Lark Rise to Candleford 4 Seasons 2008

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1. Episode 1 TV-PG CC

Laura Timmins says goodbye to her friends and family in Lark Rise to start her first job at the Post Office in the nearby town of Candleford. Postmistress Dorcas Lane gives her a warm welcome, but her loyalties are soon divided over a dispute at Lark Rise about payment for the delivery of telegrams.

Starring:
Brendan Coyle, Claudia Blakley
Runtime:
51 minutes
Original air date:
January 13, 2008

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    1. Episode 1 Laura Timmins says goodbye to her friends and family in Lark Rise to start her first job at the Post Office in the nearby town of Candleford. Postmistress Dorcas Lane gives her a warm welcome, but her loyalties are soon divided over a dispute at Lark Rise about payment for the delivery of telegrams.

    TV-PG 51min January 13, 2008
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    2. Episode 2 When her husband escapes from prison, Postmistress Mrs Macey fears the damage to her reputation will force her to leave Candleford. Caroline is summoned to Court for failing to pay her debts to the brewery. Laura strikes up a friendship with Philip, a gamekeeper from the manor.

    TV-PG 51min January 20, 2008
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    3. Episode 3 Dorcas intercedes when a new maid drives a wedge bigger than her irresistible sponge cake between Old Amos and his son. Robert refuses to let his children sing a song in praise of the Tories at the local Church concert.

    TV-PG 51min January 27, 2008
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    4. Episode 4 Ruby and Pearl Pratt face scandal when their estranged father returns to town. It's bad news for the other Candleford residents too as the wily old rascal is working his scams - aided by Caroline, who is being pursued by a bailiff. Meanwhile, Laura ignores her father while out with Philip.

    TV-PG 51min February 3, 2008
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    5. Episode 5 The arrival of a new Post Office inspector causes problems for Dorcas. Robert has been carving a decorative angel on the schoolhouse for which he is not getting paid. Laura loses an important parcel.

    TV-PG 50min February 10, 2008
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    6. Episode 6 A homeless family take advantage of Robert's charity, leaving their little daughter behind. Sir Timothy is uneasy when Lady Adelaide wants to adopt her. Dorcas regrets playing Cupid between Thomas and Miss Ellison.

    TV-PG 50min February 17, 2008
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    7. Episode 7 The residents rally around Susan Braby when they realise her husband Sam has hit her - until she has him arrested. Matthew is ccommissioned to make new gates for the manor. Lady Adelaide is concerned that Sir Timothy is spending too much time with Dorcas. Laura brings Phillip home for tea.

    TV-PG 51min February 24, 2008
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    8. Episode 8 A violent storm hits Lark Rise and Candleford. The arrival of a radical new teacher causes divisions in the two communities. Dorcas has a new admirer. Alf tries to impress Laura, who seems increasingly smitten with Philip.

    TV-PG 51min February 24, 2008
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    9. Episode 9 Queenie finds a beautiful embroidered panel on a grave. Dorcas and Sir Timothy try to solve the mystery of who created it. Alf's poaching leads him and Edmund into danger. Fresh out of prison, Caroline returns to Lark Rise determined to mend her ways.

    TV-PG 50min March 8, 2008
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    10. Episode 10 Dorcas decides to sell up and leave Candleford. Philip's possessiveness causes Laura increasing concern. And there are surprises, joy and sorrow when everyone gathers at the Post Office for Zillah's birthday party.

    TV-PG 50min March 15, 2008

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Charlie Palmer
Starring Brendan Coyle, Claudia Blakley
Supporting actors Brendan Coyle, John Dagleish, Fergus Drysdale, Dawn French, Olivia Grant, Olivia Hallinan, Victoria Hamilton, Mark Heap, Gerard Horan, Karl Johnson, Thomas Rhys Jones, Joseph Kloska, Sarah Lancashire, Stephen Marcus, Ben Miles, Sophie Miles, Harry Miles, Martha Murdoch
Season year 2008
Network BBC America
Executive Producer Bill Gallagher
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Good, clean family show.
RC
The stories are well written, the characters are interesting and the acting is great.
Ariel
Lark rise to Candleford is an excellent series with characters I care about.
Bren

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210 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 11, 2009
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English country life could never have been as poetic, pictorial, and enchanting as this dramatization of the lives of those living in and around the two 1880's towns of Lark Rise and Candleford. Even the DVD's music puts a sanguine sugarcoating on the period. All of this is to the delight of the viewer of this masterfully done TV series sure to endear any North American who has a tender video heart toward Victorian Britain. Perhaps, consider it a British mutation of "Little House on the Prairie" or "The Waltons."

