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The Lady Vanishes

Thriller based on the novel The Wheel Spins. A beautiful young socialite faces danger while trying to solve the disappearance of a travelling companion.

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 23 Mar 2013 01:05

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.


Role Contributor
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
Charlie Charles Aitken
Border Guard Paolo Antonio
Nurse Beatrix Biro
Blonde Woman Marta Bolfan Uglien
Ticket Master Vilmos Csevernak
Frau Kummer Zsuzsa David
Odette Emerald Fennell
Station Porter Galko Balazs
Freddie Daniel Gosling
Father in Carriage Istvan Gyurity
Mother in Carriage Zsuzsa Kalmar
Ticket Officer Gabor Krausz
Girl in Carriage Lili Lakos
Diana Daisy Lewis
Julij Tamas Lengyel
Male Nurse Andras Lukacs
Waiter Csaba Mokany
Customs Officer Balazs Mozes
Concierge Csaba Zold
Producer Ann Tricklebank
Director Diarmuid Lawrence
Writer Fiona Seres
Executive Producer Anne Pivcevic


Interview: Tuppence Middleton

Interview: Tuppence Middleton

Tuppence explains Iris's relationships with the other characters.

Interview: Tom Hughes

Interview: Tom Hughes

Tom explains the challenges of filming on a train.

Interview: Selina Cadell

Interview: Selina Cadell

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

Interview: Fiona Seres

Interview: Fiona Seres

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