Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Season 2 [Blu-Ray]
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By the second season, both Sir Timothy and Lady Adelaide have moved to London, but there is still plenty of drama in Dorcas' life with the arrival of James Dowland (Jason Merrells), a former inhabitant of Lark Rise, a local boy who has done well in life. Being a self-made and wealthy man, James settles in Candleford, though he reacquaints himself with the residents of Lark Rise, especially Queenie Turrill (Linda Bassett) who used to take care of him as a young boy.Read more ›
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."
Filmed locations and sets are to-die-for your next vacation spot. Costumes to dazzle, delight, and disgust, depending upon the event. Every emotion you have ever felt in your past will be repeated sometime throughout this English town saga. The adapted books by Flora Thompson have never been read by this reviewer, but I can't imagine them being as fine as this TV series (and I'm a book lover). A superb British cast has perfected this story.
I started watching this series during the time the 1st season was airing in the UK. I fell in love with the characters, beautiful backdrop, and quaint country life of long ago. I couldn't wait to share this lovely series with my family, so I ended up pre-ordering the 1st season off of Amazon UK. I also ended up doing the same for season 2- not knowing if or when it would come to the states. Thankfully, PBS has since included this gem of a show on it's lineup! ..I'm just wondering if we'll have to wait as long for season 3 to air, as we did for the last two. In fact, it wasn't until season 2 had ended in the UK, that they finally started showing season 1. ..Better late than never I guess =o)
Anyway, you might recognize some of the shows main characters. As was noted by another reviewer; Dorcas Lane is played by none other than Julia Sawalha, who is quite the period drama veteran (most recently she also had a starring role in "Cranford"- another favorite of mine)!! Then there's Brendan Coyle (Robert Timmins) whom you might remember as Nicholas Higgins in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North & South" (BBC). Laura's mother Emma, is played by Claudie Blakley, who was Charlotte Lucas in the '05 "Pride & Prejudice", and maid Martha in "Cranford".
Now to my review.. (I watched all but the first episode.) Although a few of the characters from the first season are missing (notably "Sir Timothy"), and some new ones introduced- it seems to flow well, and compliment the 1st season nicely.
I adore Thomas Brown and Miss Ellison; they are quite the pair!Read more ›
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A refreshing comedy about life in the early 20th century.Published 1 day ago by Raymond J. Bochenek
The characters are lovable and humorous. Most of the episodes keep my attention and have a great twist and good plot. Looking forward to the next season on Prime!Published 1 day ago by God'sGal
After watching the first season I was hooked. Season two is no disappointment! The scripts are well written and continue to entertain! LOVE WATCHING !Published 1 day ago by Karen Blevins