Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–2011)
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Episode #4.3 

When the vicar is indisposed, young curate Benedict Marley assumes his duties, including running the church bazaar, to the annoyance of staid Thomas, who regards Benedict's free, ... See full summary »

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Daniel Parish
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Queenie Turrill
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Minnie Mude
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Emma Timmins
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Alf Arless
Edward Darnell-Hayes ...
Sydney
Fergus Drysdale ...
Frank Timmins
Christina Ford ...
Baby Annie
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Reverend Marley
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Ruby Pratt
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Gabriel Cochrane
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Thomas Brown
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Edmund Timmins
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When the vicar is indisposed, young curate Benedict Marley assumes his duties, including running the church bazaar, to the annoyance of staid Thomas, who regards Benedict's free, enlightened interpretation of the Bible as ungodly. Seeing a snake, the uptight Thomas totally over-reacts and sees it as a demonic sign. Emma is also troubled by the sight of the snake as it makes her feel vulnerable as a woman temporarily without a husband. Benedict is seen leaving her house after dark and tongues wag, but Emma explains that the relationship is purely one of pastoral comfort and takes her children to the bazaar. The snake reappears but Thomas now sees it as one of God's creatures and nobody fears it. Gabriel discovers his wife's letter, thanking Dorcas for her diplomacy and,on her advice, burning it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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snake | serpent | sermon | See All (3) »

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Bill Gallagher pulled out all the stops for this one
25 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

The story of the sighting of a snake in the Lark Rise area, with the impact it has on the characters that see it, draws from Emma (Claudie Blackley) and Thomas (Mark Heap)their best performances in the series (and they are always good). Burn Gorman as the Reverend Marley also puts in a superb performance. Bill Gallagher manages to use the symbolic power of the snake without stepping into the hackneyed area of sexual undercurrents,giving to Thomas one of the strongest and most powerful moments in his role as the righteous postman and to Emma, so beautifully lit at times that she is virtually Pre-Raphaelite, a chance to face the recognition of how much she misses Robert. This episode deserves to be considered for whatever awards are going.


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