Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Dawn French, Brendan Coyle, Olivia Grant, Mark Heap, Ben Miles and Liz Smith star in this winning adaptation of Flora Thompson's magical memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood, a love letter to a vanished corner of rural England and a heart-warming drama series teeming with wit, wisdom and romance.
Set in the small hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighbouring
market town, Candleford, at the end of the 19th Century, the series chronicles the daily lives of farm workers, craftsmen and gentry, observing characters in loving, boisterous and competing communities of families, rivals, friends and neighbours.
This world is seen through the eyes of a teenage girl, Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan – Sugar Rush, Torchwood), as she leaves Lark Rise to start a new life under the wing of her cousin, the independent and effervescent Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha – Absolutely Fabulous, Pride And Prejudice), who is Post Mistress at the local Post Office in Candleford.
Through them, viewers experience the force of friendship as they see each other through the best and worst of times. Lark Rise To Candleford is warm, funny, poignant, occasionally tragic but overall a celebration of the spirit of community.
Episode 22 (March 29)
James Dowland is confined to his hospital bed when his son arrives in Candleford. Dorcas welcomes the child into the Post Office, encouraging her staff to do everything they can to make the boy feel at home in Candleford.
Episode 23 (April 5)
Daniel Parish, a handsome and ambitious young journalist, arrives in Lark Rise with exciting news for the Timmins family. Emma’s aunt has died, leaving her a large inheritance.
Episode 24 (April 12)
Daniel Parish returns to Candleford to try to win back Laura’s affections. The first person he encounters is Robert, who challenges him to make amends with the people he has offended.
Lark Rise to Candleford will not air on April 19 due to special Easter programming.
Episode 25 (April 26)
When Alf secures a “man’s wage” from the farmer, enabling him and his siblings to move back into the family cottage, he couldn’t be prouder, and throws a party to celebrate. Laura intercepts a letter addressed to Alf from prison – fearing it may contain bad news from his ma, she decides to delay its delivery so his special day isn’t spoiled.
Episode 26 (May 3)
It’s harvest time and, when Alf is crowned “king of the mowers”, he vows to bring in the harvest in record time. Every man, woman and child in the hamlet is employed cutting the wheat and collecting the “leazings”, or leftover wheat, which will feed them through the winter.
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