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A Perfect Cast,
This review is from: Mapp And Lucia: The Complete First Series [DVD]  (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.