I took my mother to see The Lady In The Van. On leaving the cinema, her first remark was,
"I didn't know Alan Bennett was gay?"
It's a naive enough remark, but she then went one better by adding
"I thought the men coming round the house were doing jobs for him?"
It's the kind of maternal comment that Bennett has made a career from. But if that means my mum has now become an 'Alan Bennett Mother', what does that make me?
Fans of the National Treasure himself will lap this up, after all it has Bennett's wonderful dialogue and sly, deadpan humour and there's the familiarity of having it directed by his long time NT collaborator Nicholas Hytner.…