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Mapp and Lucia cast

Mapp and Lucia

Mapp & Lucia Series being Screened 29-31 December on BBC1

A new BBC adaptation of E.F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia novels will be screened on 29-31 December.  The series was filmed mostly in Rye but also Hastings, Bexhill and Camber Sands.  We hope that people will enjoy this new version written by The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton, who says we should expect “a genteel version of Royston Vasey”.

It is 1930 and in the extraordinarily quaint Queen Anne village of Tilling which is by, but not quite on, the sea, all seems as tranquil as a mill pond. But its eccentric inhabitants exist in a world seething with gossip, faddishness and petty one up-manship and from her centrally located house of Mallards, Miss Elizabeth Mapp reigns supreme over them all.

Mapp has even more reason to gloat than usual as she’s about to receive a new tenant into her beloved Queen Anne home of Mallards. Mrs Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, has decided to take a holiday in Tilling and seems the perfect guest, a new trophy that Mapp can parade around town to all her little friends. However on this occasion she has bitten off more than she can chew. Lucia is every bit the snob that Mapp is and though her talents couldn’t be said to come entirely naturally, Lucia is an expert at boldly steering the pack. It’s not long before the eager residents of Tilling flock to her banner, leaving Mapp out in the cold.

A scheming Mapp is left to plot her revenge and so begins a series of delicious battles over bridge parties, garden fetes, art competitions and even the odd yoga class as the two women square up against each other in their battle for supremacy. This is no jolly period romp: this is a series about a war. May the worst-behaved woman win!

Mapp and Lucia Update - Filming in Rye

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.

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