Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lark Rise to Candleford

I discovered a delightful BBC TV series through a recommendation of a friend, called "Lark Rise to Candleford." It's based on Flora Thompson's memoir of her childhood in Oxfordshire. Set in the late 1800s, this series follows the lives of the country folk in Lark Rise and the townspeople of Candleford and the way their lives intertwine despite their class differences. The characters in this drama, from farmers, peasants, to seamstresses and the post office workers, are colorful, engaging, and always entertaining. In each episode, the daily dramas of their lives serve to give the audience further insight into their characters and often provoke the audience to see beyond the trivialities the characters engage in on the surface into themes of community, sacrifice, family, and love.

A lighthearted period drama that I would highly recommend. I am so glad that there are four seasons (I just finished season one) so that I have much to look forward to!

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