Elizabeth is Missing

An elderly woman living with dementia who struggles to piece together a double mystery.

Year: 2019

Director: Aisling Walsh

Producer: Chrissy Skinns

Executive Producers: Sarah Brown, Andrea Gibb, Gaynor Holmes, Elizabeth Kilgarriff

Writer: Andea Gibb

Principal Cast: Glenda Jackson, Sophie Rundle, Mark Stanley, Maggie Steed

Screen Scotland Support: £300,000 Broadcast Content Fund


80-year-old Maud (Glenda Jackson) is funny, loyal and endearing. She is also living with dementia, which plays havoc with her memory but hasn’t yet diminished her strong stubborn streak. When her best friend Elizabeth fails to turn up for a shopping trip, Maud is certain something terrible has happened.

Turning detective, she sets about trying to solve the mystery of her friend’s disappearance. But with Maud's dementia progressing, it is not easy to hold on to the clues. Despite her meticulous system of recording her discoveries on post-it notes, she can’t shake the feeling that she has lost a crucial clue that would unlock the mystery of Elizabeth’s fate.

More information

Elizabeth Is Missing is adapted from Emma Healey's best-selling novel of the same name. The production was produced by STV Productions for BBC One and received £300,000 from Screen Scotland's Broadcast Content Fund.

The production received the 2021 Royal Television Society Award for Single Drama.


The film broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 8 December 2019 and is available on BBC iPlayer.