callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

TV watch: The Lady Vanishes


Did anyone else catch this on BBC1 yesterday evening? I was doubtful about it, because of all the images from the Hitchcock film which are stuck in my head. I needn’t have worried, as it turned out to be one of the most stylish BBC dramas for some time. It had the romance of trains steaming across the Continent in the night. An enjoyable double act from Gemma Jones and Stephanie Cole. Alex Jennings, always so watchable. A genuine feeling of panic as the heroine insisted on the existence of the vanished Miss Froy while everyone told her she was hysterically deluded and needed sedating. Above all, it was fast paced, making an hour and a half whiz past. Such a refreshing change from the slow, arty productions which so often pass for drama and send me to sleep. Yes, I am thinking of Stephen Poliakoff. Well worth catching if you can and you can read more about the production on the blog.

I had no idea until now that the films were based on a book, The Wheel Spins, by Ethel Lina White. I’d rather like to read it.
Tags: alfred hitchcock, television

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