Friday, January 13, 2012

Lark Rise to Candleford

With the end of the year came a discovery, a new series that Roger and I have thoroughly enjoyed.

If you liked Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility, you MUST try Lark Rise to Candleford.

"The series is set in the small Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighbouring market town of Candleford towards the end of the 19th century. The series chronicles the daily lives of farm workers, craftsmen, and gentry, observing the characters in loving, boisterous, and competing communities of families, rivals, friends, and neighbours.

The narrative is seen through the eyes of a teenage girl, Laura Timmins as she leaves Lark Rise to start a new life under the wing of her cousin, the independent and effervescent Dorcas Lane, who is Post Mistress at the local Post Office in Candleford. Through these two characters, viewers experience the force of friendship as Laura and Dorcas see each other through the best and worst of times." (Wikpedia)

It is a period series put out by the BBC based on the books by Flora Thompson. It starts out reminiscent of the Green Gables series, but quickly reminds you of other English period pieces. You get to know each and every character in depth, and through circumstances that mirror so much of the world we live in today, only dealt with and handled with such grace and care that you find yourself sighing when it if over and anxious for the next in the series.

If you are finding it hard to imagine Roger enjoying what I have just described, (and I know he does because he has said so), trust me, he does. The conversational quality of the characters, the stress given to the importance of relationships and people, when times were economically hard for so many, and so people never even ventured to think about being wealthy because they knew they already were in friends and family, work and productivity. These are the things about this series that we have discussed as being soo refreshing.

When so much of what is referred to as entertainment is violent or irreverent, flippant and phoney, or “reality”—in the worst sense—these shows are a breath of fresh air. If you are not a fan of period pieces, and don’t like English accents, then close your eyes, and just listen. You will find yourself privy to conversations that you will want to be able to sit up and listen very carefully, and will be glad you did.

Lark Rise to Candleford……….take the trip, it is worth it.