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Enjoyable period piece. Stories/little dramas in small town life. If you like things like Heartbeat, Road to Avonlea, Wind at my back...you'll likely enjoy this too.
I very much enjoyed this whole series, the characters, and the contrast between town and village values & lifestyles. My husband found it to be too "sappy" for his tastes. But how often do you find a TV series that's not all swear words, violence, sex, and horrid role models? Prepare to enjoy some family time with this series.
I came upon this series after the recommendation of a British friend. So glad I did! It's the story of two nearby villages (one a small town and the other a hamlet) and how the lives of the inhabitants intertwine, all revolving around the post office and postmistress and the young girl who comes to work with her. All the characters are interesting and varied and you quickly become involved in their interesting lives. Such a contrast to the way we live today. I will watch the entire 4 seasons. Highly recommended!
Beautiful contrast between very small settlement--hamlet--and the small town it is closest to. Social class divisions play out gently, as others have noted, gentle is the nature of this series. If you like BBC series, you'll like this one.
I too really enjoyed this first year of the series: couldn't 'put it down', was sorry to see it end... Extremely engaging and colorful characters; absorbing dialogue and quaint stories; great cast... I can always count on the BBC and their period drama. I have yet to be disappointed with *anything* that they produce. On to season 2. FIVE STARS.
I love this whole series. I find the first year a little slow as it develops the characters but it is worth it because it just keeps getting better and better! Love it!
I could not get into anything with regards to Lark Rise to Candleford. I didn't even finish it. It was boring to me.
I very much enjoyed watching the first season. Can't wait to watch the others. Very wholesome, yet not childish.
In the mood for a gentle "watch" (it's akin to the gentle read--no gore, no sex, no foul language)? Let this wonderful 4-season series from the BBC spirit you away to late-19th century Oxfordshire with stories revolving around the lives of the townsfolk of thriving, forward-looking Candleford and the denizens of sleepy, rural Lark Rise, eight miles up the road. Our narrator, young Laura Timmons of Lark Rise, moves to Candleford to be assistant to Dorcas Lane, the progressive, slightly meddlesome, but good hearted postmistress. Of course, you can't have a successful period piece like this without crises large and small, romances, jiltings, feuds, and the full complement of quirky characters. My favorite is Minnie, Dorcas's young housemaid--innocent, selectively clever, bubbly, eager to learn, but like as not to get things wrong, and the owner of the biggest, softest heart of all. Some of the episodes tip dangerously toward the sappy, but the high quality of the acting and the top-notch production values one expects from the BBC save the day. If you liked the recent Cranford series, you'll enjoy this, too, I'll bet.
The book and the movies are centred around the life of Laura, the eldest daughter in the Timmins family, who lives in the hamlet of Lark Rise. Laura moves to Candleford, a neighbouring community, to work in the post office. As we meet Laura's co-workers and the general populace of Candleford, we are invited to partake in the trials, tribulations and thankfully the triumphs in their lives. The acting, costumes and sets are simply fabulous!
This is a fabulous series, a cross between Road to Avonlea and Little House on the Prairie. A wholesome story of families, rich and poor. If you haven't seen this yet- you are missing out!! I am eagerly awaiting season four. Too bad TV didn't have more shows like this. This is my version of "reality TV"!!
Ugh. Predictable. Sappy. I could only make it half-way through. Maybe if I had a bunch of snow days with nothing else to do...
I really enjoyed this series, and was delighted to see they are already in the third season!
If you love period drama you'll love this.