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BBC to Remake ‘Mapp and Lucia’ Series with Miranda Richardson and Mark Gatiss | Telly VisionsMapp and Lucia is a collective name for a series of novels by E. Benson , and also the name for two British television adaptations based on those novels. The novels feature humorous incidents in the lives of mainly upper-middle-class British characters in the s and s, many of whom do not work for a living, who vie for social prestige and one-upmanship in an atmosphere of extreme cultural snobbery. Several of them are set in the small seaside town of Tilling , closely based on Rye, East Sussex , where Benson lived for a number of years and like Lucia served as mayor. The house had previously been the residence of Henry James and had a garden room overlooking the street. The first three books concern only the protagonist named in the title; the last three feature both Mapp and Lucia.
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Subtly brilliant comedy of social rivalry between the wars. Emmeline Lucas known universally to her friends as Lucia is an arch-snob of the highest order. Ostensibly the most civil and genteel of society ladies, there is no plan too devious, no plot too cunning, no depths to which they would not sink, in order to win the battle for social supremacy. Using as their deadly weapons garden parties, bridge evenings and charming teas, the two combatants strive to outcharm each other - and the whole of Tilling society - as they vie for the position of doyenne of the town. Sign In Don't have an account?
Students in the mids may have bonded over many things — their opposition to the Thatcher government, perhaps, or their collection of albums by The Cure — but comic Edwardian novelist EF Benson? Such was the unlikely beginning to a beautiful friendship between Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton, when they first met at a drama college near Wakefield. The gay son of a Victorian Archbishop of Canterbury, Benson remains best known for his Mapp and Lucia novels, a series of social comedies about warring upper-middle-class ladies in interwar Sussex. Hardly the sort of stories one might expect to grip the imaginations of northern working-class youth, then — and yet capture Gatiss and Pemberton they did. And McEwan, with her cod-Italian phrases and eyes swivelling mischievously, has never been funnier. Pemberton has also been wise in his choice of leading ladies, Anna Chancellor, as Lucia, and an eerily Scales-like Miranda Richardson as Mapp. In fact the Mapp and Lucia novels were remarkable for their time in having two rather obviously gay characters — Georgie and Irene.
By Kat Brown. Benson wrote a further three novels about their battle for social supremacy in the town of Tilling based on Benson's own home town, Rye , and these have been followed by five volumes by other writers, and now a new BBC television adaptation with Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor. It was, and remains, a match made in heaven: albeit a heaven of intense social oneupmanship that frequently risks breaking out into warfare, which starts when Miss Mapp leases Lucia her house for the summer. Extremely polite and waspish battle ensues, and with it, some of the choicest battle cries in literature — chiefly from Lucia, clearly Benson's favourite. First adapted for television by Channel 4 in , the town of Tilling returns with Richardson and Chancellor respectively taking on the roles originally played by Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwan.
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Welcome to MappAndLucia. Be warned that this site reveals the plots of all the books and so if you've yet to read the books you may want to proceed with caution, however the Mapp and Lucia novels are far more novels of style than of plot and if you're like me you'll end up reading them again and again so don't be too worried. This is a work in progress so apologies for any holes. They will be filled in slowly, a bit like the ones in Tilling high street. EF Benson wrote six books about Mapp and Lucia:. If you are thinking of buying the books the best deal currently, and again a reflection of the fact that they are no longer in copyright, is the Wordsworths Classics editions.