Lady Vanishes, The (BBC-1 2013, Tuppence Middleton, Keeley Hawes)

Period mystery. Unhappy holidaying in the Balkans in the late 1930’s spoilt and somewhat arrogant Iris Carr decides to return home to England early and boards a train that is a mixture of also returning brits, locals and a sinister Baroness and her family.
Iris, having apparently suffered a case of sunstroke whilst waiting for the train, is taken under the wing of Miss Froy, who is a former governess to the children of the baroness but is now on her way home.

The mystery starts when Miss Froy goes missing and nobody on the train will admit to ever having seen her. Luckily fellow brit Max Hare decides to help Iris even though he is not 100 per cent sure she is telling the truth.

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Wonderfully atmospheric and well made, the story having been made into movies twice before never skips a beat and Tuppence Middleton is clearly going to be a big star of the future. Very possibly the new Keeley Hawes in fact who appears here in baton handing over form in something of a nothing role as the mistress of a prominent politician.

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production details
UK / BBC-1 / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 17 March 2013

Writer: Fiona Seres
Novel: Ethel Lina White
Music: John Lunn
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

Tuppence Middleton as Iris Carr
Tom Hughes as Max Hare
Alex Jennings as The Professor
Keeley Hawes as Mrs Todhunter/Laura Parminter
Daisy Lewis as Diana
Julian Rhind Tutt as Mr Todhunter/Sir Peveril
Selina Cadell as Miss Froy
Stephanie Cole as Evelyn Floodporter
Gemma Jones as Rose Floodporter
Jesper Christensen as The Doctor
Benedikte Hansen as The Baroness
Sandy McDade as Mrs Barnes
Pip Torrens as Reverend Kenneth Barnes

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