Lark Rise to Candleford: Series 1 Blu-ray
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Directed by Various (TV)
Produced in 2008
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Billed as the natural successor to Cranford, this ten part adaptation of Flora Thompsonís autobiographical memoirs, about growing up in a Cotswold village during the late 19th Century, covers much the same territory but with a far lighter touch. It sees Laura Timmins leave her hamlet of Lark Rise to start a new life under the wing of the postmistress in the market town of Candleford, a post which gives her plenty of opportunity to observe the goings-on of the villagers.
Instead of a conventional drama serial, it was thought the book would respond well to a different treatment, and writer Bill Gallagher has expanded storylines the book and turned them into full episodes.
Some traditionalists have cavilled at this approach, but overwhelmingly the series has been acclaimed as fine warm-hearted Sunday entertainment, providing a drama that thrives on the friendship and follies of human nature, but which is also a celebration of an idyll of the English countryside.
This ten-part adaptation of Flora Thompson's classic novel tells the story of two Oxfordshire communities at the end of the 19th century. The birth of a new baby brings financial hardship to the Timmins household, obliging eldest daughter Laura (Olivia Hallinan) to leave her home in the quiet hamlet of Lark Rise and embark on a new life in the busy, neighbouring market town of Candleford. Her adventurous cousin, postmistress Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha), takes Laura under her wing, and they soon become firm friends, experiencing together the romances, rivalries and comedies of close-knit rural life.
Publisher: 2 Entertain
Length: 582 mins
Format: Blu-ray Colour
Released: 9th March 2009
Cat No: BBCBD0037
- 4 discs.