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Lark Rise to Candleford 

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An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

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Bill Gallagher
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Olivia Hallinan ...  Laura Timmins 40 episodes, 2008-2011
Sarah Lancashire ...  Adult Laura 40 episodes, 2008-2011
Julia Sawalha ...  Dorcas Lane 40 episodes, 2008-2011
Fergus Drysdale Fergus Drysdale ...  Frank Timmins 39 episodes, 2008-2011
Martha Murdoch Martha Murdoch ...  Ethel Timmins 39 episodes, 2008-2011
Claudie Blakley ...  Emma Timmins 38 episodes, 2008-2011
John Dagleish ...  Alf Arless 38 episodes, 2008-2011
Thomas Rhys Jones Thomas Rhys Jones ...  Edmund Timmins 38 episodes, 2008-2011
Mark Heap ...  Thomas Brown 37 episodes, 2008-2011
Karl Johnson ...  Twister Turrill 37 episodes, 2008-2011
Linda Bassett ...  Queenie Turrill / ... 36 episodes, 2008-2011
Matilda Ziegler ...  Pearl Pratt 36 episodes, 2008-2011
Sophie Miles Sophie Miles ...  Sally Arless / ... 35 episodes, 2008-2011
Hope Yeomans Hope Yeomans ...  Lizzie Arless 35 episodes, 2008-2011
Brendan Coyle ...  Robert Timmins 31 episodes, 2008-2010
Victoria Hamilton ...  Ruby Pratt 31 episodes, 2008-2011
Sandy McDade ...  Margaret Brown / ... 30 episodes, 2008-2011
Ruby Bentall ...  Minnie Mude 29 episodes, 2009-2011
Harry Miles Harry Miles ...  Archie Arless / ... 23 episodes, 2008-2010
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An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

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Drama | Romance

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The series is based on Flora Thompson's semi-autobiographical book "Lark Rise to Candleford", which was originally published as three separate books: "Lark Rise", "Over to Candleford" and "Candleford Green". The three books, which were published in 1939, '41, and '43 were literary recollections of some of the events which had occurred more than 50 years earlier, during the very end of the 19th century, when Flora [Timms] Thompson grew up in the tiny Oxfordshire hamlet of Juniper Hill ("Lark Rise"), and then at age 14 started work at a small post office in the village of Fringford ("Candleford Green"). Among others, the main character, who she modeled after herself, is referred to in the three books as "Laura Timmins," her father Albert Timms is re-named "Robert Timmins," and the postmistress she worked with, Kezia Whitton, became the jumping-off place for the character of the postmistress Dorcas Lane. Scholarly research indicates that these books were not completely autobiographical in nature, and that several of the stories found in the books had already been published independently before being re-worked by Thompson. In this TV series, Candleford and Candleford Green have been merged into one town. Flora Thompson also wrote a fourth book, "Heatherley", describing events later in her life when she ran her own post office in Grayshott, Surrey, but this book (which was published posthumously) does not feature in the TV series. See more »

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In Series 1, the characters played by Sophie Miles and Harry Miles were called Tilda and Wally Arless, whereas in Series 2 and 3 they were called Sally and Archie Arless. See more »

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Twister Turrill: God must like a comely tune else we'd all be Germans.
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My One Weakness
2 March 2008 | by phosieSee all my reviews

After Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and this winter's Cranford, I thought that the BBC couldn't do any better: that it had reached its peak. Boy, was I wrong. I was apprehensive about watching Lark Rise because of this, but those doubt were removed immediately as I fell in love with all the characters, especially Julia Sawalha, who surpasses herself, obviously moving away from her most famous role as Lydia Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, and she does so delightfully!

The hamlet of Lark Rise is so sleepy, and yet just as enthralling as the 'modern' town of Candleford. All the little stories within each episode, as well as those expanding throughout the entire series, make it a joy to watch, and an awesome way to pass the evening and forget all of one's woes. In producing two enchanting series so close to one another, the BBC has certainly surpassed itself.


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13 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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