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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Beautiful and wealthy young socialite Iris Carr is used to being at the heart of her social group, but when her friends' raucous and unsociable behaviour escalates whilst on holiday in the Balkans she resolves to seek out some tranquillity and travel home alone. But 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 onto the train, but with a pounding head and a feeling of being almost in a dream. Whilst in this malaise she is comforted by an older English lady called Miss Froy, but when Iris falls asleep she awakes to find Miss Froy has gone and her fellow passengers denying she ever existed.

With only the friendship of handsome English traveller Max Hare for support, 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.

Last on

Sat 23 Mar 2013 01:05 BBC Two

  • Outstanding cast announced

    Fiona Seres adaption of the novel The Wheel Spins, also filmed by Hitchcock as The Lady Vanishes, stars Keeley Hawes, Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole and Julian Rhind-Tutt.


    Read more about the cast on the BBC Media Centre announcement

  • The Lady Vanishes music

    The music to The Lady Vanishes was created for the programme by John Lunn. Unfortunately it is not commercially available.


Iris Carr
Tuppence Middleton
Max Hare
Tom Hughes
Miss Froy
Selina Cadell
Laura Parmiter
Keeley Hawes
Mr Todhunter
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Evelyn Floodporter
Stephanie Cole
Rose Floodporter
Gemma Jones
Mrs Barnes
Sandy McDade
Reverend Kenneth Barnes
Pip Torrens
The Professor
Alex Jennings
The Baroness
Benedikte Hansen
The Doctor
Jesper Christensen
Charles Aitken
Border Guard
Paolo Antonio
Beatrix Biro
Blonde Woman
Marta Bolfan Uglien
Ticket Master
Vilmos Csevernak
Frau Kummer
Zsuzsa David
Emerald Fennell
Station Porter
Galko Balazs
Daniel Gosling
Father in Carriage
Istvan Gyurity
Mother in Carriage
Zsuzsa Kalmar
Ticket Officer
Gabor Krausz
Girl in Carriage
Lili Lakos
Daisy Lewis
Tamas Lengyel
Male Nurse
Andras Lukacs
Csaba Mokany
Customs Officer
Balazs Mozes
Csaba Zold
Ann Tricklebank
Diarmuid Lawrence
Fiona Seres
Executive Producer
Anne Pivcevic


Interview: Tuppence Middleton

Tuppence Middleton

Tuppence explains Iris's relationships with the other characters.

Interview: Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes

Tom explains the challenges of filming on a train.

Interview: Selina Cadell

Selina Cadell

Selina explains why Miss Froy was a modern woman for her time.

Interview: Fiona Seres

Fiona Seres

Fiona explains why you need a strong vision to write an adaptation.

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