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LARK RISE TO CAN­DLE­FORD:

Se­ries 1 – This is a charm­ing love let­ter to a van­ished cor­ner of ru­ral Eng­land. Set in the Ox­ford­shire coun­try­side in the 1880s, the se­ries de­picts the last bright flick­er­ing of a now-van­ished way of life, as Vic­to­rian Eng­land ap­proaches the 20th cen­tury. Rich, funny, and emo­tional,

Lark Rise To Can­dle­ford fol­lows the re­la­tion­ship of two con­trast­ing com­mu­ni­ties: Lark Rise, the small hamlet gen­tly hold­ing on to the past; and Can­dle­ford, the mar­ket town bustling into the fu­ture. Seen through the eyes of young Laura (Olivia Hal­li­nan, above), the two com­mu­ni­ties’ in­hab­i­tants en­dure many up­heavals and strug­gles as the in­ex­orable changes ar­rive. Tak­ing a job at the post of­fice in Can­dle­ford, run by the mer­cu­rial Dor­cas (Ju­lia Sawalha), Laura turns her back on her child­hood hamlet to make her way in the world. With her loy­al­ties di­vided, she must choose her own path to wom­an­hood… While Laura’s re­la­tion­ship with Dor­cas is the show’s emo­tional heart, Lark Rise

To Can­dle­ford draws on a rich en­sem­ble cast for a strong se­rial el­e­ment, point­ing up the lit­tle con­flicts, ro­mances and mis­un­der­stand­ings be­tween the tiny Lark Rise and the more worldly Can­dle­ford. Laura feels th­ese ten­sions through her own very pri­vate tug of love, as Dor­cas and Laura’s fam­ily back home pull her in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. What the press says : “Such is the sun-bathed beauty of their sur­round­ings you might be apt to for­get how hard times ac­tu­ally were” – Sun­day Tele­graph; “Ever so charmed by it we are too”– Sun­day Mir­ror. Pre­mieres on BBC En­ter­tain­ment at 8.30pm. Con­tin­ues Tues­days at

8.30pm

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