TV Mapp And Lucia (Channel 4 1985-1986, Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales) Published 3 years ago on May 23, 2016 Period comedy drama series Mapp and Lucia followed the petty rivalries of two friends, Emmilie ‘Lucia’ Lucas and Elizabeth Mapp in a small town during the 1920’s. Made for Channel 4, this lavish recreation of the world of E.F. Benson’s perenially popular characters Elizabeth Mapp and Lucia Lucas is gorgeous stuff. A dream cast features Prunella Scales as Mapp and Geraldine McEwan as Lucia as well as the likes of Nigel Hawthorne, Denis Lill and Geoffrey Chater. The setting is the small sea-side town of Tilling-On_sea where the well to do ladies are each determined to be the most influential person in town. Frequently hilarious and with wonderful production values this was a brilliant evocation of Benson’s humorous stories. The BBC mounted a new 3 part version for Christmas 2014 which sadly came and went without a great deal of fanfare. Scales, McEwan and Hawthorne were all longtime Benson enthusiasts, fascinated by his lively, waspish dialogue, sure that the books cried out to be adapted. Hawthorne once even thought of securing them himself for television. That the characters are less than real was inviting for the kinds of actors who enjoy fleshing out and hunianising parts for themselves. “They are” observed Geraldine in a TV Times article promoting the series, “so wonderfully eccentric. There’s a kind of wicked ruthlessness about everyone. Lucia gets a kick out of being ruthless. And she’s quite flirtatious, which is why most people like her. They need her – she’s a leader. She and Georgie are terrific friends, but they’re terribly competitive.” production details UK / Channel 4 London Weekend Television / 10×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 April 1985 – 31 May 1986 Writer: Gerald Savory / Novels: E.F. Benson / Theme Music: Jim Parker / Producer: Michael Dunlop / Executive Producer: Nick Elliott / Director: Donald McWhinnie cast Geraldine McEwan as Lucia Prunella Scales as Mapp Nigel Hawthorne as Georgie Denis Lill as Major ‘Benjy’ Mary Macleod as Diva James Greene as Padre Cecily Hobbs as Quaint Irene Geoffrey Chater as Mr Wyse Marion Mathie as Mrs Wyse Geraldine Newman as Grosvenor Ken Kitson as Cadman Lucinda Gane as Foljambe Cherry Morris as Withers Carol Macready as Daisy Quantock THE EPISODES SEASON ONE 14 April – 12 May 1985 1. THE VILLAGE FETE 2. BATTLE STATIONS 3. THE ITALIAN CONNECTION 4. LOBSTER POTS 5. THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT SEASON TWO 3 May – 31 May 1986 1. WINNER TAKES ALL 2. CHANGE AND CHANGE ABOUT 3. LADY BOUNTIFUL 4. WORSHIP 5. AU RESERVOIR Cecily HobbsChannel 4Denis LillDonald McWhinnieGeoffrey ChaterGerald SavoryGeraldine McEwanJim ParkerKen KitsonLondon Weekend TelevisionMapp And LuciaMarion MathieNigel HawthornePeriod Comedy DramaPrunella ScalesTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes23 hours ago Strike Back: Season 7 Episode 5 (Cinemax Fri 22 Feb 2019) Episode 5: Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza... Episodes23 hours ago Don’t Be Tardy: Loaded Statement (S7EP3 Bravo Fri 22 Sep 2019) Loaded Statement: The Biermanns get serious about defending themselves and decide to attend a gun safety course after a break-in... Episodes23 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: E’ao lu’au a kualima (S9EP17 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) E’ao lu’au a kualima: Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his... Episodes23 hours ago Secrets of the Morgue: Overkill (S1EP12 ID Fri 22 Feb 2019) Overkill: When a brutally murdered woman is found floating near the yacht club at Newport Beach, Calif., after the coroner... Episodes23 hours ago Speechless: G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT (S3EP15 ABC Fri 22 Feb 2019) G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT: When Maya insists that it’s time to meet Izzy, a reluctant JJ arranges a game night... search EPISODES Episodes23 hours ago Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: Sandwich Showcase (S29EP14 FoodTV Fri 22 Feb 2019) Sandwich Showcase: Guy Fieri goes to a rock-n-roll brunch bar in Austin for their meatloaf and a Monte Cristo sandwich,... Episodes23 hours ago The Blacklist: Minister D (S6EP9 NBC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Minister D: While Red (James Spader) fights in court to clear his name of treason once and for all, Liz... Episodes23 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa (S9EP16 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa: When the top salesperson for a beauty company/pyramid scheme is murdered, Five-0 sifts through... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.