Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: The Lady Vanishes

PBS Mystery is Good But It's No Hitchcock
New York Times

Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes
Now, unfortunately, come the comparisons.

This new Lady Vanishes (Sunday - PBS, 9pm), directed by Diarmuid Lawrence (South Riding) from a screenplay by Fiona Seres, is a perfectly adequate television mystery of the week.

But it forgoes the crackling pace, light touch and surprisingly sophisticated sexual banter of the original, opting for melancholy, ominousness and sentimentality.

It’s about five minutes shorter than the Hitchcock, but its deliberate pace makes it seem longer. 

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