Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Episode 1

Episode 1 of 3

1930s comedy drama based on EF Benson's novels. Miss Elizabeth Mapp reigns supreme over the inhabitants of Tilling until the arrival of the accomplished Mrs Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas.

A new BBC adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia novels. It is 1930 and in the extraordinarily quaint Queen Anne village of Tilling (which is by, but not quite on, the sea) all seems as quiet as a mill pond. But its eccentric inhabitants exist in a world seething with gossip, faddishness and petty one-upmanship. From her centrally located house, Mallards, Miss Elizabeth Mapp reigns supreme over them all.

Until, that is, the arrival of Mrs Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas. With her passion for music, art and high culture of all kinds, Lucia is quite an addition to Tilling's social scene. It's not long before Mapp is indulging in all kinds of foul plots to undermine her accomplished tenant.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 29 Dec 2014 21:05

More episodes


You are at the first episode


See all episodes from Mapp and Lucia



Role Contributor
Elizabeth Mapp Miranda Richardson
Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas Anna Chancellor
Georgie Pillson Steve Pemberton
Cadman Gavin Brocker
Godiva 'Diva' Plaistow Felicity Montagu
Irene Coles Gemma Whelan
Evie Bartlett Poppy Miller
Withers Susan Porrett
Rev Kenneth 'Padre' Bartlett Paul Ritter
Major Benjamin 'Benjy' Flint Mark Gatiss
Hotel Clerk Sophie Stone
Twistevant Andy Godfrey
Susan Wyse MBE Pippa Haywood
Algernon Wyse Nicholas Woodeson
Janet Maxine Roach
Foljambe Jenny Platt
Grosvenor Soo Drouet
Coplen Simon Startin
Town Crier Peter Mould
Writer Steve Pemberton
Author EF Benson
Director Diarmuid Lawrence
Producer Susie Liggat
Executive Producer Lisa Osborne


Interview: Miranda Richardson

Interview: Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson discusses Mapp's extraordinary spirit

Interview: Anna Chancellor

Interview: Anna Chancellor

Anna explains Lucia's backstory and the Tilling social hierarchy