Lark Rise to Candleford

Lark Rise to Candleford

The Complete Season Four

DVD - 2011
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A look at two contrasting Oxfordshire communities, Lark Rise, the small hamlet gently holding on to the past, and Candleford, the neighboring market town, bustling into the future and a young woman's struggle to find her place in both of these worlds. The complete fourth season.
Publisher: [London] : BBC ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2011
ISBN: 9780780668539
0780668537
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Lark 3564
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 351 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 c., in container

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dubonnet
Feb 28, 2016

A wonderful series all in all, but like many others, I found the end to be abrupt , unsatisfying and disappointing. I would have loved a few more episodes.
It leaves us wondering...will Dorcas marry and leave the post office? Will Laura marry her beau? where will Minnie and Alf live and will Minnie continue to work for Dorcas?
Lots of unanswered questions. We didn't even get to say good by to Robert Timmins or know if he came home as he made no appearance in the last season as the actor was likely filming Downton Abbey at that time.

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StopHarperNow
Mar 04, 2015

It was a bit sappy at times (especially the Pratt sisters), but all in all it was an absolutely wonderful series. I agree with others who complained about the ending being rushed. It seemed to have been cobbled together because ITV decided to pull the plug midway through season four. It's quite a shame there won't be a season five. It was such a delightful little escape.

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LadySugar
Jun 09, 2014

To have the series come to such an abrupt end is a tradegy. The producers gave us a measly 6 episodes and called that a conclusion. I was enjoying it so much but was deeply saddened to discover that there are no further episodes. They should have at least thought about the audience and extended season four to at least 12 episodes. What a tradegy.

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Monolith
Feb 02, 2014

I've been absolutely rapt in this series from start to finish. The magnificent colorful characters were full of goodness and charm (even snooty Pearl Pratt). Prudish, semi-neurotic Thomas Brown and his priggish, nervous wreck of a wife Margaret; Queenie and Twister (my favorites); the brutally honest and adorably naïve Minnie (another favorite); the down-to-earth Lark Risers (although I didn't particularly warm up to Richard Harrington's Gabriel Cochrane character, an obvious attempt from the producers as a distraction from the sorely missed Brendan Coyle/Robert Timmins cornerstone character, thanks to "Downton Abbey"). And of course there's Dorcas Lane poking her "one weakness" into everybody's business. She made everything juicy, and had good common sense and the wisdom of Socrates to make everything right. You couldn't help but love her (and Julia Sawalha's flawless portrayal of her). This was Flora Thompson's autobiographical story as Laura Timmins, the young post-mistress, whom surprisingly, was not my most favorite character (although she was very sweet). I'll miss this series, and will most likely return to it in years to come. Magnificent stuff. FIVE STARS.

Irishannie18 Aug 17, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed this series. Yes, it is a shame it ended with season 4. Excellent character lines and acting.

brontelit87 Jun 06, 2012

I absolutely love this series! I missed the character of Robert Timmins in this season too. Richard Harrington (Alan Woodcourt in 2006's _Bleak House_) is a great addition. It's also such a shame that the BBC cancelled this fabulous series. However, Season Four is a fine conclusion to _Lark Rise_. Quite moving as well. I highly recommend this.

Only half a season, but still excellent like most BBC productions.

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NanaPat
May 31, 2011

Another excellent season !

madame_librarian May 05, 2011

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.

-Madame Librarian

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Monolith
Feb 07, 2014

Adult Laura (voiceover): "It is only by making mistakes and hurting one another that we learn the greatest of human joys -- forgiving, and being forgiven."

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Monolith
Feb 02, 2014

Twister Turrill (after his wife Queenie has kicked him out of their house, after he sold their pig): "I can't stay out here all night! I won't last! I have a sickness in me..." Alf Arless: "You ain't well?" Twister Turrill: "Some, sickness in my skin; it hurts to be inside it..."

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NanaPat
May 31, 2011

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NanaPat
May 31, 2011

The usual progression of characters in this type of series ; with the possibility that Dorcas might finally find love. Alf's mother Caroline returns from prison . Emma's husband is still working away from home and financial disaster looms heavy overhead. And just who is that 'creepy' preacher ???

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