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Lark Rise to Candleford: Season Four
Lark Rise to Candleford: Season Four


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Actors: Ben Aldridge, Linda Bassett, Ruby Bentall, Claudie Blakley, John Dagleish
Director: Patrick Lau
Rating: NR
Features: Color, DVD, NTSC
Running Time: 351 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Release Date: April 5, 2011

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The residents of Lark Rise and Candleford return for a fourth season of this warm-hearted, award-winning adaptation of Flora Thompson's novels. Set at the end of the 19th century, this visually stunning hit BBC/PBS drama sees newcomer Gabriel Cochrane arrive in Candleford with a vendetta against the evil banker Steerforth, who he feels has tricked him into losing his business. Elsewhere, Dorcas makes an ill-judged intervention, Minnie becomes worried that Alfie might fall out of love with her and Emma is left in a precarious financial position.
Lark Rise to Candleford is a bucolic valentine to 19th-century, small-town England, and all the characters that live there. This BBC adaptation of the autobiographical books by Flora Thompson is sumptuous and very well acted, and this fourth and final season follows the exploration of characters viewers have come to love in the first seasons. Julia Sawalha Saffron on Absolutely Fabulous continues to impress as a leading lady, playing Dorcas Lane, who acts as a mentor to the young protagonist, Laura Timmins. Laura, who is played earlier in the series by Olivia Hallinan, is now played as an adult with depth and nuance by Sarah Lancashire, a veteran of BBC period series. Laura has become the postmistress in the tiny fictional town of Candleford and season four sees the town and its loves and longings swirl around her--for everyone must come visit the postmistress occasionally. The supporting cast is also excellent, and includes Mark Heap as an unctuously religious postal deliveryman, fussy sisters played hilariously by Hope Yeomans and Sophie Miles, and Richard Harrington. Harrington plays a newcomer to town, Mr. Cochrane, who's been recently widowed as well as bankrupted. His broody anger and rugged good looks are the perfect addition for the last episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford, and plenty to pique the interest of Laura, who tries hard to mind her own business, but simply cannot.

Fans of British period dramas, both feature film and TV series, will enjoy sinking into Lark Rise to Candleford, with its fully fleshed out characters of every class, and the stunning vistas of Oxfordshire. Watching Lark Rise to Candleford is like taking a refreshing vacation to the country--in a simpler and much lovelier time. --A.T. Hurley

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