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The Lady Vanishes

Sun Mar 17, 8.30-10pm, BBC1

Phil Fisk
If people think you’re deranged, then screaming, wildly gesticulating and smearing lipstick on your face probably isn’t the best way to regain credibility. Yet this is the tactic employed by Iris Carr (Tuppence Middleton), the heroine who is desperate to find Miss Froy, an elderly English lady in her train carriage who mysteriously disappeared.

Based on Hitchcock’s 1938 film of the same name, this 2013 incarnation of ‘The Lady Vanishes’ is a predominantly enjoyable affair, despite its obvious flaws. For starters, Iris is quite an irritating and unlikeable character, and the pacing is a bit off too. The denouement feels incredibly rushed, and certain elements of the story seem far too contrived. It doesn’t feel quite as tense or nail-biting as it should do either, but courtesy of some impressive performances and slick production, this remains a fairly entertaining Sunday night offering.