Miss Hargreaves is a radio play by Frank Baker adapted from his 1940 novel. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio in the 1950's. According to Brian Sibley, who later adapted the novel for a 1989 version, the existence of this earlier BBC production impeded his efforts to write a new adaptation. This inadvertently led to Sibley's adaptations of The Lord of the Rings instead[1].


When, on the spur of the moment, Norman Huntley and his friend Henry invent an eighty-three-year-old woman called Miss Hargreaves, they are inspired to post a letter to their new fictional friend. It is only meant to be a silly, harmless game—until Miss Hargreaves arrives on their doorstep. She is, to Norman’s utter disbelief, exactly as he had imagined her: enchanting, eccentric, and endlessly astounding. He hadn’t imagined, however, how much havoc an imaginary octogenarian could wreak on his sleepy Buckinghamshire hometown.


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