Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor are to take the lead roles in the BBC’s new adaptation of Mapp and Lucia.
The characters from the EF Benson stories about small-town snobbery were previously brought to life by Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwan for a 1980s series screened by Channel 4.
The new programmes, scripted by The League Of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton, are to be screened by BBC One.
Miranda – who is to play Elizabeth Mapp – said: “I am so looking forward to a summer of hard work and I hope, great fun. I cannot wait to get my teeth into Mapp – and of course, Lucia.”
And Anna, lined up to portray Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas, said : “I am thrilled to be playing the glorious Lucia. I hope I can do justice to EF Benson’s wonderful creations.”
Steve’s old League Of Gentlemen colleague Mark Gatiss will also take a role as Major Benjy in the three hour-long films.
He said: “It’s an absolute treat to be joining my old friend Steve and such a glorious cast to bring them to life.”