Lark Rise to Candleford ~ TV Series

October’s review is on Lark Rise to Candleford, a British drama that aired from 2008 to 2011. Based upon novels by Flora Thompson, the TV series was set in the nineteenth century near Oxford in the hamlets of Lark Rise and Candleford.

Lark Rise to Candleford
Lark Rise to Candleford
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
Lark Rise to Candleford
by Flora Thompson

Although I started reading the book after we watched the series, I haven’t yet finished it, so my review pertains only to the videos.

A Different, More Civilized Era
I enjoyed the slower pace of life and the intimacy of the small townships of the story, where everyone knows everyone else. Traditional long dresses with tight corsets and hats of the period were charming yet made us laugh at times.

The people greet each other with a proper title, such as Miss Lane. Their English is more sophisticated than ours today and includes regional accents.

Children are expected to defer to all adults, not only their parents. The high value placed on integrity, kindness, and hard work – as opposed to lying, gossiping, lashing out, shirking obligations, and skipping town – provides plenty of conflict.

The Players
All four seasons of Lark Rise (as we affectionately call it) are made of complete episodes that center around the postmistress, played by Julia Sawalha, or Laura Timmons, played by Olivia Hallinan, and highlight several people, letting us see them at their best and worst. I admit we became attached to them. Colorful characters such as Zillah, Queenie, and Twister are so entertaining that we found ourselves wistful when they didn’t figure into every drama.

Tea in the garden is my one weakness.” – Dorcas Lane, Postmistress of Candleford.

Dorcas Lane, Postmistress
Dorcas Lane, Postmistress

Rare Quality
Lark Rise is rated 8.1/10 on IMDB, a reflection of the excellence of the writing, acting (we’ve sought more works by the actors,) and the setting. Each backdrop is as beautiful as a painting but so real you can almost feel the dew on the grass and smell the bread baking.

Who would like Lark Rise to Candleford
Adults and teens who appreciate small town life, history, and characters and their debates might enjoy this series.

(A special thank you to Dennis and Judy for recommending it to us.)

Posted on October 6, 2015

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