An excellent final series
- Lark Rise to Candleford: Series 4 review by RP
This is/was the final series of the BBC production of 'Lark Rise to Candleford'. It is 6 episodes long rather than the longer runs of 10, 12 and 12 episodes for the earlier series and it was cancelled afterwards, despite continuing popularity. I have heard that the reason was that the series' originator, Bill Gallagher, had become interested in 'other things' and without him there was no appetite for yet another series.
It's still pretty good, although after 40 episodes in total things do seem to get a bit 'samey'. This time round, the coming of change to the countryside and the way of life becomes more obvious as mechanisation is seen to creep in and Alf Arless has to choose between a steady job and continued work on the land. And having watched every episode of every series back-to-back in several mammoth viewing sessions (thank you Mrs RP!) the character of Dorcas Lane has become more than a little annoying...
The production values are high (no-one does period costume drama better than the Beeb), the acting and characterisation are good, the locations are good - what more can I say other than that it is yet another excellent drama series. 5/5 stars.
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