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Mapp & Lucia: The Complete Series [DVD] (1985-1986)


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  • Actors: Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan, Nigel Hawthorne, Dennis Lill, Mary MacLeod
  • Directors: Donald McWhinnie
  • Producers: Michael Dunlop
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EWOO4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,324 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Duncan McCandless on 21 Aug 2002
Format: DVD
If you have never seen Mapp and Lucia, I promise you a treat is in store. If you have seen it then you will have been awaiting the dvd release as eagerly as me.
Mapp and Lucia is a jewel of genteel english comedy, adhering pretty closely to the original books (also wonderful)though missing the first couple of volumes, there is some editing of minor characters, but this only serves to keep the series tight. There is not one duff performance, from the stately arrogance of Geraldine McEwan's Lucia, to the frustrated impotence of Prunella Scale's Mapp, via Nigel Hawthorne's fey fop Georgie, all are spectacular. The supporting cast are no less memorable. Denis Lill as Major Benjy, Mary Macleod as Diva, Geoffrey Chater and Marion Mathie as Mr and Mrs Wyse stand out. It is unfair to single out performers though, many laughs are to be had from the minor characters such as the servants. The storyline revolves around the battle for social supremacy in a small coastal english town. There are not really 'jokes' as such, the comedy arises from the complex web of social intrigue woven by the two ladies of the title. The series really repays watching over and over, I have watched the whole thing at least twice a year since it was first broadcast, and have yet to show it to anyone who didn't immediately become a convert. To put it simply, BUY IT! And sit back and enjoy what I think is a true classic of british television.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug 2002
Format: DVD
Open the wine, order your 'LOBSTER A-LA RISHOLME' pizza from Dominoes and settle down in front of the telly...........
For lovers of classic English camp bitchery, Alan Bennett & Victoria Wood can worship at the shrine of E.F. Benson
to show how it should be done, this superlative mid 80's comedy/drama is a lesson to all those who aspir e to genuine
excellence, from the incomparable Geraldine McEwan as the waspish Miss Mapp to Prunella Scales topping even 'Sybil'
for sheer comedic brilliance, all lovers of brittle English snobbery will delight in the adventures of these two menopausal
village nightmares - add to the mix the superp & late lamented Nigel Hawthorne as 'Master Georgie' and you have something unique. Ok so it's completely over the top but it's a shame that a programme like this would never get made these days - enjoy it for what it is - a stand-alone bit of camp foolery that knocks spots off anything being produced today.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2007
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Based on E. F. Benson's highly regarded novels from the 1920s and 1930s, this is a great comedy series filmed by L.W.T. for a young Channel 4. Being written during the era, the books, and this beautifully filmed adaptation, are spot on. It Stars Prunella Scales, Nigel Hawthorne and Geraldine McEwan. Visually it's not unlike Diana Rigg's "Mrs Bradley Mysteries", although this series follows a far darker and ruthless battle for social supremacy in the small town of Tilling (clearly based on Rye, East Sussex, where Benson was Mayor from 1934). Naturally this series was filmed in Rye and neighbouring Winchelsea.

Mrs Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, is a dreadful snob, but in Miss Elizabeth Mapp of Mallards, Lucia meets her match. Underlying the etiquette and politeness is a bitter and seething malice that unleashes the terrible weapons of garden parties, bridge evenings and afternoon teas. Although this may not sound promising material for modern-day viewers, the series [and books] are very funny and engage your interest just to see how sophisticated Lucia and frumpy Mapp score off each other and extricate themselves from social disasters. The witty and amusing episodes are based on the last three of Benson's books, and have a similar feel to P.G. Woodhouse's classic "Jeeves and Wooster".

DVD sound is English [mono] audio only, there's no subtitles, no extras, and picture/sound quality is fine on the small screen, although the colour is a little washed out [as is common with 35mm transfers]. This DVD set has all ten 50 minute episodes of Mapp and Lucia [two seasons of five episodes, first broadcast in 1985 & 1986, with a total DVD run time of 500 minutes]. It's a delight to watch, and all for just £15 or so.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. D. Walsh on 27 Jun 2007
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This DVD is a real treat - as camp as Christmas but wonderfully acted and true to the E F Benson books. The world of 1920s village of Tilling and its eccentric inhabitants is welcome escapism from current TV drama's gritty realism. Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwan play Mapp and Lucia, the rivals vying with each other for social standing and one upmanship amidst an endless round of bridge, gossip and musical evenings. Whilst some of the plots are OTT - when Mapp and Lucia are washed out to sea during floods and are then rescued by an Italian fishing trawler which keeps them in Newfoundland for months, only to return to find their memorial - the affected dialogue is very addictive - "au reservoir" "uno poco aperitivo" and of course Colonel Flint's, "kway hi". Nigel Hawthorne is equally superb as Lucia's needle pointing friend and neighbour. Think outside the box and discover "Mapp & Lucia".
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K C. on 6 Sep 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Having been a fan of Mapp & Lucia books for about 20 years I was delighted to know that that they had been re-released on video.
I wasn't disappointed. The late lamented Nigel Hawthorne was sublime, Prunella Scales as Mapp portrayed the part to a T. Geraldidine McEwan as Lucia almost makes me want to become a snob. As a member of the Tilling Society I wasn't disappointed.
Buy this if you have a slightly off the wall sense of humour.
I cannot recomend this highly enough!
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