Mapp and Lu­cia

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The last adap­ta­tion of E.F. Ben­son’s comic nov­els (star­ring Prunella Scales, Geral­dine McEwan and Nigel Hawthorne) aired in the 1980s. This new, three-part ver­sion was writ­ten by Steve Pem­ber­ton, who also stars as the madly camp Ge­orgie, with Anna Chan­cel­lor and Mi­randa Richard­son (right) as Lu­cia and Mapp. Set in 1930 in the pic­turesque Sus­sex vil­lage of Tilling, the story be­gins with the so­cial-climb­ing El­iz­a­beth Mapp ob­se­quiously wel­com­ing her sum­mer ten­ant, Em­me­line Lu­cas (Lu­cia), to her de­light­fully ap­pointed home, only to find her­self at log­ger­heads with her equally snooty guest.

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