Classic novels to be adapted into a TV series

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A SET of classic novels that lampoon the snobberies of England village life is set to be adapted into a TV series in filmed in the very town on which it was based.

Author Edward Frederic Benson’s series Mapp and Lucia, which are set in the fictional village of Tilling, is being adapted by the BBC – with cameras start rolling this summer in the seaside town of Rye, East Sussex, on which Tilling was based.

Benson lived in Rye for a time and served time there as mayor.

Malcolm Johnston, executive director of resources at Rother District Council, said: “As the inspiration for the original Mapp and Lucia novels, it’s wholly fitting that this television adaptation should be filmed in Rye.

“As one of the best-preserved medieval towns in England, the town will provide a stunning backdrop, and hopefully being screened in living rooms across the country will encourage more people to come and enjoy this part of the world.”

The cast features two-time Academy Award-nominee Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor from Four Weddings and a Funeral and Mark Gatiss from Sherlock and The League of Gentlemen.

Miranda Richardson said: "I am so looking forward to a summer of hard work and I hope, great fun, working with the ensemble on this masterly adaptation of EF Benson's delicious confection. I cannot wait to get my teeth into playing Mapp.” The adaptation will be written by Steve Pemberton, also from The League of Gentlemen - which also featured a Sussex connection with The Local Shop sketch being based off a real store in Rottingdean.Mark Gatiss said: "EF Benson's tales of life in Tilling are some of the most sly, funny and waspishly brilliant stories in the language. It's an absolute treat to be joining my old friend Steve and such a glorious cast to bring them to life.”

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8:45am Tue 6 May 14

BlackRocker says...

Older viewers, like myself, will probably still have fond memories of the splendid London Weekend Television version screened in 1985-6 and starring Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales and Nigel Hawthorne which was also partly filmed in Rye and Winchelsea.
Older viewers, like myself, will probably still have fond memories of the splendid London Weekend Television version screened in 1985-6 and starring Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales and Nigel Hawthorne which was also partly filmed in Rye and Winchelsea. BlackRocker
  • Score: 8

9:45am Tue 6 May 14

Max Ripple says...

Yes. A completely wrong story really. Mapp and Lucia was done in the early eighties. Excellent series and shame on The Argus for not doing any research and finding it. But hey, why let facts get in the way of a story, eh?
Yes. A completely wrong story really. Mapp and Lucia was done in the early eighties. Excellent series and shame on The Argus for not doing any research and finding it. But hey, why let facts get in the way of a story, eh? Max Ripple
  • Score: 2

10:28am Tue 6 May 14

btnman says...

They will find it hard to improve on the original series.
They will find it hard to improve on the original series. btnman
  • Score: 7

11:43am Tue 6 May 14

mimseycal says...

It was indeed a wonderful series with first class acting. To the best of my knowledge no one has ever reinvented the wheel but good ol' producers will keep trying.
It was indeed a wonderful series with first class acting. To the best of my knowledge no one has ever reinvented the wheel but good ol' producers will keep trying. mimseycal
  • Score: 5

5:09pm Wed 7 May 14

mjlf says...

The original adaptation is easily sourced as a boxed set and is a delight.
The original adaptation is easily sourced as a boxed set and is a delight. mjlf
  • Score: 0

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