National Trust property Lamb House in Rye to serve as setting for Mark Gatiss drama Mapp and Lucia

The Sherlock creator will join Steve Pemberton and Anna Chancellor on the BBC's East Sussex set

National Trust property Lamb House, in Rye, will serve as the fictional town of Tilling, in the BBC adaptation of E. F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia.


The original series was inspired by this heritage building; Benson’s actual home in the early 1900s. This wonderful property and pretty garden, one of the largest gardens in the old town, has an impressive literary heritage. Before Benson, it was the home to writer Henry James, and after Benson it was rented by modern classics author Rumer Godden.

Miranda Richardson (Blackadder) and Anna Chancellor (Flemming) will team up with Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton (Happy Valley) in the three-part comedy.

“It’s been really joyful sitting here knowing that E.F. Benson probably sat where I am now, writing these stories,” said Pemberton on set.

“There are a lot of literary characters and figures that have lived in Rye over the years,” he continues. “It’s got a very artsy, creative vibe about it.”

The drama will take place in the summer of 1930, and follows the hilarious antics of two small-town, middle class socialites – Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Mrs Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas.

Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones’s Diary) will also appear in the drama as Godiva ‘Diva’ Plaistow, as will Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) who will play quaint Irene Coles, Paul Ritter (Quantum of Solace) as Reverend Kenneth Bartlett and Katy Brand (Nanny McPhee Returns) who will appear as Hermione Pillson.


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