Lark Rise To Candleford - Series 4 2011

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The complete fourth season of the BBC historical drama series based on the autobiographical books by Flora Thompson. In this series, Gabriel Cochrane (Richard Harrington), the handsome and once-wealthy owner of a large iron foundry, is reduced to poverty and homelessness after the bankruptcy of his business and the death of his new wife. Moved by his plight, Dorcas (Julia Sawalha) offers him a job as a blacksmith and lodgings at the forge.

Starring:
Mark Heap, Thomas Rhys Jones
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Lark Rise To Candleford - Series 4 - Disc 1 parental_guidance
  • Lark Rise To Candleford - Series 4 - Disc 2 universal
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Starring Mark Heap, Thomas Rhys Jones, John Dagleish, Sarah Lancashire, Brendan Coyle, Martha Murdoch, Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Dawn French, Fergus Drysdale, Claudie Blakley
Director Sue Tully
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 7 March 2011
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Lehmann on 3 April 2011
Format: DVD
The first 3 series were excellent. This is not quite as gripping story wise, but non-the-less wonderfully enjoyable. I feel like I am sitting on a fence somewhere just watching those in the town and hamlet go about their business. It is the best escapism ever! I hope there will be as series 5! I am all for happy endings.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 1 April 2011
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I am a huge fan of "Lark Rise to Candleford" (I absolutely loved the first three seasons which deserve 5 stars each!!!) but I must say that this fourth (and last) season was disppointing compared to the earlier ones. The storylines were much less interesting than they used to be --- it felt like the writers/producers just wanted to get it over with, so to speak, and didn't really put much thought into those final six scripts.

Despite that it's still "Lark Rise to Candleford", which is to say that it wasn't all bad! The first five episodes definitely had their good moments but overall there was just something missing. Laura and Daniel's romance moved as slowly as ever (I really would have liked to see more of them as a couple), just like that of Minnie and Alfie. Dorcas got a little romance, too, although it did not really ring true for me.

The sixth --- and final --- episode was a huge letdown! After I was done watching it I just thought "This is it???" .... I just could not believe that they would leave the fans hanging like that.

I mean, what was the point of bringing back Caroline in the last episode? If they had brought her back at the start of season 4 then that would have been fine, but the way it was done the whole story of her coming back and her strained relationship with her children felt rushed and didn't fit in the with the rest of season 4 (such as it was). They should have either brought her back earlier or not at all.

One character they should have brought back for at least the last episode is Robert Timmins. I realize the actor has a job on a different tv series now, but I'm sure he could have spared a day or two to make a short appearance on the final episode of "Lark Rise to Candleford".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Augustic on 15 Mar 2011
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The last season of Lark Rise to Candleford consists only of six episodes, but it offers a satisfying conclusion to the whole story.
Obviously the show couldn't stay on the same level from the start but it's never disappointed me. And even though I was sceptical at first, I thought the new character fit in very well and made this season more interesting.
I missed an important character who never returned though.

In my opinion these kind of tv series are necessary nowadays because of their uplifting effect and positivity. I would put it in the same category as the Darling Buds of May.

Same as with Season Three, there are sadly no extras on this dvd set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Williams on 6 Nov 2011
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We own a large number of British series both past and present. Thoroughly enjoy them all. Great character studies and a showcase for how they lived in this era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathduff on 7 July 2012
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Such a pity this is the last in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed every episode. The casting was perfect, the story lines delightful and the costumes were wonderful. Just wish there were more series to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Haigh on 3 Jun 2012
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the first three series, I was looking forward to series 4, and I wasn't disappointed. There were the same gentle, but slightly quirky, story lines, further development of the characters and the same high production values. It's a shame that the Brendan Coyle character, Robert Timmins, was not included but presumably he was busy in Downton Abbey. And it's also a shame that more wasn't made of the Dawn French character, Caroline Arless, though she does re-appear in series 4 to good effect.
Since series 5 was cancelled, seemingly at short notice, I was worried that series 4 might end with certain storylines left hanging. However my worries were unfounded; series 4 ends on a good note and it is not dependent on whether or not series 5 appears.
An excellent series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. PE Scrivens on 4 Feb 2012
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Having got ourselves interested in the Larkrise to......... series we felt we must have this series in our collection. You can then sit back at anytime and enjoy the pleasant lifestyle portrayed within. I know life isn't all rose and it would have been pretty bad at times back then but as a, mostly lighthearted snapshot this is perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E Hawksworth on 20 Oct 2011
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This is the last in the series but seems to have been brought to a rather abrupt end. Could have been better if stretched out a little more but all in all an excellent series.
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