The Town Gossip: Maggie Cole

October 16, 2020

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 (Sundays, October 18 – November 22, 8 p.m.), premiering this month on THIRTEEN.

Dawn French (Delicious Fridays at 10 p.m. on WLIW; The Vicar of Dibley) stars as the titular character in the six-part comedy-drama 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.”

Binge-watch all six episodes of The Trouble With Maggie Cole the night of the premiere with THIRTEEN Passport (, our extensive, members-only, on-demand library of public television programming.