Mapp and Lucia

Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Filming of 'Mapp and Lucia'

Production on the BBC’s upcoming three-part remake of Mapp and Lucia is officially under way, and you can now get your first look at the many famous faces who will be bringing the residents of Tilling to life.

The comedic drama will be based on the novels by author E.F. Benson, originally published during the 1920s. Our story begins when Mrs. Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, decides to take a holiday in the charming Queen Anne town of Tilling and runs into – and almost immediately afoul of – Miss Elizabeth Mapp, its designated social ringleader. Chaos (predictably) ensues.

Two-time Academy Award-nominee Miranda Richardson is playing Mapp opposite The Hour’s Anna Chancellor as Lucia. Our leading ladies will be joined by The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton as Lucia’s devoted BFF Georgie Pillson, as well as Sherlock star Mark Gatiss as Raj Army veteran Major Benjy.

Mapp and Lucia is tentatively slated to air later this year, but you can get your first look at the new series now, thanks to the wonders of Twitter. The official BBC One account and several members of the Mapp and Lucia cast and crew have helpfully shared a handful of behind the scenes filming photos, and everyone looks fantastic, basically:

BBC to Remake ‘Mapp and Lucia’ Series with Miranda Richardson and Mark Gatiss

The BBC is set to remake the classic series Mapp and Lucia, which tells the tale of two scheming small-town social rivals, and the people that aid, abet or are simply affected by their competition.

The comedic drama will be based on the novels by author E.F. Benson, originally published during the 1920s. The story begins during the summer of 1930, when Mrs. Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, decides to take a holiday in the charming Queen Anne town of Tilling and runs into – and almost immediately afoul of – Miss Elizabeth Mapp, its designated social ringleader. Chaos (predictably) ensues.

Two-time Academy Award-nominee Miranda Richardson has been cast as Mapp and she’ll face off against The Hour’s Anna Chancellor as Lucia. These rather fantastic leading ladies will be joined by The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton as Lucia’s devoted acolyte and dapper chief courtier Georgie Pillson, as well as Sherlock star Mark Gatiss – who called Benson’s novels “some of the most sly, funny and waspishly brilliant stories in the language – as Raj Army veteran Major Benjy.