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The House That Vanished – Episode 1: The Vanishing


A compelling five-part mystery based on the true story of one man’s search for justice on a remote Irish island, blending documentary and drama.

Episode 1: The Vanishing.

When Neville Presho returns to Tory Island after many years overseas, he gets the shock of his life – his house has vanished. All that remains is a bathtub, lying upside down on the shore.

Neville first came to the remote Irish island in the 1970s and made a documentary about the islanders' traditional way of life, their culture and language. Neville felt warmly welcomed – now, he faces a wall of silence. Some talk mysteriously of a whirlwind and a strange glow in the night sky, others say Neville would be better off not asking. No one will tell him what happened, not even the island’s King.

Neville sets out on a search for justice, but his quest will come at great personal cost.

The House that Vanished features documentary interviews with key people involved in Neville’s astonishing story alongside dramatised scenes written by Jan Carson.

Presented by Siobhán McSweeney.


Neville ... Tony Flynn
Fiona ... Fo Cullen
Mary Meehan ... Carol Moore
Patrick Doohan ... Seán T. Ó Meallaigh
Patsy Dan ... Mark Lambert
Father O’Neill ... Niall Cusack
Man 1 ... Lalor Roddy
Woman ... Megan Armitage
Man 2 ... Desmond Eastwood
Film Crew ... Michael Patrick

Written by Jan Carson
Produced by Conor McKay and Michael Shannon
Executive Editor: Andy Martin

A BBC Northern Ireland production for Radio 4



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