TILLING ON TELEVISION
The birth of a legend:
In 1984, London Weekend Television, in association with Channel Four, created two successful television series which were based on stories from the classic E.F.Benson "Mapp and Lucia" set of novels.
Set in the picturesque town of Tilling in Sussex, the 10 episodes featured Prunella Scales as the acidulous "Elizabeth Mapp" and Geraldine McEwan as the redoubtable "Emmeline Lucas", known to all and sundry as "Lucia". As Lucia's closest friend "Georgie Pillson", Nigel Hawthorne was considered perfect casting.
Most of the filming took place on location in Rye, Sussex, apart from house interiors, which were recreated at the London studios of London Weekend Television.
Our own Yahoo groups website - the first stop for anything Benson-related:
Paul Bines has created a memorable site for all Bensonites out there:
and he also has started a Radio Tilling podcast website:
And a "must" is Deryck Solomon's M & L Glossary website:
Guy Fraser-Sampson has recreated the world of Tilling and Fred's characters in a new novel. Details here:
The Friends Of Tilling website can be found here:
Another excellent Mapp & Lucia website created by Michael Oakley:
And there is an E F Benson Society:
Interested in Rye?:
And if you want to stay in Rye, I can unequivocally recommend:
Web pages created by Siriami Enterprises Inc. 1999/2000, 2009 (at long last!) and 2010.
All frame enlargement photographs copyright Granada Television/LWT/Channel Four
All other photographs : Alistair Kerr
(excluding all photographs on the "On the Set" page - taken by unknown Rye photographer)
This page was last updated on 07/17/10 .