This set of 4 DVDs, 10 episodes totaling 582 minutes, is actually a 9 1/2+ hour saga (continuing panorama of human relationship) of the commoner village and the more sophisticated Candleford. The short 8-mile separation allows for much intermingling, bigotry, conflict, forbidden love, political and economic interaction. It is not a family saga, not a nobility bloodline dramatization, but a saga of struggles and lifestyles of different kinds of personalities, each caught in their own born-into world, and interacting with another different, and not always understood, class of folk.

Darling Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan), oldest child of a Lark Rise family, is sent off to Candleford to learn the trade of postmistress. She is the spark caught between the two towns (sometimes world's different.) Her mentor, Dorcas (Julia Sawalha), has a personal secret. There is the expected, token-gentry, rich, Squire family, Sir Timothy (Ben Miles)& Lady Adelaide (Oliva Grant). The rest of the regular cast (at least 20 appearing in all 10 episodes) is an assortment of either the die-hard, disheveled, working class or the Candleford higher class, but yet short of nobility range. It is the individuals that make this spectacular (or fill in your own highest superlative.
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By eileenpr on November 2, 2009
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I was searching amazon for a new period drama, found this one, and decided to purchase it based on the reviews and the quality of actors -- including Julia Sawalha (Pride & Prejudice and Cranford), Brendan Coyle (North & South), Ben Miles (The Forsyte Saga), Dawn French and Claudie Blakely. I was not disappointed. It was absolutely fabulous and I didn't want it to end. In fact, I've watched it a second time since purchasing it a month ago. I cannot wait until they release series two in the U.S. (it's already available in Europe). If you're thinking of buying it, don't hesitate. It's well worth the $42, ranking up there with P&P, N&S, Cranford, The Forsyte Saga, Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson version, which I happen to like better than the recent Andew Davies version), Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow version), Persuasion (Amanda Root version), etc. (I love period drama and own just about every one released). What better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon? Enjoy!
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
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I have been waiting for this series to be released here in the United States, and watched it within two days. I have to admit that I have yet to read the book (of the same name) by Flora Thompson that this series is based on (I plan to do so soon). The book is said to be semi-autobiographical but I can't really comment on how faithful the series is to the book since I've yet to read it. My review as such will be confined to the BBC drama.

The story follows the lives of the inhabitants of the poor, sleepy hamlet of Lark Rise and the more affluent and snooty inhabitants of Candleford during the last decades of the 19th century (sometime in the 1880s I believe). The central character Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan) is a young girl from Lark Rise who is sent by her parents to work as an assistant to the postmistress, the capable and sensible Dorcas Lane (a brilliant Julia Sawalha). Initially Laura balks at the more restrained and formal way of life in Candleford, and is humiliated by the way some of the town's more snobbish inhabitants (such as the Pratt sisters, Pearl and Ruby, credibly portrayed by Matilda Ziegler and Victoria Hamilton) look down upon her, but she gradually finds satisfaction and a measure of happiness in her job and new surroundings, and comes to develop a true understanding of the inhabitants of both Lark Rise and Candleford, in all their complexities. Julia Sawalha is amazing in her role as the kind postmistress who acts as a sort of mentor to young Laura, and whose own life seems deceptively straightforward, despite some undercurrents, brought on by her close friendship with town squire, Sir Timothy Midwinter (Ben Miles) who is married to a city girl,the cool and composed Lady Adelaide (Olivia Grant).
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Papillon Picasso on October 4, 2009
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This is an absolutely addictive series I recently discovered on PBS, and I am SO delighted that it will be released on DVD soon! If you have ever been a fan of BBC shows, then you will quickly discover that this wonderful cast of characters includes quite a number of faces you will recognize (Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Brendan Coyle and Dawn French, among many others.) Good writing, good acting....can't live without it!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
I am not sure if there is anything cut out like one review stated. I am actually watching it on DVD, but wanted to add a positive review as to the show itself.

This is series based on three novels published in the 1940s about a young woman and the families in two particular towns. The stories are set in the late 1800s, just before the turn of the century. The novels are semi-autobiographical, so they have an honest appeal to them.

The events that occur are not the earth shattering and ground breaking instances that most major series are filled with. Instead the stories revolve around everyday life in these two hamlets. Lark Rise is conservative, smaller, and more remote. Candleford is a town on the rise with influences from near and far. We see these influences with such subtle hints as the unveiling of the latest Parisian fashions for example. Several of the stories deal with family issues, debts, and work. Troubles that still ring true even today.

There are some terrific actors and actresses that one might recognize from Cranford, Downton Abbey, and other top notch British drama series. The roles are played well with an emphasis on subtlety, instead of the more dramatic performances in series such as Downton. The acting and the sets remind me a lot more of Cranford, despite the 40 or 50 year gap in their time periods.

Though the series starts with young Laura as the apparent main character, she acts more as a foil to the other various characters. It is a slow paced series, and many of the supporting characters have episodes focused on them. It's all very well done and there is no sense to trying to fit too much in. Often the scenes and episodes can be rather sparse and quiet.
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