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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Lark Rise to TV Heaven

The Candleford Villagers
I've just heard that the BBC's Lark Rise to Candleford has been axed, with the BBC saying it was time to quit while ahead.  Senior BBC executives believe the family drama, starring Julia Sawalha as postmistress Dorcas Lane, Mark Heap as postman Thomas Brown and Richard Harrington as lovelorn Gabriel Cochrane, has reached a natural end after four series.

The programme's large audience, who have stuck with the series even when it went head to head with ITV's Dancing on Ice, have just a handful of episodes left before it bows out for good on February 13.
BBC1 controller Danny Cohen said last night: "Lark Rise to Candleford has been a truly wonderful part of the BBC1 schedule over the last few years but after four series we feel that the time is right to make room for new dramas which we hope will be taken to the nation's hearts in just the same way.
Me and me mucker!

I am especially saddened by this news as I've worked on all four series of the show, appearing in  the background of scenes as one of the villagers. There was a great family atmosphere on the show and I'll especially miss all the friends I made on the show. Still it's no real surprise as there were rumours floating on set last year that the writer wasn't going to do anymore and the curent series was cut from thirteen to six episodes.

On the bright side no more driving to Bath at four on freezing cold mornings.

2 comments:

Joanne Walpole said...

Much as I enjoyed the series, it's been dragging a bit (IMHO) and I'm not actually sorry to see it go. Like the BBC say: better to go out on a high :-)

David Cranmer said...

Sorry to hear your show was canceled, Gary.