DVD review: Mapp & Lucia

Chris Hallam's World View

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It’s 1930 and the peace of the village of Tilling is unsettled by the arrival of two outsiders. The duo: Mrs. Emmeline Lucas (Anna Chancellor) and her male companion Georgie Pillson (Steve Pemberton) are an odd pair but, it soon becomes clear, nowhere near as odd as the people of Tilling itself. For this is truly a world of eccentrics, peopled by drunken majors, vicars with fake accents, intriguing lifestyle choices and of posh women who though ostensibly polite rarely say what they actually mean. Chief of them all is Miss Elizabeth Mapp (a toothsome Miranda Richardson), a social tyrant in the guise of a benign village spinster. It is only a matter of time before she and her new tenant Lucas (known as Lucia) become locked in a battle of wills.

Do not be fooled. This may be filmed in genteel village surroundings and was screened in three parts over the Christmas…

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