An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.


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Series cast summary:
 Laura Timmins (40 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Adult Laura (40 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Dorcas Lane (40 episodes, 2008-2011)
Fergus Drysdale ...
 Frank Timmins (39 episodes, 2008-2011)
Martha Murdoch ...
 Ethel Timmins (39 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Emma Timmins (38 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Alf Arless (38 episodes, 2008-2011)
Thomas Rhys Jones ...
 Edmund Timmins (38 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Thomas Brown (37 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Twister Turrill (37 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Queenie Turrill / ... (36 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Pearl Pratt (36 episodes, 2008-2011)
Sophie Miles ...
 Sally Arless / ... (35 episodes, 2008-2011)
Hope Yeomans ...
 Lizzie Arless (35 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Robert Timmins (31 episodes, 2008-2010)
 Ruby Pratt (31 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Margaret Brown / ... (30 episodes, 2008-2011)
 Minnie Mude (29 episodes, 2009-2011)
Harry Miles ...
 Archie Arless / ... (23 episodes, 2008-2010)


An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

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The series is based on Flora Thompson's semi-autobiographical book "Lark Rise to Candleford", which was originally published as three separate books: "Lark Rise", "Over to Candleford" and "Candleford Green". The three books, which were published in 1939, '41, and '43 were literary recollections of some of the events which had occurred more than 50 years earlier, during the very end of the 19th century, when Flora [Timms] Thompson grew up in the tiny Oxfordshire hamlet of Juniper Hill ("Lark Rise"), and then at age 14 started work at a small post office in the village of Fringford ("Candleford Green"). Among others, the main character, who she modeled after herself, is referred to in the three books as "Laura Timmins," her father Albert Timms is re-named "Robert Timmins," and the postmistress she worked with, Kezia Whitton, became the jumping-off place for the character of the postmistress Dorcas Lane. Scholarly research indicates that these books were not completely autobiographical in nature, and that several of the stories found in the books had already been published independently before being re-worked by Thompson. In this TV series, Candleford and Candleford Green have been merged into one town. Flora Thompson also wrote a fourth book, "Heatherley", describing events later in her life when she ran her own post office in Grayshott, Surrey, but this book (which was published posthumously) does not feature in the TV series. See more »


In Series 1, the characters played by Sophie Miles and Harry Miles were called Tilda and Wally Arless, whereas in Series 2 and 3 they were called Sally and Archie Arless. See more »


Twister Turrill: God must like a comely tune else we'd all be Germans.
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I think this is wonderful!
10 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have not read the books and so do not know how true it is to them but as a drama in itself i think that it is brilliant! There are many story lines yet they all link into one, the acting is superb and hilarious, an extremely worthwhile period drama and I am very pleased to say that my cousins who are 15 and 17 year old males, are absolutely obsessed and I am very pleased that it is appealing to such a wide range of people and educating them. Who knows, we could have them watching Jane Austen next!!!!!!!! We record it on a Sunday night and as we do not have any spare evenings until Friday night to watch it, I am practically tearing my hair to see what happens! I love this and don't want it to end!

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