64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Funny and Frivolous,
This review is from: Mapp & Lucia: The Complete Series [DVD] (1985-1986) (DVD)
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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Initial post: 16 Dec 2014 11:41:01 GMT
Helpful review - but Tilling is a small town not a village. Being mayor of a mere village would never have been enough for Lucia!
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