‘LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD,’ SERIES TWO: NEWCOMER SPARKS FRIENDSHIP AND ROMANCE

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Lark Rise to Candleford series two returns with more of the same sentiments and emotions as its inaugural season, and for the most part, it’s sweet.

Lark Rise to Candleford, Series Two (2009) BBC TV Review

Christmas is upon Candleford and its residents excitedly prepare. While everyone but her has anticipatory plans, Miss Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha), post office mistress and wise friend, has none. She plans to spend the day in her traditional way, in the post office, with a fest and hopeful friends will drop by. Thomas Brown (Mark Heap) plans to visit family and Margaret (Sandy McDade), the woman he’s very much, but doesn’t easily admit, in love with will miss Thomas. Finally there is young Laura (Olivia Hallinan). Her plans include going back to Lark Rise to spend the day with her mother and father (Claudie Blakely, Brendan Coyle) and young siblings.

When Laura sees how lonely Miss Lane may be, she requests to stay in Candleford for the day. But what unsettles both Lark Rise and Candleford residents most is the arrival of a wandering spirit seeking rest.

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‘LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD,’ SERIES TWO: NEWCOMER SPARKS FRIENDSHIP AND ROMANCE. Review of the BBC charmer. Text © RissiWrites.com

Like the prior season, this second year is in one word charming. The primary cast returns as do newcomers, which causes upheaval. There’s romance and friendship, wisdom and heartbreak, all of which is wrapped in a kind of sentimentality. Honestly, it’s too much sentimental for me, something I don’t think I noticed or cared about the first time. So in that way, my opinion on the show does change because this stage in my life, I don’t need more sentimental than I already have.

As a production, Lark Rise to Candleford series two is gorgeous. From the settings to costumes, everything looks authentic. I’m not sure if it is historically accurate, but being from the BBC, it’s a production that at least tries to be so and styles its characters to help with this too. The costumes are all gorgeous as well. Bookending this all is the lovely cast. We have Julie Sawalha from Pride and Prejudice playing the opposite in every way of her Lydia Bennet; Brendan Coyle causing trouble in this long before he plays the wounded Downton Abbey valet; and then there is Victoria Hamilton who first charmed period drama aficionados in Victoria and Albert. Additionally, you’ll see many other favorites.

Those who like wholesome stories will enjoy Lark Rise to Candleford. It’s lovely and easy to watch which is the signs of yet another lovely British production.

You can stream Lark Rise to Candleford series two on BritBox

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‘LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD,’ SERIES TWO: NEWCOMER SPARKS FRIENDSHIP AND ROMANCE. Review of the BBC charmer. Text © RissiWrites.com

Content: Nothing much to note. There is some minor innuendo about having sex (most of it is very minor and all played for laughs) and a big emotional thing that involves sex (two people shared an intimate past alongside investments/money). There is some feuding and lessons to learn from this but nothing ever comes out terrible. The series is TVPG.

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2 comments

  1. My mom and I are on our upmteenth re-watch of this show right now. Season two is my favorite of the four seasons.

    1. I’m ALMOST done with my S2 rewatch so I’ll have to see what season I like best as I finish this re-watch of three and four. I don’t think I’ve ever re-watched the show (I love that you and your mom are re-watching it again!), but back in the day, this was my favorite. I still like it, but I don’t think this time around I’m loving it in the same way. Still, I appreciate SO much about this show and it makes me forget about shows like When Calls the Heart. ;)

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