Lark Rise To Candleford – second series
Episodes One and Two
Episode One – Christmas Special
A silver thru pence can change a boy's life if he knows how to use it well.
Lark Rise to Candleford is back after the Christmas festivities and looks set to charm with more tales from Flora Thompson's magical memoirs, adapted by Bill Gallagher.
A handsome stranger rides into Candleford with a look of determination about him. Along his way he chances upon young Edmund Timmins and presents him with a silver thru pence before heading on his way – his name is James Dowland.
Dowland arrives in Candleford and catches the eye of several of the residents; however he only has eyes for a certain Dorcas Lane. For the Pratt sisters he is their new hero who will put Candleford on the map with the opening of a new hotel.
Not everyone is so keen on the arrival of James Dowland. Robert Timmins is suspicious of his motives and is less than accepting of his financial help when he offers to take the Lark Rise tenants under his wing. Emma Timmins and the other Lark Rise tenants are, however, more than happy to welcome James into their homes.
Mrs Herring, the cantankerous landlady, continues to add to the strains of the Lark Rise residents with her refusal to upkeep their homes. Dorcas and James take it upon themselves to help, and come up with a plan to show Mrs Herring the error of her ways.
Meanwhile, Dorcas's patience is tried with the arrival of a new maid, Minnie, who can do no right. She means well, but with her troubled past struggles to contain her excitement, testing Dorcas and those around her to the end.