TELEVISION SERIES REVIEW: Lark Rise to Candleford

As we look toward the weekend and the time off we’ll all (hopefully) have to binge watch our favorite period dramas in case you need some new material to work with we’d like to introduce you to your favorite period drama television series you’ve just never heard of…YET.

One of our jobs here at Vintage HQ is to introduce our readers to things they may have never heard of that will change their vintage-loving lives! So, without further ado, we’d like to present Lark Rise to Candleford!

Lark Rise to Candleford is not, technically, new by any means. This was a BBC television series that ran from 2008-2011. However, we felt we needed to shine a spotlight on it because it’s one of those pieces that can very easily fly under the radar and get missed. To many people “Period Drama = Jane Austen” and, if that’s the case in your world, you are missing out on SO MUCH! Also, if you live in the U.S., there’s a very good chance you’re miss out on some fantastic period television series and mini-series if you’re not glued to PBS 24/7!

We want to preface the following synopsis by saying that it’s hard to describe this series in a way that emphasizes how truly WONDERFUL it actually is! You’re going to have to trust us on this one…but here goes. Lark Rise to Candleford is based on a semi-autobiographical trilogy (Lark Rise to Candleford: A Trilogy consists of the works: Lark Rise, Over to Candleford, and Candleford Green) written by Flora Thompson (and first published in the late 1930s to early 1940s). These books chronicled her young life in a rural English countryside. This series is set in the late 1800s and is focused on the small hamlet of Lark Rise, a very tight-knit, impoverished community and the nearby bustling market town of Candleford. The two communities are like night and day but the series bridges these two worlds together by giving the central character, Laura Timmons (a poor, Lark Rise teenager), an opportunity to work with a relative who owns the post office in neighboring Candleford instead of taking a job a hamlet girl her age would normally take (like being a maid at a neighboring manor).


While this series does have a “central character,” what’s great is it’s actually more of an ensemble piece. You’ll quickly learn that Laura is just one tiny piece in this big puzzle of intertwining lives. There are so many varying storylines and THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE…choosing a career or family, single vs. married people, making the transition between childhood and adulthood, not having enough money to pay the bills, gossip, being a good neighbor, loss, family responsibilities, dealing with what happens in life when your dreams didn’t come true, longing to have a child, young love, old love, unrequited love, missed opportunities, jealousy, class issues, abandonment, laziness, hard work, pride, community, humor, heartache, YOU NAME IT…THIS SERIES HAS GOT IT!

And if the synopsis doesn’t get you then TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CAST of familiar faces like Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey, North and South), Julia Sawalha (Pride and Prejudice, Cranford), Claudie Blakley (Cranford, Pride & Prejudice), Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley), Linda Bassett (Call the Midwife), Ruby Bentall (The Paradise), Victoria Hamilton (Pride and Prejudice), Matthew McNulty (Return to Cranford, The Paradise) and fabulous guest stars like Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, Home Fires) and Hallie Morahan (Sense & Sensibility).

There has be a lot of period drama consumed here over the years…A LOT…and Lark Rise to Candleford has QUICKLY become a Vintage HQ staff favorite! WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TELEVISION SERIES and plan on revisiting Lark Rise to Candleford here in the future so get your copy today and get in on the conversation! And you’re welcome in advance.