Typically fab Victoria Wood script with a typically fab performance from Alfred Molina makes true story Loving Miss Hatto a real treat.
Loving Miss Hatto follows the 50 year love story of classical pianist Joyce Hatto and her record producer husband William Barrington-Coupe.
The intriguing thing about the pair of them is that although Joyce had quite a long career as a classical pianist from the mid fifties to the 1970’s she never made a name for herself.
However in the mid 1990’s “Barrie” decided to pull off a major con and started releasing albums under her name on his own classical music label – in reality the recordings were simply by other musicians.
Incredibly these, thanks in no small part to the burgeoning internet, the recordings began to make a real name for Joyce and it wasn’t until she died in the mid 2000’s that the fraud came to light.
UK / BBC-1 / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 23 December 2012 @ 8.30pm
Writer: Victoria Wood / Producer: Radford Neville / Executive Producer: Andy Harries / Director: Aisling Walsh
Alfred Molina as Barrie
Francesca Annis as Joyce
Rory Kinnear as Young Barrie
Mamie McCoy as Young Joyce
Phoebe Nicholls as Mrs Hatto
Eve Matheson as Pilks
Tony Turner as Mr Hatto