I love the BBC series Lark Rise to Candleford. It's a charming show set in late 19th century England
when rural life was just on the cusp of changing due to modernization.
The series centers around Laura Timmins, a poor hamlet girl who ventures to the more prosperous and middle class Candleford to work in the post office run by her mother's cousin Dorcus Lane (brilliantly played by Julia Sawalha - Saffi from AbFab). All of the characters are memorable with their foibles, shortcomings and personalities driving the storylines. It's a light series with a few dark moments but not many and not very deep. If you love an easy flowing narrative with a cast of quirky characters, all set in the idyllic countryside of England, then this is the series for you.
Fans of the show who are looking for a faithful novel version will be disappointed by the books. Those who are interested in a glimpse of rural English life just before it changed forever will enjoy the description of harvest times, now forgotten holidays, and the different people who populated that era. It is a poignant story of a time now gone and lives that were more simple and yet more difficult than our own.
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