The Lady Vanishes

Confirmed for BBC One on 17 March at 8.30pm to 10.00pm

Sunday 17 March

8.30pm-10.00pm

BBC ONE

NEW
Beautiful and wealthy young socialite Iris Carr is used to being at the heart of her social group, but when her friends’ raucous behaviour escalates while on holiday in the Balkans she resolves to seek out some tranquillity and travel home alone.

Her expectations of peace are short lived when at the railway station Iris wavers in the scorching heat and constant jostle of passengers, fainting suddenly on the platform. She wakes in time to be rushed on to the train but with a pounding head and a feeling of being almost in a dream.

While in this malaise, she is comforted by an older English lady called Miss Froy, whose tweed suit and bookish looks hide a surprisingly jovial and adventurous spirit. She talks at length about her employer and her desperation to return home to her family but when Iris falls asleep she awakes to find Miss Froy vanished and her fellow passengers denying she ever existed.

With only the friendship of handsome English traveller Max Hare for support, Iris maintains her conviction that Miss Froy has somehow been abducted. But who would want to snatch a seemingly harmless English woman and where would she be hiding? As fellow passengers refute Iris’ story and figures emerge who will disprove Miss Froy’s existence, Iris’ conviction appears increasingly to be madness. With only Max to help her, Iris will have to rely on a strength of character she never knew she had to battle doubt and overcome danger as she strives to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished.

Cast: Tuppence Middleton plays Iris Carr, Benedikte Hansen plays The Baroness, Selina Cadell plays Miss Froy, Tom Hughes plays Max Hare, Alex Jennings plays The Professor, Julian Rhind-Tutt plays Mr Todhunter/Sir Peveril, Keeley Hawes plays Mrs Todhunter/Laura Parmiter, Pip Torrens plays Reverend Kenneth Barnes, Sandy McDade plays Mrs Barnes, Gemma Jones plays Rose Floodporter, Stephanie Cole plays Evelyn Floodporter and Jesper Christensen plays The Doctor.

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