The new "school mistress" is an attractive man, causing emotional upheaval among the ladies of Candleford and some concern at the manor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Delafield (as Stephen Campbell-Moore)
Fergus Drysdale ...
Gerard Horan ...
Edmund Timmins (as Thomas Jones)
Adult Laura (voice)


Tongues are wagging in Candleford when the new school mistress turns out to be a handsome young man, John Delafield. While not hitting it off initially, John and Dorcas Lane become quite close. The same cannot be said for him and the Pratt sisters who have an initial interest in him but set off on a vendetta when he stops them from beating a child who was stealing in their shop. Unsuccessful in having him charged with assault, they then set about ruining his reputation. Lady Adelaide, basking in the glow of her pregnancy, takes some delight in telling Sir Timothy of Dorcas' new beau. Meanwhile, Alf Arless, egged on by Laura's father, decides the time has come to let her know just how he feels. Written by garykmcd

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2 March 2008 (UK)  »

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[new schoolteacher James Delafield has offered to run special evening classes in the pub to allow farm labourers' children to work on the land during the day. Edmund Timmins wants to take advantage of this]
Emma Timmins: No! No! I said no! A couple of hours at the Wagon and Horses might be good enough for boys who are going to end up on the land, but not for you.
Edmund Timmins: What's wrong with the land? Folks have got to have food and somebody's got to grow it?
Emma Timmins: I want *more* for you. I want better.
Edmund Timmins: What if I don't?
Emma Timmins: You ...
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