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Directed by: Various (TV)

Produced: 2008

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: PG

Studio: 2 Entertain

Length: 582 mins

Format: Blu-ray

Region: Region B

Released: 20 April 2009

Cat No: BBCBD0037

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Languages(s): English
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Lark Rise to Candleford: Series 1

Cast: Karl Johnson , Sarah Lancashire , Mark Heap , Dawn French , Julia Sawalha , Olivia Hallinan , Ben Miles , Brendan Coyle , Matilda Ziegler , Claudie Blakely

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Ten-part TV adaptation of Flora Thompson’s autobiographical trilogy of novels set in the idyllic 19th Century Oxfordshire of her... Read More

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Ten-part TV adaptation of Flora Thompson’s autobiographical trilogy of novels set in the idyllic 19th Century Oxfordshire of her childhood. When the birth of a new baby brings financial pressure to bear on the Timmins household, eldest daughter Laura (Olivia Hallinan) leaves the village of Lark Rise to begin work as an apprentice to her cousin, Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha), the postmistress of the neighbouring market town of Candleford. Laura and Dorcas soon become close friends and together they witness and experience the lives, loves and laughter of this now vanished corner of rural England.

Billed as the natural successor to Cranford, this ten part adaptation of Flora Thompson’s 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.

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