Lark Rise to Candleford (TV series)

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Lark Rise to Candleford
Genre Drama
Written by Bill Gallagher (screenplay)
Starring Julia Sawalha
Dawn French
Olivia Hallinan
Olivia Grant
Ben Miles
Claudie Blakley
Brendan Coyle
Matilda Ziegler
Victoria Hamilton
Linda Bassett
Karl Johnson
Narrated by Sarah Lancashire
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Gallagher
Susan Hogg
Producer(s) Grainne Marmion
Cinematography Balazs Bolygo
Running time 60 min.
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One, BBC HD
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run 13 January 2008 –
13 February 2011
Status Ended
Other websites
Official website

Lark Rise to Candleford is a British television costume drama series, adapted by the BBC from Flora Thompson's trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside. The first episode aired on 13 January 2008 on BBC One and BBC HD. Its cast includes actors from other late 2007 and early 2008 BBC costume dramas such as Sense and Sensibility and Cranford.

The story set in Oxfordshire. It is about Laura Timmins, a teenage girl from the village of Lark Rise who is sent by her parents to work as an assistant at the post office in the nearby town of Candleford. The post office is run by Miss Dorcas Lane, who is a cousin of Laura's mother. Laura's father, the stonemason Robert Timmins, at first misses her but later becomes proud of her for doing well in her new job. Laura's friend Alf Arless is in love with her, but, as Laura becomes used to life in Candleford, he realises that she will never return his feelings.

The other post office workers are the postman, Thomas Brown, a very religious man who tries not to get involved in any kind of mischief or fun; the maid Zillah, who has been with Miss Lane for many years and considers herself in charge of the household; and Mrs Macey, the senior assistant who decides to leave when other people find out that her husband has been in prison.

A second series began in January 2009, introducing some new characters[1]. These include a new maid, Minnie, and a rich hotel-owner, James Dowland, who falls in love with Dorcas Lane.

Changes from source material[change | edit source]

The Debtors Act of 1869 abolished putting people in prison for debt they could not pay. The series makes much of Mrs Arless', played by Dawn French, imprisonment for debt. In the novels the events are played out in the 1880s and later. So imprisonment for debt would therefore be a mistake in the chronology of time.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Olivia Hallinan, Mark Heap and Matilda Ziegler (19 February 2008). Richard & Judy. Channel 4

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