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We will miss the costume drama soap-opera and its endless telegram deliveries and matching millinery – but perhaps this was the right time for Lark Rise to depart our screens

So who else is tearing out their ringlets over the demise of Lark Rise to Candleford, which comes to an end this weekend? On Sunday evening we'll give the last tip of our moth-eaten top hats to Twister, the decrepit but well-meaning layabout whose cider-fuelled charisma made toothlessness seem almost desirable, and raise a final restorative glass of port to Dorcas Lane, the postmistress with the most expressive eyebrows in all of 19th century Oxfordshire.

After four series, Lark Rise's demise is hardly sudden. But following viewer complaints, BBC1 controller Danny Cohen has had to defend his decision to axe the show, saying he wants it to go out on a high. (Viewing figures have hovered around 7 million.) In its place? »

- Viv Groskop

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