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Tuppence Middleton for BBC's The Lady Vanishes Christmas special

Tuppence Middleton

Story by Jack Foley

TUPPENCE Middleton and Selina Cadell will head the cast of BBC One’s new drama The Lady Vanishes.

The 90-minute adaptation will air at Christmas and will also feature a cast including Keeley Hawes, Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole, Tom Hughes and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Adapted from Ethel Lina White’s novel The Wheel Spins, the story follows Iris Carr (Middleton), a young socialite who encounters the bookish but spirited Miss Froy (Cadell) on a train.

However, when she wakes after falling asleep, Iris discovers that her new friend has vanished and is stunned when her fellow passengers deny that Froy ever existed.

Tom Hughes has been cast as traveller Max Hare, Gemma Jones plays Rose Flood-Porter, Stephanie Cole is Evelyn Flood-Porter, Keeley Hawes will play Mrs Todhunter and Julian Rhind-Tutt is Mr Todhunter.

Fiona Seres, who adapted the book for the screen, commented: “I am very excited to have such a brilliant cast for The Lady Vanishes – not just the key characters played by Tuppence Middleton and Tom Hughes, but also a dynamic supporting cast that includes Danish actors Benedikte Hansen and Jesper Christensen.”

Kate Harwood, the BBC’s head of series and serials, added: “Fiona’s adaptation of The Wheel Spins deftly weaves together the intriguing stories of a psychologically complex group of characters – with the mysterious disappearance of Miss Froy on a packed train – played out against the tense backdrop of the Balkans in the 1930s.

“I am delighted with the incredible cast and crew we have assembled for the project. The Lady Vanishes will be a thrilling treat for BBC One audiences this Christmas.”

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