Mapp and Lucia

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Channel 4 (ended 1986)

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Mapp and Lucia

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A series based on the books by E. F. Benson and set in the English countryside of the 1930's. The Mapp and Lucia of the title are two middle aged women who exist in a permanent state of one-upmanship with each other. Always trying to have the last word or to arrange the better garden party. In many ways this is the female version of the equally wonderful Jeeves & Wooster, it is set in the same era and they both follow the adventures of the English gentry.
Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne

Georgie Pillson

Geraldine McEwan

Geraldine McEwan

Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas

Prunella Scales

Prunella Scales

Miss Elizabeth Mapp

Denis Lill

Denis Lill

Maj. Benjamin 'Benjy' Flint

Geraldine Newman

Geraldine Newman

Grosvener

Cecily Hobbs

Cecily Hobbs

'Quaint' Irene Coles

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  • Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwan are both at the peak of their acting form in this brilliant book adaptation, from the tv wasteland of the 1980's

    7.8
    Abley supported by a cast of supporting characters that are far from cardboard cutouts. A delight to re watch again 20 years after the originals were first seen on ITV in the UK.



    The two main protaganists are constantly engaged in a sometimes non too subtle game of one upmanship, which is a joy to watch.
  • Well Worth Watching

    9.8
    Fortunately for fans of high-quality, intelligently written comedy drama, PBS has a rich stockpile of such past productions that are now available on DVD or VHS. This comedy of manners, originally broadcast in 1985, is one of the best. The primary conflict throughout the series is the rivalry between the title characters, portrayed beautifully by Prunella Scales (Elizabeth Mapp) and Geraldine McEwan ("Lucia" Lucas). Additionally, the amazing Nigel Hawthorne gives an unforgettable performance as Lucia's best friend and confirmed bachelor, Georgie Pillson. Through the five-part series, and its five-part sequel (MAPP AND LUCIA II), the quality remains top-notch. Toward the later part of the ten-episode arc, the competition between the two women can grow a bit tedious, but the supporting cast of background characters more than compensates.moreless