Mapp And Lucia

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8.31985TV-PG
First of two comedy drama series based on the books by E F Benson, following the rivalry between two society ladies in a small seaside town during the 1930s
Starring
Geraldine McEwanPrunella ScalesNigel Hawthorne
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Village Fete
    April 13 1985
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Comedy drama series about the rivalry between two society ladies. Lucia tires of life in Riseholme and moves to the seaside town of Tilling with her friend Georgie.
  2. 2. Battle Stations
    April 20 1985
    50min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Lucia rents Mallards from Mapp, and the two ladies soon begin battling to outdo each other as Mapp realises she has a fight on her hands.
  3. 3. The Italian Connection
    April 27 1985
    50min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mapp learns that an Italian countess is paying a visit. Lucia and Georgie claimed to be linguists, and Mapp is keen to catch them out.
  4. 4. Lobster Pots
    May 4 1985
    51min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Lucia sells her house in Riseholme and buys Grebe - a house just outside Tilling on the marshes. She soon becomes a leading Tilling hostess.
  5. 5. The Owl And The Pussycat
    May 11 1985
    50min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Some months have passed, and both Mapp and Lucia are believed lost at sea.

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1985
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2.9 out of 5 stars

12 global ratings

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Ivan WomboldtReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cleaver, Witty and Humor / Favorite actors.
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One of my favorites, as its three top actors are among the best. Cleaver, witty, charming, power struggles and personalities collide with light humor and a cleaver adaptation of the books. I watch it from time to time over and over just to take me away from my daily grind.
6 people found this helpful
Marco4DLReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprise
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Didn't know what to expect, but it's hysterical and glad I found it.
4 people found this helpful
BillReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best British comedies ever
I'm a fan of the E.F. Benson books that form the basis for this series. The highlight of my trip to England many years ago was visiting the charming town of Rye (called Tilling in the Lucia books), where Benson lived and this series was filmed. But I must say that I like the TV production, thanks to the inspired comic performances, even more than the books.

In particular, Geraldine McEwan is exquisite. Her little comic mannerisms are absolutely hilarious, and she makes the character endearing in a way that I never thought possible. Again, "inspired" is the only appropriate word.

The same with the much-missed Nigel Hawthorne's Georgie. Absolutely perfect casting. And Prunella Scales (of Fawlty Towers fame) bites into her less-sympathetic role of Mapp and does not let go until she wrings every last laugh from it. As is particularly true for British series, the supporting cast is also excellent at bringing their own eccentric characters to life in just a few brushstrokes.

Many British comedies have come and gone in the years since this 1985 series, but it remains the most delightful, in my book. By the way, the 2014 version has its charms, but it suffers greatly from a major casting error (Anna Chancellor as Lucia).
6 people found this helpful
LMPReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful
A wonderful treat. I wish there were more episodes. Benson's characters are exquisitely brought to life in this short series.
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BeckReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Have loved this since I first saw it in the 80's
Have loved this since I first saw it in the 80's. Still watch it every few years. Subscribed to Britbox just to watch it again, even though I own the DVDs. Yes. I'm obsessed.
6 people found this helpful
A. FANReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Slow and boring
Not at all funny. Couldn't make it through the first episode.
Barbara ClouseReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible!
I could not make it through the first episode. It is horrible acting. No one can top the performances of Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan and Nigel Hawthorne.
jbearReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun to watch!
Very entertaining!
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