Novel award.

Healey said in an article for Alzheimer’s Research UK that she was inspired to write the book after seeing her own grandmother battle with dementia.

‘When I began to write Elizabeth Is Missing there wasn’t so much fiction about dementia and I was looking for a way to explore the subject in a meaningful manner,’ she explained.

‘To be honest, I wasn’t really thinking of other readers at that moment, it was a selfish beginning. I just wanted better ways to guess what my grandmother and other members of my family were going through, how they might feel, what they might be thinking.’

What is Elizabeth Is Missing about?

Elizabeth Is Missing tells the story of pensioner Maud (Jackson), who becomes convinced her best friend Elizabeth has disappeared and sets out to try and solve the mystery of her whereabouts – despite facing the fact that nobody believes her.

As she becomes increasingly confused with dementia she is also haunted by memories of a similar occurrence in her past when, as a teenager, her older sister Sukey also mysteriously vanished.

Who is in the cast of Elizabeth Is Missing?

Jackson is returning to TV for the first time in 25 years for the drama (Picture: BBC)

Jackson is joined in the cast by This Is England’s Helen Behan, who appears as Maud’s daughter Helen, Liv Hill (Three Girls, Jellyfish) as the teenage Maud, and Peaky Blinders and Gentleman Jack star Sophie Rundle as Sukey.

The cast also includes Nell Williams, Mark Stanleym, Neil Pendleton and Maggie Steed.

Elizabeth Is Missing is on BBC One on Sunday night at 9pm.



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