Lark Rise to Candleford
- 4 Seasons
Lark Rise to Candleford is a show set at the turn of the century in the English countryside. Lark Rise is a small hamlet where most of the inhabitants are poor and work in the fields. Candleford on the other hand is a neighboring city with stores, hotels and even a post office. The two towns are bound together by a set of cousins. One cousin, named Dorcas Lane is the female head of the post office. Her cousin Emma Timmins lives in Lark Rise with her husband Robert and their many children. Their oldest daughter Laura, moves in with Ms. Lane to work with her at the post office. The show is a dramatic series often depicting the hard times many people faced during the end of the 19th century. The story is narrated through the eyes of a much older Laura, who is a sentimental character with high morals. Laura goes through the struggles many young women face when they are educated and looking to have a meaningful relationship. This time period was not a time of independence for women although there are many strong willed and independent women depicted in the show. Pearl and her sister Ruby own a clothing shop where they hand stitch all of their own garments. As the head postmaster, Ms Lane has a male postal carrier named Thomas who works for her. She also adopts an orphaned boy named Sydney and raises him as her own. Another strong woman comes in the form of an older lady named Queenie. Queenie lives in a humble abode in Lark Rise with her husband Thomas. While the people in the hamlet often do not have enough food to eat or clothes for their children, they somehow pull together to help each other out. Many of the festivals held by the people in Lark Rise replicate the old Celtic traditions from the English culture. While the show is filled with a lot of dramatic moments, it is not without some lighthearted ones as well. The often unpredictable Minnie, who works as housekeeper for Ms. Lane is hopelessly in love with the hard working Alf. Despite Minnie's sometimes obvious endeavors to capture Alf's heart, they are often unnoticed by Alf.