Mapp and Lucia is a British drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One from 29 to 31 December 2014. The three-part series, adapted by Steve Pemberton and directed by Diarmuid Lawrence, is based on E. F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia collection of novels.
The series features an ensemble cast, with British actresses Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor playing the eponymous characters Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas. It is set in the Sussex coastal town of Tilling, based very closely on Rye, East Sussex, where it was filmed and where Benson lived. Although attracting modest viewing figures, the series received positive reviews from critics.
- Anna Chancellor as Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- Steve Pemberton as George Pillson
- Miranda Richardson as Elizabeth Mapp
- Mark Gatiss as Major Benji Flint
- Felicity Montagu as Diva Plaistow
- Gemma Whelan as Quaint Irene Coles
- Paul Ritter as Reverend Padre Kenneth Bartlett
- Poppy Miller as Evie Bartlett
- Nick Woodeson as Mr Algernon Wyse
- Pippa Haywood as Mrs Susan Wyse, MBE
- Katy Brand as Hermione Pillson
- Joanna Scanlan as Ursula Pillson
- Frances Barber as Amelia Contessa di Faraglione
- Jenny Platt as Foljambe
- Gavin Brocker as Harold Cadman
- Soo Drouet as Grosvenor
- Susan Porrett as Withers
- Harish Patel as Guru/Gupta
Mapp and Lucia was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson for BBC One.Filming took place in and around Rye during the summer of 2014 as well as Kent and East Sussex Railway Station in Tenterden.
Pemberton confirmed on The Paul O'Grady Show that the series will not be returning.
- Main article: Episode Guide
|1||Episode One||Steve Pemberton||Diarmuid Lawrence||December 29, 2014|
|Miss Elizabeth Mapp is thrown by the arrival of Mrs Emmeline Lucas.|
|2||Episode Two||Steve Pemberton||Diarmuid Lawrence||December 30, 2014|
|The Tilling Summer Exhibition provides Lucia with a new battlefield to conquer.|
|3||Episode Three||Steve Pemberton||Diarmuid Lawrence||December 31, 2014|
|The arrival of an Italian contessa gives Mapp a chance to expose Lucia as a fraud.|