Mapp And Lucia, 1985
Mapp and Lucia was a comedy drama series based on three 1930’s novels by E.F. Benson.
The show ran for two series of five episodes each in 1985 and 1986. It has since been released onto DVD by Network On Air and repeated a number of times on TV, most recently in 2015 on the digital channel ITV Encore.
On it’s 1985 transmission the series was nominated for a BAFTA award and is said by many critics to be a prime example of period comedy standing up against such heavy weights as Jeeves and Wooster and You Rang M’Lord.
Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas’ is forever the centre of her local village’s (Riseholme) preparation for fates, pageants and events.
However her world is turned upside down when social adversary Miss Elizabeth Mapp from the neighbouring village of Tilling shows up.
Cue a pitched battle for supremacy in a small Middle England village, where only the etiquette and manners of the day prevent the animosity from boiling over.
Prunella Scales – Elizabeth Mapp
Geraldine McEwan – Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas
Nigel Hawthorne – George Pillson
Denis Lil – Major Benjy Flint
Irene Handl – Poppy, Duchess of Sheffield
Channel: Channel 4
Created By: E.F. Benson
TV Script Written By: Gerald Savory
Produced By: London Weekend Television
Original Transmission Dates: 14th April 1985 – 31st May 1986