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Mapp and Lucia - Cast Announced - Filming in Rye - Visit 1066 Country

Mapp and Lucia - Cast Announced - Filming in Rye

7th May 2014

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Cast announced for BBC One’s adaptation of EF Benson Mapp and Lucia

Two time academy award-nominee Miranda Richardson (Belle, Parade’s End, Blackadder) and Anna Chancellor (The Hour, Four Weddings and A Funeral) will play EF Benson’s notorious small-town social rivals Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Mrs Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas, in Steve Pemberton’s adaptation of comic drama Mapp and Lucia.

They will be joined by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The Crimson Petal and The White) as Raj Army veteran Major Benjy and Steve Pemberton (Inside No 9, Psychoville, The League of Gentlemen) as Lucia’s devoted acolyte and dapper chief courtier, Georgie Pillson.

The cast also includes: Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones' Diary) as Godiva ‘Diva’ Plaistow; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Wolfman) who will play Quaint Irene Coles the Disgrace of Tilling; Paul Ritter (The Game, Quantum of Solace) joins as Reverend Kenneth Bartlett; Katy Brand (Nanny McPhee Returns) as Hermione Pillson, in this 3x60 minute serial for BBC One.

Mapp and Lucia celebrates the lampoons the snobberies and pretensions of small town life.  It takes place over the summer of 1930, when Mrs Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, decides to take a holiday in the charming historic town of Tilling.  Cameras start rolling later this month in Rye, which was Benson’s home between wars and his template for Mapp and Lucia’s battleground.

The 1066 Film Office is delighted that this BBC Drama Production is being filmed in Rye.  Small scenes will also be shot in Camber, Bexhill and Hastings.

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