The Town Gossip: Maggie Cole

Elisa Lichtenbaum | March 14, 2021

From Yente the matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof to nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz in Bewitched, who doesn’t love a colorful town gossip? Meet the latest addition to the list of iconic busybodies in The Trouble With Maggie Cole. The British comedic drama, which premiered in October 2020 on THIRTEEN is streaming for members with the benefit THIRTEEN Passport.

Dawn French (Delicious, The Vicar of Dibley) stars as the titular character in the six-part series about idle gossip gone awry in a picturesque fishing village called Thurlbury. The self-appointed oracle of the close-knit community, Maggie Cole fancies herself a local celebrity. When a radio journalist plies her with liquor during an interview, she unwittingly spills secrets about her fellow villagers – adultery, promiscuity, mob connections, and more.

With the town reeling from “Radiogate,” Maggie is desperate to make amends, especially with her best friend Jill (Julie Hesmondhalgh), a teacher whose promotion is jeopardized by Maggie’s scandalous interview. There’s a fine line between gossip and truth, and as Jill says, “What goes around comes around.”

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