Lark Rise to Candleford: Season 4

Lark Rise to Candleford: Season 4

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Everyone’s favorite gossipy turn-of-the-20th century British community is back with a bizarrely abbreviated fourth and final season.  Season 4 introduces us to Gabriel Cochrane, a widower metal worker who arrives at Candleford looking for work and a home. He’s got a lot of emotional baggage, but Dorcas Lane, gracious as ever, is willing to take Gabriel on as a personal project.  It helps that she’s clearly attracted to him.  In the meantime, Daniel is expanding his newspaper business in Candleford, while continuing to woo Laura.  Laura, as usual, isn’t quite sure what she wants.  Queenie and Twister fight here and there.  Minnie and Alfie continue their innocent puppy love, which, the viewer is always confident will end in their inevitable marriage.  And aside from that, not too much happens during Season 4. 

Actually, it seems like, overall, Season 4 was a bit of a write-off.  The producers said, “Well, we want to do a few more episodes, but let’s not put too much effort into it.”  The drama between Gabriel and Dorcas really make up the bulk of the season, with trivial subplots playing in to the equation here and there.  I should mention that the character of Robert Timmins (Brendan Coyle) is completely absent from Season 4, seemingly because the actor had signed on to play John Bates in Downton Abbey. The show addresses this by indicating that he’s left town to pursue work elsewhere. 

The season is so brief there’s really not that much to say about it.  It’s not bad to watch, but not quite as captivating as Seasons 1 or 2.  Part of me just wishes they would have cut it off after Season 3.

Oh well, it was a money-maker. 

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