HILE BBC2 is reshowing Victoria Wood’s festive special from a few years ago this evening, on the other side there’s a chance to see her latest work. Loving Miss Hatto was inspired by an article in the New Yorker magazine, of an “ordinary” married couple who managed to pull off the greatest fraud the classical music world has known, all from their modest bungalow in a genteel Hertfordshire town.
“It is a story of two young people with high hopes who, like most of us, get knocked back by life – and then get a second chance to put things right,” says Wood. “Above all, it is a love story.”
Set in the grey, post-war London of the 1950s, Rory Kinnear stars as a young chancer named William BarringtonCoupe, known to all as “Barrie”, who is working at a music publishers. It’s a steady job, but he harbours