Thursday 27 Nov 2014
When the Lark Rise school loses its teacher, Emma steps in and discovers a talent she never knew she had, as the period drama based on Flora Thompson's novel continues. But Margaret, too, feels she is perfectly suited to the role, and an unexpected rivalry springs up. For Margaret, teaching offers a much-needed distraction from the heartbreak of remaining childless; while for Emma it is the chance to feel valued for something other than being a wife and mother.
Over in Candleford, Dorcas and Thomas are also at odds. Thomas is agitating about his working conditions but, when Dorcas won't take his grievances seriously, he decides to start a union: The Candleford Post Office Letter Carriers Association, or CaPOLCA. Laura and Minnie are reluctant to join, but Thomas becomes increasingly militant, and relations between him and Dorcas go rapidly downhill.
Meanwhile, Minnie is on a mission to make herself beautiful so that Alf will notice her, and enlists the help of Laura and Dorcas to transform her. But Minnie's new-found femininity suffers a blow when she falls over and gets a black eye. How can she face Alf now?
Despite the misgivings of their husbands, neither Margaret nor Emma will back down, so they are forced to share the role of schoolteacher. But, before long, they have set themselves up in competition with each other in their preparations for the school bazaar, with Emma heading up the boys' team, and Margaret the girls'. Secretly, they both hope that if they perform their tasks well, it will be an opportunity to impress the school governors and further their teaching ambitions.
When Dorcas's dispute with Thomas reaches childish proportions, she turns to Robert to arbitrate a solution. Robert's intervention builds a bridge between them, and Thomas reveals the underlying reason for his dissatisfaction at work: his struggle to come to terms with Margaret's apparent willingness to accept their childlessness and embrace a life dominated by work.
The day of the school bazaar arrives, but which team will win the school prize and what will it mean for Margaret and Emma's future plans?
Lark Rise To Candleford is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
David Dimbleby looks at the Age Of Money as he continues BBC One's landmark history of Britain's greatest art and artefacts.
In the 18th century, the triumph of commerce led to the emergence of a new "middle" class: a social group who craved pleasure and novelty, developing their own tastes in art. Dimbleby explores the resulting Golden Age in painting as Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough reinvented the British style. The story ends in 1805 with the burial of Horatio Nelson, a commoner, at the heart of St Paul's: the supremacy of the middle class assured.
Items examined (and places visited) by Dimbleby in the telling include 18th-century bank notes (Bank of England); portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough (Kenwood House); Wedgwood pottery (Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent); Chippendale furniture (Nostell Priory, Yorkshire); Dr Johnson's Dictionary (Johnson's House, Lichfield); Edinburgh New Town; Dr Hunter's anatomical models and sketches (Hunterian Museum, Glasgow); Hogarth's Rake's Progress (Soane Museum, London); The Royal Academy; de Loutherbourg's Eidophusikon and Gainsborough's Show Box (V&A); James Gillray satirical prints (British Museum); and Nelson's Tomb (St Paul's Cathedral).
Adrian Chiles introduces highlights from today's Premier League fixture between Everton and Hull, as well as all the goals from yesterday's matches in the top flight.
There was just one match in the Premier League today but recent history suggests it could produce plenty of goals. Everton and Hull have met in both league and cup this season, with the two games yielding nine goals.
The Toffees won 4-0 in the League Cup but came unstuck in the league meeting, losing 3-2, although they did stage an exciting second-half fightback from being 3-0 down at half-time.
As always, Adrian will also put the spotlight on the funnier side of football in 2Good 2Bad.
Sixteen million lambs are born every year in the UK, making lambing season the biggest and busiest event in the farming calendar. For five nights, BBC Two broadcasts live from a 900-ewe farm in South Wales, capturing the life-and-death drama as it unfolds.
In this groundbreaking series, presenter Kate Humble gets her hands dirty helping to make sure as many lambs as possible survive those crucial first days after birth. She is joined by Countryfile presenter and farmer Adam Henson and the family who have been running this farm for generations, the Beavans.
The stakes are high as the Beavans rely on a successful season for the future of their business. And not every lamb will make it. From the glimmer of hope offered by a hypothermic lamb being nursed back to health to the heartbreaking sight of tottering newborns rejected by their mothers, Kate, Adam and the Beavans have their work cut out.
Alongside the day-to-day action on the farm Lambing Live delves deeper into the secret life of sheep. Throughout the week Adam is on hand to offer expert advice and examine the wider issues facing sheep farmers in the UK today. From agriculture and history to economics and veterinary science, Adam tells the story of sheep farming in Britain, past and present.
Three bona fide princesses from around the globe come to the UK in search of their Prince Charming.
Living together in a modest house in Essex, the girls must leave their privileged lifestyles behind to go undercover as ordinary people with ordinary jobs, in the hope they will meet men who will love them for who they are and not because they're princesses.
Immersing themselves in the UK dating scene, the princesses trawl the nightclubs, bars and supermarkets of Essex, as well going on blind dates and speed dating in the hope of finding their true love among the "commoners".
At the end of their time in the UK, the princesses must reveal their true identity to their chosen ones and extend an invite back to their homeland to show them their life as a princess.
HRH Princess Xenia of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony, from Germany, descends from one of the most powerful royal families Europe has ever known. Beautiful, glamorous and vivacious, she is a well-known celebrity in her native Germany. She is hoping to meet a man who loves her for who she is and not because of her royal lineage.
HH Princess Aaliya Sultana Babi of Balasinor is 35 and still hasn't found love. Her ancestors were warriors who have ruled in India for centuries. However, approaching men for dates in her culture is not the usual way, so will this shy princess be able to overcome her reservations and find her perfect prince?
Princess Nvannungi Sheillah is from the Buganda Kingdom – the largest and most powerful kingdom in Uganda. She is one of the most famous women in her country but her status has meant she has found it very difficult to meet a man. With a long list of requirements, will she find a man in the UK who can meet her high standards?
In the first episode the princesses land in the UK and meet each other for the first time. Choosing their undercover names, they begin their lives as ordinary people, starting their allocated jobs at a café, hairdresser and sports shop.
Blending in to society as an ordinary person isn't easy for the princesses. Princess Sheillah, in particular, struggles to understand some typical British foods and is totally mystified with the idea of a jacket potato.
Learning to do her own washing is a challenge for Princesses Xenia, who doesn't know what cotton is. Meanwhile, the first chance the girls get to sample the UK social scene doesn't end successfully for Princess Aaliya, who finds casually chatting to men is so unfamiliar it's all a little overwhelming.
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