I wrote about Lark Rise to Candleford before, this summer when we had just finished watching season one of this series. We all loved it, and for a long time I have impatiently been waiting for the opportunity to see season two. And finally that opportunity came!
I was delighted when I found out that this season was not 10 episodes like the last one was, but 12! So for the past week we have been working our way through it. And for some reasons we have to watch it on the computer, which means that every night we’ve had to rearrange the living room in order for it to work. So that we can all five of us squeeze down in the sofa (one good thing about this arrangement is that it has been far from cold when we have been watching! Something which can otherwise be a problem here at this time of the year…) to be able to all see. We’ve developed a certain routine for this by now. 😉 And I have to say that I feel very fortunate in having a family who also enjoy watching these things! They are all more or less as well-watched in period dramas by this time as I am!
When we sat down to watch the first episode (the Christmas one) I was all excited, but by the time we had finished it we were all rather disappointed. That one wasn’t very good. Or, it was an alright one until they decided to put in super natural things in it! That sort of destroyed it. And we were getting slightly worried that they would have destroyed the whole series by putting in stuff like that! But thankfully that was not the case, and the rest of it has been every bit as delightful as the first season was!
I know for a fact that there actually are quite a lot of people who do not like this series. I’ve heard it described as boring by some, and others have claimed that it is not a very accurate portrayal of late Victorian England. I don’t think it is boring in the slightest! It is interesting and funny! And as far as accuracy goes, well maybe it isn’t all exactly the way things were at the time, but I doubt that any of the films we have today is that! So maybe it is a romantic view of rural England in 1895, but does it matter? Can’t you enjoy it anyway? I know I too can be picky about accuracy and such things, but at least in this case it doesn’t stop me from really enjoying this series! And it’s nothing that much, or that obvious I think. And by the way, Dickens portraits Victorian England in a far grimmer way, and I for one think that it can’t possibly have been all that bad all the time either! So why not enjoy a romantic view of it too!
Having said all that I also know that there are many, many who like me loves Lark Rise too! And deservedly so I think!
Yes, so Lark Rise to Candleford is a story about people who live in these two different places. Lark Rise is the little village and Candleford is the somewhat bigger town, about eight miles off (that is one thing I have to say I find pretty remarkable, they walk back and forth between these two places all the time! Often several times a day! They all must be in excellent shape after all that exercise!). And we get to follow the lives and little adventures of some of the inhabitants of these places. Most of the main characters are the same as in season one: Dorcas Lane the post mistress, Laura who works for her, Thomas who also does, the Arless family, Laura’s family, Queenie and Twister and the misses Pratt. And then of course there are several new characters who have entered the story too.
I’m not even going to try to explain the plot, it doesn’t work since every episode more or less has it’s own little plot.
Some of the costumes in this one are absolutley beautiful! Especially Dorcas and Laura’s! Almost every time that either of those two enter the screen either I, my mom or my sister will go “oooh what a pretty dress!” or “wow, look at that outfit!” or something along those lines (pretty dresses are my one weakness! :P). My dad once asked whether we had to say that every time we saw them?! We explained that we actually did, since the costumes were so pretty that they required it! And once, when we were oooing and aaahing over some outfit, he made the remark “oh so that is a new outfit?”! Dear papa, clothes and dresses are not his biggest interest, as he has admitted on several occasions himself. It reminded me of a Jane Austen quote, from Northanger Abbey: “It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire…” Obviously that isn’t true in all cases, but what he said made me think of it.
But back to what I was supposed to write about. Ah yes, the costumes. They have me itching to make something like that myself. But we are all agreed on that the hats the ladies wear are definitely not our favourites! Most just look really silly!
Growing up in a home without television (we only use the one we have for watching videos and DVD’s on) I have not been in the habit of watching TV series. I mean, sure I’ve seen many of the BBC short series, but not many longer ones. Not like this one, several seasons long and still growing, so to speak. And I can understand now how TV series can be addictive! This one certainly is! Now I know that not all series are like this one, but I still think that it is probably a good thing that we don’t have a TV! 😉 I have to say I really like the way it feels like you get to know the characters! When you get to follow them for so long.
We have only two episodes left of this one now, and we shall probably finish those tonight. And the I’ll have to wait again before the next one comes out so I can see it (it’s being aired at the moment in the UK I think)! But I shall probably survive. Hopefully… 😛