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Loving Miss Hatto

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There is so much to love about Victoria Wood’s version of the Joyce Hatto classical CD scandal: the writing, of course, which is peppered with glorious Wood-isms, and the peerless Alfred Molina as Hatto’s adoring husband, Barry.

Loving Miss Hatto is a story of devotion and tenderness between, when we first see them, young Joyce (Maimie McCoy), a hard-working concert pianist, and Barry (Rory Kinnear), a charmer and well-meaning wide boy who gets into “muddles”, one of which even leads to a spell in prison. After a disastrous Royal Festival Hall appearance, we leap to 2002 when older Joyce (Francesca Annis) and Barry live a quiet suburban life of natural history documentaries, macaroni cheese and nice cakes as special treats.

But Barry changes their lives dramatically with a wheeze that gets Joyce the worldwide recognition they both think she has always deserved. And it’s incredible.


Drama about classical pianist Joyce Hatto, written by Victoria Wood. The story begins in early-1950s London, when she met her future husband William Barrington-Coupe, and traces their love story through the next 50 years. With his wife stricken by cancer, record producer William released other musicians' work under her name, actions which resulted in one of the biggest music frauds ever. Francesca Annis and Alfred Molina star.

Cast & Crew

Barrie Alfred Molina
Joyce Francesca Annis
Young Barrie Rory Kinnear
Young Joyce Maimie McCoy
Mrs Hatto Phoebe Nicholls
Mr Hatto Tony Turner
Birdy Sarah Woodward
Pilks Eve Matheson
Young Birdy Nell Williams
Young Pilks Zenobia Voegele-Downing
Philip Ned Dennehy
Erich Nicholas Woodeson
James Nicholas Rowe
Larry Patrick Joseph Byrnes
Miss Guisely Jane Brennan
Young Erich Stephen Cromwell
Rehearsal conductor Michael Grennell
Coffee bar man Ronnie McCann
Cortot's assistant Lucy Miller
Publishing girl Susan Loughnane
Detective Chris McHallem
Constable Mark Fitzgerald
Festival Hall FHM Gary Murphy
Eleanor's mother Cora Fenton
Royston neighbour Bernadette McKenna
Woman journalist Fiona Bell
Director Aisling Walsh
Executive Producer Andy Harries
Producer Radford Neville
Writer Victoria Wood
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