Friday, August 12, 2011

Lark Rise to Candleford

Have you ever seen this series? It's a British production, and is, quite simply, wonderful.

I've written before about the many reasons I love these British productions, and this one has it in spades.

I get so tired of how, in the Hollywood movies, everyone looks the same. Perfect skin, blindingly white teeth, stick thin figures on the women, unnaturally sculpted bodies on the men. Not a crooked nose or jutting chin to be found. I admit, it has a certain appeal, but it's just so darned unreal. After a while, I truly can't tell the actors apart. When we recently saw Cowboys and Aliens, I was unsure whether or not the two lead female roles were being portrayed by the same person. Boring!

But these British actors, they have faces. While their teeth may be a bit crooked, and their skin not perfect, they have such depth of character, they become luminous. While it takes a while to get to know the various characters, once you do, they become so beautiful, each face reflecting the integrity and honor of the people they are portraying.

Lark Rise to Candleford takes place sometime around the turn of the last century and follows the residents of two villages, the very rural Lark Rise and the somewhat more cosmopolitan Candleford. Like any good series, you become involved with the lives of the people and the day to day life of the communities.

The acting is superb. If you give it a chance, I believe you'll become hooked. We certainly did.

Tomorrow is a local Art and Wine Festival. This year, they've brought in circus performers who will be circulating among the guests. We've decided we'll take the cameras and see if we can't get in a bit of photography. If any of it comes out, I'll be posting some pictures.

That's it for today!


Paula said...

It is indeed a wonderful series. I've been hooked since the first series--and was terribly disappointed when it was announced there would be no fifth season. (However, it's great to see Brendan Coyle (Robert Timmins) in Downton Abbey.

It's based on the memoirs of Flora Thompson--also a great read.

Still trekking around Turkey. Istanbul now.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Never heard of Lark Rise or Candleford, but then we pretty much ignore movies, except the 300 or so DVDs we carry with us. Are we missing something good? Very likely. Are we missing some utter trash? Very likely. Do we mind? Only a little!

Russ Krecklow said...

Have fun with the camera! Looking forward to new pics.

Donna K said...

You sure seem to find the most interesting things on TV. Maybe I should turn it on more often!! Have fun today and hope you get lots of colorful and fun-filled pictures.

photowannabe said...

Sounds like fun. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

Jonna said...

I've tried to watch several of those British shows, basically they are soaps (that's heresy.) My problem is that I can only understand a few of the actors and I can't follow the plot very well, thus I get bored. I can follow the MX soaps with the same problem because they are more demonstrative, you can tell what's happening by the actions. Those reserved Brits though, you have to understand the low pitched comments. Some of the accents are just indecipherable to me. We get Canadian sat TV so we have lots of these type of shows to choose from... sadly.

Me and My Dog said...

Interesting sounding series - I'll check and see if I can find it anywhere.
Have fun at the Art and Wine Festival!

Angie said...

You are the second friend who has recommend this series so I am going to have to get it from the library. Too bad it isn't in the Netflix downloadable library. Have you ever watched the mini-series "Wives & Daughters"? If you like period pieces and/or writing similar to Jane Austin then you would like this series.

Anonymous said...

The actress who plays the improvident mother whose sailor husband is never home to keep her out of trouble/jail is Dawn French, aka The Vicar of Dibley, another extraordinary and hilarious Brit com. Both series are wonderful.

Jonna, I have the same problem with the English accents, so I just turn on the captioning feature, et voila!

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